A Rescue Built From the Ground Up in Just 5 Years!
The HOPE Acres Rescue was formed just five years ago when owner Tracey Sawyer felt a strong calling to help rescue horses. She had minimal experience with horses and very few resources at the time. “We began calling state wide to talk with other shelters and visited a view. We compiled our findings, began the paperwork and here we are five years and 34 horses later.”
Despite their short time in existence, the HOPE Acres Rescue has already built a strong rescue program complete with veterinary care, retraining, and a full adoption process. “Our nutritional rehabilitation program is tailored to each horse’s needs, to ensure a slow progression to good health,” shared Tracey. They work with an offsite training program called 180 Horsemanship to assess the horses, work on groundwork, and eventually work under saddle. “We believe all of this will give the animal and the family the ability to put their best foot forward to ensure a peaceful, successful, understanding relationship as they begin their lives together,” explained Tracey.
Most adopters find HOPE Acres through their Facebook page or website. For the volunteer staff, their biggest need at the moment is a property of their own to host the rescue instead of their current leased property. A GoFundMe account has been created to help assist this need. They also look forward to a 4-horse bumper pull horse trailer as a future purchase or donation. Tracey is very thankful for the generosity of her numerous volunteers to establish the rescue program. “Almost right away we were surrounded by a vast team of experts in various fields who lent their advice, knowledge and expertise to our institution. All of these things combined have been essential in our success and growth, surpassing even our own expectations.”