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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: "Helping Hearts Equine Rescue is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit animal welfare organization incorporated in the State of New Jersey. We are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of equines in need; assisting equines in situations of neglect, abuse or threat of slaughter located in, but not necessarily limited to Monmouth, Middlesex and Ocean Counties - in our home state of New Jersey. To educate the public regarding the standards of care required to maintain an equine as a riding partner and/or companion animal in a humane manner."

Programs: Our Goals: (1) Accept into our program equines in need who have been victims of abuse, neglect or abandonment; (2) Assist in the placement of equines under the care of private owners who can no longer maintain them; (3) Provide necessary management, veterinary and farrier care for those equines under our protection; (4) Rehabilitate and adopt out equines to suitable homes as sport-horse prospects; pleasure riding prospects or as retirement/companion animals; (5) Obtain sponsorships for those equines who maintain a permanent residency within the auspices of our organization; (6) To provide all animals under our care with a comfortable and dignified existence without pain or suffering. If and when physical and medical circumstances no longer allow that comfortable life; to let them go gently and kindly with a humane veterinary-assisted euthanasia.

Community Stories

200 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Nancy72

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping Hearts equine rescue has been a part of my life for many many years. Lisa Post gives 150% (and that’s putting it mildly) to each animal in her care. She has given these animals a wonderful second chance to live their lives and be respected, loved, and content. It doesn’t matter how old or young, if horses, mules, donkeys, minis, (this also includes goats, pigs, wounded birds, chickens, turkeys) are in desperate need of a home and a place to heal they find it here at HHER. And, for those that are not able to be adopted out for certain reasons; Lisa welcomes them to her beautiful and peaceful farm as their permanent and forever home. I have seen so much love, concern, and amazing volunteer teamwork in caring for the horses, mules, minis, and donkeys that call HHER home. Everyone here is always ready to do whatever it takes to help any animal in need. All animals receive the best veterinary care and diets based on their dietary and medical needs. Not only has Lisa made HHER into a safe haven for these precious animals, she is always ready to help others whether it be by giving advice or hands on assistance…it’s all for the animals and about making their lives better. We all work together and as a volunteer, I am so grateful to Lisa to allow me and the other volunteers to be a part of this rescue. It is very sad that the abuse and neglect of these magnificent creatures will continue to happen at the hands of people that possess no compassion or concern but who only see these animals as a commodity to be used and tossed aside when no longer needed. However, on a happy note there are people like Lisa and us as volunteers that give of ourselves to help those animals in need. Helping to give them the quality of life that they deserve. I am so proud of the work and labor of love that Lisa takes on because she cares that much. I highly recommend this rescue for the best possible care ever of a horse, mule, or donkey in need.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We first noticed Helping Hearts by driving by. I fell in love with a horse that was usually outside for us to see. I would later learn that his name is Bentley. He is a magnificent Clydesdale and happens to need a bit more TLC than your average person can handle. Lisa Post is the Superwoman of horse caretaking. She and the workers and volunteers at Helping Hearts go above and beyond to care for the animals that live there every day. We have since become one of Bentley's Benefactors sending funds to aid in his care on a monthly basis. We send extra funds for the other horses, and animals as well when we can. My daughter has also become a riding student of Lisa's which fosters her love of working with animals, especially horses. She hopes to volunteer there someday when she is old enough. The work being done here each day comes from a genuine place in the hearts of the people who work there.

4 Lisa466

Donor

Rating: 5

Helping Hearts Equine Rescue is not only a salvation for horses ..The meticulous care these beautiful neglected animals receive at Helping Hearts is above and beyond the norm. The attention and love given to these wonderful souls on a daily basis is tremendous....the transformation so heartfelt and inspiring.....just brings tears to your eyes. I am honored to contribute to this wonderful Rescue. God Bless....

1

Donor

Rating: 5

HHER is an amazing rescue, Ive been there a few different times and im in awe every time I go. Every soul matters, as it should be in life. The help they offer to save these lives is extraordinary. I tell everyone I know about them. Im glad that they were recognized for all that the y do

1 Kate34

Donor

Rating: 5

This wonderful Rescue has truly proven the test of time... Lisa caring ways ARE WAY beyond any average Non Profit Rescue. She cares about EVERY living creature. She never ceases to IMPRESS me and I am a hard case. HHER is billed as an equine rescue, but it is so much more.. She saves Rabbits and Goats and chickens and the smallest of things. Loving her wards, is her life. Day in and day out ...she tirelessly looks for GOOD homes to give her critters a second chance at a loving home and better life. This Rescue and Lisa...in one word: AMAZING!

