BEGIN AGAIN HORSE RESCUE, INC. will be celebrating the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) national Help a Horse Day on April 26, 2014, and competing for a chance to win one of five $10,000 grant prizes to assist with their efforts to protect horses. To celebrate the day, BEGIN AGAIN will be hosting an Open House at the farm at 3341 Plank Road (Route 15A), Lima, NY 14485 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm. The rescue will be welcoming the community to visit Begin Again, see the horses, tour our facility, and meet our volunteers.
This nationwide competition is for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about the lifesaving work we do year-round to care for at-risk horses in our surrounding communities – horses that have been abused or neglected. Horses have been central to the ASPCA’s work since its founding 148 years ago, when Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for the mistreatment of a horse on April 26, 1866.
“The ASPCA Help A Horse Day contest is a wonderful opportunity for our team to welcome the residents and businesses of Ontario, Livingston, Yates and Monroe counties into our barn to help spread awareness about the at-risk horses in our community who are in need of forever homes,” said Harriett Rubins, Executive Director. “Horses are majestic, loving animals. We hope our local supporters will come out on April 26 to improve our chances to win this $10,000 grant, so we can continue our lifesaving efforts for years to come.”
“Begin Again will actually celebrate the whole month of April with a “Pass It Forward” event,” said Mrs. Rubins. “We are asking people to do something good for someone else’s horse and then to encourage that person to pass it on by doing a deed for another horse. It could be cleaning the barn for someone who has fallen behind on this chore, or spring grooming a neighbor’s horse. It could also be providing Begin Again with some volunteer help or making a donation of money or from the items on our wish list posted on our website, www.beginagainrescue.org. We want everyone to document what they have done, and let Begin Again Horse Rescue know about it by completing our preprinted questionnaire found on our website and send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org or bring it to the farm during our Open House on April 26th. As a thank you, we will give a “I Helped a Horse!” bracelet to all participants. Our major goals are to increase overall awareness of how many horses are in need of help, what we as individuals or as a rescue can do to improve the situation, and to win one of the contest grants. $10,000 buys a lot of food and pays many veterinary bills!
Begin Again Horse Rescue Inc. is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. We are a 100% volunteer organization. Our mission is to help at-risk horses through rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing. To date, we have taken in 93 horses and placed 85 of them (a 91% adoption ratio). In addition, we are overseeing the foster care of 14 horses, a goat and a sheep from an abuse/neglect case that is still in the courts. We take in horses that are bound for slaughter or others whose owners can no longer care for them because of health or financial issues. We also try to enable community members to keep their horses.
One of our most poignant cases involved a blind, pregnant, skinny, abandoned mare named Helen. She was very trusting and kind. One of our members volunteered to foster her until she foaled. Then she and her beautiful colt, named Sullivan after Helen Keller’s teacher, thrived at Begin Again until each was adopted by caring people. It is not easy to place a blind mare, but a kind-hearted person volunteered to adopt her. Some people feel Helen should have been put to sleep, but she is happy in her home not far from the Begin Again farm. We want people to know that horses like Helen don’t have to be euthanized and can live long lives.
Of the 93 horses we have taken in, most were sound and basically healthy and just in need of groceries. Even so, it costs Begin Again an average of $350 per horse for rehabilitation. We bring in veterinarians for wellness exams. They check each horse for soundness, administer vaccines, and give us a baseline to go by, so we know what extra care each horse may require. The farrier trims their feet, and an equine dentist deals with tooth issues. We tell prospective adopters as much as we know about each animal because we aim for the new home to be forever.
Once a year, we check on our adoptees to make sure they are still healthy and safe. No horse from Begin Again can ever be sold or even given away. These horses must never again be at risk. It takes a lot of volunteer effort and money to run Begin Again Horse Rescue Inc., a registered 501 c-3 charity that is approved yearly by the AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners). We are asking for your help and support because our work is very important. Our country was founded and grew with the help of horses. They are an important part of our history, and we want to share this with the public.
For more information about BEGIN AGAIN HORSE RESCUE, and horses available for adoption, please visit WWW.BEGINAGAINRESCUE.ORG.