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Star Ranch Rescue

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:16 PM EDT
"Star Ranch Rescue" is our second featured charity for this months Charity Challenge.

The refuge for horses is located in Haywood County.

Meggan Graves, doctor of veterinary medicine, "all of these horses, they all tell a story, and some of them are sad stories and we hope to make them have happy endings."

Which is why the non-profit was born seven years ago.

Karen Owens, Star Ranch President, "Star Ranch at this point in time is one of the largest animal rescues in this area.  We have 100 animals here.  We discovered early on that when we went to bring in the horses, the cats the goats and the dogs were also in trouble, we couldn't leave them behind."

So volunteers, like veterinarian Meggan Graves, take the animals in, "I do it as a ministry more than anything else."

She gives up weekends and holidays when emergency strikes.

"Horses like Levi who was a barn case, a barn fire where the owners just couldn't physically and financially take care of him."

Star Buck, who came in with an eye injury, "like Bucky who unfortunately that others might be aware of, that we just got to too late."

President Karen Owens says finding money for horses is hard, so they know how to stretch a dollar, "we have dedicated volunteers who make this place work.  We have no overhead, no staff, no salaries no advertising and we own all our own buildings so we have an over 80% factor of every dollar donated going to the program."

Their emergency fund is depleted, and they hope the News 13 Charity Challenge will give them a boost.

"Feed, safe fencing, shelter, medications.  All of those things can make a big difference and a thousand dollars can go a long way."

Star Ranch invites you to call them to visit, volunteer or adopt at 828-400-4940.

To find out more, click here to visit their website.

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