Rescuing Horses: Just Another Day at Animal Planet
By: Betty Chu
Victoria Lowell, SVP of Marketing at Animal Planet, is passionate about horses and talks about volunteering at a horse rescue on Discover Your Impact Day, a global day of volunteerism for all of Discovery Communications. Over 3,300 employees around the world participated in projects in their communities.
Meet Black Jack ... isn't he adorable? You would never guess he is blind especially the way he can zero in on a treat! It's easy to forget he can't see because he is so at ease in his world. Thanks to the efforts of Horsenet Horse Rescue in Mt. Airy, Md., Black Jack and his other blind pasture buddies have a happy, safe home for life.
Vicki feeds Black Jack and shows him some love.
Black Jack's pasture buddy, Galahad
Last Friday, I volunteered along with several of my favorite Animal Planet colleagues at Horsenet Rescue as part of Discovery Communication’s Impact Day. We unloaded 450 bales of hay, repaired and painted fences and scooped poop from paddocks ... loving every stinking minute of it! I also fell in love with a little pony named Harry ... so who knows where that will lead!
The Animal Planet team (with Black Jack) hard at work ... Discovering their Impact!
Working on a farm is not my day job -- marketing and promotions for Animal Planet keep me in the office, but I do spend most of my free time working with horses. There are a lot of horses in need of our help. Whether you adopt a horse, sponsor or even dedicate a few hours of your time at a local rescue, you can make a difference. Horses are a lot of work but they give back in so many ways. If you would like to volunteer at a horse rescue or explore adopting or sponsoring a horse go to animalplanet.com/roar or if you are in the Maryland area check out horsenethorserescue.org. We could use your help! I hope to see you at the farm!
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Beth Stewart