NORTHWEST FORSYTH — Holidays are a time to celebrate family and friends, but they can also be a time to give back to anyone or anything in need.
Save the Horses is calling on the public to attend its 12th annual Deck the Stalls fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the organization’s farm at 1768 Newt Green Road in northwestern Forsyth County.
The holiday-themed family fun day helps support their horses and other animals during a time when veterinary and hay bills continue to increase.
All proceeds will go to the nonprofit and are tax deductible.
“The funds we collect directly determine our ability to feed and care for our rescued, abused and neglected horses throughout the winter,” said Cheryl Flanagan, the rescue’s director. “We don’t receive any state or federal funding, so we rely completely on donations from the generosity of our supporters.”
Admission is free and open to the public, with activities for kids of all ages.
Attendees can learn about the nonprofit, which takes in and rehabilitates abandoned and unwanted horses, horses, as well as visit the petting zoo with dwarf and mini horses, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks and a turkey, among other animals.
They can also enjoy an array of holiday themed events such as games, hay rides, face painting, s’mores, “reindeer” rides, gingerbread house building, snowball fights, a professional photographer who will be taking portraits with horses, vendors and more.
The event will be held rain or shine. If it rains or if there is poor weather, however, events will be moved inside the barn or under a covered area.
Since 1998, Save the Horses has taken in, rehabilitated and found homes for more than 1,000 animals.
The mission of the nonprofit is to improve the quality of life for all horses, thereby improving the lives of people through their bond with the horses.