Clark County calls for caring response to undernourished horses

January 26, 2012

by Martha Martin

Adoption of neglected horses offer an alternative that can be beneficial to everyone.

In a current Clark County press release, Clark County Animal Control officers  are asking for community support in locating people and resources to care for horses this time of year, when natural feed and shelter are greatly reduced.

There are tragic examples of horses being neglected and/or killed.  Most recently, Clark County Animal Control was summoned to collect and dispose of a horse apparently shot and abandoned by a roadside near the town of Yacolt.

Clark County and local equestrian groups have been working together to help in situations where owners have lost the means to keep horses in healthy condition under difficult financial circumstances, said Animal Control Manager Paul Scarpelli.

“As soon as you know a problem exists and could get worse, you should contact us, especially when a horse is still in relatively good shape. The worse it gets, the more difficult it is to turn the situation around.”

Adopt-A-Horse program places horses for adoption under strict guidelines

Adopt-A-Horse is a nonprofit that provides foster homes where horses can recover while volunteers look for permanent adoptive homes. Ripley’s Horse Aid Foundation helps foster families with vouchers for feed, farrier services and gelding. The Clark County Executive Horse Council provides financial assistance for ongoing care until a horse is adopted. Animal Control pays investigation costs and some veterinary bills.

Financial donations to Adopt-A-Horse, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, are tax deductible.

Anyone with questions, concerns or contributions may contact Scarpelli at (360) 397-2375 ext. 4705, or click on the story links.