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Volunteer Chris Guffey, left, a Corydon-based farrier, talks to a family about the many horses at Buck Creek Valley Animal Rescue Saturday morning. The nonprofit rescue organization held a fundraiser Saturday, which included games, food and pony rides. Photo by Alan Stewart (click for larger version)

Rescue group not horsing around


October 10, 2012 | 08:27 AM

Started in 2008 with a desire to help unwanted and neglected animals in Harrison County, Buck Creek Valley Animal Rescue obtained its 501(c)(3) status in July and is in the process of raising funds to help animals the organization currently has as well as future animals brought to the facility near Elizabeth.

Richard and Robin Mills' 28-acre facility located along Shewmaker Lane hosted a fundraiser Saturday, with a bounce house, pony rides, tours of the farm, silent auctions and plenty of food.

"It was a really great event and made some needed money," Robin Mills said.

Other fundraisers are being planned. Ideas in the works include a chili cook-off or a Monte Carlo night (pending gaming approval).

Mills said the nonprofit status means that, while private donations are still accepted, and needed, hopefully, grants will fill in the many gaps along the way.

"Now we can get money to come in and help us a little more with the grants. The $20 and $30 donations, as much as they are appreciated, don't go very far. When you add that you are a nonprofit, people are more apt to give," she said. "Everyone believes in us, and we're going to keep doing what we're doing because we love animals."

In addition to the public sector, the rescue has come to the aid of Harrison County numerous times on animal (usually horses) neglect cases and when horses have been dumped by owners who can no longer afford to keep them due to the rising costs of associated with horse care. More than 40 horses have been taken in from all over Kentuckiana by Buck Creek rescue.

The horses are nursed back to health and then, hopefully, can be adopted out.

One horse, named Blondie, will be walking in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Harrison County on Saturday, Oct. 20. Blondie was involved in a neglect case in which five emaciated horses were found living in an unventilated barn. One of the horses, named Momma Gump, had to be euthanized due to a broken hip.

Another horse living at the facility came to BCVAR wearing a halter that appeared to have been worn since birth. The halter, which was embedded in the horse's face, was covered in puss and infection and had to be cut off. The horse's wounds have mostly healed and, during Saturday's event, children were able to pet the horse.

"The volunteers we have here do an excellent job working with the animals so they can be adopted out to forever homes," Robin Mills said.

For more information about Buck Creek Valley Animal Rescue, call 968-3000 or visit its website, www.buckcreekvalleyrescue.org.

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