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“The people we help are often very hardworking individuals who don’t step forward to ask for assistance until it is their very last option,” says Kathy Hamm, director of Dream Catcher Therapy Center and End of the Trail Horse Rescue, which operates the Hay Bank. “These people don’t have any other options, and if we don’t step forward to help them, they are placed in a situation where they have to choose between feeding themselves and feeding their horses.”
The mission of the Hay Bank is to help keep horses with their families, so they don’t end up getting sold at auctions; where, realistically, the majority of them are going to go to slaughter. For people like Lori, who recognize their horses’ value as extending far beyond their pedigree, which would be an unimaginable option.
“We were receiving many calls of responsible horse owners wanting to relinquish their horses to our sanctuary because they felt they had no other option,” Hamm continued. “Creating the Hay Bank allows us to offer people another option, and extends our outreach far beyond what the room in our sanctuary could provide.”
In the past year alone, The Western Slope Hay Bank has helped over 1,000 horses by providing hay along with education to owners who are struggling. The Hay Bank is continuing to expand and plans to help even more horses in the upcoming years.
The Hay Bank is designed to prevent the abandonment, neglect, euthanasia or relinquishment of horses when their caretakers are struck by the difficult economic times. Through our horse rescue we encounter many people who genuinely want the best for their horses, but are struggling to meet their needs due to many factors. The high prices of hay, difficulty with a job situation, a medical issue and natural disasters are all issues we support and lend a helping hand with. The hay bank is a logical way to help these struggling horse owners bridge the gap in a difficult time and continue to care for their horses responsibly while they work to get back on their feet.
We would like to thank the ASPCA for partnering with us to help horses and their owners though this most difficult time. The Hay Bank is supplied completely through grants, donations, and community support.
If you would like to offer support to the Western Slope Hay Bank in the form of hay or cash donations, please contact Dream Catcher Therapy Center, Inc. 970-323-5400.
All donations are tax deductible.
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