California Coastal Horse Rescue (CCHR) in Ojai will celebrate its annual “Help a Horse Day” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 with an open house and family fun day at the ranch. The community is invited to this free event, which features pony cart rides for children, food trucks, beer and wine garden, games, a silent, and, of course, the stars of the day – the CCHR horses.
CCHR’s community open house is being held as part of ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) “Help a Horse Day,” a nationwide challenge for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about abused and neglected horses.
In addition to raising awareness, participation in national “Help a Horse Day” allows CCHR to compete for a share of $100,000 in ASPCA grant prizes, which is vital to the work they do year-round to care for horses, many of which have been abused or neglected.
An all-volunteer, non-profit organization, CCHR’s mission is to rescue abandoned, abused, neglected and slaughter-bound horses and provide them with a second chance at living healthy, happy and productive lives.
CCHR has rescued horses from throughout California since 2000. Once horses are brought back to physical and emotional health, volunteers work to find them loving, permanent homes.
This year’s “Help a Horse Day” celebration is in honor of the ASPCA’s 151th Anniversary. On April 26, 1866, ASPCA Founder Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for the mistreatment of a horse.
California Coastal Horse Rescue “Help a Horse Day” will take place on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 600 W. Lomita Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.calcoastalhorserescue.com or call 805-649-1090.