Second Chance Ranch Supports Rescue Farm Animals

By KBJR News 1

October 29, 2012 Updated Oct 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM CST

Carlton, MN (Northland’s NewsCenter) --- An animal rescue farm in Carlton, is in need of donations and volunteers to help support its animals.

The owners of Second Chance Ranch plan to give back to the community that supports its cause.

Two thoroughbreds, Goldie, a 19-year-old mare, and Twister, a 2-year-old gelding came to the Second Chance Ranch about a month ago in delicate condition.

"They were severely under-weight when we got them, you could see a lot of their ribs," Doug Sharratt, Owner of Second Chance Ranch said.

Owners of the no-kill, non-profit animal shelter, take in abused, neglected or unwanted farm animals and give them a second chance.

"They don't have places for farm animals like they do for cats and dogs,” Roxanne Sharratt, Owner of Second Chance Ranch said. “That's the reason we started this for more hoofed animals."

Roxanne and Doug are in need of money donations to cover vet expenses and farrier fees as well as chicken and horse feed. They're also in need of quality hay, straw, and horse blankets.

The couple started rescuing animals about two years ago.

Now, Second Chance Ranch is home to six full size horses, one miniature horse,
five chickens, two cats, and five miniature heifer cows.

"It's just very rewarding to get them in horrible shape like that and be able to bring them back to health and happiness," Roxanne said.

Eventually they hope to raise enough money to build a barn and indoor riding arena.

They plan to use the rehabilitated animals to help provide therapy for people with special needs.

"Something that we can use year-round because some of the programs that are already in existence only do it in the summer months," Doug said.

Second Chance Ranch is also collecting aluminum cans at the Carlton Travel Center to help cover the costs of care.

Jennifer Walch
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