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Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue: Capital Improvement Grant Report

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The grant funded mud-prevention footing for feed stations, dirt removal, rocks, geotextile grids, and action-feeding hay stations to bring the hay up off the ground and keep it covered.

These stations will keep the horses out of the wet mud through winter as they stand around the hay. This protects the legs and hooves of the horses by giving them a dry platform of pebbles to stand on. Is also prevents mold growth on the hay bales by keeping them dry, saving 30% of the hay we purchase.

Forty-five horses who enjoy turn-out at any given time will now benefit year-round from this generous grant. These stations will last for many years, and they will allow each horse to step up out of the mud during rain or snow days, protecting horses' hooves and legs. It will keep their hay safe, mold-free, and dry. This makes a huge improvement in the overall welfare of the horses on site while they recover and wait for homes!

How many pets did this grant help?

Currently, 45 horses, but it will continue for years to helps many hundreds or even thousands of horses

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Fiona (first photo) is one of 45 equines at Mulligan Farm for Heart of Phoenix who was helped by the feeding stations and geotextile footing added to our facility thanks to a generous grant from the Petfinder Foundation. Because of this grant, equines like her are able to avoid the mud generated during the winter and year-round rainy seasons we experience. This is especially important for donkeys like Fiona who have a history of hoof neglect.

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