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Horse Resource groups launches fund to aid rescue operations

Horse Resource recently established a fund at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation that will help provide financial resources in horse rescue situations.

"There are so many horses at this time that are in desperate situations," said Annie Widger, chairwoman of Horse Resource.

Grants will initially be given in the amount of $100, Widger said. People must apply for the money, which can be used to purchase hay and grain or to pay for farrier and veterinarian services.

The Community Foundation teams up with small organizations to help gather tax-deductible donations.

Horse Resource is an organization that provides monetary assistance and other services to struggling horse owners. The organization also helps owners who can no longer care for their horses find new homes for the animals. Horse Resource assists in free relocations but not with selling horses.

Horse owners often use the relocation services after going through traumatic situations that are accompanied by financial strains, such as losing a job or getting a divorce, Widger said.

"When you have a horse on top of that, it's one more mouth to feed," she said.

Widger is thankful for the collaboration with the Community Foundation. As a small organization, Horse Resource doesn't have the capacity to establish itself as a nonprofit. The partnership gave Horse Resource guidance and benefits, such as the ability to accept tax-deductible donations.

Donations to the fund can be made online through the Community Foundation's website.