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Donating Hay to a rescue

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  • Donating Hay to a rescue

    My barn owner is in the fortunate situation of having rolled wayyyy to much hay this year. He asked me if I knew of any rescues or humane societies in the area that might need some hay. I don't, I just moved here about 6 months ago so I was looking on the internet for horse rescues that might need hay and didn't really find any in my area.
    So here are some things that I am worried about.
    How do you get it there? These are big hay rolls that the rescue would need a way of getting off the truck even if they were close enough to bring it to them. Do rescues come and get donations like this?
    How do you chose? I don't really want to give hay to a hoarder type situation as I kinda think that is enabling, but then again they might really need it the most. We are not talking about tons and tons of hay just maybe 10 rolls or so.

    We are located in Western VA about 1hr or so north of Roanoke if anyone would like to PM with any information on local rescues that might need some extra hay.

  • #2
    If you can, please contact your states horse council and ask them if they have a hay pantry or hay angels chapter in your neck of the woods. They distribute to individuals in need. Or ask your vet or shoer if they know someone who is in dire straights - you never know how many lives you can touch until you reach out.
    "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there"


    • #3
      Just saying that I think it's a WONDERFUL gesture! I hope that you find a rescue in need, and empty tummies to feed - surely with such a generous donation, a rescue can scare up a way to collect it!
      Eternal Earth-Bound Pets Independent Contractor.

      All I want is to know WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CHICKEN???


      • Original Poster

        Thanks for the suggestion Woodland. I have to contact them anyway for our trail riding club so I will put that on my list of questions.
        Threebars, thanks I have the best barn owner EVER.


        • #5
          I had extra hay, several tons, and offered it to a rescue that's close to my home. They sounded interested until I said they would need to pick it up, and then they said "no thanks". Oh well.

          I ended up offering it to a church, who was more than happy to find people who needed the hay and volunteers to pick it up and deliver it.


          • #6
            Originally posted by saddleup View Post
            I had extra hay, several tons, and offered it to a rescue that's close to my home. They sounded interested until I said they would need to pick it up, and then they said "no thanks". Oh well.

            I ended up offering it to a church, who was more than happy to find people who needed the hay and volunteers to pick it up and deliver it.
            If the rescue didn't have anyone to help them pick up the hay and load it in their barn, I can understand why they said no.

            My neighbor offered me hay and I said no for exactly the same reason!
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