Oct. 5 family-friendly fundraiser and adoption event for horse rescue and rehabilitation centerWritten by Kevin Moore | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Many animal shelters are filled to capacity and struggle to find a good home for the formerly stray, abused and neglected pets in their care. Animal charities such as the Humane Society deal mostly with dogs and cats, but where do horses, which are much larger and have different needs than common house pets, end up? The Healing Barn in Millbury, Ohio is a rescue and rehabilitation facility that specializes in providing care for horses (though they also take in dogs and cats) and arranging for their adoption. The organization will hold its third annual open house fundraiser and auction event on Oct. 5.
“We work alongside the Humane Society to take in horses who have been neglected and abused or whose owners have decided they can no longer care for them,” said Corri Mayo, Manager of the Healing Barn. “When the horses arrive, we evaluate them physically and check their temperament. If they don’t have any physical or behavior issues, we then look for people who might want to adopt them.”
The Healing Barn, which was formed in 1999 and became a nonprofit in 2008, currently cares for 21 horses, nine of which are being fostered and rehabilitated. The amount of time horses spend with the organization largely depend on their condition upon arrival. “There are some horses that can be adopted right away before they even get here, but others may need to stay with us for two years,” Mayo said. “There are a few horses with special needs so severe they will have to spend the rest of their lives with us.”
Caring for horses became an important issue to Mayo, who holds dual degrees in Equine Business and Equine Studies, at a young age. “My parents started the Healing Barn, and I started to get interested in equine care as soon as they started to get me involved with horses. Part of it comes from my mom, who has been a nurse for 40 years. Taking care of people and animals is just her natural way of being.”
To foster similar passions in the next generation, the Healing Barn opens its doors to kids over the age of ten on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for its weekly Volunteer Day. The youth volunteers clean stalls, learn skills related to horse and animal care, and get to share some responsibility for the animals’ well being. Each Volunteer Day ends with an activity with the horses.
The Healing Barn’s 2013 open house and auction event will run from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature silent auctions and raffles to benefit the organization’s efforts, opportunities for potential adopters to meet the available horses, and an afternoon of family-friendly activities for the kids. Some notable items that will be up for bid include restaurant gift cards, spa massages, and glass-blown art courtesy of the Toledo Museum of Art. All auction proceeds benefit the Healing Barn’s animals for such things as veterinarian bills and dietary supplements. Food and refreshments will be available, and there will be pumpkin painting and activities with the horses for children.
“It’s amazing to see the difference in these horses,” said Mayo. “They come in abused or neglected, and all they want is to be loved and cared for. We give them a little TLC, and you can see it in their eyes how much they appreciate it. They definitely pay it forward in how loving they are towards the volunteers and children.”
The Healing Barn is located at 27731 Bradner Rd. in Millbury. For more information, visit www.thehealingbarn.com.