A Home For H.O.P.E. Acres Rescue

$6,230 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 64 people in 54 months
H.O.P.E. was founded in April 2010 for the purpose of “helping our precious equines”, hence the name. We are a tax exempt organization that helps abandoned, neglected and abused horses all over the Lowcountry & state of South Carolina. We have been fortunate to participate in the rescue of some 60+ horses since our inception.  We are proud to say that over 45 of those have been successfully re-homed to loving families.  Over the years we have come to realize that the needs far exceed our means. As good stewards of donations we have received, we are proud of the fact that 100% of money and grants received has gone directly into feed, medical care and general welfare of horses in need. Because of limited funds, we rely on lease agreements or kindness of others to house our rescue. We are grateful of the community support we have gotten, but know at some point this can end at any time. That reality has now arrived. We need to find a larger permanent home for HOPE to increase our impact and ability to help the many horses in need in our state.  Our organization has limited funds and has been in negotiations to purchase our own farm, which would eliminate the uncertainty of leasing. With this purchase we would be acquiring a larger tract of land thereby enabling us to help more horses and offer sanctuary, which our limited space has prevented. Because capital purchases have, in large measure, been borne by a minority of people within the organization we are currently $75,000 short for the purchase of this farm.

We are asking the good people and businesses in the surrounding area to help us in this effort. Donations to H.O.P.E. Acres Rescue are fully tax deductible. Think of it this way; we need a total of 75 folks to step up and donate $1,000; 150 folks to donate $500.00 or 7500 folks to step up with $10.00. The point being, any amount given would be a blessing no matter how large or small.  I am putting my faith in God to work in your heart to assist us thus allowing us to continue to reach as many needy horses as possible.

Keep in mind for us at H.O.P.E. Acres Rescue, this is a labor of love and cannot be done without assistance of our wonderful community of supporters.

We currently have 18 rescues in our care from ages 5-32 years.  Some of which will likely live their remaining days with H.O.P.E.  We have , Shadow, who can no longer carry a rider at 31 years old; Ivy who came to us a walking skeleton, with melanoma, Indigo who came in severely underweight and untrusting; Brandy who is due to deliver any day; Honey who came to us in horrid shape; 4 surgeries and thousands of dollars later is now healthy and the list goes on... all who rely on us, H.O.P.E. volunteers.  We must find a new home and pray with your help it can be a permanent one!
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It has been a while since our last update. We were quite active in our fundraising efforts as we bid farewell to 2014 and took in our latest rescue, Molly, seen in the attached picture. It is with sadness that I share that the property we were praying for and making offers on to purchase was subsequently sold to another buyer before we could raise enough for a down payment. We know that all things happen for a reason, so our pursuit for a suitable new forever home continues. We have a couple of properties in mind, but our fundraising efforts are still in full swing. To purchase a large tract of land requires a substantial down payment, hence the larger campaign goal. It is my personal desire to acquire a tract of land that will allow us to offer "sanctuary" to those horses who come in with long term disabilities, are higher in age or who may be destined to live their lives with us. As we stand now our 20 acres are not conducive for such. Every space that is filled by a horse in rehabilitation or one awaiting a forever home, leaves one less space for a new horse in need. With the ability to provide sanctuary, we would eliminate the need to focus so heavily or adoption. We are confident that what is meant to be will be and we will continue to move forward with our efforts until our new home is acquired. We appreciate all of you who have so generously given to date and encourage those who are thinking of making a donation to take a look at what we have been able to do in our five year tenure. We are thankful to say, for the 32 horses who have called H.O.P.E. home, we made a difference in their lives and we are 100% committed to the 15 in our care now to provide health, love and peace to them for the remainder of their days. I encourage you to visit our website, www.hopeacresrescue.org or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hopeacresrescue and follow our organization. We are comprised entirely of volunteers who have formed this mission out of love, respect, adoration and need. God has placed this desire in our hearts and He has placed you in this moment too. You are here, reading this story, not by chance, but because He intended you to see it. You can make a difference from right where you are! Thank you for supporting our efforts, for following our mission and for sharing our dreams to make change. We are changing lives both equine and human everyday and we couldn't be more grateful for each of you who make it all possible!
Molly rescued 10-31-14
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Wanted to update you all with some good news first....We had a successful adoption of one of our beloved, Shadow recently. We are always thrilled to find our precious equines their forever families and quiet excited about that! Secondly, it is with a bit of sadness that we share that the property we had been in negotiations on has since been sold. We are staying in faith about our future knowing that this is His plan and we know he has everything laid out to the finest detail. We are not sure just yet what the next open door will be, but we remain diligent in our efforts to continue moving forward with "H.O.P.E.". We have been doing a large amount of outreach and fundraising and have been successful in raising a decent amount of funds, but our road is still a bit long, so your continued support is crucial. Our phones keep ringing with new animals in need, the emails continue coming...... We are committed to the horses currently in our care and are working very hard to locate another suitable piece of property that we might call home. Please continue sharing and caring! From all of us who are behind the scenes making calls, looking for property, talking to lenders, recruiting volunteers, putting on fundraisers, taking daily care of our horses, filtering through e-mails, writing grants and ensuring that our rescues are healthy, loved and provided for, we can't Thank You enough for what you have done and continue to do. Your support is amazing!!
They are counting on us...
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Thunder is one of several horses taken in by H.O.P.E. since our inception. Thunder was fully rehabilitated and ultimately adopted to a wonderful family in March 2013. We still have the pleasure of visiting Thunder and his amazing family on occasion and seeing his updates via his family on social media. I often wonder where Thunder may be today had we not been available to take him along with two others that day, one of which would deliver our beloved Hope the following week. Your outpouring of support over the years and more recently help keep "H.O.P.E." alive. From all of us who volunteer and come together for their well-being, Thank you!
Thunder - Rescued July 2012
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Everyone at H.O.P.E. is overwhelmed by your support and sharing. Your gifts are spanning the US and bringing hope to us all! We now have a #rescuehorsechallenge taking place for H.O.P.E.! Know that Jasper, pictured below and all of our rescues are sending you there most heartfelt "whinnies". We are making progress and change in their lives. Help us continue our mission. :-)
Joining Resources for Jasper
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$6,230 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 64 people in 54 months
Created September 25, 2014
Funds raised will benefit:
H.O.P.E. Acres Rescue
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Summerville, SC
EIN: 383812397
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17 months ago
Shelia Ellis
30 months ago

I "Hope" you are able someday to make the horse's dream come true with a farm to permanently call home.

39 months ago
Dina Watson
43 months ago

What an amazing thing you are doing, Tracey! Thank you!

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