Horse welfare advocate Marie Dean will be representing the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition as team captain in the “Walk for Ontario Farm Sanctuaries” on August 25, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario. ”Walk for Ontario Farm Sanctuaries” will raise awareness about the plight of farmed animals, the abuses they endure, the hazards to human health, the environmental impact, and reaffirm that people care about the welfare of farmed animals. This walk will help bring awareness and give a voice to those who suffer and die daily as well as planting seeds in the hearts and minds of those who do not even realize they are suffering. This walk is also to raise money; the goal is $30,000. The money raised will be distributed to the Sanctuaries participating in the Walk, which so far are:
Snooters is a small,privately run, privately funded,farm animal sanctuary in Ontario, Canada. We offer safe, forever homes to rescue animals who have come from a variety of places. Some from families who grow tired of them, some from factory farms, some strays & many with disabilities. Our family includes big pigs, potbellied pigs, sheep, steers, horses, dogs, cats, hens & peafowl.
ALL of them have found their “forever homes” here with us at Snooters. We pledge to keep them happy, comfortable & when their time comes to walk over Rainbow Bridge we will be right there with them to help on their journey.
To be a centre of excellence promoting the greater emotional strength and mental health of children, youth and their families through programs that provide a direct and holistic experience of our interconnectedness with all life.
The Wishing Well Sanctuary is a charitable organization; therefore your donations will assist in feeding and caring for the animals on the farm and also assist in providing programs to youth and their families who otherwise could not afford to attend.
Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary is a place of hope for animals rescued from the abuse, neglect, and slaughter found on meat, milk, and egg farms. Hundreds of farm animals, including goats, pigs, sheep, donkeys, chickens, cows and ducks have been rescued since the sanctuary began in 1999.
Ruby Ranch is a sanctuary strictly for pigs. It’s named after our very first potbellied pig, Ruby. Shortly after we got her, we realized there was a great need for safe haven for pigs of all kinds. So many potbellied pigs were being discarded, for many reasons. They were being adopted as cute little babies, and many people had no idea how big they would get, what to feed them, what their needs were, or even if they were legal in their area. Some were bought as gifts for children, and when the child lost interest, the pig was forgotten and discarded. Some were being tossed away by petting zoos, who had no desire to care for a full grown potbellied pig, when it’s the piglets that the public wanted to see.
Throughout history man has measured a horse’s worth by what the horse could do for man. Horses have provided transport, done hard labor, carried soldiers into battle, performed as athletes and entertainers and have provided pleasure to millions. Somewhere along the way man has forgotten the true value of the horse…
As we watch our horses just being horses, we can truly appreciate their intrinsic value. They are awesome creatures to behold. We are often awestruck by their bravery and their loyalty to each other and we are inspired daily by their intelligence, curiosity and playfulness.
We feel we are indebted to these magnificent beings. So, on behalf of mankind, Refuge RR is giving back that which should never have been taken away, their freedom, and providing them with the protection that is owed to them.
The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition is an alliance of horse industry and horse protection groups whose mission is to protect and defend the horses of Canada from abuse, neglect and slaughter. The CHDC’s team name will be “Defend Horses Canada.” We will be representing the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition and the horses, with banners and signs showing our cause for the horses. What a great opportunity as well to gather signatures in support of Bill C-322, in support of the horses. We have been asked as participants to raise the minimum of $300 as a group. Marie is asking any person that would like to join the “Defend Horses Canada” group to send her $10.00 as an entry fee. If we can get 30 people to walk with us, then we have already reached our goal as a team. Then if the 30 people want to gather pledges that would just mean even more money raised to help the sanctuaries. Here is Marie’s email address: firstname.lastname@example.org and if you are interested in walking for the horses and farm animals, then please email Marie to express your interest.
The event begins at Noon in Dufferin Grover Park. The walk is 3.2kms to Kensington Market concluding in Bellevue Square Park. We will be setting up a Facebook page/Event page for participants only.
Marie will enter team members on the Team Registration & Waiver Form and at the event ask each team member to sign a Waiver. She will also be collecting the entry fee from team members as soon as she receives your email of interest. At the event before the walk Marie will be collecting your Team Member Pledge Forms which will be so proudly presented to Holly’s Hope Registration table at the beginning of the walk.