12/15/2012 16:06 EST | Updated 02/14/2013 05:12 EST

15 horses saved from slaughter

Thanks to the help of community members, 15 horses living on a Quebec farm have been saved from slaughter.

Daniel Joubert and his wife Sylvia Lepage once owned close to 50 horses. Joubert said their Appaloosa horse-breeding ranch was the biggest in Canada, and their horses were purchased by people in France and Italy.

But after Lepage lost her sight to diabetes and Joubert was left partially paralyzed after a stroke, caring for the horses became too much for them to handle. Daniel said that most of his pension money was going towards covering the $500 a week it costs to feed the remaining horses.

That's when family friend Kerri Fenoff stepped in and organized today's fundraiser in order to save the animals.

All afternoon, people stopped by the "adopt-a-horse" fundraiser at the family's farm in Très-Saint-Rédempteur, about 70-kilometres west of Montreal.

Complete strangers dropped by the event and filled out applications to sponsor or adopt the horses. Some people made donations or offered to volunteer their time.

"I think the future looks bright for all these horses," Fenoff said.