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Horse rescue in need of help

April 6, 2012

With the economy reeking havoc on the mass majority of businesses and families across the nation, it is no wonder that nonprofit organizations are feeling the crunch as well. They rely on generous donations and gifts from the residents of their community and surrounding areas to stay afloat. With the financial restraints of higher gas prices, food costs and so forth, donations have slowed for one of our own local non-profits.

TLR Horse Rescue & Youth Ranch, a nonprofit ran by Tim and Leann Rees, located just east of Antlers on a beautiful 12 acres, has dedicated their time, attention, hearts and cash to rescuing neglected, abandoned and abused horses from around the Pushmataha County area. Over the last 2 years the couple has taken in 18 horses, placing 7 in caring homes. There are many more horses in need of their help, however, they are in desperate need of help themselves.

To keep the horse sanctuary open and operational, they need the help and support of the community. Although hay is the main thing they are in need of at this moment, they also need and welcome: monetary donations, carrots to feed the horses, halters, sheet iron for shelters, horse tack, vet wrap, fly traps, plastic manure forks (new or in good shape), leather work gloves in children's sizes, muck rakes and forks, mane and tail combs and brushes, wormers and vaccinations and prayers. It takes tremendous resources to feed so many horses, so TLR is accepting donations of hay, transportation assistance (for donated hay), and money (to purchase hay).

Not only are they in need of funds, they are also in immediate need of volunteers who can assist with and/or have experience in all types of fund raising, including grant writing. Those adults interested in giving their time at the ranch are welcome to complete and return their volunteer application, which can be found on their website, or call and talk to them directly.

The couple hopes to become a federally certified nonprofit so they can pursue their dream of opening a riding therapy ranch.

You can send your donations to TLR Horse Rescue & Youth Ranch Foundation: HC 67 Box 777, Antlers, OK 74523 or contact them at 580-298-2199. You can also make donations through their website by using PayPal. To donation go to www.tlrhorserescueyouthranchfoundation.com. You can also check them out on Facebook www.facebook.com/tlrhoresrescue.

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