Horses had been a part of Erika Slocum’s life for several years, but it wasn’t until March 2020 that her love of horses was taken a step further.
Slocum is the founder and president of Fairweather Farm Rescue located in Huntingdon and serving Mifflin, Bedford, Fulton and other surrounding counties. Horses have even been brought in from Maryland and Texas.
She was inspired to start the rescue after taking in a severely emaciated, injured horse named Kodi.
“I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into, but I agreed to help. Rescuing and saving that neglected horse changed the course of my life,” Slocum said. “I continued to take in other horses and started Fairweather Farm Rescue in 2021.”
As Slocum took on more horses her personal funds weren’t able to sustain the number of rescues and a nonprofit was formed.
“I knew I could help many more horses through community support,” she said.
Fairweather Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and operates entirely from donations, fundraisers and volunteers. It also relies on physical donations such as hay, horse feed, blankets and horse supplies.
“The rescue is always in need of monetary donations or gift cards to Tractor Supply and other local feed mills. All donations made to the rescue are tax-deductible,” she said.
The goal of the rescue is for the horses to be adopted into safe, loving homes once they are rehabilitated.
“We have two upcoming adoptions and four horses that are available for adoption through an application process and acceptance of a contract,” she explained. “We vet all potential adopters to ensure that it is a good fit for both the individuals and the horse.”
Horses come to the rescue from situations of neglect, auctions or surrender. The rescue is currently caring for 20 horses, the most it has ever had. Among the 20 living at the rescue there are mini donkeys, a mini pony, two larger ponies, numerous full-sized horses and one draft horse.
Fairweather is looking for volunteers to help with feeding, grooming, training, farm clean up and maintenance. They are also looking for new fundraising ideas. Monetary donations are accepted via Paypal, Venmo, CashApp, gift cards, check or cash or in the form of supply donations such as feed and other necessary horse supplies.
The rescue welcomes visitors as it provides social interaction for the horses, of which many have had traumatic experiences in their lives and as a result have learned they cannot trust humans. It is through the interactions at the rescue that each horse learns they can trust and enjoy human interaction.
For more information follow Fairweather Farm Rescue on Facebook.