Shirley Puga has been helping horses for many years. She is so organized the military would do well to adopt her methods! Her gelding clinics are extremely well run! We have hosted two and hope to do many more! Her organizational skills are superb. She makes hosting a gelding clinic so easy with her great pre-coordination with all parties, including the veterinarians, clients and horses themselves. The horses she saves from the slaughter pipeline are fortunate to have her in their corner! There would be so many more dead if it were not for Shirley. We will always support her efforts and help in any way we can. Pictured here are two of the girls Shirley saved as seen when they first arrived here.
This is such an incredible organization. Ran with heart and the ultimate in integrity. Have worked with nern on many projects and will continue to do so.
Working with NERN through Shirley Puga was an outstanding experience. She is very well organized and both times we enjoyed the easy flowing of work and their very helpful crew. I am looking for working again with NERN.
Well organized gelding clinics with dedicated staff of volunteers. I will not hesitate to work with NERN again in the future.
I have worked with NERN for many years and they are a wonderful organization. Their gelding clinics are so needed and so reasonable and the vet and staff are just amazing. We recently took in a rescued donkey, he has been very special needs since he arrived at our rescue almost a year ago (at barely 4 mo old). Their 1st priority was to make sure he was well taken care of and ready to travel before we headed the 3 hour trailer ride back home. Shirley is an angel to both the horses and their owners! NERN ROCKS!!!!!!!! Keep doing what you guys do. your awesome :) Hope to work with you again soon!!!
Merical is a 12 year old, bay mustang who we had been working with for a few years. Unfortunately, he was unable to be gentled and I begun the search in finding him freedom. I emailed nearly 60 different organizations in hopes they would have the perfect fit. We needed a place for him to live out the rest of his life as a part of a herd on land, free to roam and be left alone. Shirley with National Equine Resource Network was one of 4 organizations that responded. She was prompt, pleasant and instrumental in finding Merical's home. She made it a priority to match his needs with his prospective new life. Merical now lives on over 3000 acres with 300 other rescued and wild horses solely due to Shirley and her efforts. It is exactly what he has earned in this life and Merical and I are eternally grateful Shirley stepped into our lives at the perfect time.
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
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!
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.
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.
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!!
Shirley and NERN team