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PO Box 309
Maryland 21765

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DEFHR was founded in 1989 because of a horse named "Toby". When Kathy and Allan Schwartz, co-founders, first saw Toby he was a rack of bones and so severely infested with parasites that the veterinarian could scarcely believe he was alive. Toby's shocking condition was a "call to action" for the Schwartz's, who realized that no entity existed to meet this growing humane crisis. Most county animal control agencies had neither the capability to care for abused horses nor facilities to house them. The process begins when Animal Control Officers seize one or more horses from an owner because of cruelty or neglect. Since it's inception thirteen years ago, DEFHR has received impounded horses from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. The incoming horses are immediately placed in our intensive care facility where they receive 24-hour monitoring and medical attention including veterinary visits, hoof care (farrier visits), medicines and vaccines, a specialized diet plan, grooming, and emergency surgical procedures (if necessary). On average, a horse requires 4 - 6 months of intensive care before they have stabilized - both mentally and physically - enough to be placed on a less strenuous recuperative regime. Once horses have graduated to an extended care and maintenance program, they are eligible for adoption to qualified homes. DEFHR tracks all adoptions annually to ensure each animal receives proper treatment and a safe home environment.

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More horses keepcoming in every month. Starvations that no living thing should go through. And the fact that if the local authorities feel a procecution is warranted, they have the expertise to build the cases. Do you feel people that ABUSE and neglect should not be brought to justice??????? Some ... more »
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This organization assists law enforcement when horses are impounded due to abuse or neglect. The horses are taken from a bad situation and taken to Days End where they can get proper care and be adopted to a loving forever home. If that's not a rescue, I don't know what is... more »
This is not a 'rescue' as most people understand the term. This is an arm of enforcement which only deals with horses when enforcement involves them in a case. They are not neutral. They actually brag about helping to document and prepare cases for the prosecution!!! Seriously??? I'll send my ... more »
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