Northstar Horse Rescue gives race horses a new life

Mar 18, 2014
Northstar Horse Rescue volunteers will talk about the Rockland nonprofit Saturday, April 5 at Pet Quarters.

Rockland — Northstar Horse Rescue of Rockland will be at Pet Quarters in the Harbor Plaza Shopping Center in Rockland Saturday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Shoppers and passersby will have an opportunity to learn about the issues facing the horses of Maine and the nation, about the work Northstar does to retire, retrain, and rehome thoroughbred race horses, and check out pictures of Northstar equines past and present.

Handmade shopping bags made from recycled grain sacks will be available for sale, and any donations toward grain and hay for the horses will be gratefully appreciated.

Northstar Horse Rescue is a 501c3 public charity, founded in 2012 by a group of people, including Rockland's Elizabeth Dickerson, who decided to make a difference in the lives of six Thoroughbreds slated for an uncertain future. In an effort that reached across many state lines and forged lifelong friendships, the six horses were rescued and re-homed. Bolstered by this success, Dickerson decided to incorporate and to devote her lifelong love for horses to rescue, retraining, and education of the public concerning equine issues. In two years of doing business, Northstar has made a difference in the lives of 15 horses.

Northstar Horse Rescue is funded by grants and donations, and powered completely by volunteer effort. All are welcome to come to the rescue and learn about horses. For more information, please call Elizabeth Dickerson at 317-7565.

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