Wayward Ponies' Home, Inc.
PO Box 336
Catheys Valley CA 95306
Q. How does your "public benefit charity" benefit the public?
A. First of all, for the last 14 years, we have been doing way more than our share in the way of helping unwanted equines. If every horse owner took in just one charity case, there would be much less of a crisis now. (It would also help if volume and careless breeders would mend their ways.) And now, we are providing community-service opportunities for a few high-school students, and starting up a free listing service for the local horse community. We have a new page, called "Lookin' for a Home," as a service for equines who need to be re-homed while we are full. Soon, we plan to offer educational visits for homeschoolers and youth groups who want to observe and learn about ponies and horses. After we're both retired, we plan to offer free demonstrations of gentle training methods. We will be helping out at public events. Hopefully, our efforts will help educate the public as to the proper treatment of equines, and as we consider them part of the public, they will benefit as well.
Q. Do you adopt out your ponies?
A. No, never. There are so few people who would want to give proper care to an "unusable" pony. Perhaps when I retire I will have time to vet possible adopters and monitor the care given to the adoptee. If you are looking to provide a home for an equine who would be a pet, see our new page called "Lookin' for a Home" and see if anyone has asked us to list a horse or pony there.
Q. Do you have room for any more?
A. At this time, no. Someone would have to pass away first, and/or we would need more donations. We keep them alive as long as they show interest in life, and then have them humanely euthanized. At this point, everyone is mobile and seems to enjoy living. After we're both retired, it's possible that we could take in temporary crisis cases, depending on room and donations.
Q. What do you DO with all those ponies?
A. We simply care for them because we CARE for them. We try to keep them as happy as we can, we watch their antics (herd politics can be a soap opera), and try to solve their problems when they come up. There may be causes more worthy than unwanted ponies and horses, but every charity has a niche, every cause needs a charity, and this is one of the causes dearest to our hearts. One nice thing about saving animals is that they don't go running back to whoever or whatever put them in peril. They stay saved.
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