Fundraiser to help rescued Cadott horses still in need of homes

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EAU CLAIRE, Wisc. (WEAU) - A dozen horses that were rescued from a Cadott farm in Dec., still need homes.

Volunteers said they hope for more help through an online auction fundraiser starting Friday.

Krystal Dreger of Colfax said horses have gotten her get through tough times. So in Dec., when she heard at least 16 needed to be rescued from the Cadott farm, she knew she had to return the favor.

"He was so good, just a tall skinny boy, he reminded me a lot of one of my very first horses. It was kind of love at first sight," Dreger said.

She adopted 'Justice,' a gelding, and helped nurse him back to health.

"He's gained quite a bit of weight, since he's been here, he's filling out a little bit more," she said.

"They just didn't have time to take care of them individually; Justice for one, when he got that human contact, he was right back to being a good horse," she said.

Refuge Farms, the group that rescued the horses, has found homes for four, including Justice, but said the cost of caring for others is piling up.

"The coggins still costs money, plus worming them all, the feed and hay and we had to do some nutrients and stuff for some of them," Sharlyn Fellenz, who has provided a foster home and volunteers with Refuge Farms said.

With about $5,000 spent so far, and a need to turn four studs into geldings before finding them homes, Refuge Farms is holding an online auction to raise money.

"There's a ton of Eau Claire businesses that stepped up to help which is awesome," Fellenz said.

From karate lessons to Country Jam tickets, bidding starts Friday on Facebook and runs through Tuesday.

All the proceeds will help care for and find homes for the horses.

"It's a great idea and to help out these horses is what they need," Dreger said.

"We'll be happy when they all find forever homes," Fellenz said.

For more information on what's available and how to bid, go to

For information on how to adopt a horse, contact Refuge Farms at (715) 772-3379 or email

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