Innovative Equine Assistance Program Founded in Georgia

An innovative new organization has been founded to assist horse owners who need help providing feed for their animals. Stamp Out Starvation (SOS) of Horses was founded in October by a group of Georgia equestrians who were all too familiar with assisting malnourished and mistreated horses.

SOS is not the average horse rescue, as founder and CEO Doris Buckley explains: "SOS does not foster or rehabilitate horses. We will provide the assistance necessary--feed, hay, medical expenses, etc.--to those who are trying to meet the financial challenges of keeping their horse through tough economic times."

By taking a proactive approach and assisting horse owners before the situation turns deadly, SOS hopes to greatly reduce the number of horses suffering from starvation due to a tough economic situation.

"[Owners in need] would complete an application that requires justification of assistance," Buckley explains. "The application will be reviewed by our board, and an assessment of need would be made. No cash will be distributed. We will line up feed stores in their local area to assist or deliveries of items we may receive in from donations. We will also work closely with vets in the owner's area if they have an emergency."

Because SOS is a newly formed organization, it has not yet received approval of its application for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. Buckley expects that SOS should receive approval within six months.

"We are anxious to begin fundraising before the winter months, when need is expected to spike," says Buckley.

More information about SOS is available on their website.

About the Author

Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson, news editor, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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