In an announcement on April 3, we are reminded by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) that National Help A Horse Day is just around the corner - on April 26. ASPCA is hoping that equine rescues and sanctuaries will join in a competition to raise awareness about their hard work on behalf of at-risk horses that they have saved from abuse and neglect.
Since Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement begins its tenth year, it plans to celebrate its anniversary by entering into the competition. Mitchell Farm is hoping for a chance to win one of the five grant prizes. Each is for $10,000 and would go a long way to assist the farm in its struggles to protect horses.
Mitchell Farm plans to celebrate April 26 with a Fun Fair highlighting its work for horse welfare. It will feature local horse organizations, horse health and welfare, vendor booths, horse demonstrations, lectures, tours of the farm and fun activities. Of course, Mitchell is including food vendors and live music in the day’s activities.
Names of companies and individuals participating throughout the day are available on Mitchell Farm’s site. http://mitchellfarm.org/Events.html.
Hours scheduled for fun with horses are from 11:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. with free admission.
Dee Doolittle, founder and executive director of Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement, says:
The ASPCA Help A Horse Day contest is a wonderful opportunity for our team to welcome the residents and businesses of South Eastern Connecticut into our barn to help spread awareness about not only our mission and the needs of the senior horse, but overall horse welfare, in the hopes of preventing unwanted horses in our area.
The Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement www.mitchellfarm.org facility, located on Route 82 in Salem, Connecticut, was established in August of 2004. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to provide a safe and comfortable retirement alternative to old and infirm horses. In addition, it offers educational opportunities on proper geriatric horse care and management.
Besides Doolittle, the farm is run entirely with volunteer help. The volunteers care for 25 retired horses of various breeds and backgrounds. There is great demand for spaces at the farm with over 70 horses on the waiting list.