The storm downed 1000’s of old growth trees, power lines and structures as hurricane force winds raked central Oregon. It was reported on KTVZ.com news that a “destructive tornado” blew over on the east side of Bend. The Equine Outreach facility, founded by Joan Steelhammer and Gary Everett, took a direct hit. The Equine Outreach Inc (EOI) is a registered non-profit horse rescue and shelter that works closely with Sheriff’s Departments statewide, the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, other equine organizations and local veterinarians. Joan, Gary and the volunteers have worked hard to build a loving, healthy, healing environment for the care and rescue of horses and mules in need. New fences, water and power, new shelters, and a medical room and tack room had recently been completed and installed. The natural layout of the property gave the animals comfort, privacy and shade. At the time of the storm, EOI was housing and rehabilitating 75 rescued horses, donkeys, and mules. During this New Years Day Wind Storm, the EOI facility has received significant structural damage to the property. Please help EOI to rebuild, replant new trees, and to restore the fencing and parts of the facility that were torn down during this natural disaster. EOI is in need of monetary help to keep the facility running .
You can help by donating online. Visit http://www.equineoutreach.com for details and please help us to keep the facility running. All donations are tax deductible (tax ID # is 51-0484049).Did you know that an American horse is slaughtered every 5 minutes? American horses need your help now. Please join my family in support of the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 503), which was reintroduced yesterday by House Judiciary Committe Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and Representative Dan Burton (R-IN).Although state laws outlawed horse slaughter for human consumption back in 2007, shutting down the remaining U.S. plants, the absence of
a federal law means that American horses are still at risk. In fact, last year, over 100,000 horses were trucked hundreds of miles without food and water across the borders to Mexico, where they were stabbed to death, and Canada where they were shot. People who respect animals don’t treat them this way. So now that you know what is happening, do something about it.
We’ve been at it for too long to quit now. Please contact your Senators and Representatives and ask them to co-sponsor The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 464), and make horse slaughter a thing of the past.
Thanks, Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson gives big plug for Bend horse rescuers
KTVZ.COM story on windstorm caught singer’s eye
Country music superstar Willie Nelson has adopted many a cause over the years, but none higher than those who help horses, animals in need.
By Nina Mehlhaf
Jan 15, 2009 08:51 PM CST
A country superstar has announced he’s taking a Bend non-profit horse rescue under his wing, and asking fans and activists to help support it.
Willie Nelson, the singer and activist, sent an alert out both on his website and through various news organizations Thursday, that he wants fans and fellow animal lovers to support Bend’s Equine Outreach.
It all started New Year’s Day with this a major windstorm. Wind so strong, it took out full barns, and toppled trees. Some witnesses on Silvis Road called it a tornado.
That’s where trees and fences came down at Equine Outreach. Across the street lives a longtime friend of Willie Nelson’s daughter, and they happened to be on the phone talking about the storm damage.
Sparked by that conversation, and thanks to a KTVZ.COM story about the damage at Equine Outreach, the singer, who has 45 horses at his Austin ranch, heard about the non-profit, no kill horse rescue.
“Dad always taught me that horses are smarter than people,” his daughter, Amy Nelson told NewsChannel 21 in a telephone interview from Tennessee. “And nothing I’ve ever seen has changed my mind about this.”
On Willie’s Web page, http://www.willienelson.com/ right at the top, a call to action to help Equine Outreach.
It comes two months after a plea for donations from founder Joan Steelhammer, to keep the horse-rescue operation going.
“It’s an incredible honor,” Steelhammer said. “And for him to recognize our organization is almost beyond belief.”
With no paid staff, the ranch runs only on donations and volunteers who partner with a horse to train and ride, until a healthy home can be found.
Amy Nelson says it’s that kind of dedication and non-slaughter commitment that caught her famous dad’s eye.
“Shelters or rescues find themselves in a position of rescuing, warehousing and euthanizing,” Steelhammer said. “I want to break that cycle and rescue, rehabilitate and adopt.”
Willie has come to Bend to perform several times, but it’s his bigger role of preventing animal cruelty that grabs his heart.
“Call your senators and representatives and ask them to co-sponsor the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act and that will make the transport for human consumption illegal as well,” Nelson said.
To learn more about this legislation and how you can help, just visit Willie Nelson’s Website.
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