Millbury, Ohio (PRWEB) January 22, 2008
The mother and daughter team of Nancy and Corri Swigart announce plans to help finance and unite America's horse rescue facilities through their membership website, SponsoraHorse.org. Low monthly membership dues will be offered to people who want to help the horses, but are unsure of where to turn to help.
Their family owned Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Facility, The Healing Barn, is one of Ohio's most well respected operations. Nancy and Corri are launching a new website that will be able to help rescue more horses and provide some financial support to other equine rescue facilities.
Nancy and Corri Swigart own "The Healing Barn" located about 10 miles south of Toledo Ohio. Nancy says they have been doing horse rescue and rehabilitation at their present location since 1996. They have used their own money to do everything from confiscate, house, and rehabilitate horses for the Wood County Humane Society as well as rehabilitate horses with spinal chord injuries, fractures, and severe laminitis . Ms. Swigart says they have, like most horse rescue facilities; used their own money to support their passion to rescue horses. But the last few years have been extremely hard on rescue facilities all across the United States. The prices of necessities like grain, hay, and bedding have skyrocketed forcing many horse rescue facilities to close.
Ms. Swigart says," the timing couldn't be worse, there is presently far more need for people to help rescue starved, neglected, abandoned, and abused horses than ever before."
Last year over 100,000 horses from the United States were slaughtered and shipped overseas for human consumption. New statistics say that 93% of the 100,000 horses were considered healthy, but were still slaughtered.
Our present economy and last springs drought have doubled hay prices in many areas of the United States. The increased prices of grains like corn have greatly increased the cost of feed for the horses. In part, the new ethanol plants have pushed corn prices from $1.40 per bushel last year to over $4.30 per bushel currently. Many people simple cannot afford to feed their horses at these prices. This increases the call to rescue facilities from people that want to simply drop their horse off. With most rescue facilities already over capacity and even more rescue facilities closing, too many owners are ending up taking their horses to sales were they are sold for slaughter.
Congress recently passed a law outlawing the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the United States. This is a great win but it also means that we will need to find homes or sanctuaries for 100,000 additional horses this year.
It's time for the American people to come together and support the horses that are such a huge part of our Nation's history.
Their membership website, SponsoraHorse.org, will allow member's dues to be used to help as many horses as possible. Nancy says, "Our goal is to not only help rescue more horses locally, but be able to donate to other rescues, and build a network of certified rescues that will be stronger than any individual rescuing facility."
Nancy says she knows there are thousands of horse lovers out there that would love to help, but they don't know what to do, who to call, or who they can trust with their donations. SponsoraHorse.org will give these animal lovers a way to donate through their monthly membership program, provide them with a website to stay informed about current equine issues, and to see what difference their donations are making.
Sponsor A Horse will also have a membership forum to build a community of like minded animal lovers. We know strong communities within the forums will provide a wealth of information for everyone. I am sure that the communities in our forums will brain storm with each other to come up with even more ways to help horses in need. Nancy encourages you to go to http://www.SponsoraHorse.org and sign up. We also encourage Horse Rescue Facilities to join and sign up to be eligible for financial help from SponsoraHorse.org.
Together We Will Make a Difference!
More about Nancy and Corri:
Nancy has worked with animals and been in the medical field for over 35 years and Corri graduated from The University of Findlay with a Bachelors degree in Equine Business Management and an Associates degree in Western Equine Studies. Nancy and Corri own and run TheHealingBarn.com which is the North American Home of Hilton Herbs for Horses and Dogs. The Healing Barn also donates a portion of their Hilton Herb sales to help save horses.
Nancy or Corri Swigart