Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Horse Rescue Or Collector?
Finding a legitimate horse rescue can be difficult. If ever faced with a decision in today's economy that one may not want to make. My girls are with me for life. But say you want to donate to one. What might you look for? Often you see people, who may have good intentions in the beginning and then just end up collecting and often those horses end up in a place that may be worse than where they came from. The living conditions for the horses are poor. There are too many there to care for properly. They are not rehabbed for adoption. They are standing in crap and underweight, wormy, whatever. Those are the places that give horse rescue a bad name. People are able to get that 501 tax exempt status and really put forth the effort to really rescue. I'm sure for every bad one out there, there must be ten good ones. Well, I would hope so anyway. We all know that this will get worse before it gets better. A legitimate rescue will have a reasonable adoption fee, not a sales price. In my opinion, that adoption fee should be 3 digits, not 4. The horse up for adoption should have been evaluated by a Veterinarian and also an expert horse person, perhaps a trainer to determine soundness of mind and body and any illness or issues that might make the horse a pasture pal rather than ridable. Any health issues should be revealed to the prospective adopter. The adopter should be scrutinized. There should be a contract between adopter and rescue. I like to see a statement that allows the horse to be returned to the rescue if things do not work out in their new home. A former stallion, should be a former stallion, gelded. In Wisconsin, there are two rescues I like. One is ASAP and the other is the Midwest Horse Welfare Foundation . There are others, but these are the two I have found here that seem most legitimate.
Now onto some disturbing news today. Stephen just sent me this article Feds considering euthanizing..... . Now this is truly upsetting. I find this news sad and I don't even know what to think about it. I'll have to think further about this before expressing an opinion.
Posted by Callie at 9:52 AM