Many horse rescues are hurting for cash and we are no exception. Donations are not coming in; I know you have heard that before. In reality, if we were not personally funding this rescue and buying feed and providing medical care for our horses and donkeys this rescue would close. Richardson Equine Rescue Inc. is located in the Chihuahua Desert. The landscape here is diverse. We have jagged mountains, rocky soils, cactus, mesquite trees and creosote bushes. We are a true desert and receive nine inches or less of rain a year. There are two periods of rain a year. In the summer we have the monsoons and in the winter we get small showers. This ecosystem makes it impossible for the horses and donkey to graze. Grass needs rain to grow and as a result most grasses do not thrive here, resulting in our need to provide feed. Feed bills are our number one cost. We spend $800 to $1000 per month on hay. Medical care is our only other cost and includes annual vaccinations and emergency care for sick or injured horses or donkeys. We have no paid employees. So as you can see we operate on a very tight budget. The rescue needs a volunteer (with experience) to help us find sponsors who will support it on a monthly basis. Another potential revenue source is advertising. This looks promising and we will be exploring that option. We actively seek grant money. The ASPCA has been very supportive with training grants so our horses can be ridden. For 2017 we are going to continue to apply for grants that will enable us to go forward with potential projects such as a Horse Therapy Program and Trail Riding Clinics. We are extremely hopeful our rescue will be part of someone’s Christmas List. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. We appreciate your help.