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JUNE 4, 2014

Triple R Horse Rescue to host Second Annual Hope for Horses Gala

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triple R galaCAVE CREEK – Triple R Horse Rescue announced today that the 2nd Annual Hope for Horses Gala will take place on October 11, 2014 at the Carefree Resort and Conference Center.

"We are overwhelmed with the response we received last year for this first time event and cannot thank our community enough for the support they have shown us," said Ken Bacher, President of Triple R Horse Rescue. "We look forward to hosting another great event this fall."
Thanks to the generous donations of the surrounding community, Triple R Horse Rescue's first Hope for Horses Annual Gala in October 2013 raised more than $20,000 to help advance the organization's mission to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home horses in its care. The event featured close to 100 silent and 12 live auction items.

If you are interested in donating an auction item to the Hope for Horses Annual Gala contact Terilynn Meeker at 602-999-0794 or More information about Triple R Horse Rescue and the 2nd Annual Hope for Horses Gala can be found online at

Tickets to this event are available for purchase as of June 1, 2014.

Triple R Horse Rescue is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to Rescue, Rehabilitate and Re-home horses surrendered to our care. This is a 100 percent volunteer-run organization relying on support from the community to continue our mission. Located on three acres donated by Lil Bit North Ranch in Cave Creek, Arizona, Triple R Horse Rescue is dedicated to assisting with the 175,000 unwanted horses in the United States. In the past 3 years, our efforts have seen more than 100 horses re-homed.

JUNE 4, 2014

Snakebites are over the top this season, but “Your Neighborhood Vet” ALWAYS has
Anti-venom in stock!

Submitted By Animal Health Services

The Cave Creek/Carefree area is the home of some of the most venomous snakes in North America, including Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes and Mohave Rattlesnakes. Rattlesnakes are territorial and hibernate during the winter. As the weather warms, they come out to gather heat from the sun. During the hottest months of the summer, they hide under brush, wood, and rocks to escape the heat of the day and become more active during the mornings and evenings. It has been very busy this year with an excess of rattlesnake bites and attacks on pets. In fact, at Animal Health Services we see so many snake bite patients in our urgent care that we have pledged to always have rattlesnake antivenin in stock!

Actually, Animal Health Services has made such a huge commitment to treating snake bitten pets, that during an anti-venom shortage, we were asked to assist in trials on developing a rattlesnake anti-venom to allow mass-production in the United States.

In fact, our Urgent & Critical Care Director, Dr Signe Plunkett participated in the original study “A randomized multicenter trial of Crotalidae polyvalent immune Fab anti-venom for the treatment of rattlesnake envenomation in dogs.” (Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society 2011) and has over 2 decades of experience treating snake bites.

What makes rattlesnake venom so dangerous? Rattlesnake venoms have many destructive components, including digestive enzymes which destroy soft tissues and start digestion of the victim even prior to ingestion by the snake. This results in pain, swelling, tissue destruction and scarring. Another component attacks red blood cells and platelets, which causes excessive bleeding. Another factor causes the brain and nerves to malfunction, resulting in weakness, seizures, and coma.

Treatment of a rattlesnake bite includes intravenous fluids to treat shock and maintain circulation, analgesics to control pain, and anti-venom to counteract the effects of venom and decrease pain. Each patient must be assessed and treated as an individual.

If your pet is bitten by a rattlesnake, contact us as soon as possible at 480-488-6181. If you live in an area with rattlesnakes, consider having your dog snake trained.

Pet owners can stop by Animal Health Services at 37555 N. Cave Creek Rd. or visit Twitter, Flickr and Facebook.