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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

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.