December 2, 2016 – In celebration of #GivingTuesday, the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) hosted an UNselfie contest to promote giving and gelding on the global day of philanthropy.
The UHC asked people to support their favorite 501c3 equine welfare organization for a chance to win $2500 in gelding vouchers for that organization.
Participants were instructed to take an #UNselfie with a previously “unwanted” horse, or a photo of that horse, while holding a sign with the name or logo of the 501c3 equine welfare organization they planned to support on #GivingTuesday. The intent was to encourage giving to help unwanted horses and to highlight the positive outcomes that result from the many great rehabilitation and re-training programs around the country.
five individuals pledged to support 13 different 501c3 equine welfare organizations. Darlene Kraemer’s photo was randomly selected as the winner. She designated Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue to receive the vouchers. Heart of Phoenix can use the vouchers to geld colts and stallions acquired by the rescue, to host a clinic, to assist other rescue organizations that have seized or surrendered stallions in their care, and to assist owners in their region.
“So many organizations were asking for donations on #GivingTuesday, we wanted to do something different and fun,” said UHC Director, Jennifer Purcell. “We received some cute photos and hopefully made new connections with groups that might wish to host gelding clinics in the future.”
The UHC released new Operation Gelding policies and procedures last month, and applications for 2017 clinics are now being accepted. The program provides materials, guidance, and financial support to organizations that wish to host low or no-cost gelding clinics. A $100,000 grant awarded by the DeWitt Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County will result in the castration of hundreds of stallions within the next year.
To see the contest entries, visit the UHC Facebook page or click on http://bit.ly/2gmTS56.