Home for 800 horses
No. I will not promise you that you will go to heaven for doing this. One that I do not know where heaven is, and two that some people say that each of us goes there anyway. Therefore, I will not persuade you to help us by promising you your 3square meters of paradise.
What I can promise you is that you will take part in something unforgettable. You will be a great builder, you will build a paradise on earth here for those who have experienced hell here, smaller or bigger. And yes, their paradise is simple, religion is irrelevant here. It is not because people are bad, but because sometimes even good people do bad things.
Once upon a time, Walt Disney said that “all our dreams can become reality if we dare to pursue them.”
This is us. We have been creating the largest horse sanctuary in Europe for over 15 years. You know, other animals are also here, because empathy should not be selective. Nevertheless, we have always specialized in horses and donkeys. We saved nearly 1,500 of them. Because there are tens of thousands of wonderful people around us who have decided that they will join us in helping animals. There were probably as many reasons for this decision as there were people.
Where are our horses coming from? From large and small farms. From sport, because they were already off the podium – or they never made it, because they were not good enough. And below the podium, there was only a slaughterhouse. From recreation, beloved professors’ horses and grandfathers who were teachers for years. There are also horses unfastened from the carriages, bought out from hauling in the forest, or horses that did not meet the expectations of the owner. There are horses from fallen stud farms, from farms that claimed bankruptcy, or simply those that, from the first day of their lives, have already had a ticket to one place from which you do not come back.
No, I’m not asking you to stop eating meat here. It’s your private decision, and I know too many people who eat meat, but who has helped shelters – and too many vegans who only manifest and hate the former. It doesn’t matter if you eat meat. This is not what this fundraiser is about.
It’s all about the place. Maybe you know it or maybe you don’t, but in 2012 (with 1% tax returns) we bought the old palace and the surrounding lands. In fact, you bought them, we only got a bit of it. It was worth it. We have created a sanctuary here for hundreds of horses and hundreds of other animals. For 8 years we have been building such a small paradise, and you were with us from day one – so you know how the farm has changed.
However, 8 years have passed. And our beloved farm is no longer enough. When we moved in, there were about 200 horses. Today we have over 800 under our constant care. We have become the largest sanctuary for horses on the old continent. But today it turns out that there is not enough space here.
Yes, we also have a reserve. Thanks to the cooperation with the Przemkowski Landscape Park – we have several hundred hectares for our horses. It is a real paradise on earth for hundreds of horses, but mainly for those that are healthy and fully functional. Because, as you probably guessed, the weaker and older ones need something different. And simply, galloping and moving over such terrain is not for everyone. For many reasons, we mainly care for the elderly and crippled horses, dogs, cats, and farm animals. Both horses and pigs retire here.
We searched persistently for a long time, motivated by your questions about whether we had found a place that will meet all our expectations. A few years passed in a blink of an eye. We managed to count our first gray hair, more skyscrapers were built and raspberry bushes have grown so high. Time has passed us by. We have always been aware that our horses will grow old one day. After all, youth and strength do not last forever. Last year, while driving the horses to the winter grounds (rules resulting from the agreement with the reserve), we could leave several dozen more horses. This year I saw more gray temples that we took home to the farm. I thought for a moment – when did it happen?
Moments ago, they joyfully ran across the meadow, and now they stand proudly and majestically nibble on hay, as seniors. And yet yesterday we welcomed these foals at our place. There is no more playtime, they don’t just have fun anymore, now you can finally approach them and look into their wise eyes. And you will see in it gratitude and sometimes a request to take them from the reserve, this paradise. Because over the years, the reserve is too hard to live in for them when it rains and starts getting colder and windy some days. Because they want to live their days peacefully among people, because sometimes you have to help them get up, or massage their legs, or call the vet 3 times a day. But our farm is not made of rubber. We stretch it to the right, stretch it to the left. And we stood against the wall. It can’t go any further ..
