Registered: December 2007
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The Grace Foundation of Northern California is a foundation for saving abused and abandoned horses as well as rehabilitating them to be used with the therapy of special needs children as well. My name is Brittany and I became involved with the foundation in September of 2006 when beginning my senior project for high school. But not only did it end up being my senior project, it ended up instilling in me an understanding of wildlife and the endless devotion that can happen when you begin to help out in your community.
Horrific stories about the malnutrition and sufferings many of the horses had gone through was unimaginable to my young self when I was at the stage of everything was about me in life; that was when my world changed. Throughout high school all you worry about who is popular and what clothes are in this week, well at least that’s how it was for me. But when I stepped onto the ranch, something inside me changed – something much deeper that is indescribable. I became a person I am proud to say I have become, someone who understands there is a lot more to life than the little life you live; a world full of change and possibility.
So for 5 months ended up spending over 100 hours of volunteering learning about everything I could. I spent countless weekends and weeknights after school up at the ranch and giving a hand. What a lot of people do not realize is how much one person giving a little time to help change something really means. From the time I started volunteering to the time I finished my senior project more than 150 volunteers signed up and put in time at the ranch. We all helped save more than 100 horses from slaughter and abusive situations and we created a family; a herd. Still growing today, the Grace Foundation is saving more and more horses and even some other animals. The Saving Grace girls, I being one of them, made up of some incredible young woman saved over $3,000 last Christmas to save more than 7 horses from slaughter – amazing! And if people keep putting in some time to help out, we can abolish the slaughtering of horses and create a better place where wildlife should stay natural.
All it takes is one person, one voice, and one movement. Become involved and open your eyes to the greater possibilities in the world – because the chances and experiences are endless.