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Mission: The Illinois Horse Rescue of Will County was founded to provide shelter and care for mistreated or abandoned horses and other animals. We provide shelter, food, and veterinary services for these animals until a suitable home can be found. As secondary services, we provide educational and therapeutic programs to local schools and charities with and about these animals.

Results: We rescued over 300 animals in 2012 alone, and that was using one truck and trailer. We work with youth and people with special needs from Tinley Park High School, Cornerstone in Joliet, and several other local area school and homes for people with special needs. The results of these programs are evident in the improved behavior and confidence of the participants. Learn more on our website.

Geographic areas served: Northern Illinois,Parts of Central Illinois, North Eastern Indiana, Parts of Wisconsin

Programs: Our Community Outreach programs help people with disabilities, US Veterans, and youth at risk from local high schools.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Harleigh P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As International Junior Miss Illinois Teen and a former USA National Miss Illinois Teen, I work with a lot of organizations. Illinois Horse Rescue of Will County is by far one of my favorites! They are sweet, accommodating, and truly love the animals they rescue, even my dog. 2 of our dogs had started fighting and we were running out of options. Tony immediately jumped at the chance to add Moose to their rescue. They send me regular updates and I know how amazing of a life he has there. Thank you again Illinois Horse Rescue of Will County for being so amazing to work with.

Danielle J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Illinois horse rescue of will county is a wonderful place run by wonderful people. We were lucliy enough to get a small pet for my children while we were there ! We love all the hard work and effort they take into caring for these animals. May God bless you all for the amazing work you are doing.

Susan R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This Boy means everything to me! He is a rescue from Will County. We just rode with "The Buck" this past August. Mit is my buddy and partner. Thank you for Rescuing Mit so he then could rescue me!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed IL Horse Rescue for many years. I first became aware of them when it was a hot,dry summer and they were running out of hay for their rescues. So I sent them a check and got the nicest thank you letter from Gina. Since then, I have seen how hard they work for animals and the wonderful things they do in the community. I have the greatest admiration for IL Horse Rescue of Will County and will continue to support them. Ann Berg

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at the Illinois Horse Rescue of Will County. I was never around large animals such as horses before and only ever saw them from the distance of the highway. Since I plan on going into the veterinary profession, I knew I needed to gain some experience to become more comfortable with them and looked online at various places nearby. There were plenty of places to volunteer at but I ended up only calling this one. Wednesdays have turned out to be my favorite day of the week. I always look forward to getting up and riding out there to visit with the animals and the other volunteers. The facility is great and very well kept, the horses, sheep, goats and other animals here are very well taken care of. I am always amazed to see how a new rescue is when they arrive to how they transform from the time and effort that the owners and volunteers put into their well being. This place is truly awesome and I love being apart of it in any capacity. And for myself, I have learned a lot from just being present, watching, listening to the language, and I have become very comfortable with the horses and other large animals. I definitely think my time spent here will benefit myself and I hope it benefits the animals too.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at this rescue, and it's a great place to be, human or animal :) They truly care about their charges, and do the best they can to take care of them. I had wanted to volunteer with animals, and when I contacted them to see if I could help, they were very open and welcoming, willing to have people of any experience level help out, and help educate those with less experience.

Colleen72

Client Served

Rating: 5

Illinois horse rescue is an amazing organization who truly cares about the animals they rescue as well as the people who volunteer there! They rescue horses and all other types of animals. Any animal in need receives love and care. An amazing place!

Mary461

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love these people, you must go to an event they have. My son is 16 and volunteers there and he loves helping in any task he is asked to do. They are very loving selfless people to take in these abused horses and make them healthy. And they also rescue more than just horses. Jessica who does so much has such a passion for all of these animals.
I donate when I can, and I will start volunteering very soon.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Illinois Horse Rescue of Will County is an outstanding rescue. They rescue many different kinds of animals. My family has visited the rescue on several occasions and we have always felt welcome. The animals are well taken care of. The owners go above and beyond to rescue these animals and restore them to health. If you are looking for a place to donate your time or money to, I highly recommend this rescue.

Kelly218

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truly an amazing rescue run by equally amazing people. They help so much more than just horses. We took riding lessons from them and got the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful volunteers and an array of animals that needed help. They go above and beyond to catch animals in need in all different conditions. They have various youth groups come and volunteer to teach them not just about animals but how to do hard work and how rewarding things can be. The animals were always treated well and conditions are always top notch. I recommend them to anyone I can. They deserve so much praise for all they do.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

At 55 years old I wanted to learn how to ride because I've always had a love for horses. But then riding wasn't enough, so I called up Will County Illinois horse rescue and talked to Jessica who helped match me up with my wonderful horse Ashland! She was an older horse so she was very patient with me and my newbie skills. I've had Ashland for three years now and enjoy every minute that I get to spend with her! Thank you Illinois horse rescue for the wonderful job that you do caring for those horses and all the other animals that you take in as well!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is amazing! I'm in social work and I take my clients to volunteer there on a regular basis. Not only do they take exceptional care of all their animals (more than just horse), they also have great volunteers. Never once were my clients judged for their disabilities and volunteers taught them skills on how to care properly for animals!

