David Kelly pets Luice during rounds at the Oregon Horse Rescue, Kelly and his wife may have to close the sanctuary at the start of March 2018 if the Eugene-based nonprofit organization doesn't find some big donors fast.

David Kelly pets Luice during rounds at the Oregon Horse Rescue, Kelly and his wife may have to close the sanctuary at the start of March 2018 if the Eugene-based nonprofit organization doesn’t find some big donors fast.

Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard

A horse sanctuary on a rural property west of Eugene may close in March unless its founders receive enough cash donations to keep it in operation.

Former Eugene City Councilman David Kelly and his wife, Jane, started the nonprofit Oregon Horse Rescue on their farm five years ago.

“The need is absolutely huge for horse rescue and sanctuary here,” Oregon Horse Rescue ­President David Kelly said. “There is an oversupply of horses and an under-supply of responsible horse owners.”

The couple hoped had that the nonprofit organization would be primarily supported by donors but said they still pay the bulk of the bills. David Kelly said Oregon Horse Rescue is one of the larger horse sanctuaries in the state.

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