Anyone interested in adopting Cinnamon can visit heartlandrescueranch.com and fill out the adoption form.

SAND HILLS — The emaciated pony found abandoned on the side of the road in Washington County in May is ready for adoption thanks to Heartland Rescue Ranch and community volunteers.

Grazing in the left pasture at the ranch, Cinnamon, the Shetland pony estimated to be “well over” 30 years old, had visibly put on weight since arriving at the ranch over a month ago. Where before each rib was painfully visible and she was about 200 pounds underweight, now the pony is sporting a bit of a belly after being fed three times a day and a steady stream of treats from volunteers she’s charmed with her signature Shetland spunk.

“She has definitely gotten the attention she has been missing for a while,” said Amy Shepherd, founder of Heartland Rescue Ranch.

Cinnamon has been doing well since coming to the ranch, Shepherd said, but her prognosis wasn’t always positive. After being seen by a vet, she remembered being told there “wasn’t a whole lot of hope for her.”

“The vet thought we should maybe wait and see if she makes it,” Shepherd recalled. “For us, that just wasn’t an option.”

Instead, Cinnamon has done so well she’s now ready for a new home should the right person come along.

And just who is the right person? According to Shepherd, someone who needs a pasture mate for other animals, whether they be other horses, donkeys, even goats. She’s can’t be ridden, Shepherd said of Cinnamon, but she gets along well with other animals.

“Really, someone who is just looking for an animal to love,” Shepherd said.

Despite everything she’s been through, Cinnamon is still friendly and isn’t shy about walking up to anyone, friends and strangers alike, and nosing around for treats.

“After all she’s been through, she’s still very loving and trusting,” Shepherd said. “We can all learn a lot from these little ponies.”

While they’ll be sad to see Cinnamon go, the staff and volunteers at Heartland Rescue Ranch know that, as one of the only horse rescues in the area, it’s only a matter of time before another animal arrives in similar shape.

Anyone interested in adopting Cinnamon can visit heartlandrescueranch.com and fill out the adoption form. There, you can also find a link to donate to the ranch, or donations for Cinnamon’s care can be sent to 1435 Skunk Valley Road, Southport, FL, 32409.