Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Shameless Plug for the MSPCA Beach Ride

In just a few weeks I plan to take Maggie  up to the annual Horses Helping Horses Beach Ride fundraiser, an 8 mile trek along Salisbury Beach to benefit the MSPCA at Nevins Farm.

For anyone unfamiliar with Maggie's story, she was seized by the MSPCA from a case of neglect in 2011. You can read much more about her story and how I came to adopt her by clicking on the "About Maggie" tab in the navigation bar above.
Maggie - February 2011 (Photo courtesy of the MSPCA)

Maggie - May 2014
Suffice to say here though, that I am so obsessed with this horse (you may have noticed) and am incredibly thankful to the MSPCA equine staff, the volunteers there, and the foster home that she went to before me for their incredible work with this mare and all the other horses that come to them.

The MSPCA at Nevins Farm is one of the largest equine rescues in the area, and they are the only full-service rescue center in New England for surrendered, abused, or injured horses. 
In 2012, the MSPCA took in a herd of around 30 neglected miniature horses. (That's me on the left applying flea powder during a volunteer day.) Photo by The Eagle Tribune.
In addition to their adoption services, the MSPCA also has an equine ambulatory service that provides transport of injured horses to veterinary hospitals. They also regularly provide training to first responders about how handle horses in emergency situations (trailer accidents, stuck/down horses.) In addition, they provide outreach to the community with seminar series and summer camps.

But wait there's more! Not only is Nevins Farm home to rescued horses, they also take in other farm animals such as chickens, geese, pigs, sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas, and cows. In fact, Maggie isn't the only animal that I've adopted from the MSPCA: I also adopted a goat, Billy Boomer, through them. He was surrendered after living a portion of his early life in the basement of a city apartment. He's the loveiest goat ever and even played a role in getting me and my husband together :)

Billy Boomer, wearing a hat he made for himself out of a shavings bag.
Money raised through the Horses Helping Horses Beach Ride will specifically benefit the MSPCA Equine and Farm Animals Center and help other horses like Maggie (and goats like Billy) to thrive and find find loving homes. 

I am extremely excited to bring Maggie to the beach ride this year as an "alumni" and show her off! She's living proof of the potential that rescue horses have to be someone's perfect companion :)

Visit my donation page HERE.

Read more about the MSPCA HERE and more about Horses Helping Horses HERE.