Equine Care Society needs a new home

Old horses in Qualicum Bay facility need a new home — and fast. - Neil Horner photo
Old horses in Qualicum Bay facility need a new home — and fast.
— image credit: Neil Horner photo

Sandra Billy’s housing situation has changed — and not for the better.

The head of the Rest and Recuperate Equine Care Society said that while she had been told she and her daughter, Bobi Pebernat, along with their rescued horses and other assorted animals, will have to find a new home by the end of the month.

“I am panicking,” she said. “I’ve been crying. I got an e-mail from the owner who now wants me out at the end of the month.”

The society, which is currently located at a farm property on Highway 19A in Qualicum Bay, had previously been told they had until the middle of June to find a new home. The problem, Billy said, appears to spring from a sewage leak at the small home on the property.

“We have been having raw sewage coming up at the back stairs since September,” she said. “She said I could fix it with my own money, but I told her I don’t have the money to do that and she e-mailed me back to say ‘you are out at the end of the month.’”

Billy said she and her daughter have been searching for a new home for their operation since being informed they would have to move, with no success. Now, she fears being once again put in the position of living with the animals in some farmer’s field.

“If I have to stay in a field again I will do that,” she said. “I don’t want to, because it’s so hard, but I can’t give up on these guys. If I do, it means they will be put down because nobody wants to pay the expense to keep a horse if they can’t ride it. I can’t do that. I can’t live with that.”

Billy said she needs to rent a property with at least seven pastured acres, outbuildings and living quarters.

Anyone who can help can contact her at 250-757-9921.


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