30-Day Writing Challenge – Day 1

I wanted to participate in that cool challenge, November’s National Writing Month (#NaNoWriMo), but I don’t think it’s realistic right now.

It looks like a number of folks are doing a 30-Day Writing Challenge instead. For me, it feels more doable.

Hay for horses – desperately needed at Refuge RR

Today I want to alert people to a food crisis affecting horses at the Refuge RR for Horses, a registered federal charitable organization in Alexandria, Ontario that “rescues, rehabilitates and provides permanent homes for abused, neglected and/or abandoned” animals, including horses, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs, cats, rodents and domestic birds.

When I spoke in August with Refuge RR’s owner/operator Rose Gergely for an article for Your Local Journal, Gergely said because of a spring drought, the price of hay had climbed exponentially and was averaging $85 per bale. To put this in perspective, before the drought hay cost on average $55 per bale. She said some bales of hay were going for $100 a bale and demand was coming from the States and from all over. Adding to the expense are  transport fees to bring the hay by transport truck to Refuge RR and they cost on average between $500 and $1,000.
To get hay, Refuge RR has to buy between 50-60 bales of hay at a time and Gergely said Refuge RR uses between 28 and 30 800-pound bales of hay per week to feed 72 horses.
One of the largest animal rescues in Canada and entirely volunteer-run, Refuge RR (the RR stands for Rescue, Rehabilitate) had arranged to get hay at an affordable price and a farmer had set it aside but a fire destroyed all the hay they were counting on.
Now it’s putting out an “Immediate Emergency Call” for $85,000 in donations to cover the cost of hay this winter to feed the now 75 horses in its care.

Refuge RR is in desperate need for donations to feed their 75 horses. Please everyone, if you care at all about the animals at Refuge RR, please donate. As some of you may be aware, the spring draught (sic) this year has caused a hay shortage; hence, the cost of hay has skyrocketed. The latter along with the portion of hay set aside for Refuge RR burnt down caused a TOTAL DEPLETION in funds received.

Donations are urgently needed now. Please take note, in order for the horses to survive the winter and to the next spring hay harvest, Refuge RR will need $85,000 to cover the cost of hay. The horses need your help !!!


How you can help (and get a tax receipt too)

  1. Send an Interac e-transfer to refugerr@xplornet.ca “Please send an email stating amount of your donation you donated via e-transfer, along with your coordinates and e-transfer password if you wish to receive a tax receipt for donations of $25.00 or more.”
  2. Mail a cheque or money order to Refuge RR for Horses, 21305 Concession 10 RR 2, Alexandria ON, Canada K0C 1A0
  3. via Canada Helps. Visit https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/11873 and make a donation using PayPal, a credit or debit card and then print your tax receipt immediately for any amount.
  4. Click on the blue Canada Helps button on Refuge RR’s website.

Refuge RR issues tax receipts annually for all donations of $25 or more that are mailed or made via Interac e-transfer.

Some of the horses you’ll help:



Refuge RR rescued Phoenix when he was very young, preventing him from being abandoned or killed because of a jaw deformity. (Claire Bourbonniere/Facebook)




Kitty, a percheron horse, is actually male in spite of his name, and Refuge RR rescued him from starvation. He’s huge and “eats for three horses.” (Claire Bourbonniere/Facebook)



Refuge RR rescued Pumpkin’s momma when she was starving and pregnant. Pumpkin is described as “a small, sweet horse.” (Claire Bourbonniere/Facebook)

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