Quantcast

Local Ranch Rescues Horses Nationwide - FOX 14 TV Joplin and Pittsburg News Weather Sports |

Local Ranch Rescues Horses Nationwide

Updated:

   A local horse rescue organization is using this Labor Day holiday weekend to raise awareness of their mission.
There are several shelters and groups in the four states that rescue cats and dogs for adoption to new loving homes.
    But workers at a Joplin organization want to remind people there are other animals that need help too...

Leslie Smith is the co-owner of the Grumpy Horse Ranch and Rescue and that ranch -- is named for this fellow here, but he's not so grumpy anymore.
That's thanks to the efforts of Smith and her team.
They take in the forgotten steeds and give them new life...and then offer them for adoption.
Smith: "You have to come out and meet the horses, these horses being through as much as they've been through...they pick their person."
On average, there's anywhere from 50 to 80 horses across the sprawling ranch, all of which, were abused, neglected, or even in line for a slaughter house.
And to rescue them, comes at a cost.
Smith: "The kill buyers across the country charge us a fee to get them out of there, anywhere from $400 to sometimes $1,200 for us to get them out of there, luckily, we have some great people across the country that help us fund raise for them."
Once they're rehabbed, you can pick your horse, which is exactly what Andrea Dickerson and her family came out to do.
Dickerson: "We wanted one that was calm and would be good with kids, and that would be a good horse for our kids to grow up with."
And that's exactly what they found.
Andrea, her kids, and her husband settled on this 10 year old mare.
Dickerson: "We've looked around at other places but, it is nice to be able to come closer to home and be able to find one that needs a good home."
There are forms to fill out and an adoption contract, which ensures the horses don't end up right back where the started, in abusive situations.
Smith says they've unfortunately had a horse they rescue pass away, because they were in such bad shape.
But despite that heartbreak...
Smith: "The rewards are there too, you know, rehabbing a horse from starvation and retraining it and then watching it find it's person and go to a forever home."
And thankfully, they were able to watch one more horse go off into that forever home.

Chris Warner
Reporter

A Joplin native, Chris first started in broadcasting at age 16 at KSNF-TV in 2004..

Chris joined the KOAM team in 2017 as an Associate Producer. In April, he moved into a full-time reporter position. He spent time from 2008 to 2016 in various retail roles around the region before returning to his passion at KOAM. Chris is excited to continue telling the stories of the four states. Chris and his wife Amber live in Joplin and have three amazing children.

Follow Chris:
On Facebook
On Twitter

Contact Chris:
417.624.0233 or 620.231.0400
cwarner@koamtv.com

  • Chris WarnerMore>>

  • Neosho Budget Looks Grim, But It's Not As Red As It Seems

    Neosho Budget Looks Grim, But It's Not As Red As It Seems

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 10:56 PM EDT2017-09-20 02:56:26 GMT
    The City of Neosho met tonight to approve the 2018 fiscal year budget.     Budget issues are nothing new to the community -  and the upcoming budget looks as though there's a shortfall, of more than $1 million.     But city officials say that's not the case, and that there's more than meets the eye.   To the untrained eye, when looking at the city budget, you see a negative balance -- which looks like a loss of about $1.4 mil...More >>
    The City of Neosho met tonight to approve the 2018 fiscal year budget.     Budget issues are nothing new to the community -  and the upcoming budget looks as though there's a shortfall, of more than $1 million.     But city officials say that's not the case, and that there's more than meets the eye.   To the untrained eye, when looking at the city budget, you see a negative balance -- which looks like a loss of about $1.4 mil...More >>
  • Council Hears Proposal For Downtown Parking

    Council Hears Proposal For Downtown Parking

    Monday, September 18 2017 8:30 PM EDT2017-09-19 00:30:15 GMT
        The City of Joplin hears a proposal to redesign a section of Main Street in downtown to enhance parking. Cunningham: "We've seen projects like this in other communities and we've seen them be successful, so, once the overlay was done, we kinda thought this is a temporary, quick, easy, cheap way to try something new."     Taylor Cunningham is the assistant to the city manager, she also works with the Joplin Area Transportation Study Organization. ...More >>
        The City of Joplin hears a proposal to redesign a section of Main Street in downtown to enhance parking. Cunningham: "We've seen projects like this in other communities and we've seen them be successful, so, once the overlay was done, we kinda thought this is a temporary, quick, easy, cheap way to try something new."     Taylor Cunningham is the assistant to the city manager, she also works with the Joplin Area Transportation Study Organization. ...More >>
  • Boy Scouts Turn Camp Crowder into 'Camp Swampy' For Special Weekend

    Boy Scouts Turn Camp Crowder into 'Camp Swampy' For Special Weekend

    Saturday, September 16 2017 9:10 PM EDT2017-09-17 01:10:49 GMT

        More than 800 Boy Scouts from across the region - converge on "camp crowder" in Neosho.

    More >>

        More than 800 Boy Scouts from across the region - converge on "camp crowder" in Neosho.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KFJX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.

KFJX - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
FCC Public File
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@fox14tv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments: to comments@fox14tv.com
Phone: (417) 782-1414 or (620) 230-0565
Web comments or questions: webmaster@fox14tv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158