2 Anne126

Client Served

Rating: 5

4 years ago after almost crossing the bridge myself I decided on finally rescuing my first ever horse. I found Helping Hearts Equine Rescue. The expertise, love, knowledge and care given by HHER to each and every rescue made it possible to adopt my very first horse at a very older age. Lisa at Helping Hearts made sure this boy was perfect for me. She has an innate sense of what horse would work with just the right person. She rides and trains each horse before she places them up for Adoption and has intimate knowledge of each horses capabilities. This lends itself to better outcomes and forever homes. Her famous line is we always take our rescues back should a change in home or health situation arise. She's always available for questions always directing you to the best possible vet, farrier supplement or feed! Anything there is to know about the care of equines from mins to Donkeys, zonkeys on up to drafts and senior horses she knows it and if for some reason she can't, she directs you to someone who can!! These last 4 years have been the best I can remember all because one person saw a need to stop horses from going to slaughter!! Lisa Post and Helping Hearts are the real Heros for everything they have accomplished in saving not only horses lives but my life as well!

Cindy129

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about Helping Hearts Equine Rescue through a friend's facebook. I kept reading about all the wonderful horses that were being taken in and cared for by this Lisa and her volunteers and I became a donor. This winter was particularly snowy, yet regardless of the unforgiving weather, the Helping Hearts Equine Rescue continued to generously provide care and shelter for horses in need. I am deeply touched by HHER's sincere dedication to the welfare of horses.

Donor

Rating: 5

Almost 3 years ago I adopted my mare from Lisa at HHER. Lisa is tirelessly dedicated to helping these horses find good homes, and I'm glad I passed muster! I continue to make yearly donations because I am positive my money will be put to work wisely.

Mickel M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Lisa and her crew are amazing people. I have donated to them when I can and they are always so Thankful. If I lived closer I would be there to volunteer. I have owned two horses in my life and worked for two farms. It is not easy work and Helping Hearts has to deal with not only the physical end of caring for horses, but the mental and emotional aspects. They are a wonderful rescue and I hope they continue the great work they do, I wish there was not a need for rescues but until then they are angels on Earth.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been following this rescue for a few years and they take wonderful care of the horses. It's great to see how quickly the horses blossom under their care.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have my own farm and am committed to my horses for life. They take a lot of time, energy, commitment and money. I have known about Lisa and Helping Hearts for about 7 years and have been contributing financially to help her rescue. I have very high standards for caring for my animals and I have seen Lisa demonstrate that same level of excellence with every horse she rescues. Most recently I adopted from Helping Hearts as a companion for my one horse. I am lucky every day to have added this wonderful horse and it breaks my heart to think about how many are not saved. Helping Hearts is a top notch rescue and every dollar goes to the horses!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Horses require so much time and money that even a small change in an owner's life circumstances - or the horse's health - can be disastrous to the horse. HHER does a great job in taking care and placing horses whose owners, for whatever reason, can no longer provide adequate care. If you have a horse and can afford contributing, consider contributing to a horse rescue; there may come e a time when you can no longer care for your horse and a horse rescue will be the only humane alternative.

June J.

Donor

Rating: 5

When consider in making donations to a charity HERR is my first choice. I know every dollar of my donations go directly to the care and upkeep of the horses but that is not the only reason I chose to support this organization. The love, compassion and diginity that is shown to these majestic creatures is amazing. If I was an animal I could only hope that I would land in the care of HERR. The love that is given to every animal and the love that is shown when one is lost has brought me to tears. If The world showed half of the compassion that is given to the horses to each other what a better would this would be

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered helping out on the farm. What I saw there was nothing but amazing treatment of all the animals. Proper conditions, including psychological conditions. Lisa's whole heart is in this place. The staff and all of the volunteers are amazing. It was definitely one of the best experiences of my life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping Hearts is a wonderful place that rescues horses that are abused and neglected. They take wonderful care of these animals and I am very proud to volunteer there. They truly love these animals and will do everything they can to save them. I have learned a lot of what goes into rescuing animals. It's a place I look forward to volunteering there.

