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Four-Legged Volunteers

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Sammy

Sammy is a sweet 26 year old Haflinger who loves kids. He has been involved in therapeutic riding for 8 years. He has brought many smiles to children and young adults. When he's not in the arena his favorite pastime is eating and looking for treats. (Owned by Kerri Navarro)

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Red

I am an 9 year old Shetland pony gelding. I am very friendly and curious. I love attention and playing games. I am so happy to be a part of Hearts and Hooves! (Owned by Karen Payne)

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Finn

My name is "Finn" people also call me Barbie Pony or Fabio because of my long mane. I am an 8 year old Gypsy Vanner and besides being handsome, I'm also calm, patient and I LOVE attention. (Owned by Judi Vogt)

Puff

"Puff" is a mini gelding with a "been there, done that" kind of attitude. He is a sweet little guy who adores our participants. Puff is very patient and an in your pocket kind of pony. (Owned by Judi Vogt)

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Tank

My name suits me right. I am a big sturdy 19 year old gelding. I used to be an Amish plow horse. I am now retired from that and loving my time at Hearts & Hooves. (Owned by Kerri Navarro)

All of our therapy animals live with volunteers and are brought to our facility.

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Doc Holliday

I am a 12 year old Tennessee Walking Horse gelding. I love being brushed, riding trails and definitely love eating. When I am not spending time with Hearts & Hooves, I work with York County Sheriff's Mounted Search and Rescue team whenever I am needed. (Owned by Joelle Wells)

Cricket

I am a young Shetland-Gypsy Vanner cross mare who just loves attention. I am a very quiet and gentle little pony.

(Owned by Judi Vogt)

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Drifter

I'm a 15 year old Hackney pony with a big personality. I love everyone, especially if they have carrots. I have a smooth ride and can pull a cart. I love to hang out with big horses. I am a really good boy so my owners call me "Best Pony Ever"

(Owned by Donna and Tim Frye)

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L.B. and Kiwanis "Equicizers"

The Equicizer offers fun alternative ways of conducting therapeutic exercises for children and adults with disabilities. I has been a proven therapeutic aid and a useful tool for those suffering from Arthritis, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Spinal Cord injury, Paralysis, head trauma, amputation, stroke recovery, learning and emotional disabilities, Down Syndrome and Autism. 

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Kiwanis was purchased in 2018 with

the funds donated solely by Kiwanis

of Shelby.

Grace

Layla

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My name is Layla! I am a 10 year old Heeler mix from Gaffney, SC. My mom rescued me from the Cherokee County Humane Society. I have always had the sweetest and calmest temperament, even as a puppy. I love visiting people and I am a certified therapy dog through Therapy Dogs International.

(Owned by Kristina Harris)

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Aurora " Grace" is a retired 'show' girl Newfoundland who now has a second career as a therapy comfort dog. Grace loves everyone and everything, she's a big fluffy "hug" companion dog. She is a Canine Good Citizen as well as a Certified Therapy Dog International canine. Not only does she love to meet and greet every person with hugs but also helps mom with dementia patients and to rehabilitate foster and rescue Great Pyrenees dogs. (Owned by Patricia Bracken)

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