Pride and Joy Rescue working on getting back to normal after roof collapse

Connie and Rob Faulkner say they've received a wave of support from the community after the roof of their barn collapsed from heavy snow.

Horses at the Pride and Joy Rescue enjoying some hay.
Mike McGurran / WDAY News

The barn's collapse disrupted business as usual over here at the Pride and Joy Rescue, not just for the humans, but also for the animals.

The likely culprit for the collapse? The thirteen inches of snow Fargo got at the beginning of the month.

But the Faulkners, the family who run the show at Pride and Joy Rescue, are making the best of a bad situation.

"This is an extension of our home, and in our family, the animals come first," said Rob Faulkner. "So when something like this happens, it just gets turned upside down."

Thankfully, it's quite a different scene now than it was a few weeks ago, thanks to Thorsteinson and Sons Construction.


"There's some more stringers that need to go up, tie it to the trusses, some hardware, and then the sheet metal and they're gonna reinforce other parts of the barn for us that they wanna make sure doesn't come back down on us," Connie Faulkner said.

They're hoping to be back to normal soon.

It's been a whirlwind of a month for them, between dealing with the damage, making sure the horses are okay, and finding a temporary shelter for the rescue's many goats.

"The animals are disrupted a little bit," Rob said. "They're a little irritable. I mean, partly because of the weather."

Thankfully, the Faulkners said the community has had their back every step of the way.

"It's been unreal," Rob said. "It's just awesome that people just see a post on Facebook, and it just goes crazy."

"Speechless, I don't even know how to describe it," Connie said. "You go to the mailbox, and there's letters from people telling us how awesome it is that we take care of the horses, and how much horses mean to them."

It's been a struggle for the humble animal rescue. But passion for what they do keeps the Faulkners going, even when luck isn't on their side.


"We've struggled for three years doing things out here, and we're going to keep going," Connie said. "I can't wait to bring the kids back into the new barn and let them spend time with their horses."

And that moment can't come soon enough.

The rescue is hosting a Taco Bar benefit to help raise money for the repair expenses. That's coming Saturday, April 15 at the Harwood Community Center, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mike McGurran has been a reporter and anchor at WDAY-TV since 2021.
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