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The United States Equine Rescue Lea Gue Inc

Rating: 5 stars   10 reviews 2,359

Address:

9660 Falls of Neuse Road Suite 138 Box 300 Raleigh NC 27615 USA

Mission:

The United States Equine Rescue League (USERL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the compassionate care of equines.  Our mission is to save, protect, and rehabilitate equines in need.  We rescue abused, neglected, or abandoned equines; provide them with care and rehabilitation; and finally find them a compatible, loving home.  We believe that education is the long-term solution to improving the lives of equines.

Target demographics:

Neglected/abused/abandoned horses, mules and donkeys. USERL assists counties with equine cases, providing housing, nutritional and medical care (and training when needed) with a final goal of finding a new loving adoptive home.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

100 horses averaged per year.

Geographic areas served:

North Carolina and Virginia.

Programs:

Horse Program, Volunteer Program, Foster Program and Adoption Program, Education Program.

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800-650-8549
www.userl.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

There is no better feeling to be part of an organization that does so much for the horse community in VA and NC. Every horse United States Equine Rescue League has saved you can see it in their eyes just how thankful they truly are to receive regular veterinary care, farrier care, attention, feed, hay and water. Volunteers work hard not just on specific cases but also daily care for all the horses in their program. I have worked as a volunteer for many years helping with social media, networking, fostering, rehab and whatever else is needed. We are always looking for foster homes and all cost incurred for horse care is tax deductible since they are a 501c3. Contact United States Equine Rescue League at info@userl.org to volunteer, donate supplies, work on fundraising activities, help transport, help network or ask questions. Highly rewarding to be a part of such a wonderful organization that is trying to help as many horses as it can based on limited resources. Volunteer opportunities available in Hampton Roads VA and Northeast NC Thank you for everything USERL does for the horse community and the volunteers that make it work. Just a few pics of some of the horses before and afters.

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

Always looking for more volunteers to help with events, networking, fostering and daily duties of horse care.

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

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2016

 
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1 person found this review helpful

In the last 8 years we have fostered 2 horses thru US Equine Rescue League. The 27+ year old buckskin, quarter horse mare we kept and will have a forever home with us. The 2nd horse stayed with us until his perfect forever adopter was found. He now lives, shows and gives riding lessons in North Carolina. My husband and I continue to support US Equine Rescue League thru fundraising activities and transporting donate hay to the rehab barns. I have found the volunteers at USERL to be dedicated and absolutely have the best interests of the horses in their care. To quote Tom Seay from Best of America by Horseback "these folks are the real deal". Tom was the guest speaker at the latest fundraiser - a showing of the movie "Unbranded". Our next fundraiser is a golf tournament in September. The Richmond area USERL has rescued over 200 horses since its inception.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I've watched this organization save horses from the brink of death and send them on to wonderful homes!

 
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3 people found this review helpful

USERL is a large part of my life. I learned about it about 8 yrs ago and my roles have increased each year. I currently serve on the Board and direct NENC and VATW regions. This job is the hardest and most satisfying work I have ever done.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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2 people found this review helpful

We have been working with USERL horses for five years - we adopted 2 and are now currently fostering/training another. The dedicated volunteers of the USERL are amazing. The time they spend on rescuing and rehabilitating horses is extraordinary! Both of our adopted rescues have turned out to be amazing. Many people told me not to trust a rescue for my young daughter. After 5 years and 2 rescues, my daughter has learned so much, and the horses have learned so much from her. They trained each other and both of our rescues are now sound and stable horses - both love barrel racing and love being around other horses and people. They are great in the saddle and comfortable around most anything. I have been recommending to people that they check out the USERL first about adopting - before purchasing a horse - the USERL comes across so many good horses that just need some TLC and training. USERL horses need forever homes :)
Kimberly Blue
Pinebluff, NC

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I am a volunteer coordinator for the Central Peidmont Region of NC and I am always amazed by the committment and dedication of our volunteers. 100% of the money we raise goes directly toward helping our horses.

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

have more volunteers

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

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I first learned about USERL about a year ago. I had been looking for a group that I could help. I love horses and this was a great chance for me. This is a great group who loves horses and wants to give other people the chance to give a horse a forever home. I want to thank them for letting me be part of their group.

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

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have enjoyed my experience with the league. I learned alot about the care of horses, feeding and handling of horses. The barn days are well planned and organized.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Hard working organizers that care greatly for the horses and have a wealth of knowledge to share. Ms. Horky has alot of energy and works constantly on managing the barn, barndays and sharing league info.

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

More funding so that more horses can be cared for and served.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Handling the horses and knowing I was making a difference

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Committed, informed and hard working

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Hire some of the volunteers as FT employees to increase the number of horses rescued and inform the communites of the work by the league.

Ways to make it better...

More opportunies to help

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding and lack of public knowledge of the agency's session

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I learned about USERL about 3.5 yrs.ago from an active volunteer. She and I met on a whim and got to talking and she told me about the League. I offered her my contact info. and that I had a trailer I could offer for use and one thing led to another and here I am now. One thing about our volunteers is their dedication to the cause of helping horses in horrific conditions. If there is even the slightest chance of helping an equine have a better life, well that chance is taken. I have been thru the personal loss of a beloved recued equine and had tons of emotional support from the volunteers and I have been able to foster and adopt "and make a difference". If I could dedicate my time 100% to something it would be to the USERL.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally fostered, adopted, been on a pick-up for an owner surrender, worked booths, manage the WF Rehab Barn and am the Adoption Coordinator. I have seen the great and the not so great.

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

I would try and get the League more public. More people need to know about us and what we do, which might bring in more $'s, fosters and adopters.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

That I have helped contribute to saving the lives of several horses and in the process found myself.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Strong-willed and dedicated.

Ways to make it better...

I had more knowledge regarding the medical aspect.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Money, fosters and housing.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

 
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2 people found this review helpful

USERL has partnered with the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) in a number of horse neglect cases to ensure that abused horses are given a second chance at life and permanent, new homes where they can thrive. While ALDF is able to oversee the legal aspects of these tragic cases, USERL handles the hands-on rescue with compassion and professionalism. Here are some details about one current case in which USERL has gone to court, represented by ALDF attorneys, to rescue several severely neglected horses: http://www.aldf.org/article.php?id=1006.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the Animal Legal Defense Fund's professional collaboration with USERL in a number of lawsuits to save neglected horses.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

 
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