A Little Bit of Heaven Horse Rehabilitation Center Holding Outdoor Open House July 18
Vendors are rolling in for a July 18 outdoor open house at A Little Bit of Heaven, Inc.
“We have lots and lots of vendors. As soon as we can respond to them, more are rolling in. That is very exciting,” said Leigha J. Burkhalter, a board member for the horse rehabilitation center at 35 Hallahan Road.
The event is scheduled to start about 10 a.m. and run until 5 or 6 p.m., Ms. Burkhalter said.
She said there will also be opportunities to walk through the pens, meet the horses and take part in wagon rides throughout the day.
“Anne (Foley, president), Mike (Woods, vice-president) and the board are dedicating their time. They’re more than willing to talk to people about it,” Ms. Burkhalter said.
She said the open house is part of an effort to let people know what work is being done at A Little Bit of Heaven, which has submitted paperwork to become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The center takes in unwanted, mistreated, abused or neglected horses to rehabilitate them and place them in good homes, preventing them from going to slaughter.
“We’re trying to get our name out there and educate the public on where the horses are coming from. We are doing a lot of community outreach right now to try to get our name out there so people know what we’re trying to do and raise awareness that these horses come from someplace,” Ms. Burkhalter said.
Some of the community outreach will take place this week.
“We’re going to be at the Potsdam Summer Festival. We’ll have a booth there with information. We’ll be handing out T-shirts trying to raise awareness of what we have going on,” Ms. Burkhalter said.
The center also holds a “Kids Day,” which she said has been “a huge hit.”
“We have the kids come out and do wagon rides and horse rides. We do community outreach on educating kids how to approach, how to handle and how to brush horses. We recently started offering birthday party packages as well. It’s a unique birthday. You’ll never forget it,” she said.
It’s important to get visitors out to the site so they can see exactly what takes place there, she said.
“We’re always looking for visitors. We welcome people with open arms so they can see what we’re trying to do. We’re doing a lot of construction on the farm right now and working on getting people out there to work with the horses. We have great trainers on site and great people working with the horses,” Ms. Burkhalter said. Visitors will receive a friendly greeting from both people and animals.
“We have really friendly horses who come running up to the fence for carrots, apples and treats. They love to be brushed,” she said.
There may even be some new faces as horses are adopted and new ones take their place, waiting for their adopted home. Before horses are adopted, however, the staff does reference checks and site checks and checks on the horses regularly. Applicants must be able to provide food, water, shelter and medical care. If they don’t, A Little Bit of Heaven reserves the right to reclaim the animal and bring it back to the center.
“We have horses coming in and going out,” Ms. Burkhalter said.
She said she hopes that a visit to A Little Bit of Heaven might inspire people to volunteer to help out.
“The facilities are at full capacity right now. The max is about 30. We’re looking for volunteers. We’re looking to save as many horses as we can,” she said.
For more information about A Little Bit of Heaven, call (315) 276-5415, email firstname.lastname@example.org or message it onFacebook.
Source: Watertown Daily Times