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To The Rescue

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When she was 23 years old, Casey Smith of Blue Grass started a not for profit organization devoted to saving the lives of neglected and abused horses. She organized Blue Ridge Rescue, and seven years later it has established quite a track record.

The organization takes in and rehabilitates starving horses. Blue Ridge Rescue places horses on a feeding program. Some are placed on strict diets. They are nursed back to health. Others receive veterinary care.

In seven years, Casey and her volunteer staff have helped to rescue about 275 horses. Two hundred sixty have been adopted and placed in loving homes.

Blue Ridge Rescue relies on donations and adoption fees to pay for the necessary hay, vet care, training and other needs the animals have.

A miniature horse named Bunny came from a breeding farm where she was born deformed. A prosthetic company donated a brace to save the horse's life. Casey was able to raise the funding for Bunny to eventually have surgery.

The horses have been placed in homes all over the country. Casey says just seeing the animals go from being unwanted and unhealthy to being loved and cared for puts a smile on her face.