Does Your Horse Have Colic?

Tuesday October 12th, 2021

Does Your Horse Have Colic?

By Jeffrey Richard, Jameson Humane Volunteer

Cary Grant Takes a Road Trip         

Jameson Humane’s caretaking of its many rescued animals includes maintaining their health and providing veterinary treatment whenever needed.  Recently, one of Jameson’s equine residents, Cary Grant, went to U.C. Davis for specialized diagnosis and treatment for a condition that Jameson’s veterinarian suspected was colic – a general label describing gastrointestinal distress or pain in horses and cattle that covers a variety of causes.  On two occasions, Cary had exhibited signs of colic by lying down and biting at his belly shortly after feedings.  The veterinary staff at U.C. Davis narrowed down the cause of Cary’s distress -- eliminating sand impaction, kidney stones or gall stones, and ulcers as possible causes -- and prescribed a change in Cary’s diet. 

The Importance of Treating Colic Immediately

Since colic is often a sign of serious, life-threatening health conditions, the diagnosis of Cary Grant’s symptoms was a great relief to Jameson’s staff and volunteers who care for him.  Colic in horses may result from intestinal twisting or blockage (requiring immediate surgery) to more easily addressed issues such as, in Cary Grant’s case, a need for dietary adjustment.  But according to U.C. Davis’s Center for Equine Health in its article, Colic: An Age-Old Problem, colic is considered the most common cause of death in adult horses. A 2014 article published by BMC Veterinary Research noted research findings that colic-caused losses cost the U.S. equine industry more than $115 million per year.  The article states that prompt veterinary treatment of colic is essential: “Additionally, veterinary attendance can alleviate pain with prompt treatment; therefore, it is important that horse-owners/primary-caretakers are aware of colic signs as they play a critical role in initiating veterinary intervention.” The full article provides insight into colic, its symptoms and its treatment:

How Can You Tell If Your Horse Suffers from Colic?

You should seek veterinary attention if your horse exhibits any of the following symptoms:

  • Pawing at the ground
  • Flank watching
  • Kicking or biting at the belly
  • Repeated lying down
  • Rolling
  • Holding head in unusual position
  • Repeated curling back of upper lip
  • Sweating
  • Stretching out as if to urinate
  • Dog sitting
  • Lying on back
  • Depression
  • Poor appetite

Jameson Advocates for the Tule Elk

Thursday February 20th, 2020

Tule Elk on the brink of extinction due to the devastation of local cattle ranching enterprises in Point Reyes, California

The Tule Elk, native to California, are on the brink of extinction. Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County, California, is the only national park where you can view these animals, but not for long. Local cattle ranching enterprises, which lease nearly 30% of the park, are pressuring the National Park Service to “manage” the wild, free-roaming elk by capping their population to 120 individuals with clearance to kill them. At a time when so much wildlife is already at stake, we call on the Park to protect the elk and their habitat and NOT cave to industry pressure.  

Some SF Bay Area notables are taking a stand and using social media to bring awareness to the situation. Monica Stevens (Jameson Humane), Tracy Vogt, (Charlies Acre's), Deborah Blum (Goatlandia), Sherri Franklin (Muttville), and Marcy Berman (SaveABunny), Miyoko Schinner (Rancho Compasión), and other leading animal welfare pioneers, have come together to spread the word about the destruction of our land and the plight of these majestic animals. Importantly, they understand the power of working together to help create change.

“Most people are not aware of the destruction of Point Reyes; however, once it’s brought to their attention, they are outraged," says Monica Stevens, Jameson Animal Ranch Rescue CoFounder and CEO.

To be clear, this is public land not private land. The endangerment of the Tule Elk is just one more example of the decades of evidence of environmental destruction caused by these cattle ranching enterprises on behalf of local beef and dairy operations. In fact, the waterways of Point Reyes are ranked in the top 10 of the worst polluted in the CA. (Center for Biological Diversity)

“Our beautiful seashore is being destroyed due to cattle over-grazing, and the Tule Elk are once again in danger of being killed. Yet, Democratic Congressman and, Environmental Lawyer, Jared Huffman is complicit in supporting the cattle ranchers 20-year land leases at the expense of Tule elk lives. This is why Miyoko, Monica, Marcy, Tracy, Sherri and, I have come together to ask our social media followers to view our 90 second video,” says Deborah Blum, Wildseed Restaurant, Goatlandia Sanctuary.

Time is running out. The National Park Service decision is due Spring of this year so the debate among these leading ladies, politicians, activists and, the National Park Service, is heating up.

We ask you to take action now by calling Congressman Huffman at 415-258-9657 and asking him to tell Stanley Austin (National Park Service) to choose Alternative F (do not privatize our land), and restore Point Reyes.

You can also please sign the petition below to help us save the lives of the Tule Elk.

Social Media Intership Opportunity

Wednesday January 29th, 2020

Jameson Seeks Social Media Intern

Position Title: Communications Social Media Intern
Job Type: Internship
Hours: 10-15 hours per week
Remuneration: Unpaid
Location: 1199 Cuttings Wharf Road, Napa, unless otherwise specified
Reports to: Communications Director as well as Social Media & Content Development Consultant

About Jameson Humane

Founded in 2014 by David and Monica Stevens (proprietors of 750 Wines), Jameson Humane (Jameson Humane) is a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit organization that is transforming the way we think about animal welfare and advocacy. Seeking to engender systemic change in the outdated industry of animal rescue, which suffers from a significant lack of transparency and accountability, Jameson Humane is committed to ending animal hunger, cruelty, and overpopulation. To do so, Jameson Humane offers a variety of programs and services to stem the tide of animal deaths from euthanasia; and solve some of the most pressing problems regarding animal abandonment, maltreatment, and negative environmental impact. Jameson Humane also collaborates with and acts as a liaison for various animal welfare groups locally and statewide.

