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June 25, 2010

Save a Life: Adopt a Horse

The HSUS has resources to help you find a life-long companion

Each year, through no fault of their own, thousands of horses find themselves without homes.

Some are seized by law enforcement as part of cruelty or neglect cases, others have owners who cannot provide competent care, and still others find themselves in the pipeline to brutal deaths at foreign-owned slaughter plants.

The majority of these horses are young, healthy animals that, given the chance, could go on to lead happy, productive lives with new owners.

If you're ready to bring a horse into your family, The HSUS encourages you to consider adoption. The following resources will get you started:

Horse Adoption Program
The HSUS created this program to match horse rescue groups across the country with individuals who wish to provide a permanent or foster home for a deserving horse in need. Once a person signs up to be part of the program, their name is stored in a database maintained by The HSUS, and if there is a horse seizure or rescue in their area, The HSUS will provide their contact information to the local horse rescue groups charged with placing the horses. Join the Horse Adoption Program today.

The Homes for Horses Coalition
The HHC provides a list of rescues that are currently in voluntary compliance with AWI/HSUS standards, based on the "Basic Guidelines for Operating an Equine Rescue or Retirement Facility." These rescue groups would be a good place for interested horse lovers to seek out their next companion.

Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center
The Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center is the latest addition to The HSUS' Direct Care Center family. This state-of-the-art rescue and rehabiliation facility is dedicated to bringing new hope to abused, neglected and abandoned horses. With a gentle approach and humane horsemanship techniques, we will prepare each horse for a successful match in a loving home.

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