Horses brought them together, dogs have solidified their bond.
Founded in April of 2014, Thrive is the brainchild of Cece Bloum and Georgia Spogli. Cece, a lifelong equestrienne and founder of Newmarket Farm, was looking for a way to incorporate her love for animals with something that would give back to the community. Being a dog lover first and foremost, she began going to shelters and finding dogs for friends who wanted another dog, but couldn’t bear to endure the heartache of searching the shelters to find the right one. In doing this, she came to understand that the shelters are filled with dogs who’ve been abandoned for reasons having nothing to do with health or behavioral issues.
Georgia Spogli was doing similar rescue work on the east coast, while spending time there during the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. After successfully placing several dogs into the loving homes of friends and associates in the equestrian world, she felt a calling to do more. Joining forces with Cece they recruited three more of their dog-loving friends from the equestrian world, put together a board of directors, applied for 501c3 status, and the journey began.
Thrive Animal Rescue is located at Newmarket Farm, in North County, San Diego. Just 5 minutes drive from Del Mar Horse Park and 1 hour from Blenheim Equisports, two of the venues where we routinely hold adoption events during horse shows.
Steve and Cece Bloum have transformed a piece of unused land above Newmarket Farm, into an area where newly rescued Thrive dogs can run around, roll in the grass and appreciate their first hours and days out of the shelter before being adopted. The Thrive Animal Rescue property also provides a safe haven for the San Diego foster dogs to come and play during the mornings and afternoons, before going back to their foster families in the evening.
Our Los Angeles volunteers frequently visit the most overcrowded and underfunded shelters in the L.A. area, reaching as far as Lancaster and Palm Desert. Shelters where dogs are given 72 hours before being euthanized and often those 72 hours are spent in crowded cages without beds. We comb the shelters looking for dogs that can come to the adoption events with us and who will be safe to have around children, horses and other dogs. We have a network of foster homes in the Los Angeles area and we are generally able to arrange transport to other parts of the state in the event that someone living elsewhere wants one of our dogs.