Family Pictures with Santa at Tractor Supply

PER will be setting  up a photo booth with Santa for children and pets at the Tractor Supply in Pensacola on Saturday, December 5th from 10 AM to 3 PM.  A donation of $7.00 to sit with Santa will go towards caring for the rescue horses.  We will also have holiday baked goods available for a donation of any amount.  Bring your kids and pets in their favorite holiday attire for a special visit with St. Nick!  Adults may participate also!  This event will be a lot of fun!  Hope to see you there!santa family

Belks Charity Sale Fundraiser

Panhandle Equine Rescue is in full swing with our Fall Fundraiser. We are participating in the Belk Charity Sale and this will be our MAJOR fundraiser to get us through the winter months. Many of you are familiar with this popular event hosted by Belk’s, who contributes to non-profits twice a year by holding this special sale that only participants who have a ticket can enter into their store. This year the sale will be held on November 7th, 2015 from 6 AM to 10 AM. Tickets to enter the store are $5.00. That same ticket may be used towards your first purchase; getting you $5.00 off on top of the huge mark downs they will have throughout the store, so you immediately get your money back! You can also use multiple tickets by having your items rang up separately! On top of the huge mark downs, this will be tremendous savings!

If shoppers cannot shop on that Saturday, November 7th, they may pre-select their merchandise beginning Sunday, November 1st. Free Belk Gift cards up to $1000.00 will be given to the first 100 customers in each store on November 7th. Sale will be 20% to 70% storewide, including special savings on rarely discounted brands. It will be a perfect time to get in some early Christmas shopping. In addition, Belk’s will offer a Continental Breakfast to all shoppers that morning!

We are looking at purchasing winter hay in the near future. This will be very costly since we currently have 24 horses in foster care. Two are still weanlings and we think we have another one on the way!

Times are especially tough right now. Not only are adoptions down, but horses are being returned to PER because of many different reasons; financial, selling their farms, family health issues, etc. Because PER offers a lifetime safety net for these horses, we do not turn them away.

In addition to hay, PER assumes all other expenses for horses in foster care, as well as for those who are being rehabilitated at our facility. Funding is needed for us to carry on our work of saving horses, one life at a time. With the winter months coming, there will be horses out there depending on PER for their survival.

If you are not a shopper, that is okay. We are asking all supporters of PER to take 10 tickets with a donation of $50.00. They can sell the tickets to get their money back or give them as gifts. This will be your way of contributing this year. We can send you a tax deductible receipt along with your 10 tickets. Donations can be sent to PER, P.O. Box 777, Cantonment, FL. 32533. We will mail you the tickets and send you all the information you need to help in selling the tickets to recoup your money.

If you can’t afford $50.00, we understand. If you want to purchase a ticket for yourself or even add a friend or family member that can accompany you to this huge event, this will be a great way to support your favorite charity!

Thank you, in advance for doing your part to help us to help the horses.

Board Member Nominations

Panhandle Equine Rescue is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Board of Directors. If you are interested in serving, you may nominate yourself or if you know anyone who is interested you may nominate them, but we will need their phone number or email address. Any candidate nominated by another person will be contacted by the PER secretary to confirm that such candidate consents to having his or her name placed in nomination for election to the board. The deadline for accepting nominations will be September 30th, 2015.

We are seeking members who are fund raising oriented, that will not only attend most board meetings and bring ideas to the table, but can find time to participate in most major events. In order to be on the board, you must be a member of the organization. You may join at the time of your acceptance to be nominated. Membership costs $30.00 for an individual and $50.00 for family.

New nominees, as well as current board members may send an email to rlowery stating why they think they should be nominated and it will be forwarded to all PER members. They may also take the opportunity to speak at our Annual Member and Volunteer Appreciation Cookout to be held sometime in October. That date will be announced sometime this month.

Ballots that include current and newly nominated candidates will be sent out to PER members only on October 1st, at which time they will have the opportunity to vote on the board members of their choice. You may want to hold off on voting until after the Fall cookout, just in case a nominee(s) plan on speaking at that event.

If you are not currently a member and would like the opportunity to vote, a membership application can be printed off from our website at www.panhandleequinerescue.org under “How To Help”. Deadline for voting will be November 1st. Nomination of officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer) are done by board members only after their installation as stated according to our bylaws.

