Wallkill woman to hold fundraiser to save horses

A Hudson Valley animal rescuer says she is struggling in her effort to save local horses from being sold for slaughter.

A Hudson Valley animal rescuer says she is struggling in her effort to save local horses from being sold for slaughter. (4/12/16)

WALLKILL - A Hudson Valley animal rescuer says she is struggling in her effort to save local horses from being sold for slaughter.

Horse rescuer Judy Caffrey says she does what she can to save as many horses as possible.

She uses much of her own money to buy and care for the animals, which she rehabilitates and trains for adoption. 

"I have a horse going home with his forever person on Friday. It's just wonderful. I don't know how else to say it. It's just wonderful," says Caffrey.

Caffrey says the major problem she and other horse rescuers face is that for every horse she can rescue, a buyer can get dozens. She says if the animals are bought, they face slaughter at local auctions for food outside of the country. 

Caffrey, who also works as a full-time nurse, says she does not have much help when it comes to her rescues. She says anything from volunteers to small donations can make a difference.

"If a hundred people each gave $5, that's food for every horse on this farm for a week," says Caffrey.

A fundraiser is being held at Caffrey's farm in Wallkill on Saturday, April 16.

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