Do you long to help out a rescue horse, but lack the resources to adopt a rescue horse? There are still ways to help horses in need – here are seven great ways that you can help local horse rescues.
There are countless ways for you to volunteer for a horse rescue. Rescues often have very specific areas that they need help in, like cleaning stalls or doing office tasks. To double your efforts, see if you can get a friend to volunteer and spend the day with you at the rescue.
2. Donate Supplies
Many rescues have “wish lists” of supplies that they need. Halters, blankets, and feed are often at the top of these lists. If you have new or used items that could benefit a rescue, then schedule a trip out to donate them.
Check out this list of 8 Supplies That Most Horse Rescues Need for ideas on what items to donate.
3. Donate Money
More than anything, horse rescues need money. If you can donate to a horse rescue, then your donation is sure to help make a difference. If you’re planning to make a donation, then check in with horse-loving friends and family to see if they would like to donate, too.
4. Spread the Word
Horse rescues do great work for very little reward. They often depend on grants and public support, so the more that people can help spread the word about the rescue, the better. Connect with staff at the rescue to see how you can help to spread the word. Maybe you can assist with the rescue’s newsletter or can help to manage their Facebook page.
Horse rescues often hold different fundraisers during a single year. Whether helping out at a bake sale or staffing a car wash, you can help with fundraising events which bring in much needed financial support to the rescue.
6. Write Grants
If you are a strong writer with experience in writing grants, then you will be an asset to any rescue. Applying for grants is a time-consuming, tedious process, and it requires excellent attention to detail. Many rescues would be grateful for the help, especially from a skilled grant writer.
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7. Foster a Horse
If you can’t assume the responsibility of full ownership of a horse, maybe you can offer a rescue horse a foster home. Many horse rescues rely on foster homes, and they all have different arrangements. Typically a foster needs to supply the stall, feed, and care for the horse, but a rescue will often contribute to vet and farrier expenses.