Tucson is filled with a number of non-profits dedicated to helping our city become a better community and one of those is Hoofprints of the Heart.
Hoofprints (for short) is a family and volunteer run non-profit equine rescue facility that operates on the principles that no animal should be abused, neglected, abandoned or treated inhumanely in any way.
Director James Boudrieau takes in horses that have been abused, brings them back to health, and find them a loving owner, "it's our goal to rehabilitate and re-home, "as many equine so those horses can find, 'Forever Homes' with families who will love and cherish them the way that they deserve to be loved and cherished."
In 2012, Hoofprints of the Heart placed 75 rescued horses in those "Forever Homes" and Boudrieau calls that astonishing, "just goes to show that because its a rescue horse doesn't mean that they're broken or damaged goods." So far this year he's placed 6 horses in homes.
Hoofprints gets horses from all over the country. "Leopold" just arrived from Oklahoma and is the latest horse to need Hoofprint's help, "Leopold was severely abused and neglected when he was first picked up," says Boudrieau, "he had bleeding whip wounds all over the rear flanks and someone had carved with a knife the phrase, 'I AM SAM' into him on the left side.
Boudrieau goes on to say, "he is coming so that we can get his wounds healed and his head straight that these things are not normal." Boudrieau says Leopold is settling into his new surroundings very nicely.
Horses are expensive, especially these kind of horses that need specialized care. Boudrieau says just the feed bill alone is $3,000 a month. He realizes times are tough for many people but he depends on donations to keep Hoofprints up and running, "unfortunately there will be ever more horses in need, our pledge is no horse in need gets turned away." If you would like to donate, just click here.
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