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Little Fork’s Technical Large Animal Rescue Team

 

In 2011 Little Fork Volunteer Fire and Rescue added a Technical Large Animal Rescue Team and we are currently the only volunteer unit in the Commonwealth of Virginia that specializes in technical rescues of horses and cows.

Training is very important to us! We have 11 volunteer technicians who have taken the time to undergo special training in order to better serve the needs of the community.


All of our TLAER volunteers are:

√ EMT or Firefighter certified – most are both!

√ Trained as TLAER Technicians at the Virginia Tech MARE Center in Middleburg, Virginia.

√ Certified in ICS (Incident Command System)

√ Available to assist calls in any jurisdiction in the Commonwealth of Virginia

Additionally, Command Officers require a minimum certification of Fire Officer 1.

 

We are dispatched  by the Culpeper County 911 dispatch center in Culpeper, Virginia.

540 727-7900

 

Our volunteers are covered by Workers Compensation.

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Large Animal Rescue Updates

 

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You are an amazing asset to these beautiful animals.

Oh no Kristi! That can be a nasty accident with the hoof in the bars! I sure hope his eye and leg are going to be OK! Good job getting him out. Please post updates and take care😊

A horse is an accident waiting to happen! I hope they put up heavy mesh on those bars

Thanks for being there! You all are so awesome. Horseowners need to be sure stall bars are built close enough to prevent a hoof getting through. Sure could have been a whole lot worse, and I hope Winston makes a full recovery!

Awesome!!

I have kick pads for sale... My daughters Hanovarian did the same thing! He's gone but I still have the kick pads...

Horses - why I drink. 🤣

Accidents happen with horses. No matter how much we try to prevent them. I've seen more horses get their hoof/legs stuck in gates then anything else. I hope his injuries are minor and heal quickly! 😊

This is why mine are only in to eat, and I watch them while they do so. Mine are all as dumb as a post.

Thank you again Little Fork Volunteer Technical Large Animal Rescue Team for your amazing work.

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April 24, 2018 - Little Forks Volunteer Technical Large Animal Rescue Team was dispatched to assist Fauquier County for a report of a large 2000# horse down in a field. Mary, a 28 YO Percheron/Draft had been down for some time. The vet was summoned and she then requested our assistance for a possible lift. This occurred at approximately 0830 hours - Equine 9 went enroute and connected with the vet for a situation report. Fauquier sent an engine from the Catlett station along with county Animal Control officers. Our team was about 5 minutes out when notified that Mary had gotten up on her own. The vet requested that we continue until Mary had become stable. Once on scene we spoke to the owner and found that Mary had been rescued in 2008 from a farm in Pennsylvania. When we arrived Mary was walking around and began to eat!! After waiting for about 20 minutes we went back in service and returned home. Last we heard (this morning), she was still doing OK. We would like to thank Fauquier County Animal Control and the career and volunteer fire and rescue personnel who turned out to assist.

 

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Yay Mary!

Karin Mustoe

Thank you for your efforts

It was great to see her get up after we had been trying to help her up.

You all are the best!!

Percherons...♥️

Thanks to ALL who helped this sweet mare. Job very well done!

So many of your stories have happy endings! Thank you for sharing and for what you all do!

Update this morning! Mary is up, bright, hungry and stable! Thank you to all who attended her in her time of need! Doug Monaco

Glad to hear mary is up on her own..

Hail Mary and thank you LFVT for all you do.

Little Fork folks rock!!

I love a happy ending!

Thank you all for your efforts❣

Thank you Little Fork & Catlett for assisting. All the volunteers are wonderful!

LOVE happy endings!

Mary is such a sweeheart and loves her food! She probably didn't want to miss any more meals 🙂 What a great rescue Team - Thanks to Little Fork!

If you would like to support our dedicated volunteers who provide large animal rescue services throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, please consider making a donation during today's #GiveLocalPiedmont campaign. Every donation helps us continue to serve you! www.givelocalpiedmont.org/littleforkvfrc

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Little Forks Volunteer Technical Large Animal Rescue Team attended the Manassas Southern States Spring Bash. We set up our tripod lift, picking up Forkie, our training mannequin. Thanks to the volunteer members who attended this and the others that were on standby to staff our station while some of the team members were out of the area!!Image attachment
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Thursday April 5th, 2018 - 5:15 pm

Little Fork Volunteer Technical Large Animal Rescue Team

March 4, 2018 - At approximately 10:00 hours we received a call to assist with a horse down in a field in Amherst County, Virginia. Thyon Murphy Harris had fallen, and his owner was looking for assistance with getting him back up. They live in Monroe, over 2 ½ hours away. It was decided to start that way because of the distance and his age ……42. We know what you may be thinking – a 42-year-old horse!!! However, we have been surprised too many times in the past about how vigorous some of these animals can be. A vet was summoned - the plan was to have the vet evaluate Thyon and then make the decision on whether it was viable to attempt to lift him. If it wasn't, we were going to cancel and return back to the station. We expected to have an evaluation performed within an hour after our departure. Lieutenant Mainville (who remained in our area) was in constant phone contact with the owner during our entire trip.

