Northwest Horse Rescue is an advocacy awareness group dedicated to the humane treatment of horses. Our goal is to create a membership community, and through promotion, education and awareness, we can assist in eliminating horse abuse, neglect and cruelty.
It is our hope that through our campaigning efforts we can provide you information such as scientific research, press releases, up to date case updates and a membership community for those who would like to be active in helping horse rescue organizations in the North Western United States.
Many people are not aware of how or what to do in a situation of horse neglect. This site can provide a safe and anonymous haven for those wanting to report cases of horse abuse or neglect.
Horse neglect is on the rise in the
The price of hay, the main source of horse nutrition, has more than doubled over the past year because of drought and record-high costs of fuel needed to grow and haul the crop. Though horses naturally graze on grass, they need hay and other feeds, especially in winter when the growth of pasture grass slows or stops. Even a small horse farm must buy hundreds of bales each winter.
Horses come to rescue or adoption agencies through several means. Some horses are unwanted — either they have grown old or their owners lost interest in them or horses may be brought to the agency by people who can no longer care for their horse but hope that someone else will. However the case, somebody had to intervene, to take action and report the situation to the proper law enforcement. In most states animal cruelty is a felony and a law enforcement officer is the only one that can legally seize a horse from a bad situation.
The profile of owners that abuse or neglect their animals is well researched and surprisingly this person doesn’t fit the stereotype image. However, the lack of information and awareness about who fits this profile leaves the majority of responsible horse owners and the even the general public in shock when a case of neglect shows up in their own community, more specifically someone they actually know, trust and believed - a person whom had been awarded praise as a leader.
One theme that emerges is that the average person (animal owner or not) has a tons of questions of what to do in a rescue situation.
In doing some research one member of our team had found that while there were quite of few rescue organizations with websites, these organizations were geographically limited in their scope of responsibilities and there was no cross promotion from area to area. There was not one solution that provided a central hub of information covering county, state or even national organizations waiting to help.