Carol240

Donor

Rating: 5

Horse rescue is misleading. This organization rescues so many more than horses. I have seen cows, sheep, turkeys, ferrets, cats and more. And all of their rescues not only receive exceptional n knowledgeable care but lots of love and attention. Lots of sleepless nights spent in the barn while nursing n caring for a sick or injured animal; baby goats n newborn minis brought in the house when it's too cold outside. Tireless, loving, caring hours given to the rescues by the owners n their awesome volunteers. I love this place.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I grew up around horses for most of my life and was looking for a rescue to volunteer my time to and Illinois Horse Rescue of Will County was the perfect place. The family that owns and runs the barn is very kind and knowledgeable. They put their heart and soul into caring for all the animals that come through the rescue. They are also more than happy to teach anyone willing to learn more about caring for horses and any other animals that they have. I love volunteering there and contributing to making the rescued animals' lives better.

Jessica296

Board Member

Rating: 5

Illinois Horse Rescue of Will County is like no other rescue I have ever seen. They rescue all different kind of animals, not just horses. But the care of the animals is second nature to everyone at the facility the real difference is all their outreach for people they offer! They have school, group homes, and veterans come to their facility to get hands on with farm animals. They get to learn the care behind each animal and get to spend some quality time with an animal as well. They learn great team building exercises, patience, accomplished and many other great qualities. Great NON PROFIT!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have gone multiple times to this rescue with a friend to help feed the horses. It is a very well run place that does great things for all animals. You can tell that everybody who works there deeply cares about there work.

Joan81

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A friend invited me to attend Illinois Horse Rescue of Will County’s annual fundraiser two years ago and I decided to come back to volunteer. Everyone there has a true love of the horses and other animals. It is always a good feeling to know you’ve helped an animal in some small way. I have learned a lot working with the family who runs the rescue, other volunteers, and the groups who come out to help as well. Great to know the Rescue always follows up after an adoption to answer questions and ensure all is well. Definitely a collaborative dedicated group of people and rewarding experience!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always had an interest in horses, but never owned one of my own and it had been years since I had been around them. On my first day at Illinois Horse Rescue, the other new volunteers and I were given a tour of the barn by the barn manager, who was able to answer all of our many questions. We were all taught how to care for the animals and explained how what we were doing was helping the animals. It was interesting to learn how helping out for only a few hours in a day made such an impact to both the animals and the mission of the rescue! The volunteers who have been there for a while are all very knowledgeable and willing to help with anything you don't understand. The family that runs the rescue is also very knowledgeable, encouraging, and appreciative of the help and effort you put forward. I would encourage anyone, regardless of experience, to donate some time and/or funding to Illinois Horse Rescue and their wonderful cause.

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fatinaos 02/27/2013

Thanks, Deuce, for the great comments about our Volunteer Program! Without the help of our dedicated volunteers, we couldn't continue to do our work in rescuing and rehabilitating these homeless horses.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm well experienced in the field of horses, due to the fact, I own a barn and train horses for a living. I went to the rescue to see what they were all about and maybe donate my time training their horses. When I arrived at the barn there was quite a lot of people volunteering their time there. You know some of the barns you go to and people will walk right by you with out saying a thing? It is NOT like that at Illinois Horse Rescue! Someone was coming up to say Hello to me before I even got out of my truck! She showed me around their barn and intruding me to there big family (that was not just Horses!) You could tell she was very knowledgeable with every critter in her care. All the volunteers looked so happy to be helping at the rescue. The few I had the opportunity to talk with said that, “The air there felt so welcoming and rewarding. The people there were always willing to teach them about what it takes to care for these animals.”
The barn was very clean! I think it is one of the cleanest barns I have been too! All the critters were well cared after. I would recommend anyone to help at this rescue and would love to see more experienced horse lovers donate a little of there time to them. That was the only thing that DID upset me; that all the volunteers there knew nothing about horses. They just wanted to help and learn along they way! There was a only a couple of people there that knew anything I was talking about and had ever trained a horse before! How can you call your self a horse lover if you are not willing to donate a couple hours even once a month to help the horses?! The girl who walked me around and all the volunteers there are who I would consider TRUE HORSE LOVERS!!!

If you don’t believe me then go look for your self!

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fatinaos 02/27/2013

rideitout7, we at Illinois Horse Rescue of Will County truly care about our horses, and we always welcome the help of anyone who feels the same. We are especially grateful to have an expert like you lend their experienced hand in our efforts to care for so many mistreated and abandoned horses. Thank you.

2 Melissa123

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first began volunteering for Illinois Horse Rescue I was immediately amazed by all of the things they did for many different types of animals, not just horses. They take in any animal that needs help. After working with horses for many years, I’ve learned that many horse barns have a cliquey environment and are not always relaxing and welcoming, but Illinois Horse Rescue is not that way. I felt very welcome from the moment I stepped onto the property, welcomed by both the animals and the people. There are many different activities that can be done, so there is something for everyone to do, regardless of age, skill level, or passions. I spend as much time as I can there, and I would recommend it to anyone who needs a place to come spend time, relax, or heal. You can help the animals, and the animals will help you.