Fourth an­nual Horses for the Hol­i­days

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The Haven at Skanda started Horses for the Hol­i­days drive, a cam­paign that looks for new and used sup­plies.

CAZENOVIA » The Haven at Skanda has kicked off its fourth an­nual Horses for the Hol­i­days equine do­na­tion drive and aware­ness cam­paign with an ex­pan­sion into 10 coun­ties in Cen­tral New York.

Horses for the Hol­i­days in­vites an­i­mal lovers to do­nate new and gen­tly used equine sup­plies and make tax-de­ductible con­tri­bu­tions to help vul­ner­a­ble horses stay warm, safe, and healthy dur­ing the chal­leng­ing win­ter months.

Horses for the Hol­i­days was in­spired by Skanda’s ex­pe­ri­ence tak­ing in 14 wild, res­cued ponies in 2013, and the out­pour­ing of gen­eros­ity the com­mu­nity showed to­wards those ponies and to­wards Skanda. Re­al­iz­ing that the re­gion lacked preven­tive ser­vices for horses, and was stuck in a cy­cle of re­spond­ing to cri­sis sit­u­a­tions rather than pre­vent­ing them, Skanda started Horses for the Hol­i­days to chan­nel that com­mu­nity car­ing and gen­eros­ity and cre­ate a way for horse owners to get help early when a sit­u­a­tion first arises, and be­fore any an­i­mal need suf­fer. The pro­gram­be­gan in two coun­ties in 2013, and has ex­panded each year.

Horses for the Hol­i­days will run in Al­bany, Cayuga, Chenango, Cort­land, Jef­fer­son, Madi­son, Onondaga, Oswego, St. Lawrence, and Tomp­kins coun­ties through Feb. 1, 2018. Re­quests for as­sis­tance from coun­ties not on this list will also be hon­ored, and sup­plies will be dis­trib­uted for as long as they are avail­able.

Ev­ery­one who would like to do­nate can find Horses for the Hol­i­days col­lec­tion boxes in pop­u­lar stores, sta­bles, and schools, in­clud­ing Trac­tor Sup­ply and Coun­try Max stores, fam­i­ly­owned farm sup­ply stores, univer­si­ties, and sta­bles. The pro­gram also ac­cepts tax-de­ductible fi­nan­cial dona­tions on­line via its se­cure web­site at www. the­have­natskanda.org/ hors­es­for-the- hol­i­days, which pro­vide the abil­ity to pur­chase the ex­act sup­plies needed, with­out de­lay. Dona­tions are also ac­cepted by ap­point­ment at The Haven at Skanda, 4000 Mosley Road, by call­ing (315) 815-5056.

Items needed in­clude heated wa­ter buck­ets, blan­kets, grain, hay, tack, groom­ing kits, bed­ding and de-wormer. Dona­tions of vet­eri­nary and far­rier ser­vices are all help­ful for horses that lack ad­e­quate ac­cess to such re­sources.

Horse owners who need as­sis­tance can con­tact The Haven at Skanda any time at (315) 8155056 or mar­ion@the­have­nats--

Haven at Skanda en­cour­ages any­one who is aware of a per­son in need of help to make a re­fer­ral.

The Haven at Skanda is a 501(c)(3) non­profit or­ga­niza- tion that cares for res­cued horses, res­cued farm an­i­mals, and en­dan­gered species, and pro­vides pro­grams to chil­dren and adults en­cour­ag­ing re­spect­ful, pro­found part­ner­ships with an­i­mals. The Haven at Skanda is an all-vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tion, and dona­tions are fully tax-de­ductible.

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