In celebration of Giving Tuesday, the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) hosted an UNselfie contest to promote giving and gelding on the global day of philanthropy.
The UHC asked people to support their favorite 501(c)(3) equine welfare organization for a chance to win $2,500 in gelding vouchers for that organization.
Participants were asked to take an #UNselfie with a previously “unwanted” horse, or a photo of that horse, while holding a sign with the name or logo of the 501(c)(3) equine welfare organization they planned to support on Giving Tuesday. The intent was to encourage giving to help unwanted horses and to highlight positive outcomes that result from the many rehabilitation and retraining programs around the country.
Thirty-five individuals pledged to support 13 different 501(c)(3) equine welfare organizations, and Darlene Kraemer’s photo was randomly selected as the winner. She designated Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue, in West Virginia, to receive the vouchers. Heart of Phoenix can use the vouchers to geld colts and stallions acquired by the rescue, to host a clinic, to assist other rescue organizations that have seized or surrendered stallions in their care, and to assist owners in their region.
“So many organizations were asking for donations on Giving Tuesday, we wanted to do something different and fun,” said UHC Director Jennifer Purcell. “We received some cute photos and hopefully made new connections with groups that might wish to host gelding clinics in the future.”
The UHC release