Hundreds help horse rescue through Easter benefit

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Several hundred people showed up at the Willowbrook Day School Saturday afternoon for the sixth annual Easter Benefit for the Shadarobah Horse Rescue.

Last month, the Rescue was evicted from it’s previous location. Now, leaders are fundraising in hopes of finding a permanent home. The Rescue which was started in 2008 focused on saving horses from abuse, neglect and slaughter. Currently, the horses are at 13 different locations, including Columbia City, South Fort Wayne, and Kendallville. Most of the horses have gone to foster homes, but some have a permanent home and were either adopted or sold to other owners.

“Just amazing all these people came together on such short notice,” Jared Thiele, who took in five horses, said. “For something that happened a month ago, it’s just awesome.”

However, Shadarobah president, Michelle Heitz, said the eviction has created more expenses for the organization. They still have to fund grain, hay, and vaccinations for all of the horses, but now, they are also adding fuel to their expenditures, so volunteers can care for the horses at all of the stables.

The organization is holding multiple fundraisers to offset some of the costs. On Saturday, people who attended the benefit could enjoy games, food, face painting, an easter egg hunt, and of course pony rides.

“We are looking for a final destination to bring everybody back together again,” Heitz said.

Heitz said the organization does have its eye on one location, but fundraising is still a key issue. Their next benefit will be a fish fry at the American Legion in Churubusco next Friday.

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