Westport The Crane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue (CMVHR) recently received help to continue their aid to horses in need.
CMVHR was awarded a $4,000 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The grant will help the farm build fencing.
“With this grant we will be able to repair and extend our quarantine paddocks,” Nancy Van Weie, owner and operator of CMVHR said.
Quarantine paddocks are necessary for the safety of the horses at CMVHR when taking in a new horse. Whenever the rescue takes in a new horse, the horse must be evaluated for at least a month. This quarantine guarantees the horse does not carry a contagious illness that could infect other horses and it is a time for the staff to observe any behavioral problems.
“All horses are quarantined when they arrive,” Van Weie said. “Length of time depends on what we know about the horse’s background and is generally a minimum period of a month.”
The current resident of the rescue’s only quarantine paddock is Pops, a Belgian Draft Cross that came to the rescue in May 2010 after a gunshot wound to the back. Because the investigation into his injury isn’t closed, Pops remains the property of New York state and cannot be housed with other horses, Van Weie said.
“We’ve had to turn away horses that were in need because Pops must remain separate,” Van Weie said. “We can’t take in new horses without quarantining them, it would put our horses at risk.”
With the grant, the rescue cannot only fix the existing, aging fencing but can add another pen. Adding a pen would enable the rescue to help more horses.
“We’re really honored and feel very privileged to have been chosen by the ASPCA for this honor,” Van Weie said.
ASPCA Senior Director of Community relations, Jacque Shutlz, said the grant will help guarantee safety of horses housed at CMVHR. Shultz said the rescue was one of almost a hundred applicants for the grant, and was chosen for its dedication to rehabilitation of horses. As a first-time applicant, Shultz saw how much work and dedication Van Weie and her partner at CMVHR, Eddie Mrozik, did for their horses.