COVID-19 Equine Assistance Program
Update Jan 7th, 2021 - Our COVID-19 Equine Assistance program has come to end. Thank you to all of you have helped us with this program. If you need assistance, you can find other equine assistance programs here.
In times of crisis, we often look to our neighbors for help. It can be challenging for us to see what our neighbors are currently going through as we practice social distancing. Even though we can’t physically see it, we at DHOH, and likely many of you, can hear it.
With thousands of layoffs throughout Colorado in a variety of industries, our neighbors are experiencing challenging and uncertain times. For many, layoffs and subsequent loss of income mean that they are struggling to find the money to support their horses.
Just this week, we’ve received a number of owner surrender requests, citing Coronavirus as the culprit. We have a full house of horses at the rescue, a substantial waiting list, and are unable to take on all of the owner surrenders while still maintaining proper levels of care for all of the horses. Helping keep the horses well fed in their current homes is the best option for now, and we will be looking for emergency foster homes of those who are willing and able to foster horses in need.
In an effort to help our neighbors through what we hope to be a temporary challenge, we are putting together a fundraiser to create an emergency hay and feed bank. The funds raised will go directly to the purchase of feed and hay which we will provide to folks who are struggling in Colorado. This will allow these horses to continue to receive the feed they need as their owners navigate these uncharted waters.
We understand that many of you may also be encountering challenges. We appreciate donations of any amount that you can spare. In times like these, the support of the community means the world. Thank you for being an important part of our community, we hope that you all stay well and healthy!
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