Mission: H.O.R.S.E. was founded in 1996 by Mike and Chris Dodge who saw a need to rescue horses that were deemed useless and were doomed to end up in the slaughter house to become meat for the dinner tables of Europe, Japan and Mexico. Many were abandoned at boarding stables, their owners no longer able to pay for their care. Many were abused by their owners. Since the inception of the rescue over 400 equines have been saved and placed in loving adoptive homes or sanctuary to live out their lives. In 1998, horses were introduced to inmates of Los Angeles Juvenile Hall in the hope of steering these children away from the gang life style. The rescue is also becoming involved with different scouting groups so that the scouts may earn their Horsemanship merit badges.
Programs: H.O.R.S.E. Rescue obtains information on horses in need by contacting known boarding stables, by advertising in local newspapers, attending livestock auctions and disseminates this information via two horse rescue mailing lists on the Internet and our World Wide Web site. H.O.R.S.E. Rescue has many contacts in the horse industry and uses these contacts to pass information to those individuals or groups in the hopes of placing horses doomed to a miserable existence or death.
I started Volunteering at H.O.R.S.E Rescue and Sanctuary in 2003 and from Day One, I absolutely feel in love. Chris and Mike are the most amazing people I know. They show so much compassion for any and all animals that come through. The facility may not be the best one in NY, nor the worst. But the care the animals receive is like each animal is their own, and not up for adoption. Even though I moved to a new state I still support H.O.R.S.E When I can.
I have worked with H.O.R.S.E. since its inception in 1996. H.O.R.S.E. has saved and placed almost 500 horses over this time. With the help of daily volunteers the horses are individually cared for according to their specific needs. While the facility is not "pretty", it is functional. Horses who are able to rehabilitated and/or retrained are placed in forever homes with follow ups to monitor their care. Those who cannot be placed remain in Sanctuary until their time to pass. H.O.R.S.E. is also very active with local 4-H and Scout Troops as well as working with kids at risk and the disabled, hoping to give back to the community that supports it.