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Kaeli Kramer Foundation Hosts 5K Walk/Run

033sm001 (17)sm027sm013 (1)sm002 (7)smm029smm005 (3)smOver a hundred  animal rights supporters of all ages gathered at the Town of Brookhaven’s Holtsville Ecology Center on Saturday to step off for the Kaeli Kramer Foundation’s 3rd Annual 5K Race for the Rescues and to celebrate National Help A Horse Day. The Ecology Site is also home to the Kaeli Kramer Humane Education Center which welcomes school groups, community organizations and individuals to learn more about the proper and humane treatment of animals. It is also home to a pair of Mustangs, Valor and Callie, who are rescues of the Kaeli Kramer Foundation and came to Holtsville six years earlier. The Mustangs are clearly the main attraction at the Education Center, and they are acutely aware of their audience as they show off in the coral. Gelding Mustang Valor’s family roots stem from Oregon and the ponderosa pines, and Callie, a Mustang Filly, is a Nevada native.

Peter and Linda Kramer, founders of the Kaeli Kramer Foundation greeted supporters – old and new – who turned out to help raise funds to rescue horses from the wild so they will not be captured for slaughter. Supporters who signed up were treated to more than the 5K walk/run event. Games, a stream of raffle baskets, a puppet show, petting zoo and scavenger hunt were among the wide array of activities offered to guests. The 5K Walk/Run was followed by a Help-A-Horse Day Family Celebration featuring natural horsemanship demonstrations and the opportunity to learn about Valor and Callie. “The ASPCA Help-A-Horse Day is a wonderful opportunity for the community to learn about our work,” Linda Kramer said. “Horses are majestic, loving animals and we thank our new and old supporters who joined us for a day of family fun while we shared our passion for helping animals.” Caroline D’Andrea and her little sister Alexa, who were participating in the event for their first time on Saturday morning said they love horses. Josephine and her 10-year-old daughter Bailey attended for their first time because, says Mom, “It’s important to support the animals – all animals.”

As guests signed up for the 5K walk/run, they convened at the start line where Brookhaven Town Deputy Superintendent of Highways Steve Tricario officiated in the ribbon cutting and led the walk with friends and supporters. Peter and Linda Kramer acknowledged the support of the community for their “kindness and generosity,” and expressed gratitude to Brookhaven Town Highway Superintendent Dan Losquadro for his “ongoing and invaluable and support.”

To make a donation to help support the rescue efforts of the Kaeli Kramer Foundation, log on to friends@kaelikramerfoundation.org.

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