For readers that are new to our charity, Quick Six Ranch is located in Edwardsville, IL and rescues most of its Mustangs from slaughter through the Federal Bureau of Land Management to be rehabilitated and then eventually paired with a veteran who suffers from PTSD. We are calling the startup ... Read More
For readers that are new to our charity, Quick Six Ranch is located in Edwardsville, IL and rescues most of its Mustangs from slaughter through the Federal Bureau of Land Management to be rehabilitated and then eventually paired with a veteran who suffers from PTSD. We are calling the startup program our EVILLE (Equine and Veterans In Living Life Everyday) Program. Our motto is Veterans Saving Horses Saving Veterans.
We were all set to begin building a safe facility for our veterans to get therapy classes free of charge. We now have to put all spending on hold due to the greed of a local farmer. We had a verbal agreement with him to bale 80 acres of hay fields which would have provided us the hay we needed for the year. When we got ready to bale his fields, we were told that he gave the fields to someone else. His words were that he didn’t take us [a nonprofit] serious and that they [the others baling the field] are professional hay balers. Unfortunately, his greed is going to halt our program unless we can find other fields to bale and/or funds to be able to buy hay and build a safe area for veterans. It breaks our heart because we have hay equipment sitting ready to go, and horses that no longer will have a purpose. These unwanted horses would serve a great purpose helping those that feel as though they too no longer serve a purpose as many who suffer from PTSD feel. QSR's founder is one of those veterans. This program is not only near and dear to his heart, but to the other eight members that comprise our board.
To give you some insight to our non-profit, the Quick Six Ranch was founded in August 2015 and established as a non-profit in 2017 by James Castelli, a veteran who served over 11 years both active duty enlisted and as an officer. Originally the ranch was developed to save horses from slaughter, neglect, and abuse. In May of 2016, our organization began to take in United States Government Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wild branded mustangs from government holding facilities. Our organization now gentles and then homes the Mustangs all over the United States. Some of our saved mustangs are being used in other therapy programs as well as youth programs in other parts of the United States. One of our current resident mustangs that we recently saved from slaughter just had a baby too. It would be a blessing if you can donate or at least share this fundraiser.
QSR is financially supported solely through the generosity of the public. We receive no financial support from taxes or from the government. Our financial survival depends on generous donations from humane members of the public like you. The funds generated from this fundraiser will only be used at the discretion of the board of the Quick Six Ranch and will not be used for the payment of any type of services and/or the payment of employees as the Quick Six Ranch is 100% volunteer.
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Stephanie Malench has been writing grants for small nonprofits in the St. Louis metropolitan area off and on for 15 years. Her interest in helping Quick Six Ranch developed from her early years visiting her grandparents farm in central Tennessee each summer.
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