Anthrocon 2013 Charity: Equine Angels Rescue

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Anthrocon has selected Equine Angels Rescue to be our beneficiary for 2013. Their mission is to rescue and rehabilitate homeless, neglected, and abused horses. They will be at the Charity Auction and will have a table in the Dealers' Room where you can meet them and peruse information about their organization.

More information about Equine Angels Rescue can be found at their website, www.equineangelsrescue.com. If you have any questions regarding Equine Angels Rescue, they can be reached through the Contact page on their website.

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I am very pleased to hear that you selected Equine Angels Rescue for your Anthrocon 2013 Charity.


I've spent nearly my whole life in the care of Equines and have more than an idea on what they can use in the care and rehab of horses for their boarding stables; I'll see what I can bring along that can be useful like paste wormers such as Panacure, Ivermemectin and grooming supplies, brushes, curry combs, etc.....whatever I can add to the space left in my car for the trip to Pittsburgh.


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Will they be bringing horses to the con? Perhaps small-breed horses, or ponies? (their table will be flooded with MLP. just watch). I know that horses are easily spooked, & might not like fursuiters around them, or random loud noises that might spook the horse.

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Less likely than if we had a cat or dog charity, but we'll run it by them when we drop by after our board meeting in Pittsburgh in March.

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The Convention Center might also veto it.  While it would be nice, it may just not be possible.

"On Horseback"

I like beer, and I like cheese
I like the smell of a westerly breeze
But what I like more than all of these
Is to be on horseback.

Hey and away we go
Through the grass, across the snow
Big brown beastie, big brown face
I'd rather be with you than flying through space.

I like thunder, and I like rain
And open fires, and roaring flames.
But if the thunder's in my brain,
I'd like to be on horseback.

Some like the city, some the noise
Some make chaos, and others, toys.
But if I was to have the choice,
I'd rather be on horseback.

Hey and away we go
Through the grass, across the snow
Big brown beastie, big brown face
I'd rather be with you than flying through space.

Some find it strange to be here,
On this small planet, and who knows where.
But when it's strange and full of fear,
It's nice to be on horseback.

Some are short, and others tall,
Some hit their heads against the wall.
But it doesn't really matter at all,
When you happen to be on horseback.

Hey and away we go
Through the grass, across the snow
Big brown beastie, big brown face
I'd rather be with you than flying through space.

So if you you feel a little glum,
To Hergest Ridge you should come.
In summer, winter, rain or sun,
It's good to be on horseback.
Hm!

Hey and away we go
Through the grass, across the snow
Big brown beastie, big brown face
I'd rather be with you than flying through space.

Hey and away we go
Through the grass, across the snow
Big brown beastie, big brown face
I'd rather be with you than flying through space.

I'd rather be on horseback.
(Mike Oldfield)
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I expect the logistical challenges in transporting and providing for the horses would make it impractical.

Fun fact: For several years, the convention center where I live in Syracuse NY was the venue for the Syracuse Invitational Sporthourse Tournament. Half of the exhibition hall (about the size of DLCC's Hall C) was covered about a foot deep with a special footing material for the horses' warmup/exercise ring, so the public could view them while they perused the exhibitors in the other half. (The tournament itself took place at an arena across the street, also covered in the same material.) About a third of the convention center garage was converted into temporary stables.

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will there  be a ribbon this year  as well for our badges like last year for hello bully?  defntly glad you picked a  horse one this year.  we  had a rescue horse we got from an opertaion like  this.  and she was hte best horse we had.

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Probably, that seemed to go over very well in 2012 and helped drive donations some.

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I think the ribbons and the bucket brigade were absolutely brilliant. I don't think Hello Bully would have raised as much as they did without them.

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My name is Glenny and I am Sec/Tres/fundraiser/web master and just about anything else outside of the barn at Equine ANgels, Pam (my daughter) is the main persosn INSIDE the barn! Eye-wink I joined here because I am so thrilled that you picked Equine Angels Resue this year for your charity. I would like to be able to answer any questions you have aobut the rescue.

