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WHITE & SOX
White & Sox came to us one foggy January morning. White is a 18 year old Thoroughbred Paint mix. His personality is kind and gentle. Sox is a 17 year old Quarter Horse mix who is a little shy, but sweet and gentle. They both have settled in peacefully and happily as pasture mates.
BABY & POWDER
Baby and Powder were rescued from a field when Baby was still in her mother’s stomach. They were abandoned and worse Powder was sewn up so she could not give birth. Luckily a woman saved them and now they are with us forever and will never be harmed or separated again.
Look back at our struggle for freedom.
Trace our present day's strength to its source
And you will find man’s path to glory
Is strewn with the bones of the horse.
Hero is Free!
Hero has been a resident at the sanctuary for a little over a year. He was one of our most damaged horses, having been terribly scarred by previous owners. He has allowed one of our staff to gently massage his body, and patiently stood still as his mane was put in braids. He was so proud of himself, he started flirting with the mare next door. Today – we believe in miracles. Today - Hero is our hero!
St. Francis overlooking and protecting our animals!
"Somewhere over the rainbow….is Humanity for Horses"
Humanity for Horses was formed by a group of people who have been helping children and adults with emotional awareness and conflict resolution, www.harnessinghappiness.org. However, in 2012, our hearts were completely broken when a law was passed that allows for horses to be slaughtered in the USA. On May 25, 2012, the mandate of Humanity for Horses was birthed. The reason for this name is obvious - humanity must speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Fortunately, in January of 2014 the US Federal Government effectively eliminated horse slaughter permanently. This important action is expected to create a greater need for collaborative equine rescue efforts as many more horses will now survive the horrors of auction and slaughterhouse and will need to be properly cared for.
To date, we have rescued 144 horses - Thoroughbreds, Mustangs, Morgans, Arabians, Quarter Horses, Tennessee Walkers and Minis. In addition we have 29 llamas, 31 donkeys, 41 goats, 36 alpacas, 13 sheep, 3 ponies, 8 minis, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, one chinchilla, one rooster, one hen and one turtle. Another factor in our horse rescue efforts is providing early intervention for caring horse owners who are struggling to afford feed and veterinary care. We love to facilitate horses being able to stay with their families. Our sanctuary has 151 acres of pasture at the base of Mount Shasta in Northern California. In one year, we have built a basic hospital, a quarantine area, and a rehabilitation section. Each horse has their own individual shelter for protection and individual pasture to run in. Our goal for 2014 is to build a rain catchment system on every shelter.
In the first 1 1/2 years, we have constructed shelters and paddocks for 144 horses, facilities for additional animals rescued with them, and built a treatment center. We have put together a team of equine experts, farriers, and three veterinarians.
We are an accredited sanctuary with Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) and an approved sanctuary for Off-Track Thoroughbreds with CARMA (California Retirement Management Account for Thoroughbreds). We partner with Sheriff and Animal Control Departments as well as Humane Societies to intake seized and surrendered horses. We rescue horses from slaughter, abuse, neglect and abandonment, providing them sanctuary for the rest of their lives. Based on the abuse already inflicted, we do not adopt out. This is a protection against any further risk of mistreatment. For those horses who are healed and willing, humanity will be brought to them through our supervised programs.
We have witnessed a miracle at our sanctuary. People who come, whether that be staff, medical assistants, farriers, veterinarians, visitors or people delivering horses, have all had the same reaction. When they first enter the gate, they have stated that they felt overwhelmed with a sense of peace and hope. It could be the way we have thought out and built the sanctuary, but we suspect that the animals are sending this message. When animals come in we always try to tune into who they would like to be with. We have all felt that families are being reunited.
Humanity for Horses is a 501c3 non-profit organization devoted to rescuing horses from slaughter, abuse, neglect and abandonment providing them sanctuary for the rest of their life. While rescuing horses, we also home all other animals that were abandoned with them. Because the animals have experienced such abuse and neglect from humanity, we do not adopt them out. We are devoted to giving them top quality nutrition, traditional and non-traditional medicine, and endless hours of love and comfort.
We have a specialized Thoroughbred program. We rescue Thoroughbreds from individuals and race tracks. They have their own unique place on the sanctuary and receive an abundance of individualized attention. They also have their own turnout pasture.
In 2014, we will be initiating programs to bring together humanity and horses.
IF WE ARE NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION, WE ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM
From the beginning of time, horses have been considered heavenly creatures, teaching and guiding us. They have served mankind willingly and devotedly, and now they are being completely threatened. We have much to learn from the horse. Even though they have been abused, trashed and even killed, they still want to be near people and engage in love and service.
CURRENT PROJECTS/PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES
Our plans for 2014
1) We will have a program, whereby the elders will come to the sanctuary, have lunch and be ridden around in small vehicles to see and touch the animals. We believe that elders are in such need of honor and respect. They are often abandoned and in many cases abused.
2) We will have a program for healing which will involve massaging the horses and walking meditation. This has already begun.
3) Because we are a place of love and hope, we plan to have programs for families to come and spend quality time together.
THOROUGHBRED AFTERCARE ALLIANCE ACCREDITATION
On December 3, 2013, The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) announced that it has accredited Humanity for Horses as an official Thoroughbred aftercare facility. There are only a total of 23 TAA accredited facilities in the United States. Stated James Hastie, TAA Executive Director: “We’re thrilled to grant accreditation to these worthy organizations in recognition of the great work they’re doing. Each of these facilities has undergone a rigorous review process to ensure that they are providing a uniform level of care for our retired Thoroughbreds.” (read more)