PARKER – A group of teens with special needs was able to rescue four horses and a donkey from a livestock auction where a majority of the buyers would have shipped the animals to Canada or Mexico – where they would have been slaughtered.
The group of teens is called Drifter's Hearts of Hope. They used the money they earned from selling heart-shaped molasses and oat horse treats to buy the horses and donkeys last Wednesday.
"Everyone needs to be able to make a difference," group leader Jacqui Avis said in a news release. "Teens with special needs experience people helping them. It's important for these amazing teens to be able to be the helpers."
The horses have been taken to a pasture east of Parker that community members donated to the group. To get the property ready, the teens and their parents spent several nights fixing fences, weed whacking and clearing debris.
The teens will meet the horses on Thursday. The hope is that the horses will eventually get adopted, giving Drifter's Hearts of Hope the chance to rescue more animals in the future.
"I love the horses and being able to help them," Patrick Zimmermann, a member of Drifter's Hearts of Hope, said in a news release. "I like that we can save their lives."
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