About the Communications Social Media Internship

Jameson Humane exists to foster harmony between humans, animals, and the environment to create a kinder, more compassionate world. We invite you to come with us along this journey. Working to affect real change in the world, you will help us by translating your passion for animal welfare and advocacy into our communication social media efforts. This internship is also the perfect opportunity to build your resume. There’s room for you to collaborate with pioneers and luminaries, with vast and powerful networks.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Work hand-in-hand with the Communications Director and Social Media Consultant to help drive our mission forward through story telling via social media and other channels, as well as thru communication management activities

  • Leverage your excellent knowledge of social media platforms (FB, IG, Twitter, etc.) and their associated photo/video specs (i.e., square and stories):

    • Assist with post development for social media

    • Prepare visual content for posts

    • Shadow leads for story content development

    • Perform social media administrative tasks (i.e., consent form signature acquisition, photo categorization, etc.)

  • Be onsite at our Ranch to facilitate your efforts

  • Dedicate 10 to 20 hours per week to accomplishing the job

  • If applicable: Earn internship credits through your school’s department


  • One year minimum experience using social media in a professional or academic setting

  • Patience and ability to work in tight turnaround, high-stress settings and emotional situations

  • Good communication skills

    • Oral Communication – Engaging effectively in dialogue

    • Writing – Communicating effectively in writing, editing, and proofing

  • Photography

  • Passion for helping animals and people, a willingness to accommodate animals in the workplace and a commitment to Jameson Humane’s mission and brand attributes

  • Strong desire to learn the ins and outs of communication management

  • Duration: 6 months; or, if applicable, semester long

Email for more information:
Brad Schomburg, Director of Communications
Jameson Humane

The Story of Bo

Wednesday December 11th, 2019
A gentle, one-year-old German Shepherd came to our microchip and vaccine clinic in American Canyon in March where we noticed a large fluid-filled swelling on the dog’s neck. We recommended that it be looked at by a veterinarian but the guardian was unable to afford it. Jameson Humane sprang into action and registered Bo for our donor-funded CAAP program, which would assist in covering the costs. Once treated, we assumed Bo would recover; however, the swelling did not go down, and after additional expensive treatments, he was not improving. Finally, it became necessary for the veterinarian to operate on Bo’s neck, whereupon they discovered the possibility that the poor dog may have been used as a drug mule in his puppy days based on scarring from a past surgical incision. Bo was finally able to get the care for his wound thanks to CAAP funds. Bo looked up at us with his big black eyes and thanked us in his own quiet way. 
Six months later, we received a call from his guardian. He was frantic: “I think Bo broke his leg,” he said. Jameson Humane’s CAAP manager, Amanda Vollstedt, immediately made an appointment at Napa West Veterinary Hospital. Upon arriving at the appointment, Amanda noticed that the dog was malnourished and not bearing weight on his left hind leg; we were told Bo fell off an ATV while it was in motion.
The guardian knew he would be unable to manage the financial burden of amputation surgery and proper aftercare, so he reluctantly agreed to part ways with Bo and relinquish him to Jameson Humane.
Now in our care, Jameson Humane spoke with the hospital to get Bo into surgery. Jameson Humane then hit the social media air waves to find a foster family post treatment to provide a quiet and caring place for him to rest. After the surgery, we placed Bo with some wonderful foster parents who were able to provide a loving home. Jen and Robert McCaffrey didn’t hesitate to give him the attention and care he needed. With plenty of belly rubs, Bo’s recovery went smoothly. The internet was abuzz with Bo’s story; everyone was falling in love with him, including his foster family! In fact, after a few weeks of recovery, the McCaffrey family decided that they could not bear to part ways so they adopted him!
Bo now lives the life we imagine for all animals. He has a new pup friend to play with and two very loving humans of his own. Bo is described by his new family as being loving, gentle, and curious. He gets along with other dogs and, occasionally, shows off his tripedal skills for the kids around the neighborhood. We are thrilled Bo is thriving and can’t speak enough to the generous donations that support the great deeds and lives saved due to Jameson Humane’s CAAP. 

Fire Evacuation Info

Sunday October 27th, 2019

Due to the ongoing fires, Napa CART hotline for animal evacuation and sheltering needs has been established: 707-299-1501.

Please follow all evacuation orders. Evacuate early if you have time. If you have an emergency or you or your animals are in eminent danger, please call 911 for assistance or evacuate immediately.

If you are facing mandatory evacuation and can transport your animals, the large animal shelter sites are as follows (please bring at least 3 days of food for your animals, if possible): 

  • Valleybrook Equestrian Center -- 1132 El Centro Avenue Napa, CA 94558
  • Napa Valley Horsemen’s Association -- 1200 Foster Road, Napa, CA 94558

Small animals are being accepted at:

  • Napa Valley College -- 2277 Napa Vallejo Highway, Napa, CA 94558
  • Crosswalk Community Church -- 2590 - 1st Street, Napa, CA 94558

For NapaCART evacuation assistance please call: 707-299-1593. These calls may be handled by county staff or they may be dispatched to NapaCART.

If you are concerned about smoke inhalation and have the option to shelter your animals in an area with better air quality during this event, we recommend that you do so until the smoke clears. We recommend checking with friends, relatives, or boarding facilities out of area who may be able to accommodate caring for your animals for a period of time.

If you need assistance with wildlife, please call: Napa Wildlife Rescue at 707-224-HAWK


Stay safe out there. 

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