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April 7, 2014
Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation Purchases New Forever Home
Palm City, FL -- A significant milestone for the Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation (ERAF) was accomplished on April 3, 2014 with the purchase of the former Triple E Ranch at 6400 SW Martin Highway in Palm City. The 8.5 acre property will be the new permanent home for the neglected and abused horses that find a new lease on life with the non-profit organization.
After six months of searching combined with a looming deadline of April 30 to vacate their current property, the board members, volunteers and supporters are elated with this outcome.
“We couldn’t be happier now that we have a forever home, a property of our own, where we can continue the rehabilitation and re-training of our horses. We can make plans for the future that will include more education of the public, especially our youth, about the proper care for horses including proper breeding, feeding and care,” stated board president Randy Kinder.
The property includes nine paddocks, 12 stalls, storage barn and a lighted arena. ERAF plans to build up to six new stalls and make improvements to the property. A date for relocation of the horses has not been established yet but will occur before April 30.
ERAF is the only horse sanctuary in the immediate south Florida area that offers care and shelter to horses abused by neglect, and irresponsible breeding and feeding. When the Martin County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO)
In December 2013, MCSO contacted ERAF with another reported case of neglect involving seven horses. Ultimately only two of the seven horses were surrendered. Tragically, one horse had to be euthanized, at ERAF’s expense, after consultation with a veterinarian confirmed that her health was too compromised for rehabilitation.
The second horse is now responding to treatment for choking. He had to be hospitalized this past month for two days and had four scopes to help determine a proper course of treatment. Additionally, when he was first brought in he was covered from head to hoof with rain rot and fly bots.
The horse, a stud, is finally beginning to gain weight and once he is healthy enough will be gelded. He is a highly trained Russian Arab and the mission is to give him a chance to shine once again and find a new home for him.
ERAF has taken in 15 horses from the MCSO’s negotiated intakes and has successfully adopted out 11 in the past year alone.
All the expenses of caring for these abused horses are the responsibility of ERAF. The veterinary care, farrier, equine dentist, medications, feed, hay, stall bedding, grooming, rehabilitation and re-training are expenses ERAF is able to pay mainly through funding received from donations. ERAF receives no government assistance and is dependent upon grants and private donations.
For further information about ERAF and how you can help them, you can visit their website at www.eraf.org and contact either board president Randy Kinder at 561-358-0625 or board member Marilynn Vannucci at 772-287-0600 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.