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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Rescue facility needs volunteers

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    DYBERRY TWP. - An equine rescue facility on Route 670 is looking for volunteers.
    Ponytales Rescue was established in December 2007 as a nonprofit organization.
    Laurie Brinkworth, executive director, said the organization is looking for "horse savvy" volunteers to help in rehabilitating the animals.
    Ponytales rescues and rehabilitates equines ranging from from horses to donkeys.
    The organization currently has about seven horses that were owner-surrendered or victims in cruelty cases.
    Ponytales rehabilitates the animals and then puts them up for adoption.
    Brinkworth operates the organization, which has about seven volunteers, many of whom are her family members.
    Anyone looking to volunteer may email ponytaleadventure@msn.com.
    Among the current volunteers are Brinkworth's husband, Adam Cozzilino, and daughters Kayla and Christina Compton.
    Brinkworth previously worked as a veterinary technician and has a background in equine nutrition and rehabilitation.
    Over the last 12 years she has worked alongside equine veterinarians and has worked as a veterinarian technician doing drug testing.
    "I've been involved with horses since I was a kid," Brinkworth said.
    Ponytales Rescue doesn't always charge for adoption and relies on fundraisers and grants, in addition to out-of-pocket money.
    "We usually raise half in donations," said the executive director, noting that the other half usually comes from the family's pockets.
    People who adopt the animals are either local or from a four-hour driving distance.
    There is an adoption fee, but not always.
    Page 2 of 2 - There are instances in which the fee is waived, especially if the horse is only a companion and not able to be ridden, said the executive director.
    Brinkworth's thoroughbred horses are professionally trained by Stuart and Elizabeth Rybak of Rybak Horsemanship located at Northeast Training Center in Damascus Township, she said.
    The family owned and operated facility is devoted to the education of the horse and rider. 

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