The Issue: Rising Cost of Hay for Horses
Food is getting more expensive for everyone, even those who walk on four legs. Over the past few years, hay-delivery prices have increased from $200 per ton to $350 per ton. For organizations caring for equine animals, basic supplies including hay are increasingly hard to afford. Equine Aid Horse & Donkey Rescue achieved its 501c3 status at the height of the recession in 2010, and it still struggles to cover its basic costs. The all-volunteer organization goes through at least 300 pounds of hay per day—and that’s just one of the necessities that makes the rescue a safe place for equine creatures.
The Campaign: Purchasing Hay to Feed Rescued Horses
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Equine Aid Horse & Donkey Rescue to care for rescued horses and donkeys. Donations will be matched up to $5,000 by an anonymous donor. For every $350 raised, Equine Aid Horse & Donkey Rescue can purchase one ton of hay. Many of the horses and donkeys at the rescue are saved from kill pens or auctions, others arrive through animal control or individuals who could no longer care for them. These animals live on 20 acres of pastureland where they can roam freely. The herd eats 8–10 tons of hay every month.
Equine Aid Horse & Donkey Rescue
Every day at Equine Aid Horse & Donkey Rescue in Monroe, Washington revolves around the needs of the animals who live there. Starting in the morning, volunteers feed the horses a mash of hay pellets and supplements. Sick and injured horses receive medication or boots to keep them healthy throughout the day. Then, the herd gets to frolic and play in an 18-acre pasture. Nearby, a 2-acre pasture gives the donkeys of the herd a place to explore the outdoors as well. With the herd out to pasture, the all-volunteer staff can then turn their attention to finding forever homes for these animals with families across Washington. When they're not caring for the animals, volunteers work with lawmakers to enact legislation that protects equines from slaughter and abuse.