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Horses looking for good homes



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Is a horse on the top of your child's Christmas list? Before you gasp at the thought of it, read this story. There are about 30 horses in the Wasatch Valley looking for a new home. Santa showed us around today.

A private donor bought some land and donated it to the Utah Animal Adoption Center about a month or two ago. Now it's the center's new equine center.

Horses looking for good homes

Temma Martin, with the Utah Animal Adoption Center, said, "The purpose of this property is so all our horses currently in foster care all over the Wasatch Front can come to one location."

So far, about half of the center's horses have been taken there. "We've had up to 30 horses at a time in foster care. They come to us because their owners pass away, they can't care for them, sometimes we get them as a result of cruelty cases," Martin said.

Often the horses are in bad shape before the Utah Animal Adoption Center steps in. It takes a lot to get the horses healthy again and board them. But not all of these animals have bad pasts.

Horses looking for good homes

Santa explained, "Some of them are healthy, can be ridden, some are in training."

For those who want to help but can't necessarily house a horse, Santa read off a Christmas wish list of feed supplies, blankets and money for their care.

Horses looking for good homes

For those who do have the means to take in a horse, the Utah Animal Adoption Center would love to have you visit the property.

If you're interested in adopting one of these horses, visit the Animal Adoption Center's Web site or call 355-pets.

E-mail: hollenhorst@ksl.com

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Amanda Butterfield

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