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This 15 year old Thoroughbred mare was found wandering on the highway and rescued by Project Sport. She came to the sanctuary in November 2013, after she had the chance to put on a little more weight for the trip from Oregon. Not only is she a lovely gal, but we feel she has the perfect name.
This gorgeous 18 year old gelding came to us from a rescue in Oregon. Victory is a retired roping horse who has arthritis in his hind legs. He is gentle and well-mannered and we love the ‘lightening strike’ initial on his left shoulder.
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.
Watch Baby Christopher, our miniature colt who is just a month old, in this YouTube video
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.
We made a commitment to rescue and sanctuary 144 horses, 44 Thoroughbreds and 100 others. To date, we have saved Thoroughbreds, Mustangs, Morgans, Arabians, Quarter Horses, Tennessee Walkers and Minis. Through these rescues, we home or find homes for all other animals saved with them.
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, a rehabilitation section and two huge turnout pastures. Each horse has their own individual shelter for protection. Our goal for this year is to build a rain catchment system on every shelter.
We now are an approved sanctuary for Off-track Thoroughbreds with CARMA. We partner with Sheriff and Animal Control Departments, as well as Humane Societies in the western USA to intake seized and surrendered horses. More than 80% of our animals are in recovery or rehabilitation for abuse or injuries sustained before joining our sanctuary. All arriving animals are placed in our quarantine area for safety and evaluation before they join the other animals.
Humanity for Horses is a 501c3 nonprofit organization devoted to the safety and well-being of animals. We rescue horses from slaughter, abuse, neglect and abandonment, providing them sanctuary for the rest of their lives. While rescuing horses, we home or find homes for all other animals imprisoned with them.
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.
Because the animals have experienced such abuse and neglect, we are devoted to giving them top quality nutrition, traditional and non-traditional medicine, massages, individual foot care and endless hours of love and comfort. We truly are an animal spa.
We do not adopt out any of our animals. They are with us for the rest of their life. However, we do have a foster program. Please check the donation section. To date, we are blessed to have 116 horses, including 30 Thoroughbreds.
In addition we have 29 llamas, 26 goats, 31 donkeys, 21 alpacas, 13 sheep, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, one chinchilla, one rooster, one hen and one turtle.
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.
Therefore, our plans for 2014 are
1) A children’s program with the minis
2) A lunch and outing program for elders
3) A special needs program with our gentler horses
4) A program for the blind with our blind horses
5) A program with kids who have been rescued from the sex trade
6) Healing walks through the sanctuary and meditation for all
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)
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