Tears for an Angel

Sometimes prayers are not answered in the way we want them to be. Babies are born into this world only to be taken away while still so very young. Hollis was less than 3 months old when he passed away last night. The delight he brought to those blessed with knowing him was a great gift. Hollis loved life. His sense of wonder and joyful play will never be forgotten. He truly was an angel. And angels are often called back to heaven… as Hollis was.

hollis10172014bHollis and Mama were doing fine yesterday. Dr Major, an equine specialist from the East Coast, had come in to assist with Hollis’s recovery. Plans were being made for what therapies and surgeries would be needed in the coming months to allow this little foal grow up and live the life that was so precious to him and his Momma. The Vets at Texas A&M and other specialists were working hard to find solutions to some very complicated problems Hollis had with his upper airway. The doctors decided to do another scope – to check and see how the baby donkey’s throat was healing. That was at 10 o’clock last night. After the scoping, Hollis was put back with his Momma in the ICU to recover. All seemed to be well until 11 when Hollis suddenly passed away.

Baby Hollis with his Momma.

There will be an necropsy done. And the Vets dealing with Hollis’s issues already have learned a great deal more about how to help foals born with a similar condition. There will be other baby equines born with growths in their airway. And the medical research done to help Hollis will be there to help them survive. All the donations that were made in support of Hollis will not have gone for naught. His death was not in vain.

hollis-babyHollis’s Momma is being picked up today from the Texas A&M Large Animal Hospital. Just as her baby Hollis was named after deputy Jessica Hollis – the brave Travis County Sheriff’s Officer that gave her life protecting the people of Austin, Hollis’s Momma will now honor her by using her first name – Jessica. Jessica will be coming back to our rehabilitation center in Manvel, Texas where she will be loved, fed, helped to recover from this horrible experience…then placed up for adoption to find a family that she can share her love with. Hollis, her little angel, will be with her in spirit, watching from the Rainbow Bridge.

We wish to thank each and everyone of you for the support and prayers you have given for Baby Hollis. The days he spent with his Momma were ones of pure joy. Your continued support made this happen and allows other horses an opportunity for a full, healthy life. If you wish to make a contribution in memory of Hollis – you can do so by clicking on the link below. Your donation will go towards our goal of rescuing those without a voice – the lost, neglected and abused horses, burros…all equine.


AUTHOR: Amber Barnes

    So sorry to hear the news.. Jessica will be well loved while she is at Manvel…
    Kimberly Adam

    October 22, 2014
  • Debbie Stoutamire

    I’m sure that Jessica Hollis was waiting at the foot of the Rainbow Bridge to welcome her namesake. Just wish that Mama Jessica was coming to Hitchcock instead of Manvel. Paco would have been the perfect donkey to meet and greet her. Gas is too high to drive up to Manvel any way.

    October 22, 2014
  • Greg Jones

    So sorry, Rest in Peace baby Hollis…

    October 22, 2014
  • Margaret

    Please make sure all of Hollis’s records are passed onto Marjorie for The Charlie Project. This is exactly why Charlie came to earth last earth last year and was taken away. He too LOVED life. He was so curious and full of life.

    I sometimes think these precious little ones are taken to make the rest of us sit up and pay attention. Slow down and think things through a bit.

    They are so blasted cute! Little tiny babies with the biggest ears! They are adorable!

    October 22, 2014

    October 22, 2014
  • sherriey

    i’m so sorry to hear this. Hollis was so beautiful. such a short life, a total shame….but like you said…not for naught.
    Bless you, little Hollis….run free now, no more pain, with God’s love.

    October 22, 2014
  • arlene

    So sorry to hear Hollis passed !!!! Rest in Peace Little Angel who delited everyone who knew him , Thank You all for trying to save him !!!

    October 22, 2014
  • geri
    October 23, 2014
  • Jami LoVullo

    Ugh. Wish they hadn’t done another knockdown. Sometimes better to leave well enough alone. Hard on the little guys who are already compromised. I was so hoping it would turn out differently. Very sad.

    October 23, 2014