THIS MAY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT LETTER AFFECTING THE FUTURE OF GAA THAT I HAVE EVER SENT
Sara May Before After with Gerda
August 14, 2015
Dear GAA Friends and Supporters,
For over 30 years, I have been actively involved with animal rescue. My first rescue was on Long Island, NY which started in my home. It primarily dealt with dogs and cats. This rescue is still in existence and flourishing.
Upon moving to Vermont 10 years ago, I started our present not for profit horse rescue. In the early years GAA was solely financed by my husband Bob and myself. As the rescue grew so did the expenses necessitating our seeking public donations. This actually became a positive because many more people became aware of the unimaginable amount of unwanted and slaughter bound horses. Our plight is to save the lives and end the suffering of as many horses as we can. It has also created a tight group of wonderful people who over time have become our friends and together we have saved the lives of many horses. Due to the rising cost of just about everything we need for our mission, we have been brought to cross roads. To continue at the PRESENT LEVEL requires increased funds. It would be a shame to REDUCE the number of animals that we can help when we know with more financial aid we can GREATLY INCREASE the amount of lives we can save.
At the present time, Bob and I are still supporting well more than 50% of the costs associated with GAA in excess of $250,000 yearly. Bob and I intend to continue with GAA with “our forever” and want GAA to continue to live on giving hope to the hopeless. However, now we are forced to face reality and that will dictate which road we take.
This coupled with the fact that I have recently been diagnosed with a slowly developing form of cancer has given me a sense of urgency and the drive to secure the future of GAA. Everything is on a forward move here, we have the facility, the staff and the room to expand, all with the vision to be GREAT for a long time to come and to rescue many more horses! That would be my reward in this life.
Now, it is just a matter of the age old problem - money! We need financial partners who have our vision and dedication towards our mission, along with corporate and private sponsors.
Founder and President
We have a pony here at GAA called Misty, she was posted by us a few days ago as being for adoption, along with a video of her. One that we have posted a few times before. That same evening I received a message from a young woman named Hilary asking where the pony came from and giving us specific markings to look for, saying she look so much like her first pony she had as a 10 year old child. She also sent several photos of her as a 14 year old girl riding Misty. She went on to tell me that they had done it all... 4H, barrel racing eventing (their favorite). She told me that the person she had gotten Misty from 14 years ago, saw Misty's video and immediately contacted Hilary! Years passed and Hilary had reluctantly sold her pony to a friend as her finances did not allow her to support 2 horses. With conflicting communication Hilary had lost track of Misty.
Well, you guessed it this WAS Hilary's childhood pony! She immediately came to see her and with tears streaming she and Misty were reunited! Misty will be going home forever, she will be held on to tightly never to be separated again!!
Hilary manages a barn in Woodstock VT and now, as an adult she has the resources and finances to care for her pony. Hilary and Misty are both 24 years old and will have many Christmases to celebrate together sharing precious memories of a girl and her pony.
MERRY CHRISTMAS GIRLS!
P.S. Hilary Never gave Misty's things away, she still has her halter, blankets and everything that belonged to her and will again!
With winter now upon us we have prepared for it the best we could, stocking up on hay, shavings, straw (for our 4 resident pigs!) All stall doors and latches are in working order and we are prepared to batten down the hatches.
This is usually a harsh time of the year for horses and is also when their need for help is the greatest. Sadly it is also a time when more horses will be shipped to slaughter as well as many that will simply be abandoned to fend for themselves. Oh don't we wish we could save them all! That is the most difficult thing to accept...because we can't.
Much has happened here at Gerda's Animal Aid in this past year. Horses have come and gone, we have had deep sorrows and great happiness and such is life. Moving into a new year our commitment to the horses will continue and our resolve is stronger than ever.
Our rescue is growing on all levels and there is much to be proud of and much we have learned about bettering what we already have. As always fundraising needs to be a constant, being a 501c3 not for profit we depend solely on public funding in order to survive. We have been very lucky, our supporters have been by our side through all the hard times and rejoiced along with us when together we saved horses who went on to do just what every horse wants, a chance to live their lives.
Hopefully 2015 will bring us new friends wanting to join our plight. As a group we can make great things happen. We love what we do but could never have done this without you, this has absolutely been a group effort!! By us doing our part along with your help each of us has an opportunity to personally participate in helping every horse that comes into our rescue, following the journey through it's new life. It's been wonderful and all of us here at GAA thank you for a great year!
Although we can't save them all, together we will try!!!
Welcome to GAA! We are a 501c3 horse rescue located in the green mountains of Southern Vermont. We rescue horses from the unthinkable fate of being slaughter bound for human consumption, and with the ultimate goal of finding them each a perfect new home.
Once in our care, they can begin the healing of both body and spirit. Many come in horrific condition, needing medical attention and a feeding program tailored to each one. When they are ready, we evaluate them for their new life and provide training accordingly. There is no limit as to how long they stay with us, in time the right person always comes! And the day they step onto the trailer to begin their new life, our work will have been done. That is always a bittersweet day, but then there will be another horse, waiting desperately to be rescued!
We are solely supported by public tax deductible donations. As anyone can imagine it's always a struggle to support the horses, and we ask everyone to remember the plight of the horses who only want to live, and please be as giving as you can. Thank you!