NATIONAL EQUINE RESOURCE NETWORK

Rating: 5 stars   38 reviews 426

Issues: Animals

Location: 101 N. Vulcan Avenue c/o Shirley Puga Encinitas CA 92024 USA

Mission: National Equine Resource Network was created to unite & strengthen the equine welfare community, by providing education, resources, funding, & opportunities for collaboration.
Results: Our low cost castration clinics have helped horse rescues and horse owners geld 200 horses a year for the past 3 years. For rescues, it improves the horse's chances for adoption. For owners, it creates a safer, more stable environment, allows them to pasture horses together, and prevents unintended breeding and/or unwanted offspring.
Target demographics: horse owners & horse rescues
Direct beneficiaries per year: 200 horse owners
Geographic areas served: the U.S.
Programs: Low cost equine castration clinics
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 27-0487202
760-419-2462
www.nationalequine.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was a Client a very happy one. My colt was given to me free to a good home. I was told he was a Gelding but found out after we picked him up he was not Gelded. The owner had contacted the National Equine Resource Network to have him Gelded but found he was Chryptorchid and they were not equipped at the time to deal with this situation. After we got him home I contacted the NERN also to find out when they could accommodate my colt. I was sorry to say it took over a year for them to actually have a Chryptorchid Clinic. I immediately signed up. I had my horse at a trainer and was lucky that they would let him take him in my stead. I didn't feel comfortable or qualified to deal with him in public. Dr. Eric called me prior to the Clinic asking me questions about his breed, age, health etc. and assured me they would take excellent care of him. My trainer Ty said the Clinic was very professional and they gave exact care for the horse after surgery. Sonny is healthy happy and still at the trainer for a few more months. However without the Clinic I could never have afforded the cost of castration. I thank Shirley, Dr Eric and the hole Network for what they are doing for us horse owners. I think it is important that we keep the breeding of horses to those horse with the linage and castrate others to keep down on the thousands of horses that are slaughtered every year because no one wants them. Castrating my horse made him a horse I can enjoy for many years to come. Without the Clinic I would have had to sell him or give him away. Claudia Soman

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We have donated the use of our facility for multiple gelding clinics in East San Diego County and are incredibly grateful for the service that NERN provides to our community. Each clinic is professionally handled and the care given to all of the horses by the vets, assistants and volunteers is exemplary. The crew provides all services, set up and clean up and we hardly know they've been here. We enthusiastically support NERN's efforts to control the overpopulation of horses. The affordable castration of horses not only helps this mission, but also allows rescues to geld their colts and stallions which increases the chances they find forever homes.
Shirley works tirelessly to provide much needed care for horses in need, assist rescues and connect so many to a wealth of resources. Thank you Shirley and NERN for all you do!

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I have had the honor of being a volunteer, when this group came to my area. I have also been a recipient of a very important program they offer. Their gelding clinics, which are beneficial in many ways. As horse owners are struggling with the high cost of feed, etc., so many young colts are not being gelded, due to cost. But, it is not just young colts. Some, are now breeding age stallions. The mannerisms between a gelding and a stallion can be great. The future of an unwanted stallion, can be bleak. These horses can also become a danger to anyone that does not have the experience to handle them. The horse "industry" is struggling with over population and unwanted horses. This program NERN offers, helps in preventing accidental pregnancy and gives the male horse, a better chance for a good life. It may also save the life of a human. This is a unique program they offer and I hope they can continue to expand this program to more counties and states.

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Shirley Puga has been someone I have respected for many years. I have been involved in many aspects of horse rescue since 1993. As soon as I heard about NERN, I started supporting the great work they provide. The best and most impressive is the Gelding clinic. Preventing further unplanned breeding of countless horses. In turn, fewer horses are sent to slaughter. Something horse advocates appreciate far and wide. They do deserve recognition and I support NERN's work.

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Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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National Equine Rescue Network has saved thousands of horses from going to slaughter or unknown ends with the effort put forth in the gelding clinics. Job well done!!

Thank you
Shirley and NERN team

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Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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NERN With Shirley Puga at the lead has done more for horses than many other organizations just by preventing unwanted horses before they are even bred! What a concept, surgically neuter the males and prevent pregnancies. This group has won attention from many other organizations and they deserve all the kudos possible. To coordinate veterinarians, RVT's students, volunteers, supplies etc in multiple locations is no easy task. Great work folks and Keep up the great work!! From Michelle Beagle of Redwings Horse Sanctuary. We thank you!!!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I am on the board of directors for the Coachella Valley Horse Rescue organization. We have volunteered with NERN and Shirley Puga at a local gelding clinic. The efforts and team work were extremely impressive. We are looking forward to volunteering at the next gelding clinic. This is a blessing to many who can't afford to pay the astronomic cost to geld their stallions. I hope NERN continues to get funded and supported. The horses that were gelded were handled very well and the outcome was wonderful.
Thank you for bringing this opportunity to our valley and we support you 100%.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them get funding to continue their great work!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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As President and Founder of Safe Haven Horse Rescue in Cottonwood, Ca, I/we have worked with NERN and Shirley Puga for years! We have had the honor of hosting many of NERN's Gelding Clinics here in Northern California. The clinics are always full and staffed with wonderful volunteers and terrific veterinarians! We have several of Safe Haven's volunteers help with each event and have had nothing but great feedback from them! The horses are always well cared for and handled properly as well, which is what Safe Haven is all about! It's been wonderful being able to work with NERN and Shirley and with helping in slowing the overbreeding of horses. Thanks for all you do!

Linda Richards
President and Founder
Safe Haven Horse Rescue and Sanctuary

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2014

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This is the only one of its kind as far as I am concerned. They help and save so many horses. The gelding clinics have help so many horses and their owners. Shirley is a hero and an equine Angel for sure. I have worked with Shirley for years and so look forward to many more years.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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I first met Shirley over the phone when she began NERN and I was program director of Stallion to Gelding Support, the first national organization dedicated to reducing the number of unwanted horses by providing gelding services to stallion owners. Shirley picked up the idea and before I knew it had held several clinics in California. Within less than a year, her organization was responsible for gelding more stallions than my program accomplished in three years. And NERN continues to be a strong and effective program. NERN is single-handedly making a huge positive difference in the lives of horses and their owners.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

love to see it expanded across the country.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2014

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NERN is very proactive in helping in the lives of horses, by Gelding stallions we are helping to reduce the unwanted and slaughter bound horses in the USA.The benefit of the gelding program to equine welfare is proactive in the stopping of slaugher bound horses, The organization is professionally run with great community service the clinics are well organized.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them lots of funding

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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We have hosted multiple gelding clinics at our farm and are incredibly grateful for the service that NERN provides to our community. Each clinic is professionally orchestrated and the care given to all of the horses by the vets, assistants and volunteers is absolutely top notch. Shirley is an amazing force of nature who works tirelessly to provide much needed care for horses in need, assist rescues and connect so many to a wealth of resources. We have adopted many animals that have come from deplorable situations of overbreeding and wholeheartedly support NERN's efforts to control the overpopulation of horses. The affordable castration of horses not only helps this mission, but also allows rescues to geld their colts and stallions which make the far more likely to find a permanent home.

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2013

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I am a veterinarian and I work with several equine rescues as well as people who cannot afford to castrate their intact horses. The NERN program has filled a huge void and provided a needed service to my community. It is great to know this organization exists and provides sterilization to the needy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make them able to do more - more clinics, vaccinations possibly? They need more money and more man power!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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A lot

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Definitely

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2014

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