Christ­mas at Earth ARC

Open house is a chance to meet some of the res­i­dents

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY - Kent MacDon­ald Kent MacDon­ald is a stu­dent at North Nova Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre who is cur­rently work­ing at The News as part of a course for school.

There are cur­rently 23 horses at the Earth an­i­mal res­cue cen­tre, the ma­jor­ity of them el­derly.

All come from peo­ple sur­ren­der­ing the an­i­mals; Earth ARC never pur­chases horses. The state some are in when they ar­rive is pretty bad. The day Becca was res­cued, her right eye had been punc­tured. Becca is now 20 and will prob­a­bly stay at Earth ARC for the rest of her life.

Other peo­ple have also pur­chased horses off of meat trucks and sent them to the farm.

“Peo­ple don’t re­al­ize but horses get de­pressed, they re­ally do,” said Raven Jack­son, man­ager at Earth ARC.

As some­one who spends a lot of time around horses, Jack­son has ob­served their in­ter­ac­tions and their emo­tions to­ward new peo­ple, as well as the peo­ple clos­est to them.

“The only dif­fer­ence be­tween peo­ple and horses is that horses un­der­stand hu­man and horse talk, but peo­ple only un­der­stand peo­ple talk.”

Jack­son be­lieves horses have a deeper con­nec­tion with hu­mans than many re­al­ize, and they go through tough times as well.

Earth ARC has a va­ri­ety of other an­i­mals in­clud­ing ev­ery­thing from goats to cats and sheep.

The as­sis­tance that’s pro­vided, isn’t cheap, how­ever. Earth ARC has to spend ap­prox­i­mately $20,000 a year on hay alone. The ranch is run strictly by vol­un­teers.

On Sun­day, Dec. 9, a Christ­mas Open House is planned where there will be dec­o­ra­tions, drinks, hot choco­late and hot cider, a bake sale, 50/50 and tick­ets sold on a Christ­mas gift bas­ket. Ad­mis­sion is free and it runs 1 to 4 p.m.

In ad­di­tion to the Christ­mas open house, open houses are held ev­ery Sun­day af­ter­noon from 1 to 4 p.m. where peo­ple can get a tour and be in­tro­duced to the horses.

The res­cue cen­tre is at 644 Heron Road, Four Mile Brook.

If peo­ple would like more in­for­ma­tion about Earth ARC, they can check out their Facebook page with up­ward of 3,000 mem­bers.

“If all of the mem­bers on that Facebook page sent one loonie, that would make a dif­fer­ence,” Jack­son said.

There is an ac­count at the East Coast Credit Union un­der Earth ARC, set up for do­na­tions.

And Earth Arc is al­ways look­ing for more vol­un­teers.

“Any­one can come on Sun­day and I’ll give them a shovel,” Jack­son chuck­led.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Becca is a horse that was res­cued by Earth Arc. She is pic­tured here when she first ar­rived. At the time she was un­der­weight and had dam­age to one of her eyes.

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