A family in Zillah saves horses who are on the verge of being slaughtered
ZILLAH Wash. -- Many people are giving back this holiday season but a family in Zillah is doing more than giving back, they are saving lives.
The Fewel family is rescuing horses from being slaughtered and giving them a second chance in life.
Pepper Fewel and Tiffany Fewel own Cherry Wood Bed Breakfast and Barn in Zillah, a tourist attraction where people can stay the night, enjoy from breakfast and wine and ride the horses, which have now become the main attraction.
All of the horses Fewel owns are rescues that come from being abused or abandoned.
Fewel says that after visiting a feedlot, where horses are kept before being slaughtered, her heart broke and she knew she had to do something about it.
“I could see these amazing horses that no fault of their own, it’s like a dog pound they’re there, and I watched these horses in that feedlot and it was overwhelming for me to tell you the truth,” said Fewel.
Fewel has now saved over 100 horses and has been able to rehabilitate them and give them a second chance at life.
“It’s the love of the horse. The outside of the horse is good for the inside of the person,” said Fewel.
Many of the horses they receive are 25 years or older and come with limps or trauma, but Fewels daughter Tiffany says that does not disqualify them from being nourished, helped mentally and receive training.
“From the groundwork, we start to ride them and we’ll start to ride them just in the pins and then well get them on the outside and start getting them used to the environment around them. It gets them mentally ready before we hit the trails with people,” said Tiffany Fewel.
The horses that enjoy giving people rides then start working for Cherry Wood Bed and Breakfast taking customers to different wineries around the area, and the ones that can’t provide rides are still able to stay at Cherry Wood until a loving home is found for them.
Fewel says this has now become her passion and she will keep saving as many horses as she can as long as she lives.
“I get so much more from them, than probably I give the horse,” said Fewel.
All of the proceeds from Cherry Wood Bed and Breakfast go straight to funding and caring the rescued horses, so if you want to check them out click here.