Anyway, first I hit a slump. Then I wrote this good post and I thought Blogger ate it because it just vanished. Really the fault was mine but it sounds better blaming Blogger, fair or not, so that's what I'm going with on that. Then I had a good long sulk about said disappearing post. Then my husband had the plague, which needs no explanation. Then I got the same said plague and now here we all are.
So. What have we been up to? Mostly the usual stuff - end of school, summer child care insanity, garden stuff etc. However, I am excited to report that we have found a family interest that we are all thrilled about. I have been wanting to find some kind of organization that we can all volunteer with so that giving back to our community becomes simply a part of our normal (hahahaha!) family life. There are so many worthy organizations in our area and I am happy to promote their causes via Facebook and word of mouth, but in order to really be able to dedicate serious time and effort, it needs to be something that resonates emotionally with all of us.
I'd like to introduce you to L.E.A.R.N. - Livestock and Equine Awareness and Rescue Network. Here is what they are about, from their website: "It is our mission is to educate our youth, prospective owners, and owners concerning the proper care of animals. We also support the local Animal Control departments with the care and housing of abused and neglected farm animals. We are dedicated to the management of reported neglect cases and work with law enforcement to insure the animals receive the care and feed needed for optimal health."
Obviously, there are numerous organizations dedicated to the care and well being of animals but the problem with large animals is that it is difficult to have the space, the facilities and the very specific knowledge base needed to intervene for them during a crisis, and even less of those factors necessary in order to rehabilitate them both physically and psychologically. Through the tireless dedication of their director, board, and volunteers, LEARN has been standing in the gap for these animals officially since 2009. They had operating in horse rescue for over twenty years but upon taking in 33 horses in one day, the need to change to a non-profit became obvious.
These folks made their way onto my radar when what is probably the worse case of horse abuse I've ever seen was broadcast via local news and Facebook back in March. I began following along with the story of Whisper and Traveler, and like many others have been thrilled to see the progress that these beautiful horses have made under outstanding routine and veterinary care. About a month ago, I decided that just cheering them along on social media was not enough - it was time to be involved.
|Whisper, about ten days into coming to LEARN. This picture is not nearly as horrendous as reality.|
|Whisper, about a month ago.|