All nominees and final ballots should be emailed to PER secretary, Linda Lambert at spiritrider. Our new 2015 Board of Directors, along with officer seats will be entered into the minutes at our November Board Meeting. This meeting will be open to the public. New board members will have the first opportunity to vote at our Annual Meeting in January 2015. We would appreciate your participation in nominations. It is also important for PER members to take advantage of the privilege to vote. If you have any questions you may call me at 850-587-3565 or reply to this email.

We hope that you will consider this rewarding challenge for 2016!

Ways To Help

Lightning Bug would like to remind everyone that when you are selecting your payroll deduction for next years’ charity, remember that Panhandle Equine Rescue is a 501(c)3 organization. If you are a Civil Service employee, we are approved through United Way to accept donations (check Panhandle Equine Rescue) You have through the months of September and October to select for next years’ contributions.

PER is also signed up to accept payroll deductions from Combined Federal Campaign. Our code number is 97892. The CFC Drive is going on September through December. You can go to CFC Contributions in your MYPAY and type in our code and it will populate. Your contribution will go a long way in helping us to help the horses.

PER Assists Animal Control; Once Again

Escambia County Animal Control removed several animals from a Cantonment property on 6-17-15 when it was discovered that there was inadequate food and water. A total of sixteen animals including three pot-bellied pigs, four goats, two cows, five horses, one donkey and one mule were brought into the custody of Escambia County. Three of the horses were taken to Panhandle Equine Rescue, where they could receive closer monitoring and rehabilitation. Charges have not been filed as of this date. PER is in critical need of donations, since we took in three more horses less than a month ago. If you can help, please send your tax deductible contribution to P.E.R., P.O. Box 777, Cantonment, FL. 32533 or use Paypal on our website; www.panhandleequinerescue.org

To see more photos go to our facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.971015122951448.1073742015.151094934943475&type=3&uploaded=22

Justice For Ebony

I arrived home this morning around 1:30 after a trial that lasted over 16 hours on the case that involved Ebony, a mare we took in February of 2014. As the picture shows, Ebony fought hard to live and she did survive thanks to the help of many volunteers who came out on several occasions to help get her to her feet. Justice has finally been served. Several people were charged. All but one, pled out and received a sentence of 12 months probation. One person, Randall Rigby, held out for trial and was found GUILTY just after midnight on two counts of felony animal cruelty and two counts of misdemeanors (confinement without adequate food and water). Mr. Rigby already has an extensive criminal history, so he is facing a minimum of 3 and 1/2 years up to 10 years in state prison. It was a long day and night, but I along with animal control officers who worked the case stayed at the courthouse until the jury reached their decision well after midnight. I would like to thank all the people who put countless hours into this case, the investigators, state attorneys, witnesses, veterinarians and jurors. And also thanks to all who had a hand in helping the horses that were seized from that property. It has been a long hard case, but justice has been served. Sadly, we couldn’t save them all. For some, we arrived too late and they died a horrible death. For those we did save, we are so grateful that we reached them in time. And to all who helped with Ebony through donations and helping us to pick her up, PER and Ebony want to thank you also!

For News Stories on the trial click here: http://www.pnj.com/story/news/crime/2015/06/03/trial-horse-deaths-maltreatment-begins/28450023/


PER; An All Volunteer Organization

A post by a volunteer/member:

Good evening, my name is Nancy and I am a PER volunteer and board member. Diane has allowed me to post this as I feel like I have a very important topic to discuss. I want to talk to all of you about a very important aspect of this rescue organization and one that is close to my heart; our barn chore volunteers.

I cannot stress enough how dependent we are on the hard working men and women who volunteer week in and week out to come and do barn chores. We rely on these folks 7 days a week, 365 days a year to keep the PER facility clean and the horses tended to. We have a small group of dependable volunteers who have been coming each week consistently for a long time. These folks are our “constants” and we appreciate them so much. With that being said, we desperately need more people to step up and volunteer especially going into these hot summer months. We currently have 8 horses at the facility right now. We could have more come within a moments notice. We need YOUR help! If you have thought about or been interested in volunteering, now is the time! It is not that difficult especially when we have a full crew….remember, many hands make light work! School is out for the summer and high school students can earn hours towards their scholarship requirements. We have mom/daughter duos and even a dad/daughter team…..what a wonderful bonding experience you can have with your child! Please remember though how important it is to keep a commitment to help if you have volunteered your time. We depend on our volunteers and no-shows just put a tremendous strain on our already dedicated and hard working volunteers.

