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Letter: Horse rescue worthy of public support for hay need, she says

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TO THE EDITOR: I’m writing about an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people, animals and the community this weekend.

Refuge Farms Horse Rescue and Sanctuary, on Hwy. 29 east of Spring Valley, needs donations to purchase this winter’s hay supply. The cost of hay has increased nearly 70 percent over last year, leaving the organization scrambling to finance the 200 round bales needed to winter the resident horses and perform at least some of the rescues it’s called upon to manage throughout the year.

In its 12th year, Refuge Farms has rescued and re-homed nearly 1,000 animals, from beloved pets whose families faced tragedy and loss to animals victimized by the severest abuse and neglect.

It makes these animals, from pony size to giant draft horse, available to youth groups, children at risk, and people with disabilities and special needs, through its “Horses Helping . . .” program. There, people hear messages of compassion, acceptance and caring, and find solace in silent communication with these gentle beasts.

Refuge Farms also helps the region—it spends $60,000 per year in feed, equipment, animal care, fuel and other costs with small, local businesses; its 30 volunteers and many visitors drive from throughout the region, from across the state and from out of state, to help at projects and events, or tour the farm, spending money locally.

Now it’s time to help Refuge Farms. We’re having a 50/50 cash raffle during our open to the public hours (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Monday, Sept. 2, in celebration of Labor Day. Come meet the horses and volunteers, and buy a ticket—or make a donation. Can’t come? Mail your donation to Refuge Farms, 3035 Hwy. 29, Spring Valley, WI 54767, or go to PayPal on the web site www.refugefarms.org.

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