Many times, we find abandoned and distressed animals that we call “stray” and move on. Have you ever thought that a little compassion and understanding can go on to give them a second lease of life?
As humans, we are taught to care for others; remember humanity does not discriminate between a human and an animal. Extend your hand to those who need your help whether they are capable of asking for it or not.
What is Pegasus Project?
A kind-hearted couple Allyson and Mike DeCanio started this project for horses in 2009. They run this horse shelter in their 95 acres ranch situated in Texas. The two of them started out with just 12 abandoned horses but today they have grown to a well-organised firm of seven Directors and over hundred of rescued horses.
Their board consists of highly qualified professionals and horse lovers. Their endeavours are towards ultimately finding a loving home for the horses. It is a philanthropic organisation, which is funded by voluntary donations.
Adoption and Care
Pegasus Project goes to great lengths to ensure the compatibility between the horses and families or people who have shown interest in adoption. They personally get involved to determine the horse’s suitability to a family by understanding their need, riding skills and intended use of the animal.
Ones adopted, the horse cannot be traded or sold. They even visit your house before handing over the horse, to check the boarding arrangements. Their concern for horses goes to an extent where they ask you to inform them if you are not able to take care after adoption.
A fee of $750 and upwards is charged if the horse is fit for riding whereas for small horses, ponies and donkeys that are meant as a companion come at a charge of $250- $500.
More than a Horse Rescue Centre
The members of this mission respond to complaints of cruelty and neglect towards horses with help of local law agencies. This project works closely with other animal welfare organisation as well. Funding is always critical in such projects; therefore, they have their own ways of raising funds apart from donations and adoption fees.
Project Pegasus has an online shop where horse lovers can buy calendars, attractive decals and smart apparel that advocate this project. Clothes that talk about this project go a long way in helping the cause and spreading a word about it.
Everyone is invited!
The project involves people from all walks of life to join them with a meagre monthly fee of $25 onward. Every month they throw a happy hour discussion where members can join in to know the latest updates and news about the ranch. Pegasus “open house” is for general public where spreading awareness about the plight of the horses is the aim. You get to meet the horses and hear their stories of survival.
The project’s headline is “We give Horses wings” and that is the exact reality of this wonderfully humane initiative. Take a look at the happily galloping horses in this ranch and you will find they are far removed from the tragic past of their lives.
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