Alder Hill Farm, a Walnut Grove, Mo. equine rescue, is closing its doors, and a call to action has been issued to assist in the placement of 57 horses.
Connie Hendrix, of Linn Creek, President of Forget Me Not Horse Rescue and Sanctuary, shared that, to her understanding of the equine rescue closure, "Alder Hill Farm is closing due to mismanagement of funds, personal reasons, and lack of ability to properly care for the horses there at this time." Hendrix stated that sources shared, "The care of horses has been going down for some time."
Hendrix was called by an investigator from the Humane Society of Missouri on January 30, 2013 informing her of the Alder Hill closure. She was told there are 57 horses of various breeds and ages that must be moved by the end of February. She was also told Alder Hill had no food on hand for the horses and no funds available to purchase supplies. The Humane Society did deliver enough hay to last about three weeks.
Hendrix shared that seven of the horses are considered special needs, rating a 2 on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the worst and 10 being great condition. One horse was euthanized on January 29. Hendrix was given approval to enter the Alder Hill Farm on Monday, February 4 to provide assistance. She will be picking up and housing several horses until rescues can arrange pickup times.
Hendrix extended a heartfelt plea for help to other horse rescues out there: "We need other rescues to contact me if they have room to house any of these horses." The need is so great. She is also asking for financial gifts. "We operate totally on donations, with no paid employees and all monies donated go directly to care for the horses here at the sanctuary and others that come to us in need." Individuals interested in adopting a horse can contact Hendrix. Again, the need is great.
Hendrix has a heart big enough to rescue every one of these horses, but a lack of space and available funds to do so makes this impossible. She already houses approximately 30 rescued horses at two locations. She is asking for community support. If you or someone you know is interested in helping in this hour of need, contact Connie Hendrix at Forget Me Not Horse Rescue and Sanctuary at 573-216-3838 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Folks can also visit the Forget Me Not rescue online at: www.missouriforgetmenot.org.