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32-Year-Old Therapy Horse Honored For Service

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WUSA) - The Maryland Horse Industry Board has presented its most recent Touch of Class Award to a 32-year-old therapy horse named Merlin. Merlin, a sleek bay Morgan horse, has helped hundreds of special needs children during his long career. He retired as a show horse at age 18 and became a therapy horse at Rose of Sharon Equestrian School in Glen Arm.

His owner Joan Twining describes Merlin as both charismatic and gentle, and he's still used for lessons at her stable, even though he is now a horse with special needs himself. Since Merlin no longer leaves the farm, a delegation from the MHIB Board visited him to present Merlin and Twining with the award.

Earlier this year, the American Morgan Horse Association named Merlin its National Therapy Horse of the Year.

WHS Alumni Update: June 8, 2012

WHS Alumni Update: June 8, 2012

One-year-old foster pup Mocha found a forever home this week! We are so grateful to Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his DC staff, our first official Congressional foster office, for taking great care of Mocha and supporting our mission. We love our incredible growing team of life-saving foster volunteers!

Tom, formerly Pie
“Last summer I helped cat Pie find an adoptive family in College Park, MD. They have renamed him Tom because he looks like the 'Tom' in Tom and Jerry.  Pie quickly became friends with the couple's dog Sydney, and here are the two of them lying together on the bed.”
-Ann Curtsinger, WHS Foster Volunteer

Spiro, a New York Avenue adoption center alumni, joined a recent PACK run!