As a little girl growing up in New York City I did not have much interaction with horses. I recall seeing the carriage horses waiting for tourists outside of Central Park and felt a sadness as I knew if they had a choice they’d likely choose to be running in pastures with their kin.
Through my work in rescue, I’ve become increasingly aware of the plight of these sensitive, majestic creatures. Too often the needs of humans trump even the basic needs of these gentle giants. And it takes gentle humans with giant dedication to remedy this. Tawnee and Jason Preisner, founders of NorCal Equine Rescue, are just such dedicated souls. They live and breathe their commitment to all animals and are true angels to horses in need.
While the contribution made by Tawnee, Jason and everyone at NorCal Rescue to the greater good for horses is far-reaching in and of itself, this duo’s commitment to making a difference permeates everything they do. Having seen how hard it was to adopt out pairs of horses who loved each other and needed to stay together, Tawnee and Jason decided to adopt a sibling group of humans so they could be together!
They also live a compassionate lifestyle that includes not eating animals and always rescuing others in need if the situation presents itself. Just this week they bought an emaciated goat being sold for $5 at auction. Sadly, the little guy was so weak that he did not make it through the night. At least he passed away amid kindness, with Tawnee stroking his head.
According to Tawnee, horses are the first to go if a family is hit by the economic downturn. The cost of their care is sacrificed, it is hard to find others who can re-home them, and land foreclosures result in thousands of horses being left behind or sold to slaughter at auctions.
This does not include the thousands regularly cast aside by the horse racing industry, or the wild ones unnecessarily rounded up and sold to slaughter to make room for cattle feed lots.
Currently NorCal Equine Rescue will accept any horse being relinquished to them for a $150 fee to cover initial veterinary assessment and costs. Additionally, anyone can sponsor a horse for that amount, enabling them to take in ones whose fees are not available for various reasons. And as we all know, any amount is of use in our shared effort to help those who cannot help themselves. If you'd like to donate to NorCal Equine Rescue, you can do so here.
So the magnitude of what Tawnee and Jason are up against is clear. And yet they are really making a difference, not only for the horses they help directly, but also for many others as they expand the scope of assistance through education and other worthwhile initiatives.
Tawnee, Jason and NorCal Equine Rescue have struck a nice balance between helping those who cross their path without losing sight of their big-picture goals for humane and compassionate change. In many ways their mission is quite simple: "If you are somewhere you can prevent cruelty, than you should if you can," in Tawnee's words.
I have no doubt that the amazing woman, who has already succeeded in meeting goals she set at age 8, will continue to have success in all she endeavors. And there are thousands of animals who are -- and will be -- better for her efforts and those of the entire NorCal Equine Rescue family. I feel honored to have been given a window into their world.
Please take a moment to look at Button and the many other beautiful horses currently needing homes at NorCal Equine Rescue.