Sunday, January 18, 2009

In The Beginning ...

Willing Servants was born out of one woman's desire to create a positive response to a horrible case of horse abuse that rippled through the horse community from coast to coast. Theresa Manzella, horse trainer, breeder and competitor, enlisted community help to put together an auction to raise money in order to provide some kind of safety net for horses. The organization began in October 2008 and has already utilized its network to place 13 horses. Willing Servants offers emergency hay to provide feed for horses whose owners are in temporary difficulty, accepts horses that owners can no longer provide for in order to find them permanent homes, offers a Final Act of Kindness euthanasia service for debilitated horses when appropriate and seeks to find many ways to provide information, support and education to horse owners who can benefit by it. Many members of the community have joined in this effort to stand between tough economic times or lack of knowledge and severe consequences for horses by providing these types of support. This coalition embodies the Willing Servants belief that together we are ABLE. We welcome your particpation in this journey and will share it with you here with accounts of struggles and successes through stories and pictures.

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