I Suspect this won’t be a Popular Post…
March 18, 2011 § 8 Comments
Rescues. They can do amazing work.
There was a severely emaciated horse that was rescued by Strawberry Mountain Mustangs which they named Grace. The lady who saved Grace set up a Facebook page called “Grace – the little horse with the big spirit” to keep people updated on the horses condition. Because of the decidedly deplorable condition of the horse, they gained many followers. In seven months they’ve only directly asked for donations a total of eight times. On their Info page, they have links to their website , their email address, and phone number. They are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Kudos to you guys!
But now, suddenly, I’m seeing another horse that has been rescued, by someone else. The horse is “Chyanne” and they too have a Facebook page “Save Chyanne the Horse“.
I want to start off by saying I think what this woman did is commendable. She took in a horse that desperately needed help.
That being said…
From what I can see, the woman who saved Chyanne, Carmen Rowe, is going about things a little backwards. She took in a horse that she apparently couldn’t afford to rehab. She is NOT a registered 501(c)3 as far as I can tell, and she hasn’t put ANY information about herself OR what she does anywhere. The info page contains only the following:
My name is Chyanne. I was rescued from a horrible situation yesterday March 10, 2011. When I was found I had two serious leg injuries, one on each hind leg and had not eaten a good solid meal in months. I have lost all body fat and almost all muscle tone too. ssome of the other horses in my herd were stronger then me and chased me away from the food when we got feed but they too are not in the best condition.
My first morning in my new barn I was talking to the lady who brought me home and I told her Thank you for helping me. I am so thankful for my new barn, my new friends, a dry place to sleep, clean water and not having to fight over a flake of hay.
The injury to Chyanne’s right leg may have been caused by a piece of tin roofing that was on the ground. what we do know is that it is an old injury and she has been fighting infection for a long time. Her left leg may have been caught in some barbed wire., that ripped up her leg when she tried to get untangled.
Chyanne’s feet are somewhat long but are okay for now she will need a trim soon, she is also going to need her teeth floated, wormed, and just some ol’ fashion love and care!
Now, please, why do we need to speak from the horses perspective? I think this makes you look stupid. But that’s just my opinion. I’m sure there are people out there who like it…
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE
Beyond that, what probably bothers me the most are the constant requests for donations. Of which there have been five direct requests already. In UNDER A MONTH. So, if you recall, Grace only had eight in seven months… that means Chyanne will have at least 35 requests in the same time period if she continues on in this vein. I think there’s a problem here.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE! call into Inland Feed & Farm Supply and donate a bag of Alfalfa pellets they are only $14.00 each + tax 509-276-8070,
also DEER PARK Veterinary Clinic 509-276-5091 is offering a teeth floating special this month, call in a donate a few dollars to go towards her bill tell them it’s for Chyanne under the name Carmen Rowe… Thank you all so much
Yes the horse needed help. Yes Carmen Rowe did a good thing taking the horse in. Yes the horse has injuries. Yes she’s skinny…
My Take on It
I realize Carmen (apparently) has other horses, and probably has experience and at least a good vet. But does that make one a “rescue” per say? There are many, many people out there who take in a neglected horse here or there, one or two at a time – and they rehab and rehome that horse on their own… with no real outside help whether it be financially, emotionally or physically. They aren’t on Facebook begging for donations either. They just want to help whenever and however they can.
If you are a “regular joe” (as in not a registered non-profit or charity) and you want to “rescue” a horse – GOOD FOR YOU. But don’t then go online and beg for donations from the rest of us “regular joes” out there! Especially starting it with “PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE”!! If you are a registered charity/non-profit; say so. If you want my money, show me who you are! I don’t know you from Adam… you could totally be scamming people. You could have taken in this horse ten years ago, and now decided to start posting photos and asking for donations. In this day and age of computer and Internet fraud, you expect / want me to send you my hard earned money because you posted some sad photos? Come on. I need a bit more information than that. I think the fact that you’re accepting donations through your vet and feed store is good but it’s the ONLY thing that makes me think you’re possibly legitimate.
What do You Think?
Do you think it is acceptable to take on a horse you can not afford to rehabilitate on your own?
Do you think someone who is not a registered charity or non-profit should be begging for donations?
Or do you think all this is perfectly acceptable…? (You can add “…and I’m ignorant to say anything about it” to that if you like.)