Valley Drought 2014: Car Wash Helps Horse Rescue Buy Hay
CLOVIS, Calif. (KMPH) —
A Central Valley horse rescue organization now has some more help, as it struggles to feed hungry horses that people have surrendered.
Foothill Horse Rescue held a car wash Sunday in Clovis, complete with a horse at the site.
"People abandon their horses, which has been going on for years, but it's getting worse and worse with the drought," says Denise Price, President of Foothill Horse Rescue.
The organization has been around for the last four years.
Price says that much like cattle ranchers, horse owners have been feeling the pinch of the drought.
"We're getting more calls from people wanting to surrender their horses," she says.
Hay prices have tripled as a result-and now cost anywhere from $300 to $350 a ton, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Foothill spends anywhere from $2.500 to $3,000 in feed a month.
"Rescue don't mean bad. Someone didn't want them. Couldn't afford them," Price adds.
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