Don't think we can bring horses down to the convention center but we will bring a DVD or two of the rescue and our work. We have a lot we can share with all of you.

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OH yes, I also raise goats....hence the reason for the baby goat picture.Glenny

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Awesome choice for 2013's charity!

I work for an animal rescue center in England and I've done a fair amount of work with the equines we have. A lot of times people think animal shelters and think cats, dogs and small animals which yes, need our help too. But kudos to Anthrocon Smiling

And yay for the goat in your avatar Glenny. We have goats and sheep too, and they are such great characters! Dance

 

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Equine ANgels Rescue has just put out it's first newsletter for this year. If any of you would like a copy post here or email me at equineangelsrescue.inc@gmail.com and I will email you a copy.Glenny

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I would not mind a copy being sent to ceo(at)anthrocon.org.  Is the newsletter online?  It might be easier to post a link rather than field a ton of email requests.

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Currently not up on the web. We will be posting past issues eventually Glenny

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Hope we can raise as much money for them this year as the charity last year! Laughing out loud Do you know if you guys are going to continue the things you guys did last year with the donation ribbons, etc?

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http://www.anthrocon.org/node/9332/anthrocon-2013-charity-equine-angels-rescue#comment-77866

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Rigel already answered that question earlier in this thread.

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Probably, that seemed to go over very well in 2012 and helped drive donations some.

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wow, my attentiveness is impeccable tonight!

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Will there be an opportunity to donate artwork/raffle items like in previous years?  If so, who do we contact to donate?

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Yes.   http://www.anthrocon.org/charity#about_donations

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Thanks!  I'll email closer to the con (since I don't know what I'll do yet).

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There will be a couple broad solicitation emails as in previous years, the first around the end of this month/beginning of next month.  News first, then huckstering.  Smiling

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If the horses can't come to the convention, maybe the convention can come to the horses.  Can there be a trip to visit them?

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Now there's an idea.  Let me study on it for a while.

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Careful, you have lots of carnivores coming to the con =3  Might not be the best idea X3

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I also work on a horse rescue farm, so I could not approve of this choice of charity more! ^.=.^

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EXCELLENT Charity choice!  Kudos to the staff.... $$$ to the charity!

 

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Maybe they can bring large stuffed horse/pony plushies, and just let us pretend they are real horses? XD

 

BTW, I'm trying to get this charity to hook up with Bitcoin100.org, which basically donates $1,000 to any charity that adds a Bitcoin button next to their PayPal/VISA button on their donation page. I've e-mailed them, but haven't gotten a response, probably because "Hey, can we give you $1,000?" sounds a bit sketchy. I wonder if anyone can maybe vouch for me? I know $1,000 isn't much money, especially compared to how much AC typically raises, and I'd probably be willing to donate another $1,000 myself, but I'm sure every little bit helps.

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From what I've heard of bitcoins, aren't they a digital money format?  I suspect they may not want to put a bitcoin button next to their Paypal/Credit Card donation buttons since they may not be able to use donated bitcoins to pay for things the horses need (food, medical supplies, etc.).  Also doesn't the exchange rate of bitcoins vary wildly?  I don't know much about them, so if I'm wrong, please correct me. Smiling

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Glenny from Equine Angels saw my post and responded, so yay! Dance  I hope I can help her out. As for bitcoins, if she uses a service like BitPay, they would instantly convert the coins to cash and deposit them into her bank account, so she wouldn't even see the bitcoins, or have to worry about exchange rates. Either way, this is off topic, but if you have questions, I'll gladly answer them in PM.

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Its true that the bitcoin is a highly variable currency.  But, as those who work in charity say: "every little bit helps".  Its not about how much as much as it is about helping period.  Even if a full bitcoin were to yield $1, we did our part.

That is an extreme example btw.  The variable is usually between $60 and $120 somewhere abouts.

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Please see your private messages for a response.

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Hey Rigel. I managed to pick up another stack of the animal-print t-shirts just like the types they often sell in Zoo Gift Shops. They bought out another lot at the local "big lots" store, I anticipate dropping them off at raffle table for 2013.  There's a fair selection again! Every little bit helps!

