By RICK CURL
Of The Record Staff
A local horse rescue is inviting the public to a special event Saturday in Linden.
The Leilani Mae Horse Rescue is joining forces with the The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and celebrating national Help A Horse Day.
The event will take place at the rescue located at 9248 East Reeves Bridge Road in Linden and is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Leilani Mae Horse Rescue, shown above at East Reeves Bridge Road, Linden, is hosting Helping A Horse Day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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There will be hot dogs, snacks and beverages as well as pony rides and adult rides, games, music, raffles and a bouncy house.
There will also be a Feed a Horse Station and Horse Nutrition. Vistors can also learn about the various Help A Horse programs and will be able to meet the horses that are currently in the rescue’s care.
The rescue is also competing for a chance to win a $25,000 grant prize to assist with the the rescue’s efforts.
“Help a Horse Day is a very special opportunity to highlight the plight of at-risk horses,” rescue President Deborah Gilley said. “This year we are focusing on the more than 50 horses currently in our care.” The nationwide competition for the grant is a way to raise awareness for equine rescues and sanctuaries. It’s also to raise public awareness of their efforts to care for at-risk horses in the community who have often been abused or neglected.
“Most of these horses were rescued from slaughter buyers, abuse, abandonment and neglect,” Ms. Gilley said. “Horses are majestic, loving animals and we hope our local supporters will come out Saturday to help us win the grant so we can continue our lifesaving efforts for years to come.”
The Leilani Mae Rescue performs several functions. The rescue works with local animal controls, acts on reports of abuse or neglect, offers training seminars geared toward educating the public on health care and welfare of the equine species and one of their biggest efforts is attending local auctions to save horses from kill buyers who ship horses to Canada and Mexico. Of those, according to the rescue, 93 percent are under 10 years old and healthy.
“We are the voice for the voiceless,” Ms. Gilley said. “Please help us save lives from abuse, neglect and slaughter.”
Horses have been central to the ASPCA’s work since it was founded 150 years ago. That’s when Henry Burgh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse resulting in the first successful arrest for the mistreatment of a horse on April 26, 1866.