A wave of relief has swept over a Cowichan Valley horse rescue that was facing closure just days ago.

“Absolutely way different,” said volunteer Alexandra Smith.

“Even the horses feel it.”

Founder Rebecca Sanesh is still processing the intense and immediate outpouring of support to help her save the rescue.

“I can’t explain how relieved I feel,” said Sanesh.

“I can’t get over how much support we’re getting. It’s overwhelming.”

Duncan’s Humanity For Horses Rescue buys horses bound for slaughter from auction marts then rehomes them to families that will love them. Its saved more than 300 horses but was facing imminent closure due to overwhelming costs when CHEK News shared their story Monday.

Within moments of it airing, donations began pouring in online, raising over $15,000 so far. Countless offers of volunteers, sponsorships, hay and support haven’t stopped since.

“It’s incredible,” said Smith.

“The community just came together and rallied behind them.”

“I feel like we will meet our goal which is six months of feed for these guys plus more vet care,” said Sanesh.

The donations couldn’t come a better time. The vet has just confirmed that two of the rescue’s mares are expecting babies.

“It’s a Godsend,” said Sanesh “It really is. “Thank you and from these guys, thank you.”

Skye Ryan