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Sounds great!  However, please submit all donation confirmations through , thanks!

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Without checking the "numbers" myself for each method to see how they work and the costs (if any) to donate, what I would say is to go with the method that is easiest for the charity to receive funds and has the least or no "fees" to send them the donation.


 

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I don't want to turn this thread into a discussion on the merits of Bitcoin. I was just pointing out an avenue for the charity to get an extra $1,000 for very little work. Please donate using whatever donation method the charity wishes to use.

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I am super happy about having an equine charity this year. I asopted my american saddlebred from a rescue close to home and I know how much care and love needs to go into the animals. (Just like any animal really!) I am so excited to learn more and help out! Hopefully there will be a pamphlet or something like that I could pick up at the dealers den table?

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The charity is in controversy as it turns out, as you may have seen by now on the AC facebook group. In fact one article about this appeared on July 5, 2013--the Fri of the Con.

http://stuckinpittsburgh.com/pittsburgh-news/local-horse-owners-suing-equine-angels-rescue/

>>(Brian Arendosh says he wants stop Equine Angels Rescue from bullying local horse owners.

Arendosh is one of five people suing the agency and its director Pam Vivirito to get their horses back.)

No rushing to judgement before any full investigations or legal action but it was said on AC Facebook our donations would go toward the horses not the lawyers. Stay tuned.

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For those who don't want to sign up for Facebook to see those posts,
a quick google turned up the following:
http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/07/05/local-horse-owners-suing-equine-angels-rescue/
http://triblive.com/news/butler/4313797-74/horses-lawsuit-owners#axzz2Zi4JlOIo
http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/4390766-74/county-butler-horse#axzz2Zi4JlOIo
WTAE link
6 pages of comments that I didn't slog through

As usual, there are probably three sides to this: theirs, hers, and the truth Sad

And I suspect all of their donations go into one bank account,
so arguably we are helping pay the lawyers Sad

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It's worth noting that Equine Angels is being represented by not one but TWO attornies on a pro-bono (free) basis.  This is good for 2 reasons:

1) When an attorney is representing someone pro-bono, it generally means that the other side's argument is full of crap.

2) Our donations are paying for the care of the horses, not the legal bills.

 

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Please be reminded that outfits like Equine Angels, by the very nature of their work, often piss a lot of people off.  I place very little stock in these accusations and suggest that they originate from some lowlife who didn't know how to take care of his horse, and is now trying to get back at Equine Angels for taking the horse away.

 

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Here's an interesting update. Equine Angels posted a "before and after" photo of one of the horses that they rescued:

The first photo was taken on the property of the person who is suing to get the horse back. The second photo was taken at Equine Angels 4 months later.

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certainly more of an indicator that the complainant is full of shit

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I've work with for many years and adopted a standardbred racehorse myself from the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (adoptahorse.org) in Cream Ridge, NJ and seen stuff like this come up a few times before.


As much as I really want to express my thoughts and opinions from what I've read, viewed in news clips and  know from dealing with stuff like this in the past, I'll keep my muzzle shut and let everyone who knows exactly what is going on work this out.


Just because someone "owns" a horse does not mean they know how to, or worse yet, really care on how they take care of any horse.


When I bring a horse or any other animal in my life, they are part of my Family and I consider myself only a steward in the care and well being of that other, not an "owner".


The only other thing I want to add is.....what Unclekage said!


Salem


 

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Here is the fellow who is suing Equine Angels:

http://www.wtae.com/news/local/butler/State-police-Chicora-man-to-face-36-counts-of-cruelty-to-animals/-/10928542/19671230/-/hef4u1/-/index.html

Q.E.D.

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His flogic is lawless.

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The court is going to throw this case out, call this idiot what he is, a idiot and probably have a restraining order against him against EAR so he does not attempt to harass, threaten the people of Equine Angels Rescue any further or try to steal those horses back.

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We can hope.  the courts in the US often do not do the rational thing...

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Uh yeah...this guy is a dickweed.

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