Aiken Equine Horse Rescue rebuilt after massive fire

AIKEN, SC (WRDW/WAGT) – For the equestrian community of Aiken, it has been a long road since their equine rescue caught fire last April.

The rescue says it lost more than $100,000 in supplies in the fire. That’s on top of losing their barn.

The rescue has helped horses for more than a decade and placed more than 1,400 horses into adoptive homes.

On Friday, they show progress as they work toward a new rescue center.

It’s a day Aiken Executive Director and President Equine Rescue Jim Rhodes thought he would never see.

“To think we’re here today, I was ready to put my feet in the sand and give up,” he said.

After the fire, Rhodes and his company pave the way for new beginnings.

Equine Rescue’s Fundraising Campaign Director, Judith Mittino, said, “For us, it’s a dream come true, come true to know that we have a place to help animals and a place for our programs.

The rescue center helps horses and animals find forever homes. He also helps the community by lending a hand. Now the community makes one.

Rhodes said: “We lost all of our medical supplies. We have lost everything. We almost lost the horse. You know, it could have been a lot worse than it was. Material things, because of the community, will be replaced.

Something irreplaceable are horses like Whistle.

He suffered burns to his back the night of the fire. On Friday he is back and ready for a second chance.

Mittion said: “Our main objective is to welcome horses, to prepare them for a second chance.”

Now the rescue center is ready for its own second chance.

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