Houston County, AL - Lori Woodham spent Friday morning feeding and taking care of the nineteen horses on her farm in Cottonwood. While it may have looked like the responsibilities for a horse owner, these are not your typical horses.
“This is really good picture of Lexi before,” said Woodham. “She was actually on the ground when we got there. We had to pick her up and put her in the trailer.”
Lexi was like most of the horses when they arrived at SEAL Cares and Animal Rescue, just skin and bones. Many of the rescued animals were seized by the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, and now they’re being nursed back to health on the 50 acre farm.
“To find those that we can help, it’s the best feeling in the world. I tell people all the time there may be that one I can’t save, for the other 3 it’s worth it,” said Woodham.
They’ve been open for nearly a year and have rescued about forty horses. Most have been rehabilitated, but the real success stories can’t be seen at the farm. It’s the 20 horses that have found new homes.
“We do a thorough background check. We want to make sure when they leave here they are not going back into a situation where we’d have to go rescue them again,” said Woodham.
But this care doesn’t come cheap. It costs about $5,000 a month to run the facility; this includes vet care, feed, and utilities. Leaders say no donation is too small.
“We have had a few people here and there that would donate 25-10 dollars. 10 dollars will buy one bag of feed. It will last that horse a week,” said Woodham.
That’s a small price to pay to help provide a lifetime of happiness.
The group is also holding a charity golf tournament Friday, April 5. You can find more information on their website.