Well, even the best of plans can fall through. The vet was delayed and arrived just minutes before we did and completed her assessment of Thyon. We met with the vet, it had just been decided to allow Thyon to pass over the rainbow bridge into greener pastures. It turns out that Thyon had been saved five years ago by his present owner. After hearing his recent story, we completely understood why his owner tried everything possible to help him out. He weighed just over 600 lbs. when she rescued him. Due to her actions Thyon had returned to a healthy 1500+ lbs.. Not only were we impressed with his owner.... we were just as impressed with his "Purina Poster Child" status -- see the picture. So, in closing, here is his story… in his "moms" words.....................

“I just wanted to say thank you to Chief Monaco and your department today. My horse Thyon was a very special horse. His specialty was teaching children how to ride. He took great care with them and was ever so gentle with them. Thyon came to me five years ago as a rescue. He was the horse that no one expected to make it. Found in the back of a barn by animal control officers eating his stall to stay alive. After his rescue, at 38 years old, he defied all the odds and expectations. He became Purina Feeds poster child for their Equine Senior Feed. He was the life of the farm and his human Momma, Roxanne.
Today he went down and couldn't get back up. You guys came out and drove 3 hours to help him. It didn't matter his age or where we were, there was a need and you guys were there. Upon your arrival, the vet informed you there was nothing that could be done for him. Instead of packing up and leaving, Chief Monaco came over and soothed him and comforted his human Momma. You could have left, but you saw now a different purpose. To stay and offer support. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your compassion, care and support. You guys understand that sometimes it isn't the rescue, it's the compassion that is needed. The horse world lost a great soul today, but you all made a really hard day just a tiny bit easier to handle. Thank you, I'll never forget what you did for my horse and I today.”

Sincerely,
Roxanne Harris
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March 4, 2018 - At approximately 10:00 hours we received a call to assist with a horse down in a field in Amherst County, Virginia. Thyon Murphy Harris had fallen, and his owner was looking for assistance with getting him back up. They live in Monroe, over 2 ½ hours away. It was decided to start that way because of the distance and his age ……42.  We know what you may be thinking – a 42-year-old horse!!!  However, we have been surprised too many times in the past about how vigorous some of these animals can be. A vet was summoned - the plan was to have the vet evaluate Thyon and then make the decision on whether it was viable to attempt to lift him. If it wasnt, we were going to cancel and return back to the station. We expected to have an evaluation performed within an hour after our departure. Lieutenant Mainville (who remained in our area) was in constant phone contact with the owner during our entire trip.

Well, even the best of plans can fall through. The vet was delayed and arrived just minutes before we did and completed her assessment of Thyon. We met with the vet, it had just been decided to allow Thyon to pass over the rainbow bridge into greener pastures. It turns out that Thyon had been saved five years ago by his present owner. After hearing his recent story, we completely understood why his owner tried everything possible to help him out. He weighed just over 600 lbs. when she rescued him. Due to her actions Thyon had returned to a healthy 1500+ lbs.. Not only were we impressed with his owner.... we were just as impressed with his Purina Poster Child status -- see the picture. So, in closing, here is his story… in his moms words.....................

“I just wanted to say thank you to Chief Monaco and your department today. My horse Thyon was a very special horse. His specialty was teaching children how to ride. He took great care with them and was ever so gentle with them. Thyon came to me five years ago as a rescue. He was the horse that no one expected to make it. Found in the back of a barn by animal control officers eating his stall to stay alive. After his rescue, at 38 years old, he defied all the odds and expectations. He became Purina Feeds poster child for their Equine Senior Feed. He was the life of the farm and his human Momma, Roxanne. 
Today he went down and couldnt get back up. You guys came out and drove 3 hours to help him. It didnt matter his age or where we were, there was a need and you guys were there. Upon your arrival, the vet informed you there was nothing that could be done for him. Instead of packing up and leaving, Chief Monaco came over and soothed him and comforted his human Momma. You could have left, but you saw now a different purpose. To stay and offer support. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your compassion, care and support. You guys understand that sometimes it isnt the rescue, its the compassion that is needed. The horse world lost a great soul today, but you all made a really hard day just a tiny bit easier to handle. Thank you, Ill never forget what you did for my horse and I today.”

Sincerely, 
Roxanne HarrisImage attachmentImage attachment

 

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That is awesome. All of you at Little Fork are very special people.

I’m so sorry but so happy u gave him love and a good home in his last years . Bless you

Heartbreaking but heartwarming at the same time. What a very special (and very handsome) horse he was; lucky, too, to have found such a wonderful, loving home with the Harris family. Thanks to them, and to you, LFTLART, for doing what was best for him. Huge condolences to his family. Rest easy now, Thyon, I know several very special horses greeting you at the Bridge. <3

I am in tears.... lovely story an wonderful people

My heart goes out to Roxanne and her family; what a very special horse he was! And the Team -- thank you for all you do!

Tears

Thank you for being supportive.

Rest easy old soul

As always - you folks do what needs to be done. You are an extraordinary group. Thank you! God Bless!