The reserve, although miraculous, does not allow any buildings to be built. And the truth is that most of our horses require different conditions than grass to the horizon all year round. Even if there was a possibility to build a hall, we know perfectly well that the land does not belong to our horses. And it never will. Each investment will simply remain the property of the reserve, so the existence of hundreds of saved horses would depend on the current political arrangements, and we could never guarantee that each zloty donated will serve the horses for life
A few months ago we went to see another place. Only an hour away from our beloved farm. Mountainous terrain with tens of hectares of flat land for older and less fit horses
Everywhere there are a lot of trees that provide shelter and shade every day. To say that we have fallen in love with this place is not enough. We have even planned where there will be a stable for horses with breathing problems, where there will be lame horses, where there will be runs for blind horses, and where dogs will have their little paradise with houses among the pine trees. Cats – they would go crazy with happiness. The donkeys, if they insisted, would not be moved from this land for the next centuries.
There is only one problem. This 140 hectares of paradise costs 3.8 million PLN. Yes, you read that correctly. That’s way below the lowest value of this property anyway. But the amount is unimaginable for us. And the race began with loans, companies, and institutions. Together with the construction, this initiative will cost approximately PLN 8 million. And this place will become the greatest sanctuary for horses not in Europe, but the world. And no, it’s not about ambition. The point is that our possibilities will expand, that we will not be forced to refuse or give up helping for many years to come. The point is that hundreds of our horses will have a place to spend their days when they become old. The point is that we will be able to continue writing the stories of the next survivors with you. Because today, in a moment, we are standing still.
I remember coming to the office to get more information. Because somewhere inside, we all felt that this earth was smiling at our horses. And for a moment, even briefly, we didn’t think about the money that we don’t have.
The man who spoke to us asked about the purpose of purchasing this land. There was a loud laugh as I told him what we were doing. “Do you think, Dear Lady, that someone will give you almost 4 million for stupid horses?” Horse meat is to eat, leave the people alone and take care of raising the children to be normal people, you silly women. ” I have been running the Centaurus for over 15 years, and together with the activists with whom I was in that office, we took it to heart.
So we stand in front of you today. And we are asking for 5 million Polish Zloty. For these stupid horses.
We managed to collect some, we borrowed some, and we pray a lot. We have to raise funds to build horse halls, a medical center, stalls for the elderly, paddocks, and fencing hundreds of hectares. This is a huge investment on a global scale – that’s why we will be looking for funds all over the world. But for 15 years, it is here in Poland that we have collected the most funds for helping animals. Because, contrary to many opinions, the Polish people have a great heart for animals and – probably because of their history – they are endowed with a great deal of empathy.
Yes, we put everything on one card. Because there are simply not many such areas of land nowadays. Everything was parceled out. And our horses don’t have that time anymore… The pandemic thwarted our plans, but only a little. Together with you, from spring we bought and accepted hundreds of other animals, we also supported many other organizations and people who help privately. We found wonderful homes for other animals. We plan to make our beloved farmyard an adoption center for those animals who are looking for homes. The reserve would be home to young people and healthy horses and donkeys. And our mountains would be a rehabilitation center and a retirement home for those whom the world has forgotten for a moment.
I understand if you’ve come all the way here and just smile. Because 5 million is the amount that also knocks us off our feet. And you know, for many it’s just horses, hundreds of dogs, cats, pigs…
But deep down in our hearts, we know that if there is a shadow of a chance, we have to try. We do it with you every time we start the fundraiser for the next horse. We have already done this several thousand times. And miracles always happened.
So please stay with us. No, we’re not asking you to sell the house and deposit a million. 5 zlotys is enough. Instead of a candy bar or a cinema ticket, because the cinemas have been closed. There are hundreds of thousands of us who love animals. Together, we have already created a phenomenon on a European scale. Together, we changed the lives of thousands of animals. Because without you, without people like you, Dear Internet user, we would not do anything. We are just a tool in your hands. And we try to fulfill the mission as best we can, but we simply do not have such an amount of money.
The wise Confucius said that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
The raised million is our first step. Please, instead of a coffee or a bar, take the next steps with us. Less caffeine and sugar and 140 ha for those who can’t do anything themselves. It doesn’t sound so scary anymore, does it?
We have set up a special account dedicated to the collection for a horse house. PKO BP 46 1020 5242 0000 2602 0496 9137.
If you want and can help, payments with the title “home” can be made to a dedicated account or statutory account, but please be sure to include the title of the payment. Thank you so much for any help.