Cathelene

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helping Hearts was the rescue that got me inovlved in horse rescue.. They go above and beyond to help their horses and they take horses others turn away.. the do there best to find good homes and when homes don't work out they take them back and start the process over.. They also do the most for their seniors that they can assuring them they will have a home until they cross the rainbow bridge.. I

DebinPA

Donor

Rating: 5

Helping Hearts is one of the rescues that I wish I lived close enough to to be a volunteer. I have total admiration for the work that Lisa does and fully support this rescue. They do rescue right!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helping Hearts Equine Rescue is life-changing for any horse fortunate enough to be saved by them. They have a healthy, safe, loving and happy future. Their lives are changed forever no longer having to endure abuse, starvation and cruelty. They learn how to be horses and not fear humans by the very professional, knowledgeable and extremely patient care given. Whether equine, animal or human (like me!) to be touched in some way by Helping Hearts Equine Rescue is to be lucky. :)

Jamie46

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helping Hearts was there for me when I had to relinquish my horse after I lost my job. My girl is older and I left her in the care of a "friend" when I moved cross country for a job. The volunteers at Helping Hearts went out to the farm to take pictures of Gracie and removed her when they found her to be in deplorable condition. She was nursed back to health over a period of time and is now available to go to a long term foster home.

I love how all of the horses have value even if they are way past their prime. I trust that the person that adopts Gracie will be adequately screened and will care for her until her last days. I love how 100% of the donations go directly to pay for the horses' care instead of paying for administrative fees. This is an EXCELLENT nonprofit and deserves to be noticed for its accomplishments!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watched Helping Hearts Equine Rescue and their response to the needs of horses in trouble, and I have been very impressed with their organization and willingness to step in to help unwanted horses. It is heartbreaking to see so many horses dumped at auctions whose only chance would be to be taken in by a rescue stable. Helping Hearts Equine Rescue is my choice!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been looking for an equine rescue to volunteer for and helping hearts equine rescue welcomed me on board. Lisa worked very hard to create a relaxing atmosphere and it has been just that . Everyone is very friendly and always willing to help. I come in and I know exactly what to do , all the volunteers work together it really is like a family. On top of all of that Lisa really does the impossible she takes the blind , the old , the scared, the green , the thin and after just a month or two these horses are blossoming. It is mission impossible and while the horses have been getting the confidence they need to gallop into someone's heart, helping hearts gave me confidence to be a better person. I have been able to gain more patience, have an open mind and finally find a place where no matter how hard life gets I know I can go there and none of those problems will matter because what I do and the time spent with these horses overpowers with positive energy and gives you the boost you need to keep your day going. And one day when I am ready to have my own horse I will not go anywhere but to Lisa to help me find my dream horse !

Client Served

Rating: 5

Where can I start? I had a major medical event 3 years ago which can get one to start putting their life into perspective. After a brief 5 mins I realized that my only dream, my only true love in my life was finding my forever horse. My husband found Helping Hearts for me. Lisa was most generous with her time and probably the most experieinced horsewoman I had ever met. She guided me with kid gloves into purchasing my first horse from auction as I had told her I wanted to save a horse from slaughter. He was a huge draft, approximately 15- 17 yrs old that was slated for slaughter. He was thin, had rain rot but there was something about his eyes that drew me right to him. Helping Hearts board members and Lisa were there every step of the way to assist me in my purchase and subsequent quarrantine time. It has been 2 years and he and I just completed our first dressage test. We recieved 2nd and 5th place . Not bad for a thrown away work horse! So far my health has improved the doctors say because of my riding and caring for my boy! I will be eternally grateful that there are rescues like Helping Hearts that places the horse first and foremost. For without them I would never know the joy of partnering with my boy! Thank you Lisa and HHER! You saved not only my boys life that day but mine!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am currently working with Helping Hearts to find my forever horse. I have some special requirements and that is being taken into account. i have been to their facility to meet some of their adoptables and I can tell how much dedication, love and committment HelpingHearts has towards their rescues. These horses have the love and expertise they need to reach their full potential. The facility itself is very expansive and there are loads of pastures with rich green grass to nosh on. Volunteers of all ages are around to brush them and generally give them the affection they deserve. I know that when I do find my horse that it will absolutely be the right one for me...! I would also like to mention that without the founder of Helping Hearts dedication, we would have lost many horses to slaughter.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been helping out and volunteering for helping hearts equine rescue for over the past year and it has been life changing for me and the horses , the owner of the farm Lisa always has an assignment for the volunteers that will help us get to know the horses as well as work with those in need to help rehabilitate them so that they can be adopted out . We are always doing fundraisers and other things to help keep the rescue running. All of our intakes come in horrible conditions and just weeks to months later they look stunning !!! I look forward to volunteering every Thursday and Saturday and as long as the rescue is there I will always do whatever I can to help out because I've never felt so rewarded as I do when I am there !! This truly is an amazing organization

