The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) aims to place every animal in our care into loving homes, but for George, an approximately 23-year-old saddlebred horse, an amazing collaborative effort helped him be reunited with his original owners – 15 years later and 1,300 miles away!
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George came to ARL in September 2018 with several other horses who were surrendered when their owner could no longer properly care for them.
George was slightly underweight and needed medical care and general grooming but was overall in good health.
After spending a couple of months recuperating at ARL’s Dedham Animal Care and Adoption Center, George was put into foster care, and almost immediately his foster parent and equine enthusiast Cordula Robinson realized that she was caring for an extraordinary animal.
“He was highly intelligent, elegant, well-trained and had clearly known love, he was very engaged with humans,” Robinson said.
Talking to a trainer friend, Cordula was encouraged to reach out to saddlebred agencies up and down the east coast to see if someone would recognize George, and was surprised when someone in New Jersey reached out.
Turns out that George was well-known in the saddlebred world, and competed under the name “Midnight Memory Maker”.
Sadly, his original owner, Todd Mathieson, passed away in 2006, and Todd’s wife Diane decided to rehome George. George did however continue to compete for a number of years.
When Diane was contacted, she was overwhelmed and ecstatic for the possibility of being reunited with George, after spending 15 years apart.
Thanks to a collaborative effort, arrangements were made to transport George from Boston to Ocala, Florida and this week George and Diane were reunited and the former show horse has now come full circle and is back with his original family to enjoy his retirement.
ARL is grateful to everyone whose compassion for animals helped make this incredible reunion possible!