You guys are awesome

What a beautiful horse, and 42! You gave him the best years, and what wonderful people that came to save him.

❤❤ Love what you are all about

Underneath the heavy, cumbersome cold appearing equipment this team wears are the hearts of giants filled with compassion and love for the animals and what they do in every case. Wouldn’t it be nice for these volunteers to have a nice livable station with some of the basics to sustain a healthy environment instead of just a shell of a building. I ask each one of you to think about this team and company when you are with your animals and realize one day you may need to call on them. Thank you for your support !

Amen

So sad. Rest easy Thyon. My condolences to your family. Little Fork rescue thank you for all you do.

So sorry for your loss but so very impressed with the rescue group. Kudos to all who demonstrated what it's all about!

I wasn't going to comment on this, as I'm still trying to comprehend he is not with me anymore. The tears fall easily and the heartbreak is very real. It's almost too much. He was an amazing horse and I will miss him running to the gate neighing so I would come give him a hug. He adored all who tried to help him since his rescue, five years ago. From his primary vet, the animal control officers that initially saved him, and to myself. He had many reasons not to believe in humans, but he still did. And loved them all as only he could, with a heart ten times bigger than him. Yesterday, I know he was grateful for all the help and care he received and especially the compassion shown to him, especially by Little Fork. Soon, when I can write the check without smearing the ink with my tears, I will be donating to this organization, in his memory. Thyon understood rescue. He lived it. He has 14 brothers and sisters here that he helped personally, that are all rescues. Whenever, a new one off loaded from the horse trailer he was the first one at the gate neighing loudly and I almost always could hear him saying in his horsie language "Hang on buddy we got this!" So I believe supporting this organization in his memory makes him dance in those heavenly green pastures as he gallops pain free across the sky. Sometimes, even though I am devastated over his loss and I'm struggling with not seeing him out there, (deep breath) it is animals like Thyon that really bring home what an organization is all about and their compassion for what they do. And the need for those stories to be told. Thank you once again from myself and Mr. Thyon Murphy Harris.

What a wonderful story of great people and an amazing horse. Sad and uplifting

I am so very sorry for your loss of such a beautiful soul. Little Fork is the best group! They came out to our farm a couple months ago with our older horse of 31. He had fallen over the stall threshold and I could not get him up. When I placed the call within a few short minutes they all arrived to help. My boys outcome was a happy one but at the time I had no idea which way it would go. But I am so thankful to these guys for being there and with no hesitation to help. So for others reading these stories if you want a great organization to donate to make this one at the top of your list! Thank you guys!

Wow 42. He was certainly well taken care of.

Little fork you guys rock!!!!! 💗💗💗💗

Bless all of your hearts and run free at the Rainbow Bridge to this special horse

So sorry for your loss. He lived a long life and it sounds like you gave him the very best part the last 5 years. RIP Thyon

Roxanne Harris...I'm so very sorry for your special boy😢. And he is very special! A horse is blessed to live to the ripe old age of 42! Your a wonderful person for rescuing this special horse. Wish I could hug you💕❤

And Chief Doug Monaco and his team step up and out again to do what they do best! I am still in amazement that they were able to save Phoenix from my two story hay loft...I can never say enough great things about The Chief, Botetourt County Fire & Rescue Units, and Dr. Tarah Satalino!! ❤️🐴 Roxanne...I am so very sorry from the bottom of my heart for the loss of your sweet boy...and I am so thankful that Chief Monaco and his crew were there for support...😢😘

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Friday March 30th, 2018 - 8:46 am

Little Fork Volunteer Technical Large Animal Rescue Team

March 29, 2018 - Little Fork's Volunteer Technical Large Animal Rescue Team gave a public presentation at the Tri-County Feeds store in Marshall, Va. Chief Monaco and Lieutenant Mainville discussed technical large animal rescue and answered questions from owners, vets and fire - rescue providers. We would like to thank Tri-County Feeds for inviting our group and hosting the event. We would also like to thank our volunteers - both those that attended and the crews that staffed our EMS and fire company while we attended this event. ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday March 29th, 2018 - 9:27 pm

Thank you for your presentation at Tri County Feed tonight. It was excellent. I hope I never have to call you to my farm, but I'm grateful to all of you that train and provide this rescue service for large animals in the state of Virginia. ... See MoreSee Less

March 27, 2018 - Our Volunteer Technical Large Animal Rescue Team was invited by the Loudoun County Equine Alliance to participate in their third annual Expo. The event was held at the Stone Tower Winery. We met some old friends and made quite a few new ones. There were numerous vendors present at this years event. Thank your for inviting us!!!!!!!!!!!!Image attachment

 

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It was great to meet you all

Thank you for taking the time to come out and share. I really enjoyed the presentation. Thank you for all you do.

What an awesome presentation! Well done!

Great presentation and so comforting knowing you are nearby!

Keep up the great work you do.

They are THE BEST!!!

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Thank you for a great presentation.

Thanks so much for coming to the RideFauquier event and sharing your interesting adventures with us. Everyone appreciated it immensely!

Enjoyed your presentation. Lots of good info and humorous descriptions! Thanks for helping so many people & their livestock.

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