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June 10, 2009

The HSUS Welcomes Grace Foundation Work to Prepare Rescued Mustangs for Adoption

Experts Undertake 'Extreme Makeover' of Once-Wild Horses

The Humane Society of the United States

Mustangs rescued by The Humane Society of the United States from near starvation and misery at a Nebraska ranch are being evaluated, treated and trained for adoption to private homes, thanks to experts from The Grace Foundation.

A Northern California horse rescue and rehabilitation operation, The Grace Foundation, has assembled a team of experts, including farriers and handlers, to evaluate and begin the steps to give 84 once suffering horses new leases on life. The animals are now living and being treated at the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas, a facility owned by The Humane Society of the United States and its affiliate the Fund for Animals.

"Grace Foundation has a proven record of success with innovative programs for horse adoption and we're excited to have their expertise and help in finding homes for these horses," said Diane Miller, director of Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch.

In May, The Humane Society of the United States rescued 200 horses from starvation and horrible living conditions at a property in Alliance, Neb., where the owner was charged with 149 counts of felony animal neglect. Most of the horses were adopted out of Nebraska. The remaining 84 were transported to Texas by The HSUS, where they have regained strength of body condition in preparation for adoption.

For the next week, these horses will undergo the equivalent of an Extreme Makeover.

Grace Foundation's experts will conduct behavioral assessments of each horse to better make a match with a new family. Then, two trainers will remain at the ranch to work with the horses for four months to smooth the transition.

"The Humane Society of the United States is committed to ensuring that these horses receive all the care they will need, with the overall goal being to find them forever adoptable homes," said Beth DeCaprio, executive director of The Grace Foundation of Northern California.

A video production crew is also on hand to capture their "makeover" and create an adoption page for each of the horses. These adoption pages will be on the Web site equineonline.org under the "efarmony" section.

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