by Grace Antonini
It’s a uniquely beautiful kind of healing that takes place when two beings, weakened by a traumatic past or disability, find support, strength and love in one another. At Logan’s Heroes Animal Rescue, in Lehigh County, healing is forged by the animal-human bond.
This nonprofit organization embodies the spirit of Logan, a young German Shepherd who was purchased at a pet shop and eventually returned by the family that bought him because of a congenital disability. By that time, sadly, it was too late for Logan to be saved. Inspired by this tragic experience, Logan’s Heroes was formed with the purpose of joining rescued animals from dire situations (such as puppy mills and commercial kennels) with people suffering from trauma and disabilities. Logan’s Heroes focuses on veterans that dedicated their lives to military service and are consequently living with conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
Logan’s Heroes is able to accomplish the rescue of animals and people through the help of its foster homes, volunteers and donors. As of November this past year, it has expanded its adoption facility to a 54-acre farm in East Greenville, directly off of Kings Highway. Its programs are also expanding to include equine rescue and horse-human healing in its Rescue Equines Symbiotic Therapy & Training (RESTT) program, which is free of charge to veterans.
“We hope to bring veterans into our equine program to allow them hands-on time to bond with horses that have been neglected or abused, so they learn from each other how to cope with their past and build a new life,“ says Board President Chris Baringer.
The organization is growing rapidly to accommodate horses and other animals that have lost their homes due to humane care issues and economic hardship. “We are always looking for people who want to help support our mission,” shares Event Coordinator Janine Horning.
Grace Antonini is a Bucks County writer, yoga teacher and forest walker. Connect at Grace.Antonini@gmail.com.