The street is still quiet and waits to be awaken. Victoria Goss, a wise lady with a philanthropic soul, has already woke up and opens the barn gate of Last Chance Corral. Since the weather is getting cold, she checks how these foals doing last night first, and feed them. Day by day, Victoria Goss starts her work like that but she never feel bored about this.

At the age of 12, Victoria rescued her first horse. Since 1968 she has always taken in the horses that everyone has given up, trying to turn their life around by giving them one last chance. In the past few decades, horses have come in and out of her life. It makes her firmly believe that there is always a horse out there in need of rescue, and always a need for someone to feel responsible on animals’ behalf.  Therefore, in 1986, Victoria established the Last Chance Corral by realizing her responsibility of creating a shelter to offer horses a life-changing opportunities.

Running a asylum as well as taking care of so much abandoned horses are never easy. It is just like taking care of a baby, Victoria has to consider the individual needs of each rescued animal. Victoria and her peers work begins with developing an individual diet, treatment regiments, and a training program for each horse according to its needs.  When a horse has been sufficiently rehabilitated, they will find appropriate adoptive homes that suit the horse's needs and abilities. About one year ago, Victoria rescued two horses who were reduced to skin and bone and near death. And it was critical for the first few weeks they got rescued by Last Chance Corral. Victoria and her team of experts worked together, bringing them the groceries specialized feed, supplements and love. Finally they are able to bring these horses back after three months’ effort.

It is never an easy task to keep a warm heart with passion. Victoria did that.

Victoria Goss has her first horse ride in that week in Athens, Ohio, on Dec. 02, 2017.

Victoria Goss and Karen Richards finishes one day's work and bring those horses back in barn in Athens Ohio, On Dec. 02, 2017.

Karen Richards and Victoria Goss ride down the path from the barn to the woods across the highway in Athens, Ohio, on Nov. 18, 2017.

Victoria Goss and Karen Richards ride across the highway to go back to barn in Athens, Ohio, on Nov. 18, 2017.

Victoria Goss's name tag is on the back side of the saddle.

Victoria Goss and Karen Richards put a bridle on a horse for riding in Athens, Ohio, on Nov. 18, 2017.

After the work, Victoria goes back to her cabin with her three dogs in Athens, Ohio, on Nov. 10, 2017.

Victoria Goss carries the firewood that she just chopped to house while her dog Bruno waits for her in Athens, Ohio, on Nov. 23, 2017.

VIctoria Goss brushes her hair and gets ready for a horse ride in her living room in Athens, Ohio, on Dec. 02, 2017.

Victoria Goss does some paper work in her living room in Athens, Ohio, on Nov. 07, 2017.

Victoria is exhausted after doing all these work and feeding her pets in Athens, Ohio, Nov. 14, 2017. "I am born for serving.", she said.

Victoria picks two bridles from her collections on the walls in Athens, Ohio, on Nov. 18, 2017. Those are all the bridles that Victoria used to use in the past  30 years.

Victoria Goss (right) and her best friend, Karen Richards, clean the bridles they are going to use later in Athens, Ohio, on Nov. 18, 2017.

Victoria Goss hugs her dog Gerta while she is watching the news in Athens, Ohio, on Nov. 07, 2017.

(left to right)Victoria Goss, Rachel Dicken, Josh Griffith, and her dog Gracie, are having a meeting in her kitchen in Athens, Ohio, 
on Dec. 06, 2017.

Victoria Goss sketches the front page of the newsletter's next issue in Athens, Ohio, on Dec. 02, 2017.

Victoria Goss works on the newsletter of Last Chance Corral while her and her friends' pets, Bruno, Ruckus, Gerta and Gracie are accompanying with her in Athens, Ohio, on Dec. 02, 2017.


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