Washington Horse Rescue in a race against time

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Abandon or buy: A horse rescue charity in Washington has 90 days to raise $650,000 or vacate the property it has been renting for 17 years.

Toni’s Ponies in Kingston aims to “help horses that have starved or been abused, to rehabilitate them, to help them regain confidence and live happy, safe lives.”

Horses like “Dixie” and “Cammie” have found forever homes in hopes of continuing their work, thanks to caretaker and founder Toni Houck, who took the extra steps to formalize her small charity as a 501(c)3 in 2019 to continue for years to come. But now she is looking for a new home for the more than a dozen horses currently in her care. She says that when the worst comes to the worst, “we live in a tent” rather than let her down.

Meanwhile, the organization has set up GoFundMe to raise money for the huge costs expected if they have to relocate the herd and is hoping a charity sale later this month could also raise additional money.

Tonight at 6 p.m. on FOX 13 News, we speak to Houck about what those next steps might be, why she’s so passionate about her mission, and how you can help her.

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