“Tonic readers are cool. How cool? We started a campaign to save Sir Lancelot, an abused horse, on Sept. 28. We had until midnight on Oct. 1 to raise $10,000 or the horse would have been put to sleep. With Gentle Barn, we ended up raising $17,002 — enough for the horse and an equine kit and back wrap — in FOUR days. Win. And, 61 percent of the donations were $10 and under, so be proud that a bunch of us came together in our own little way and made a BIG difference!
“Ellie Laks runs Gentle Barn and sent us a note yesterday. She says Lance arrived last Tuesday very nervous and afraid, but has since settled down. He still has a distinct limp, scar tissue and sores, but the massage therapy and corrective hoof trimming are helping. The therapists are still building trust with the horse and are slowly introducing him to the other horses in a slow, methodical manner.
“Obviously, a big thanks to Alyssa Milano. I emailed her the story from Portugal. She was on-set in Toronto and within three minutes she had tweeted the story (which ended up being re-tweeted 237 more times), and donated $2,000. A few minutes later she challenged folks to get involved, which led to another 114 re-tweets. She’s an angel, really. One of the kindest, most thoughtful people you could ever meet.”
Read on, and learn how to get involved yourself, at tonic.com