Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Open house, open hearts for horses

Save the date -- and help save horses! On Sunday, April 17, Horse Rescue United -- an organization dedicated to saving and placing horses who would otherwise probably suffer and die -- will hold an open house. The public is invited to the event in New Egypt, NJ.

Marking its first year in existence, Horse Rescue United (HRU) is a registered not-for-profit NJ business that has applied for 501[c](3) non-profit status. Since last March, HRU has helped save and place/adopt out more than 30 horses. Most were saved from slaughter from auctions or feedlots, although many were owner surrenders.

In all cases, these horses need massive doses of TLC, coming in a variety of forms from medical care to pasturing. Their stories before HRU came along are chilling and tear-inducing, ranging from a mare with a grievous head wound (she was treated and later adopted but will be back for the open house) to a gelding whose eye cancer has spread, but who will live out his short life pain-free.

There are also three horses ready (or nearly so) for adoption: a Standardbred gelding (Cooper) and a mare (Jessica), as well as a Standardbred pregnant mare (Justice). HRU reps hope Justice and her foal (due later this spring) can be adopted or fostered together.

The open house will give visitors a chance to meet the rescued horses (carrots are welcome!). There will also be a silent auction, a bake sale, arts and crafts for kids, snacks, jewelry and HRU merchandise for sale.

Details and images at http://www.horserescueunited.org.

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