It’s been a tough year for the Last Chance Horse and Pony Rescue.
The non-profit organization relies on donations from the public to get by as well as numerous fundraising events throughout the year to help care for its stable of miniature horses, former race horses and more. But, as is the case with other organizations sharing that funding model, COVID-19 has resulted in events being cancelled and large portions of funding being cut off.
“We’ve had a hard time,” said Sharon Wallace, founder of the rescue located in Crystal Beach. “We rely on donations and we’re volunteer-based.”
But this weekend, the rescue is hoping residents will turn out to help. Last Chance is offering an opportunity for horse lovers to come out to downtown Ridgeway to have a photo taken with one of the rescue’s charges.
“We’ll have four horses there,” Wallace said.
The fundraiser will take place Saturday, Oct. 17 next door to the Chip Shack at 351 Ridge Rd. N. For $15, families can have three photos taken with one of the horses. All proceeds will go to caring for the horses at the rescue, Wallace said.
Measures are being taken to prevent any possible spread of the novel coronavirus. Face masks will be required and photos must be booked in advance.
“We’re booking every 15 minutes for photos,” Wallace said. “That way there will not be a lot of people there at the same time.”
To book an appointment, email Laurie Kroeker-Brooks at email@example.com.
In addition to the photos, pumpkin carver Kenny Hayden will be on hand creating a design that will be raffled off at the event.