The long wait is over. Carrie's book: ANGELS IN HORSEHAIR is now in print through Amazon.com; BarnesandNoble.com; and private sales. If you want to read an awesome book of courage, love, hope, and God's unfailing love, this is the book for you. You can order it through the Rescue or online. You'll be glad you did.
Carrie brings the rescued horses and their stories into the hearts of the reader where each person can experience the love, hope, and courage shared in the lives of a disadvantaged child.
Shawnda and Carrie are busy training horses to insure that when an adoptive family comes, the horses are ready. The kids that come to the ranch are awesome. Each child has something unique to offer each animal here as the child learns life skills they can use as they grow older. Each animal at the ranch has so much love to give that a child sometimes can feel overwhelmed with just one horse.
Once again it is that time of year when the rescue comes up against horse owners that need education of how to care for their equine friends. Carrie has five trainers that have volunteered their to time to help Carrie with our Preventative Rescue Program. For example: An older man has 30 mares and two stallions that have been put in with the mares. Not surprisingly, all mares are due to foal this year sometime. None of the horses have been handled by humans and the only human contact they have had is during feeding time.
Carrie and her trainer volunteers have volunteered their time to teach each horse basic training..i.e.: halter training, hoof lifting and hoof care, and trailer loading. A task no one really wants to undertake yet necessary in order to get these horses available for adoption in the future. The man is willing to keep the horses on his property and continue feeding them and caring for them until they can be adopted out. The stallions have been moved to a location where they cannot cover another mare when she comes into foal heat.
We rescue abandoned, abused, and neglected horses. We provide long term care and housing, with an added goal to educate the public about responsible animal stewardship.
TSWAR has 15 more horses to adopt out to reach our goal. We've adopted out over 1500 horses so far in our 14 years of rescuing and are looking forward to making room for more horses that need rehabilitated and found loving homes for. It is an awesome privilege to be able to work with these magnificent creatures and earn their love and trust.
Due to increasing costs of grain, hay, farrier and vet bills, we now have to ask for a suggested donation for each horse adopted out. We had been adopting out the horses to good homes with the adoption fee being on a volunteer donation basis but certain folks donate nothing. We are now asking a suggested donation of $400 per horse that is adopted out. We believe that in this economy, $400 is reasonable.
The ranch is a safe place for abused kids of all ages to come and learn leadership skills, riding lessons, and unconditional love from any of our four legged counselors, free of charge. These horses consume eleven ton of hay each week and more than 2,500 pounds of various grains each month in the winter.
Funding to provide a safe place for kids of all ages and to have a safe haven for these previously neglected and/or abused animals comes from private donations, board participation, grants, and fundraiser activities. Yes, we need hay, cash, volunteers, and even more kids for the horses to love.
Adopting a friend
Some of our horses cannot be ridden because they have been so badly abused in their past that only a few people can get close to these wonderful creatures. Gaining trust is a very slow process but once that trust has been gained, the love is beyond comprehension.
Other horses cannot be ridden because they have worked or played hard in their youth and have stiff joints that slow them down, yet each animal at the ranch has an amazing ability to love and express that love.
A loving home is very important to any creature. If you are interested in adopting any one of our horses, you just need to provide a good home with the proper care. We will answer your questions about the care and make suggestions with your special animal's issues. Some one from TSWAR will make visits to your facility to be sure the animal's care is going smoothly.
Please consider getting involved at TSWAR. As a team, we can create a great experience serving our community. These animals need partners like you. May we come and share The Shepherds Way Animal Rescue story with your group? Come visit our website at: www.tswar.org
Come Visit Us!
Formed in June of 2003 by Allen and Carrie Aenk, TSWAR is located 8.1 miles up Springdale-Hunters Road, Springdale, Washington just 43 miles North of Spokane off of 395 Hwy at the Loon Lake turn. Travel six miles to Springdale. Make a right at the stop sign. Go through town. At the edge of Springdale, on the left hand side of the road there is Springdale-Hunters Road. Turn left at Springdale-Hunters Road. Hit your tripometer and travel approx. 8.1 miles. On the left hand side of the road will be a huge two story house with at sign at the driveway.
The Shepherds Way Animal Rescue P.O. Box 444
Loon Lake, WA 99148
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