February is the month of love, filled with hearts, roses and Valentine’s wishes. As a celebration of the love of horses that we all share, a special friend has offered us a $15,000 Veterinary Care Match. Every dollar donated during February will be matched up to $15,000!
As a sanctuary, our primary focus is on horses with medically manageable conditions rescued from abuse, neglect and abandonment. We regularly work with the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services and San Diego Humane Society to provide forever homes to such horses in need.
As a result of this focus, high quality veterinary care is a critical component of the compassionate care provided to our horses. To meet the on-going needs of our horses, we maintain standing on-site appointments with Dr. Harlan from East County Large and Small Animal Practice (ECLAP) in addition to as-needed urgent and emergency visits.
High-quality veterinary care enables us to provide the highest quality of life for our equine residents. While we celebrate the fact that advancements in veterinary medicine have extended the life expectancy and quality of life for horses, these advances do not always ensure that horses stay in their homes. All too often horses are abandoned or neglected because they can no longer be ridden. While horses in our care are not ridden, we are committed to ensuring they are physically comfortable. Regular veterinary care is key to ensure that comfort.
Arthritis is a common medical condition among our horses as are a variety of hoof issues. Gastrointestinal issues, including colic and ulcers, are the second most common issue. Eye issues are also common. It is amazing how many age-related health issues for horses are similar to geriatric issues in people.
Also similar to human health care, veterinary care and medications are expensive. Our veterinary care budget averages $50,0000 per year. Meeting this generous Veterinary Care Match would go a longways towards covering over half of our annual expenses. All donations of any amount dedicated to this February Love of Horses Veterinary Care Match will help fund exceptional care for our horses.
For those horse lovers that might be capable of funding a larger donation, sponsoring a year of veterinary care is a powerful way to support the care that we provide. You could help us make our Veterinary Care Match by becoming a Veterinary Care Sponsor for one of the horses at the ranch. Veterinary Care Sponsorship is available for $1,000 for horses. This sponsorship level also covers farrier care for the horse you sponsor.
Veterinary Care Sponsorships can be funded through a one-time gift or through monthly/quarterly gifts. We can also help you set up a fundraising page if you would like to team up with friends and family to sponsor a horse.
Veterinary Care Sponsors are recognized on our website plus you will receive a photograph of the horse sponsored. Sponsors also receive the heartfelt gratitude of the resident they sponsor and their human caregivers. And every Veterinary Care Sponsorship in February will count towards our $15,000 match!
For the Love of Horses, we hope you will help us meet this generous $15,000 Veterinary Care Match. Every gift in February, regardless of size, will help us make this important match that would result in your $15,000 in donations double to $30,000 in veterinary support for our horses. Please give today!