His name is Bubbles and he’s so loved now.
An old horse went from being an animal no one wanted to a happy horse with a name — Bubbles — and totally spoiled with gifts.
In December, Bubbles found himself at a Texas “kill lot” — the last place horses like him get a chance to be rescued before heading to Mexico for slaughter.
“Oftentimes, the horses or donkeys are old, or the owners lost their property, or the owners passed away or simply are unable to care for them and they are sold to auction,” Sarah McGregor, a spokesperson for Becky’s Hope Horse Rescue (BHHR) in Frisco, Texas, told The Dodo at the time. “If they are not bought at auction by people or other farms, the slaughter pipeline will buy up all of the animals and resell them.”
It seemed that no one was willing to rescue him, so he realized he would simply have to save his own life.
Bubbles spotted a group of people from BHHR who were there to rescue some mini donkeys — so he decided to tag along.
“This skinny, grey gelding walked straight up to our trailer, past the gates, disregarding the commands of the kill lot employees,” BHHR wrote. “He was intent that this was his ride out of there … There was just no way we could leave him behind!”
Since then, Bubbles has been making friends and loving his new home. And people — at the sanctuary and all over the world — seem to love him right back.
Soon after the story of Bubbles rescuing himself came out, the old horse started receiving fan mail.
And it just kept coming.
“We did a post with our Amazon wish list,” Missy Smith, volunteer with Becky’s Hope, told The Dodo. “People love Bubbles and they responded. We rarely get this many donations at once … Some of the envelopes were addressed to him. How cute is that?”
“The gifts came from all over the world,” Gina, another long-time volunteer, told The Dodo. “We are profoundly humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support Bubbles the rescue has received.”
“We are an all volunteer organization and have always been funded exclusively through donations,” Gina said. “We have many kill pen and auction intercept horses and donkeys here, and these kind donations benefit all of them.”
And it seems Bubbles is more than happy to share.
“Bubbles really is as sweet and smart as we say he is,” Smith said. “He’s a gentle wise old soul.”
To give to Bubbles, you can donate here or get your very own Bubbles t-shirt here. To follow Bubbles on Facebook, click here.