Spring Valley (Press Release) - An orientation is scheduled for people wishing to be new volunteers at Refuge Farms Horse Rescue & Sanctuary in Spring Valley, Wis. Slated for Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., it will take place at the farm, 3035 Highway 29, just east of Highway 128.
Topics to be covered at the orientation include the history and missions of Refuge Farms, areas where volunteer help is most needed, and expectations of volunteers. There will be a tour to meet the horses and do a small project. Those interested in attending are encouraged to wear jeans and enclosed shoes and bring chores gloves, for safety during the tour, and to indicate their intent to attend by calling 715-772-3379 so they can be notified if a change in time, date or location is needed.
Volunteers are needed for care of the horses and grounds, fundraising, and assisting with the equine-assisted therapy program, Horses Helping . . . . Horse experience is not necessary, and those wishing to work in capacities not related to horses (such as grant writing, marketing, event planning and office work) are welcome. Those 16 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while volunteering.
Refuge Farms is in its 12th year and has rescued nearly 900 abandoned, abused or unwanted horses from throughout the region and state. Its sanctuary herd resides on 20 acres. Rescued horses have been re-homed throughout Wisconsin and into Minnesota.