Tina38

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have purchased many items from HHER and every transaction is quick, easy, and a pleasure. I also actively follow their announcements and have watched horses in their care arrive in deplorable conditions only to be fully rehabilitated and 150% better than they ever could have been. Lisa and her organization are top notch and I recommend them to everyone.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been watching this organization and they have been so helpful in saving so many horses before going to auction or getting slaughtered. They have made such a difference in New Jersey who by the way has the most horses in the country! KUDO TO LISA AND HHER

Katie52

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a pony from Helping Hearts 2 years ago, Oliver was everything I was looking for and I was almost in tears when I heard his story. He came emaciated and his teeth were horrible, Helping Hearts nursed him back to health and put him back on the road to trusting people again. If not for them, my Ollie, would certainly have died. I cannot rate them any higher and I would adopt again from them. The love and compassion they show is staggering, just wonderful, caring people.

Lynn34

Donor

Rating: 5

This rescue does an amazing job saving horses from the auction.They post horses that don't sell at the auction and network to find them homes.They provide vet care for rescued horses and try to rehome them.Great job on educating about horse slaughter.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a private rescuer and turn to HHER alot! They help me place, do courtesy listings, etc. I have seen the work that they do first hand for a few years now. They give these horses and other equine a chance at life. Even when the animal is not perfect, they help place them into the perfect home for their needs. However long it takes, they are committed to every equine that the take under their wing. KUDOS to HHER!

Donor

Rating: 5

Helping Hearts Rescue is the best! These noble and trusting animals need this rescue. Every rescue is given the same love and care as if it were their very own. I wish I could give it more than five stars. Please generously support HHER. The horse is the State Animal of New Jersey. Slaughter is not an option!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helping Hearts Equine Rescue is doing it right! Please support them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When reviewing this rescue for our organization to donate to - I was impressed with everything about it. Seems like people who are using their animal and internet skills to help these horses. The rescue founder has a tag line: Slaughter is NOT humane euthanasia. "The captive bolt is not a proper instrument for the slaughter of equids, these animals regain consciousness 30 seconds after being struck, they are fully aware they are being vivisected." -Dr. Lester Friedlander, DVM & former Chief USDA Inspector
SLAUGHTER of HORSES is NOT acceptable - - - click here: http://hher.webs.com/apps/blog/entries/show/848006-my-signature-tag-line-
I thnk this tagline more than anything got my attention on Helping Hearts Equine Rescue. GO HHER!

Donor

Rating: 5

I support this rescue because they are a relevant to my interest in healthy horses and cultivating good relationships between people and horses. They are dedicated to what they do, active in the horse world and responsible in their fundraising efforts. As a donor, I am CERTAIN that my contributions are being used in exactly the way they were intended. They give personal touch when expressing their gratitude and make me wish i lived closer to them so that i could become not only a donor, but a volunteer. Well worth supporting.

Pj S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got to know Helping Hearts Equine Rescue a few years ago through a Facebook group that helped save horses from the slaughter pipeline. Often they were one of the core rescues that would step up for those horses truely in need when all other hope seemed lost. Although I lived nearly an hour away, I went to visit the rescue and was so moved by the love and care, and beautiful environment that these horses were lucky to have found their way into. Each horse had its own story and its own plan for rehabilitation or retirement. A few months later I went back for a volunteer day and spent an afternoon cobwebbing the stalls of the horses in quarantine, and grooming a lovely older horse named Amber. I highly recommend this rescue to anyone who loves horses or really any animal (they have a whole managerie!). Your volunteer time would be welcome and your money would be carefully used.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Helping Hearts Equine Rescue (HHER) is doing a great job rescuing and placing horses.In my experience, not all rescues are created equal,so I wanted to see this facility and meet the management.HHER takes in abandoned and neglected horses and also rescues slaughter bound animals.They have also started and coordinated an internet movement that has pulled 600 plus horses from NJ feed lots in the past 6 months. They check references and horses are adopted out with a lifelong contract.Please support their efforts