Horse sanctuary owners call for donations to avoid closing

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The owners of a horse sanctuary in western Oregon say they might close down by March unless they can secure financial support.

The Register-Guard reports David and Jane Kelly started the Oregon Horse Rescue on their farm outside of Eugene about five years ago and have been supporting the operation mostly by themselves.

Kelly says he and his wife pay about 90 percent of the sanctuary’s operating costs, and they cannot continue to provide that same level of support.

Kelly says they are seeking donations to cover 75 percent of the operating costs. The couple set the beginning of March as the deadline to decide if they will close.

The nonprofit organization has about 40 horses currently in its care and about dozen horses are available for adoption.