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Valley racehorse rescue facing fundraising challenges amid COVID-19 outbreak

Posted at 8:27 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 23:27:40-04

Every ex-racehorse deserves a loving home. Those are the words that guide a North Valley horse rescue.

After the Homestretch specializes in finding new homes for retired racehorses. But these days, they're just trying to keep the 15 horses currently on their property fed and cared for.

It costs around $350 a month per horse to do that. Fundraising typically brings in enough money to cover about 30 percent of the costs. But like so many charities, bringing in dollars right now is tough.

After the Homestretch volunteers say social distancing guidelines have prevented them from holding their annual dinner. They do have a little money in reserve, but worry what will happen to the horses once that runs out.

"If we can't get back to fundraising, we're probably going to be in pretty dire straights," says Founder Dannielle Marturana.

They also need volunteers to help care for the retired racehorses. No horse experience is needed, just good common sense. Ideally, they hope potential volunteers will be willing to commit to a set day and time each week, but it's not a deal-breaker; they just need help. For more information and how to help visit