HHT Moves to their New Facility
2009 starts with a bang for HHT
On a hot day in July of 1999 Horse Haven of Tennessee took into their custody 4 horses from their first abuse case. Since that time 255 horses have come through the barn doors at HHT. Some went on to be adopted into loving homes, and others (too many) were not as fortunate, but they did know the meaning of love before they passed over the rainbow bridge. During this time HHT has grown in size to become Tennessee's largest Equine Humane Society. Along with growth also comes hurtles.
On January 5, 2009 we received an unexpected notice that our lease would not be renewed on the property we had utilized since the fall of 2006, and we would have to vacate the property by the end of the month. It was a private residence, the children had gotten older, and our presence was becoming an intrusion. So with less then a month to figure out what to do we relied on faith.
Once again HHT was blessed through the kindness of another horse lover, who has opened their property for our use.
This new property is a real blessing because our horses will be able to have more space to be horses, and volunteers will have easier access to the property, and be able to offer the horses more one on one attention. This new facility will also enable us to offer more services to the general public in the future such as training and seminars. And, another bright side is, we will be able to help more horses in need because we will have a much larger barn, and grounds. We will have access to 13 stalls in the main barn with another 5 stalls in the quarantine barn which will now be located onsite. 20 acres of rolling pasture with plenty of paddocks to house animals. We are so thrilled and thankful for this opportunity put before HHT during a time of need.
Because the facility hasn't been used in many years, there is plenty of sweat hours ahead, but with faithful volunteer help, we see this as an easy challenge. There will be some extra expense getting the facility into full workable shape, and we welcome any financial help you may find yourself open to give. A copy of our wish list is below with some "before" pictures. We hope to post more pictures as things take shape, so check back often.
In case you were wondering if we made our deadline working in this past month of freezing temperatures......the horses were moved into their new barn on Sunday, January 25th. and all our belongings were moved by our 31st. deadline. A big thanks goes out to all the volunteers who donated their time in cold temperatures to make this move as smooth as possible and to get the facility horse worthy.
Announcing the "NEW" HHT West Facility located at 2417 Reagan Road, off Hardin Valley in West Knoxville.
Please mark your
calendars to come out and visit us on Saturday, March 14th.
For every door that closes, God opens another. Have faith and be strong, and His work will be done.