Cable show lends hand to horse rescue effort

`Double Agents' gives tips on moving to couple who care for abused animals

November 13, 2003|By Sandy Alexander | Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF

Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Lisbon took another step toward finding a new location recently with the help of the Discovery Channel's real estate program, Double Agents.

The episode follows Days End owners Kathleen and Allan Schwartz as they look at several properties in Frederick, Howard and Montgomery counties and receive guidance from two real estate agents. The couple hopes that the publicity will attract donations toward the cost of a new farm, or the attention someone willing to donate a farm directly.

"We have to find a million-dollar property, and we have to find a million dollars," Kathleen Schwartz said.

Days End, which rehabilitates horses that have been abused or neglected, has outgrown the 20-acre farm it rents on Route 144 in western Howard County. It has 55 horses, most of which were impounded by government agencies to save them from serious mistreatment.

Farm leaders want to buy a property of 50 or more acres, which would enable them to take in more horses, expand education programs and increase efforts to help horses that are trapped or injured.

The farm's owner is planning to sell the land.

"All the farms that fit our needs run between one million and two million [dollars]," Kathleen Schwartz said. "We need to raise a minimum of $500,000" to get started, she said. The group has raised $52,000, separate from donations for operating costs.

Double Agents tries to give viewers an inside look at the home-buying process by having two real estate agents help one home buyer.

"They said they wanted a very colorful character," Kathleen Schwartz said, and her husband, Allan, seemed to fit the bill. "I told them they couldn't find anyone more colorful than him," she said.

Kathleen said they enjoyed filming the show while sharing the serious issues surrounding equine abuse and neglect.

But looking at locations with the agents was a bit premature, she said.

"Until we raise the money, there is no point," she said. "When we get the money, we can do some serious looking."

The episode will be televised at 4 p.m. Nov. 24.

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