A yard sale will be held Saturday, 13 August, to raise money to help feed and care for abused horses.
The Department of Agriculture said there are an estimated 300 to 400 horses in Grand Cayman. While some of the horses live in loving homes, others are neglected or abused.
A small group of individuals, led by Dr. Brandy Darby of St. Matthew’s University, will advocate for the welfare of horses. The group has been working to form an organisation from the ground up to provide a safe, permanent home for the unwanted horses of the Cayman Islands.
Dr. Darby said the yard sale would take place at 69 Smith Road, across from Smith Road Plaza and all of the proceeds would go toward helping Annie and Gracie, the first two horses in the programme.
“While our group is still in the formative stages of becoming officially incorporated, we have had two horses come to our attention that desperately need some help. They have come from homes where they were neglected and are currently being housed in the Department of Agriculture impound lot,” Dr. Darby said. “Both horses are thin and in need of some medical care, but have very sweet natures and will be fantastic pasture pets once rehabilitated. Unlike other homes, where the horses are to be ridden, these horses will eventually be used to teach people respect, love and compassion.
“We encourage everyone to come out and look at what is for sale, or even just to make a donation to the programme,” she said.
Dr. Darby said that long-term goals for the programme include partnering with various groups throughout the islands to educate farmers about equine husbandry and become involved with animal therapy for people with mental or physical handicaps.
For more information please contact Dr. Brandy Darby at 525-0631.