EUGENE, Ore. - After a lot of hard work, a local horse rescue non-profit group is finally standing on better financial ground.
We first reported in December about the Oregon Horse Rescue, which is David and Jane Kelly's non-profit group for older horses who are down on their luck. They had feared that the horse rescue might have to close, but now, at least for the short term, there's new hope.
From the one-eyed, 33-year-old beauty, to a fairly young gelding named Ruger, all of the horses get equal attention and care at the Oregon Horse Rescue.
Co-owner David Kelly says that caring for much older, medically challenged horses is their passion, but it can often be costly.
"We've put in honestly about $1 million of our own funds, but that's not sustainable," said Kelly.
Last December, Kelly put out the plea for public donations and for more people to step up and adopt these horses. The good news is, since then, 200 new donations have been make to OHR, and ten horses are now fully sponsored.
The bad news: that's just a few months of cushion.
Kelly says that last week, the board of the non-profit approved scaled-down, rock bottom budgets for the next two months to try and get by. They hope to cut costs enough and get more horses adopted or sponsored, and Kelly is ever the optimist.
"What we want, the way we want it to play out is for some more adoptions to happen and for donations to continue," said Kelly.
If this were to happen, the unthinkable decision to close won't have to be made.
Kelly says he is grateful to the community for its support, and OHR has seen donations ranging from $7 stuck in an envelope all the way up to $2,000.
For more information on how you can help out, you can visit www.oregonhorserescue.com.