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Paying it forward to save horse owners from record high hay prices

Paying it forward to save horse owners from record high hay prices

CREATED Jan 29, 2012

Reporter: Corinne Hautala

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – Animal rescues are being flooded with horses, because their owners can’t feed them, due to record high hay prices.

Heart of Tucson, a horse rescue, has created a food bank for horses. The Pay it Forward Program allows horse owners to get free hay for up to a month.

"You can't penalize the good people out there with horses who are doing the right thing," said Founder of Heart of Tucson Judy Glore. "It’s the economy. It’s the price of hay."

Glore said a bale of hay is about $20. Last year at this time, she said, it was $9.

Heart of Tucson has a separate community fund to keep the food bank stocked, but with a high demand the funds are low.

Those who use the food bank are also encouraged to pay it forward.

"Once they're on their feet they can donate a bale back until they finally clear out what they have taken from the food bank," explained Glore, "and that goes back in to help the next guy."