Becky’s Hope Horse Rescue is a non-profit charity, dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of abused, neglected and abandoned farm animals. Nestled in the southeast corner of Frisco, it’s what horses call “a little piece of heaven”. Founded in 1997 in Marlin, Texas, the rescue relocated in March 2014 to 120 beautiful acres in Frisco, Texas. Named after their first rescue horse, Becky’s Hope is an all-volunteer organization entirely funded by tax-deductible donations. Each and every dollar donated, is put towards giving these horses and other animals the best life possible.
There are 50-plus horses at Becky’s Hope, along with donkeys, mules, sheep, goats, cats, dogs, chickens and even two pigs! You’ll find off-track Thoroughbreds, Arabians, Quarter Horses, an Appendix and an Andalusian. Miniature Horses, a Morgan cross, and out-grown ponies; even a draft horse named Duke, who’s found his new calling as a babysitter to the yearlings. A few of the horses are now part of the newly formed trained and certified Mounted Search and Rescue team. Then there is Tinkerbell, one of the 20-plus donkeys, who was rescued out of a little one acre backyard in South Dallas. When they found her, she was foundered on both front feet and refused to get up. They eventually got her into a trailer and back to Becky’s Hope where a farrier immediately attended to her feet.
There are so many stories behind each and every animal in the pastures that stretch peacefully across their Frisco home. So where do these animals come from? Most have come from traumatic places, be it neglect, abuse or abandonment. Others come not from neglect, but from unfortunate situations, such as a farm owner who lost her husband and was then forced to downsize from her 22 acres to five acres, and had no room for her four horses, aged 18-22. Most horse rescues refuse to take on older animals, and that’s where Becky’s Hope comes in. They are blessed to have donors and sponsors in place, where they can take in senior horses and give them a chance to live out their lives in peace.
So many people don’t consider all the factors when buying a horse. It’s not just the purchase price and board every month. There are vet bills, shoeing, equipment, training time and more, and consider the average horse lives to be 18-20 years old. It’s a long-term commitment that one takes on when adding a horse to your family.
Unlike a public park or riding stable, volunteers supply the work force at Becky’s Hope. Whether you have an hour a week or several hours a month to give, volunteers help take care of the many chores in and around the barn. It takes a dedicated group of people who are willing to come out, some daily, in all types of weather putting in manual labor like mucking out stalls, (i.e. moving wheelbarrows full of poop), cleaning and filling water troughs and buckets, litter pick-up, and other barn chores.
You can also assist the rescue with a one-time donation or by being a sponsor. Sponsoring an animal at Becky’s Hope is as simple as a trip to their website, BeckysHope.com, then picking your farm friend and setting up your monthly donation through PayPal. In exchange, you’ll receive a Certificate of Sponsorship, a photo, a biography of your chosen friend to learn about their background, plus monthly updates. Want to see the rescue in action? Becky’s Hope is open the first Saturday of every month from 11 am-2 pm to visit, or call (214) 918-6508 to set up a group. They are located on the southbound side of 121 between Independence and Coit, and a donation of $20 is appreciated for your visit.