Non-profit organization helps abused and neglected horses
Friday, October 4th, 2013
Issue 40, Volume 17.
Blue Pearl Project is a non-profit corporation. Their mission is to provide food, shelter, medical care for surrendered and legally impounded horses, according to the corporation’s website.
Horse slaughter caught the attention of Founder of Blue Pearl Project Debbie Phillips in 2005 when one of her favorite actors, Tony Curtis and his wife, started a rescue near Las Vegas, Nev.
"After learning [that] one of my favorite animals was being slaughtered and [being] used for [human food] it really got my attention," said Phillips.
Although in America horses are pets and not a food source, she said.
Phillips and her husband Craig purchased their first rescue horses on New Year’s Day in 2012 from what was available on Craigslist. The horses were coming from another rescue facility. They bought two so they could both have a horse.
"They both were very underweight," Phillips said, commenting on when they went to pick the horses up the next day.
"The manager said they didn’t have extra money to feed abandoned horses," she added.
Typically at Oak Meadows Ranch the horses would be boarded, other rescues would tie up their horses to a chain link fence and leave them, she also said.
During that time Phillips and her husband were already in the process of getting a nonprofit to clean up the ocean because of the plastic in the water and the negative effects it has on sea life.
"We thought we’d add horses and help save the horses throughout the UnitedStates," Phillips said. "We ended up getting so many quickly and outgrew where we were boarding and found a 21 acre piece of the land."
Throughout the United States the ranch is contacted to help with abandoned or unwanted horses. There are a lot of people that want to have a horse or want to help with horses but can’t, said Phillips.
"We share the horses with the one’s that do want to be around horses," she said.
Blue Pearl Project is a charitable organization, so those that need community service can do so at Oak Meadows Ranch.
They also rescue and pay for some horses from Mike’s Livestock Auction because some people go to that auction to purchase horses and then trailer them to Mexico to be slaughtered, Phillips said.
Phillips also discovered through research that horseback riding helps burn the same amount of calories as running.
"My husband loves to work out and go to the gym and I hate going," said Phillips. "If I have to exercise I want to exercise while doing something."
Phillips said those who want to volunteer can.
"We just ask that if they could donate at least $5 would help feed the horses and help us rescue more and if they can’t do that at least $1 would be appreciated," she said.
The money donated will be used for saving the lives of horses from slaughter, for shelter, care and feeding horses.
A $5 donation makes a difference to help buy bags of feed, hay, winter blankets, medications, supplies, and it will help also help to rescue more horses.
Oak Meadows Ranch can be contacted at (951)-805-7419.
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