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Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
We provide a safe haven for horses at risk due to neglect, abuse and/or abandonment. We provide housing and care when asked by local humane societies and law enforcement agencies that have no facilities for horses. We provide immediate veterinary, dental and farrier care, set up a rehabilitation program, and find suitable adoptive homes within two hours of Lima, NY. Potential adopters are screened and their farms are visited and reviewed for compatibility and safety. No Begin Again horse can ever be sold, but must be returned to Begin Again for rehoming. We help to enable community members with temporary health issues to keep their horses. We educate the public to equine needs by setting good examples at home and through outreach programs. Other organization such as high schools, 4-H and Arc collaborate with Begin Again Horse Rescue to teach barn skills to their interested individuals. We provide job skill opportunities for the Livingston County Department of Social Services Mobile Work Force Development and a place for court ordered public service. The farm is open to visitors for tours and educational purposes. With only one paid staff member, we can assure donors that all funds raised go directly to support needy horses and our outreach programs. In 2016, Begin Again added a Gelding Assistance Program to help stallion owners reduce unwanted breeding. We are working to develop a euthanasia fund to help pay for humane end of life equine care.
Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation): Horse Welfare
Our organization operates programs involved with horse rescue, foster care, rehabilitation, adoption and/or retirement.
Our organization's primary activity is equine rescue & adoption.Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of horses.
Our organization provides community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses.
100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.
Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.
Volunteers Are WelcomeWe welcome volunteers of all ages every Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers feed horses, clean stalls, groom horses, wash and fill water buckets and perform other regular farm maintenance. We give each new volunteer an orientation and a mentor to help them learn the ropes. We love to teach new people about proper horse and farm care as well as give them a fun learning experience.
Sunday Open HouseBegin Again is open every Sunday from 11 am to 2 pm for visitors of all ages to tour the farm and meet resident horses. Our barn manager and other volunteers are happy to answer your questions. Visitors under the age of 14 need to be accompanied by an adult. We are always seeking knowledgeable volunteers to help with chores, show people around, and talk with visitors.
Morning Chore VolunteersMinimum Age: 14We are always looking for volunteers to help with daily chores. Please contact our Volunteers Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or (585)322-2427 to schedule a visit and orientation.
Sponsorship For Resident HorsesFor $100 per month you can sponsor a horse while it recovers and awaits adoption. We will provide monthly updated information to the sponsor and place a sign on the horse's stall identifying the sponsor.
A New Barn Is NeededWe are fundraising for the construction of a large, 8 stall horse barn. Thanks to a generous ASPCA grant and individual donations, we were able to build six board stalls in our arena and another six in our older pony barn. We built them in such a way that they can easily be taken down and rebuilt in our planned eight stall barn. The approximate cost is $50,000. In 2017 Begin Again Horse Rescue received Verification Status from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. The new barn will go a long way towards our full accreditation.
FencingAfter we moved into our donated 28-acre farm in the Fall of 2014, we needed to upgrade existing fencing to ensure the safety of our resident horses. We have been able to raise funds for replacement of the interior pasture fences and the perimeter fence along the busy highway. There is still more to do. We still need to replace the tape fencing along Woodruff Road with no-climb horse fence and wooden posts. $500 will complete a 200 foot section, including posts, fence and hardware. Our property on Woodruff Road totals 1000 feet. Two gates along this road also need replacing. $500 will allow us to do both. The safety of the our horses is paramount and without the fence upgrades, grazing pastures are limited. Volunteers from a service organization at the State University, Geneseo, work at Begin Again every Thursday, replacing posts and fencing or doing other maintenance chores. We will continue replacing the fence line as funds and materials become available.
Generator NeededWe have priced a system-wide generator at $3500 installed. This generator will allow Begin Again Horse Rescue to run the well pump lights and electric fences should we have a power outage. It is one of the items required by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.
Windows In Our Barn And Arena To Be AddedIn December, 2016 we raised funds and added six wooden stalls to the indoor arena, two to the old barn and replaced four pony stalls with new-to-us secure stalls. In 2017 we received a generous grant and we are putting in six arena windows for ventilation in May 2018. We still need funds to add six windows for better ventilation in the pony barn. Cost is estimated at $800 per window.