Consider our all-volunteer program in your holiday charitable giving
As the year ends PETS would like you to include us in your charitable donation towards a local, volunteer, non-profit service. For 30 years we have provided progressive, tailored, skill-based therapeutic horsemanship skills to disabled children and adults in Prince George’s County.
Sponsored by the Maryland National Park and Planning Commission, and with assistance from the Prince George’s County Equestrian Center, PETS volunteers provide not only the instructional lessons but the care to and maintenance of the horses and equipment. Much of this is done year round by ‘sweat equity’ labor and financial donations from the volunteers themselves.
In the off-season our first greatest financial concerns are our insurance and administrative expenses, primarily our membership in Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.). Being a PATH member means that PETS agrees to abide by a large number of professional, administrative and service standards subject to review and testing. PATH membership also allows PETS to provide riders with lessons managed by PATH certified instructors. Being associated with PATH allows PETS to be recognized for its level of instruction as a premier accredited riding center and offer its riders a credible service.
Horse care, transportation and equipment are our second greatest concerns. During the off-season PETS provides for the physical and financial care of horses it owns. Again, this is done by a small number of volunteers who give their time and money to provide what is called ‘winter boarding.’ Approximately 90 percent of our yearly expenses go towards these two concerns; insurance and horse care.
As we look toward 2013 PETS newest expense will transportation of the horses back to the Prince George’s County Equestrian Center. For many years we have relied on the generous donation of a long-time friend to see our horses are safely taken to winter board and back each year. Regretfully 2012 will be the end of the very much appreciated kindness. PETS will soon begin the planning of transporting the horses back to our barn and will be considering the associated costs.
With the planning of transportation, PETS also looks at the beginning of a new riding season. The program does a fair job of ‘getting by’ with the tack, tools and other equipment we have – or don’t have; however, ask any regularly participating volunteer and he or she will tell you that there are many items PETS would like to have to help make the work easier. Tack is one main piece of equipment that PETS would greatly appreciate donations towards. New bridles, stirrup leathers, saddle pads and other items add to the efficiency of a lesson.
We hope that as you consider supporting various organizations with your kind financial gift, you would consider a 100 percent volunteer organization that for 30 years has been helping a variety of disabled children and adults to see above and beyond their challenges from astride a horse. No matter how small, your amount can help make the difference between ‘getting by’ and delivering quality instruction, care and support. Please use the donation form here for your end of year giving.
Your support will always be gratefully appreciated.