Northwest Equine Stewardship Center (NWESC) is hosting their third annual holiday bazaar on Saturday, November 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. next to Abbey Antiques at 307 N. Madison in downtown Monroe.
NWESC, just north of Monroe, is a horse haven where volunteers are dedicated to helping horses.
The event will include a hot lunch and refreshments, shopping, raffles, photos with Santa (the mini-horse) and more. All proceeds will benefit the 501(c)(3) organization.
Founded in 2008, NWESC works with local equine rescue organizations to help neglected and abused horses get the care they need and find forever homes. Their focus is on professional level rehabilitation (veterinary, farrier, training, etc.) of rescue horses and they rely on the dedicated work of local horse rescue organizations to take on the long-term responsibility of horses in need and to find forever homes once they have been rehabilitated.
Since it was founded, NWESC had helped hundreds of horses, in conjunction with local rescue agencies, to recover from neglect and abuse.
On average, it costs NWESC approximately $20-$35 per day to care for one horse’s most basic needs. Add a severely neglected or abused horse and that cost only covers a fraction of the equation.
“Once a horse is rehabilitated, the work begins with local rescue organizations to continue the care and training of the horse while providing it a safe haven until it can find a forever home.” stated Dr. Hannah Mueller, a board director for NWESC. “It can take several months to years to find the appropriate home for some of these horses, and that monetary cost adds up.”
At an average monthly cost of $400-$700, which does not include feed or training, the costs add up in a hurry. While a portion of the yearly costs are funded through adoption fees, mini-fundraisers, grants and horse sponsorships, most of the expenses are left unaccounted for.
At the bazaar, in addition to shopping, you can help sponsor a rescue horse through NWESC’s “Giving Tree”. Items of need will adorn a tree as decorative ornaments. You can sponsor a horse, a specific item or a service by simply picking your ornament and donating the corresponding cost. Tax deductible monetary donations are also welcome.
“These donations, in whatever form, will make it possible for NWESC to continue our mission in helping horses in need,” said Dr. Mueller.
If you’d like more information about this event please call (360)794-0870 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to make a donation, sponsor a horse or to learn more about NWESC, please call at (206) 940-8589 or visit NWESC’s website (www.NWESC.org/HolidayBazaar.aspx).