HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Equine 808 Horse Rescue sits on two acres of land deep in the Kunia farmlands, providing help for horses that have been abused, neglected or become unwanted.
“Because they can’t voice how they feel, we are there to support them in any way we can,” said Jana Eligado, a volunteer with the organization.
Most of the animals that end up rescued by the non-profit have been underfed, but some are saved from more serious situations — like one of the horses currently there, named Champ.
"When he was found he was tied by his leg and neck to a pole and caught in a mudslide," said volunteer Jennifer Awai.
Equine 808's volunteers patiently nurse the animals back to health.
“It’s a challenge, trying to figure out how they feel," Eligado said. "What can we do for them? You just build that good connection for them.”
Right now, there are six horses sheltered at the rescue. Four are ready to be adopted, and their stated mission is to get horses back on their feet so they can find a forever home.
“It’s a happy feeling, because then they get a forever home, someone that will be there and take care of them and love them. That’s the ultimate goal,” Eligado said.
The rescue spends $3,000 to $5,000 a month to keep its facility going, and money is tight. It takes more than $1,000 per month just to feed the animals, and though their funding comes through donations and fundraising, the high cost of horse care is eating into what the organization can do to help.
“If an individual needs to surrender their animal, either for funding or health issues, we have to really assess whether we can help them out or not,” Awai said.
She said any amount is appreciated and every cent goes into rescuing and rehabilitating neglected and abused horses. Equine 808 Horse Rescue is the only horse rescue operation in the state.
Donations can be made at the non-profit’s website, www.808horserescue.org.