‘We’re stuck’: Gallatin horse sanctuary seeks aid for storm recovery

GALLATIN, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Sumner County nonprofit horse rescue, devastated by this week’s severe weather, is asking for support from anybody willing to lend a hand.

More than just donations, Volunteer Equine Advocates, needs manpower: volunteers willing to come out and do some dirty work to clear out their farm of downed trees.

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“Anybody that has big chainsaws, time to come, and equipment to move these logs around is what I need. We get all that done, then we’ll need fencing,” explained Jamie Clifton, the sanctuary’s director.

The Gallatin-based equine rescue opened in 2003, with a mission to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home horses that were previously abused. The sanctuary currently has 26 horses in varying stages of recovery.

The damage from this week’s storms knocked down fencing, forcing all the horses into one confined area. While the sanctuary has 45 volunteers on staff, almost all of them are older women who Clifton said are not physically capable of doing the work needed to fix the damage.

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“We don’t stockpile money for trees to come down in a storm, and insurance won’t cover this, so we’re stuck,” Clifton said on Friday, May 10.

In the 20-plus years since it opened, Clifton said this is the worst storm damage the sanctuary has encountered. If you’d like to donate to or contact the organization, click here.

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