Wrap-up of the 2017 Rescue Roundtables
As we all know, it takes more than passion to run a successful equine rescue. The Wisconsin Horse Alliance (WHA) believes that the synchronization of statewide rescue efforts is essential to maximizing the wellbeing of Wisconsin horses. In an effort to connect equine rescue organizations across the state, WHA held its first two “Rescue Roundtable” events, open to staff, volunteers and board members from statewide rescues. From grassroots efforts to established equine rescue organizations, Rescue Roundtables provided representatives the opportunity to build relationships and share knowledge resources to plan future rescue initiatives.
The first Rescue Roundtable, held at Dane County Humane Society in Madison in April 2017, was well attended! Presentations included building a successful volunteer program, grant writing fundamentals, maximizing the impact of an organization’s website and facebook pages, managing a successful adoption program, intake procedures, the importance of proper quarantine procedures, and assessing special needs horses and their adoptability. Attendees at this event included Pony Tales Refuge and Rehab Inc., Midwest Horse Welfare Foundation, Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary, Holyland Donkey Haven, Stepping Stone Farms, and the HSUS Wisconsin State Director.
Our second Rescue Roundtable, held at Midwest Horse Welfare Foundation in July 2017, was the biggest yet! Representatives from Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary, Midwest Horse Welfare Foundation, Pony Tales Refuge and Rehab Inc., Wisconsin Federated Humane Societies, Racer Placers, Firefly Acres, Beautiful Hearts Equine Rescue, and Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) met for yet another round of engaging topics. Guest speaker, Valerie Taylor from GFAS led presentations on a variety of topics, including equine record keeping, emergency disaster planning, using the tools of succession planning, long-term strategic and financial plans, and more!
WHA continues to grow and welcomes the opportunity for animal and equine professionals or enthusiasts to join our efforts. Together, though utilizing our diverse backgrounds and working towards a shared mission, we hope to have a lasting impact on the well-being of Wisconsin’s horses today and for the future. For more information and updates on our 2018 lineup of Rescue Roundtables, visit www.wisconsinhorsealliance.org