Our PER facility is a small, humble place….but what we lack in size we make up for in love and dedication to our rescues. We pride ourselves on keeping it clean and tidy and making our horses as comfortable as possible. PER is a place of love…a place of safety and security for horses who haven’t known these things. I get so much out of the hands on experience of doing barn chores…..seeing a horse who has not had shelter, go into their stall that is clean, has fresh bedding and a full hay bag. I also love when I’m watering the horses and I finish filling a bucket with cold fresh water and a horse take that first drink….seeing him lift his head and lick his lips as if to say “oh, that’s good! Thank you so much!” Knowing at one time water was non-existent for a lot of them. After chores are done, comes my favorite part…..grooming! It’s an incredible feeling to be able to show these horses that a humans touch is not something to fear. They enjoy the attention and it’s amazing to see a horse blossom from a skinny malnourished bag of bones to a beautiful, healthy and happy equine!

It’s especially touching to see updates on our horses, especially ones that I had a hand in helping. The horses who greeted me each day when I came for barn chores and are now either adopted or fostered….Capona (Topsannah), Sweet Mary, Comanche, JB, Jesse, Rolla, Smarty, Lucky and Ebony. When I see updates on FB, I feel proud because I know in some small way I made a difference in that horses life. Then there are the horses who live at the facility….Houdo, Glitter and Lightning Bug….and our newest girls Hope, Grace and Lisa who are all so emaciated and wary of us all….not knowing what we are all about but having hope that PER will be a safe place for them…finally. You can also have the experience of making a difference in a horses life, no matter the commitment you can give, every little bit helps.

Our barn chore volunteers are our “boots on the ground”….these are the folks who are invaluable to our day to day operations. Barn chores are a labor of love….it is not glamorous but it is rewarding in so many ways. If you are interested in learning more, please send a message or email. If you cannot volunteer, please SHARE this and our FB page. There may be people out there who would love to volunteer but don’t know we even exist. We need you…..the horses need you! Your life will be richer because of it. Thank you for your time, and hope to see you out at PER!

Nancy Way

Sky Returns To PER

The second horse that PER rescued was in April 2005. It has been 10 years now and Sky has come full circle. She is now back at our facility. She was donated to PER 10 years ago by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department after they picked her up after a hurricane. She was abandoned, thin and dragging a rope behind her. They kept her at the county impound facility for several weeks and when they heard about the newly formed Horse Rescue in their county, they requested that we take her. Of course, we would!

Shortly thereafter, our local newspaper did a full page write up on Sky and the newly formed local horse rescue. She was instrumental in bringing Panhandle Equine Rescue to the attention of the community for the first time.

Sky has a freeze brand on her neck, so someone from the local Arabian Horse Club was nice enough to trace down Sky’s history. It was discovered that she foaled on June 18, 1984. She produced a grey filly in 1995 and a chestnut filly in 1996. It was also noted that her last listed owner was in Terrell, TX. She was shown twice as a 2 yr. old in Arab shows. The listed owner purchased her in 1992 and they bred her twice. Sky’s registered name is “Dragonwyck Heirss”. Her pedigree is outstanding. She is considered “Straight Egyptian”. She was born in Rockford, IL and then went to Gillette, WY in November of 1984. On April 9, 1992, Sky went to Terrell, TX to her last listed owner. She spoke with her previous owners who still have most of their horses and they don’t go through a lot of them real fast. They had stallions and did some breeding. After that the trail runs cold. We don’t know how Sky ended up in Florida, abandoned and neglected. But she did and lucky for her, she landed at PER.

Sky was adopted in June 2005, where she remained for over a year, but due to her owner’s lack of time, she was returned to PER. Luckily, her adoption was transferred to a young lady who had just bought a 42 acre ranch. That ranch was named after Sky. Many of you remember it as “Forever Sky”. There was even a statue of Sky carved out of a rock at the ranch. She remained there until October 2011, when the ranch was forced to close down and Sky was once again returned to PER.

Sky was adopted right away for the third time and transferred to Nightmare Ranch to serve as a companion to an aged gelding. He died in May 2013, so Sky had no purpose to her adopter any longer, so she was once again returned to PER. The owner of Nightmare Ranch agreed to foster Sky, so she remained at her place of security.

It has been two years now and Nightmare Ranch has to downsize leaving limited space for the horses. So Sky has come home to the PER facility after 10 years of going in and out of adoption and foster homes. I’m sure she is wondering why she is back. But this little mare is very wise in her older years and seems to understand that she is going to be okay.

PER’s promise is a commitment for life for all of the horses that we have rescued. Our goal is make sure they are never mistreated, abandoned or go hungry again. And that has been our promise to Sky, who is now 31 years old and home once again.