The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

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January 24, 2011

To the rescue!

GREENVILLE — Kimberly Wright has been rescuing animals for quite some time, but it has only been recently that she formed a legitimate animal rescue, receiving its 501 (c)(3) non-profit status in July.

The organization, which Wright deemed Lucky Duck Horse and Farm Animal Rescue, was named after one of the rescues, a duck named Skipper.

Wright’s groomer, Tiffany, who lives on the property and has a petting corral, found the duck at a feed store. Skipper has neurological problems and cannot walk unassisted. However, a pulley system was soon created to aid in her walking.

“She’s our mascot,” said Wright. “She’s quite a happy duck … lucky, too.”

Wright began rescuing animals at 13. It all began with a Pekingese named Delilah.

During her childhood with Delilah, Wright joined a group called Animal Kind, where she visited and volunteered at shelters and learned all she could about animal neglect and abuse.

Since first taking in Delilah, Wright has taken in so many different animals it’s hard for her to keep track. From iguanas, cockatiels and a catfish to one ton Belgian horses, donkeys, chicken and pot bellied pigs.

 In fact, Wright currently has several pot bellied pigs up for adoption, along with a whole slew of other species.

Wright and her husband reside on a ranch on the outskirts of Greenville, giving them plenty of room to provide shelter, care, rehabilitation and adoption services for horses and other farm animals, including birds.

“We’re funded solely by donations, fundraising and adoption fees,” said Wright. “We’re in desperate need of support right now to make some much needed improvements to the ranch so that we can better provide for the animals we’re currently housing. There are so many things we need, like more pens and fencing, and we always need animal feed.”

Wright grew up around farms and while she readily admits she’s still learning, she’s more than capable of caring for, with the assistance of her husband, Marshall, the animals she rescues.

“I think we’re filling a need here, by doing this,” said Wright. “I don’t think I could really do anything else. I love animals and it breaks my heart to see them abused or neglected.”

 

For more information on volunteer opportunities, donating to the rescue or current animals up for adoption, visit www.luckduckhorserescue.org.

 

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