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Hope for Horses
November 6, 2009

Hope for Horses is unusual among horse rescues because because they take on horses with extreme medical problems and stay the course until they are fixed. They don't always succeed but as long as the horse is willing they keep trying. The value of the horse, the cost of treatment and the thousands of hours required do not deter them. They are healers. I started with them and a group they formed called Foal-Team where we supported a local vet hospital with teams of two people round the clock who sat in the stall with a baby and mother horse in trouble. We were there to keep the mare from stepping on the foal or help the foal get up when it needed to. The best times of my life. I have agreed to start documenting some of this and I hope soon to be able to contribute to their web site some of the many stories of just plain heroic work by their staff and volunteers.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Saving the lives of sick and discarded horses. They never give up. I came back after a year and found one horse (Josie) who I was sure would be dead, instead she is running and playing in ways I would never have thought possible.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find out a way to get them back to having paid staffers. The down turn in donations has made them cut back too far. They have great volunteers but they need 1-3 full time staffers to get tehm back to where they were 2 years ago.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Watching horses come back from the dead.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wonderful people. Volunteers from other rescues who wanted a closer connection with horses. Vet techs from PIMA and local small animal offices. Artists, writers. all very cool people

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change everything. They would become a model on how to do it. They could provide a framework and how people and horses could relate in this new and more crowded century

Ways to make it better...

I had more time. I can't reliably volunteer I wish I could be a better resource to them

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Lack of money. Like all rescues they need money more than anything. Next is fosters and adopters to make room for new horses. It's been a terrible year.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I have such respect for these people and I will pray for the abusers and cheaters and selfish people and ignorant people who would stand against them. Don't be led around by the nose, go see for yourself.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Former volunteer & Foal-team, assisted in bandaging and nursing care. Spent the night in the barn watching over horses in desperate need.