This is Athena checking in for Straight from the Rescues’ Mouths. This week is not a happy update. We are having a little hay crisis at this moment. We need your help! Winter quickly approached, and with the temperatures we have been eating a little extra hay to help us keep warm. We do not have enough hay to feed our current rescue animals past this month, let alone have extra stocked for any rescues we need to take in during these frigid temperatures when grass is frozen under layers of ice and snow.
We used to have access to 45 acres of hay fields to cut and bale for our animals. Due to donors selling their land and moving we lost 35 acres of hay field. The new owners were uninterested in donating us the land for us to farm for hay. The past few years we only had 10 acres, but with hay donations from generous supporters we were able to make it till spring. This year because of the weather our first cutting was half of what we got last year, and we lost our third cutting to rain. Currently we still need 1,000 bales of hay to keep the rescue animals well fed until spring. Hay prices are steadily rising as we get more into winter and our human friends sent a letter out asking for help. We needed to purchase all our hay before prices raised any further but sadly, we were too late and the hay prices in our area $8 a bale. Currently they are going to have to travel over 3 hours away to get hay at $6 per bale. I’m begging you to help us raise $6,000.
The $6,000 we need in hay is in addition to our other daily expenses including grain, basic and emergency veterinary care, de-worming medications, hoof trimming, utility bills, and so much more.
Everyone here that calls Illinois Horse Rescue of Will County home is begging you for your financial blessing to help IHRWC continue saving all of us that were once abused, neglected, or unwanted. We are in a crisis right now. Please help by donating today to help give us rescue animals a second chance. If you can’t donate, please share! We will keep you updated with Straight from the Rescues’ Mouths.
P.S. The address to mail donations is Illinois Horse Rescue of Will County P.O. Box 1019 Peotone, IL 60468.