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Saddling Up To Make A Difference

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Aiken County, SC -

Aiken is known is for its prize winning animals, but the county also has an increasing overabundance of unwanted animals. As a last chance at life, some of those animals, equines and otherwise, end up here at Aiken Equine Rescue.

"The county has their hands full completely, they're slam full," said Jim Rhodes, who runs the rescue.

"Without this place, there wouldn't be a life for those animals they'd be put down, so this is great," said Lee Rand.

"If they're full, I'm full," Rhodes said of taking animals from the Aiken County Animal Shelter.

They're full of animals like a horse named April who is a little camera shy, but a very good girl.  The county had to pick April up when she was found wandering an Aiken County road.

And when you have a full stable:

"Their interest is for the horses, they are the priority.  Landscaping is not," said Carole Stamm, a coordinator for the Aiken Newcomers Club.

That's where the Newcomers Club comes in:  They heard about the need and went to work.

"You come out and you go, 'Oh no where do I start," said Rand.

There was raking, cutting, and of course a few little distractions.

"You have two little puppies, and people just go, 'Ahh!,'" said Lynn Engeholm.

And rather than being dog tired when it was all done:

"I feel so energized, this is so self-satisfying, you have no idea," Rand said.

"In a way you feel far better doing this than just handing over a check, it's good for the heart and soul," said Engeholm.

April does still need a home: If you are her owner, or you want to be her owner, please contact Aiken Equine Rescue at (706) 373-6350.

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