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Horse Rescue Group Establishes Fund at Foundation


Karen Niemic Buchheit, CRCF Executive Director, second from left, meets with Horse Resource members (from left) Becky Smith, Terry Crisafulli, Annie Widger and Ruthe Riehle with Ms. Riehle's horses.

OLEAN, N.Y., June 22, 2012 – Horse Resource, a group of area equine enthusiasts, has established a new fund at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation to assist people and horses in rescue situations.

A primary purpose of the fund will be to offset the costs of fostering horses in need of care, according to Karen Niemic Buchheit, CRCF Executive Director

Founded in 2005, Horse Resource’s mission is to act as a resource to improve equine welfare in Cattaraugus County, said the group’s chairperson, Annie Widger of Ellicottville, NY.

“Often when one loses their job or gets divorced, the horses are the last concern,” Ms. Widger noted. “Our thought in creating Horse Resource was to provide a network that could help. We would match people with resources to people and horses without.”

According to Ms. Widger Horse Resource has helped find homes for more than a dozen area horses and has assisted the SPCA in Cattaraugus County with many others.

“Some of our first horses to rehome were the result of a call from my veterinarian,” said Ms. Widger. “She had a client who could no longer care for her horses and we had them in loving homes within a week.”

As a 501(c)(3) public foundation CRCF will receive donations on behalf of Horse Resource, allowing donors’ gifts  to be tax deductible. The Foundation will issue grants from the Horse Resource Fund for the purchase of feed and other related needs for rescued horses.

Donations to the Horse Resource Fund can be made in care of the Community Foundation at 120 North Union Street, Olean, and online at www.cattfoundation.org <http://www.cattfoundation.org/> .

To learn more about Horse Resource, visit www.horse-resource.org <http://www.horse-resource.org> .

Horse Resource has two upcoming events.

In conjunction with the Ellicottville Fire Department and Golden Stride Walker Ranch of Ellicottville, Horse Resource will offer a Horse Rescue Preparation Training Course for area first responders 7 – 10 p.m., Sept. 21, 2012, at Golden Stride Walker Ranch.

This course is free of charge to first responders, paid for by the Ellicottville Fire Dept. For more information contact Chief Ed Fredrickson, Ellicottville Fire Dept., 716-699-2717.

Horse Resource will also be holding a Tack Swap/Auction December 1, 2012, at the Allegany Community Center. The tack swap will begin at 10 a.m. followed by an auction at 2 p.m.

Anyone interested in renting a table for $10 to sell tack should contact Ms. Widger at 699-2940 or Ruthe Riehle at 373-6580.

The Community Foundation provides to its fund donors administrative services such as gift processing and acknowledgments,
investment management through a professional investment manager, and tax filing. Any nonprofit organization or any organization seeking nonprofit status interested in starting a fund at the Community Foundation can benefit from the these services.

Established in 1995, The Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in our region. Grants from the foundation support many areas including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service and youth development.

For more information, contact the Community Foundation at (716) 372-4433, email foundation@cattfoundation.org or visit
www.cattfoundation.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cattfoundation.

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