CARBONDALE—Brenda and Cecil Grimmett have owned and operated a horse rescue for several years. They do it not to make a profit, but out of the kindness of their hearts. That kindness is hoping to be repaid in a sense, as they host an open house in honor of the ASPCA Help a Horse Day.
“I wanted to get the word out about what we do as a rescue for our county,” said Grimmett.
B&C Equine Rescue Inc. will host the Horse Rescue Open House from noon to 4 p.m. April 26 at the rescue, located at 740 W. 125th St., north of Carbondale.
Grimmett said the open house would be informative and offer several different demonstrations and information sessions. Some of those demonstrations will focus on care, rehabilitation and therapy programs, as well as a horse’s everyday needs.
There will be no formal charge for admission to the open house, however donations are welcomed.
“We are a 501(c)(3) charity, so donations are tax deductible,” said Grimmett. “Donations are always appreciated.”
If an individual doesn’t have funds to donate, they may be able to contribute to the rescue in other ways. Time at the rescue can be just as valuable.
“Sometimes we need volunteers,” said Grimmett. “Sometimes we need leaders to help the horses with birthday parties and other events.”
Grimmett said groups often attend the rescue and get to spend time with the horses.
“It’s just fun, for kids and adults,” said Grimmett. “I go around and help educate different folks about it, help with their problems, give suggestions on what kind of feed, veterinarians.”
Grimmett attributes many thanks to vets in the Auburn and Carbondale areas, Kansas State University, Wellsville and Kansas City.
“I don’t try to do it all by myself as far as vet stuff, and I like to share what I’ve learned,” said Grimmett.
Currently, B&C hosts 23 horses. Out of that number, Grimmett would consider only one ready for adoption. Others won’t make it off the rescue.
“Some are sanctuary horses,” said Grimmett. “Four of them are 30 years old, they’ll stay here until nature takes its course.”
Although an animal may be ready for adoption, Grimmett won’t be ready to see it go until a suitable match is determined.
“It takes time,” said Grimmett. “It depends on who is looking for what. I don’t advertise.”
In fact, Grimmett said often times she may initiate contact when determining if a horse is rehabilitated and ready for adoption.
“I’m very particular on where they go.”
In addition to the horses, B&C also houses other animals from time to time. Grimmett says she has six rescue dogs as well, but their home is at the rescue.
“We rely on donations,” said Grimmett. “A lot comes out of our pocket. With people coming here, they can see where the money’s going.”
Grimmett explained how a new push for donations comes from the request to obtain TheraPlate technology.
“A person in Texas is sending us one for demo to use until May 9, so people will be able to see the things we’re really shooting for,” said Grimmett. “It’s therapeutic and healing and helps with all aspects of injured horses.”
The TheraPlate may be used for any horse, any size.
“It’s rewarding to take a malnourished, abused and neglected animal and bring them back to life,” said Grimmett. “It’s just rewarding to be able to help.”
For more information, contact Grimmett at (785) 836-7443.