Doing good by horses

First Posted: 6/7/2009

REASON (Retired Equine Adoption Society of the Northeast) held its first fundraising auction at its farm in Center Moreland, Wyoming County, last Saturday to continue the effort to find good homes for unwanted horses.

Nina Leeds and her mom, Mary, of Shavertown buy a lead for their horse at the auction.

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According to founder Lisa Smith, REASON has placed about 400 abandoned horses since 2001.

REASON works to match horses with good owners. Anyone interested in adopting a horse must fill out an application and pay about $600.

The group came up with the idea of an auction to raise funds about a year ago, said Cheryl Willis, a REASON volunteer and auction organist.

People donated horse equipment, such as saddles and bridles, along with household items for the cause. The Ken Geyer Real Estate Auctioneers donated its talent for moving merchandise.

Smith said REASON could always use food, hay, medications, supplements and horse or barn equipment. Anyone interested in helping may call 333-5266.

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