The Clarke County Humane Foundation, along with the Clarke County Equine Alliance, is hosting an educational seminar on Friday, Nov. 1 featuring answers to what local residents can do to help in suspected cases of equine neglect or abuse. A reception begins at 7 p.m. and the program starts at 7:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting area of the Camino Real Mexican Restaurant in Berryville. Light refreshments and door prizes will be available. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Ian Harrison of the Harrison Equine Clinic in Berryville, a noted presenter on equine illness and disease and a Board-Certified Equine Surgeon, will be the featured speaker. Dr. Harrison, who is the Clarke County-appointed veterinarian when issues of equine neglect occur, will address signs and symptoms of potential neglect and/or abuse and discuss what steps a veterinarian takes in these instances. Clarke County Sheriff Tony Roper will address the legal aspects of what area residents can do if they suspect an equine is being neglected or abused.

“Unfortunately we have experienced some of these situations in our area,” said George L. Ohrstrom II, president of the Clarke County Humane Foundation. “With the approach of winter, colder temperatures, and lack of natural food sources, this program serves as a resource to identify equine situations that could potentially become serious problems,” Ohrstrom said.

The Humane Foundation works with Clarke County to provide a quality, well-maintained animal shelter as a resource to pet owners, lost and stray dogs and cats, and serves as a temporary location for larger animals such as equines. Existing through private donations, the Foundation sponsors an annual rabies clinic (Oct. 26 this year), spay and neuter programs, educational opportunities, as well as assisting with ongoing shelter operations.

The Clarke County Equine Alliance, a non-profit organization representing equine enthusiasts and a member of the Virginia Horse Council, works to promote the county’s equine-related businesses and activities while connecting professionals and amateurs involved in equine sport and pleasure.

For more information or questions contact Linda Roberts at 703-837-1899.