Recently my friend and I found ourselves stranded on Route 15, a few miles south of Williamsport. We pulled off the road in our wheezing truck, attached to a trailer with one lovely horse inside. It was pitch-black outside, and we knew no one within a hundred-mile radius.

What to do?

We called a few local stables we found in the “Yellow Pages,” and left messages. Then we hit upon the idea to call the state troopers. Whoever answered the phone was the kindest, most soothing-voiced lady. She promised us someone would help — she would make some calls, and an officer would call and check on us again before headed to our rescue somehow.

We really didn’t know what else to do. The horse needed overnight lodging and the truck needed repair. AAA had responded to my member call by then, but they could only tow the truck, not the whole rig.

As we racked our brains, the phone rang. A lady introduced herself as Pam, “Miss Pam,” from the Appalachian Horse Rescue. She had heard from the police. “We’ll come get you, honey,” she said, “that’s what we do.”

She and her husband brought their dually, helped unhitch our truck and hook our trailer to their truck (he with a broken rib), and offered us their spare bedroom.

It took a day and a half to get the truck repaired by the wonderful Ross at Paulhamus Diesel and throughout our horse’s stay at the rescue he was cared for in the most expert way. There was terrible ice on the ground, and no one slipped or got injured. It was very cold weather, and the young man who helped with chores was cheerful, respectful and kind. The farmyard was full of woolly, well-fed horses, ponies and other creatures.

After all our imposition on Miss Pam and family, she refused payment. However, Appalachian Horse Rescue does accept donations — it is a registered 501 (c) 3 organization. Miss Pam and hubby, thank you for saving us! Best wishes to your five-star operation.

Meg, Yvonne and Baxter the horse

Canandaigua, N.Y.

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