Growing up, EUR Equestrian and charities – part 2
When you start a new chapter in your life, start a new job, meet new people and are getting to know each other a question that often pops up is “What would you do if you didn’t have to work for a living?’ My answer has always been ‘ride horses, take care of a whole bunch or animals and maybe even rescue and rehome unwanted or neglected animals’.
Now that I have my web shop set up, and facing the reality that I still have to work to earn a living, I decided the next best thing is to donate part of the profits to organisations that rescue and rehome animals. So here’s a couple of charities that I know and support personally, just putting the word out there for anyone who’s not yet familiar with these wonderful organisations.
The RSPCA is an independent, non-government community-based charity providing animal care and protection services. The RSPCA runs 40 shelters and employs around 1,000 staff. ‘It costs more than $100 million each year to deliver all of our services which help improve the lives of Australian animals. Most of this money comes from public donations and fundraising initiatives, as well as business partnerships, grants and RSPCA patrons’.
Save A Horse Australia Horse Rescue & Sanctuary was established by Amanda Vella in 2001 and became a fully registered not for profit organisation in 2009. There was one special mare that truly changed my life. She was the reason I started rescuing and the reason why I’m still doing it today. I rescued Gypsy, along with a 3 year old Appaloosa colt, from the Narrandera sale yards in 1994, for $75. I was 13 years old. My grandmother, who was raising me, thought I was crazy but I used my own money to buy them and care for them. Our purpose is to take in unwanted, neglected, abused and slaughter bound horses, rehabilitate them and find them a perfect forever home. We currently have three sanctuaries operating in Buccan, Tarampa and Minden in south-east Queensland, Australia.
HRA - Horse Rescue Australia
HRA began in 1986 when Sally Davies took in two horses (SJ and Gumdrop) who were badly malnourished and had injuries from cruel handling. Sally co-produced a newspaper at the time and featured the horses in there on an ongoing basis, so readers could follow their rehabilitation. Offers of help soon started coming in. HRA takes in horses that require care, ranging from day to day needs to long term rehabilitation. The end objective is to find these horses homes where they will be cared for.
Project Hope Horse Welfare Victoria began in 1973 when Val Collingwood of Wallan, Victoria, wrote into RIDER magazine regarding the number of neglected horses in Australia. She outlined how someone could co-ordinate the rescue and rehabilitation of these unfortunate animals, suggesting the name “Project Hope” in memory of a neglected, supposedly aged, buck-jumper from Queensland. She had taken him home to try to save his life, giving him the name “Hope”, although he had little. He died three weeks later from massive worm infestation at the tender age of three. Project Hope Horse Welfare Victoria (PHHWV) is a non-profit organisation that seeks to help neglected or abused horses, through rehabilitation, education, and advocacy.
I wish I had a bottomless pit filled with money to help all animal rescue organisations. Or better yet, I hope that by educating people and changing laws and regulations that one day we won’t need these charities anymore. But for now, choosing an organisation is a small start to help make a change and improve the lives of animals across Australia. So please help me choose, leave a comment and choose where your money goes!