OXFORD – Since 2003, Destiny Equine Rescue Center in Oxford has been sheltering and rehabilitating abused, abandoned and unwanted horses and trying to find each a permanent home.
Now, as the non-profit agency drudges through tough economic times and donations and funding have slowly dried up, 2012 could be the “do or die year,” said Director Michele DeLorenzo.
Financial support for the rescue center comes from one local sponsor, a few minor donations, small fundraisers and sales of homemade jewelry. Additional expenses are paid out of pocket. But like so many other non-profits, the 904 Hoben Rd. organization is struggling more than ever this year and has had to turn away horses for the first time since opening, even coming close to closing its doors in 2011 due to financial difficulties.