March 20, 2014
Helping At-Risk Horses
The HSUS works tirelessly to aid neglected, rescued and homeless horses
The Humane Society of the United States is the largest direct-care provider for horses in the country, offering a lifetime sanctuary to nearly 1,000 equines.
The HSUS also operates programs that protect horses from abuse and neglect, provide for those in need of immediate resources, and educate owners and handlers to help them make humane decisions for horses throughout their lives.
The Homes for Horses Coalition
The HSUS is a co-founder of the Homes for Horses Coalition, a group of welfare and equine rescue organizations dedicated to ending horse slaughter and other forms of equine abuse, while promoting growth, collaboration and professionalism in the equine community. Learn more »
Equine Rescue and Sanctuary Accreditation Program
The HSUS and the Homes for Horses Coalition have partnered with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) to develop the GFAS equine sanctuary accreditation program, which will help sanctuaries around the globe achieve the highest standards of animal care and operations. Learn more »
The HSUS and AWI Guidelines for Operating an Equine Rescue or Retirement Facility
Available at no charge on the Homes for Horses Coalition website, this informational resource covers topics from general care to adoptions and humane euthanasia—all geared toward equine rescue facilities. Learn more »
The HSUS and Parelli Natural Horsemanship Partnership
Pat and Linda Parelli, founders of the Parelli Natural Horsemanship Program, and The HSUS promote bringing a humane, natural form of training to horse owners across the country. Horse enthusiasts can attend Parelli events throughout the year, to learn the importance of building successful, trustful relationships with horses—both in and out of the saddle.
Direct Care Centers
The HSUS operates the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, a 1300-acre property in Murchison, Texas, and Duchess Equine Sanctuary, located on 1120 acres in Douglas County, Oregon. More than 800 equines find a permanent, safe haven between the two facilities. The HSUS will expand its direct care equine facilities with the opening of the Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center at Black Beauty Ranch. Design and construction are currently underway at the center, which will be a model facility for the re-homing of horses, incorporating Parelli Natural Horsemanship into its training protocol. Learn more »
Equine Adoption Network
In an effort to assist in the placement of horses seized in neglect and abuse cases, The HSUS has launched a database of individuals interested in fostering or permanently adopting horses in need. This national database will serve to assist equine rescues in mobilization when they need to respond on short notice. Learn more »
Supporting Responsible Horse Ownership and Breeding Practices
Through the Horses: Companions for Life Program, The HSUS provides information to current, new and potential horse owners about the time and financial commitments involved with being a horse owner, and how to make responsible decisions for a horse at all stages of his or her life. Learn more »
Grantmaker List for Equine Rescues
The HSUS has compiled a listing of grantmakers and other sources of funding available to assist rescue facilities in sustaining or expanding their operations, or recovering from unforeseen natual or manmade disasters. Contact us »
Assisting State Horse Welfare Councils
In several states, The HSUS has helped coordinate and lead horse welfare councils and coalitions to address equine welfare issues and help people care for their horses.
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