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New England Equine Rescue - North, Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: NEER North is dedicated to saving horses from abuse, neglect, and at risk for slaughter. NEER North helps horses and horse owners in crisis. Horses are rescued, rehabilitated. and re-homed with approved new owners.

Target demographics: Equines and their owners in need

Direct beneficiaries per year: place 15 equines in need and assist 5 families in crisis

Geographic areas served: New England horse owners and rescues

Programs: Emergency Feed Fund Free advertising for horses in need of new homes networking with National contacts and rescues.

Community Stories

109 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i volunteer at new england equine rescue on friday and sunday. if i wasn't a nurse, i'd be there everyday.,and i own it all to mary martin for giving me the opportunity for more exposure with the animals that i love. her dedication to these horses truly show how special she is, and how special this place is. mary and the rest of the volunteers, kelly, lynn, john, amy, nikki, have taught me so much as i prepare for my own horse one day. there is no better feeling than walking in that barn in the morning and seeing these beautiful faces greeting you from the stalls., and lastly, receiving kisses from my boyfriend BOO! mary, many thanks-karen

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Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter has been volunteering at Neer North for almost two years now. She is hoping to major in animal sciences when she goes to college and her experience at Neer North have been invaluable. I can't think of a more wonderful role model for my daughter than Mary, who has put her heart and soul into this organization. The animals that find their way into her care are truly lucky!

Board Member

Rating: 5

NEERNorth, based in bucolic West Newbury Massachusetts is focused on the growing need of equine rescue and owner support. The founder Mary Martin and her band of volunteers do amazing work, rehabilitating horses, ponies, and Donnie's in need on a limited budget. Please help us help these horses in need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Mary when I was in need of a companion for my miniature horse. Mary is an inspiration to me. Her rescue is a wonderful addition to the Northern Essex County communities. The rescue helps horses and horse owners in need; offering many solutions not limiting solutions to re-homing of equines, when often someone is just having a rough patch and needs a helping hand. The rescue provides opportunities to volunteer and offers a children's program. The way the rescue keeps in touch with fosters and adoptees and checks on the animals is why I picked 5 stars- "far exceeds). Mary makes me proud to say I live in West Newbury where NEER-North is located...and she let me foster the coolest singing donkey ever- Buckwheat!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am part of this board because I absotely believe in this organization's mission and I have never seen someone stretch a penny like Mary. Her tireless efforts help so many - the person in need ofa safe home for their surrendered horse or donkey, the animal itself, the fosters and volunteers who get to help, and ultimately the adopter of the newly rehabilitated animal. Bravo!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NEER North is a great place to volunteer, even if you don't have horse experience there are many ways to help: office work, organizing and helping with fundraisers, grant writing, collecting donations. I have seen NEER North take a horse that someone has given up on, and turn it into a healthy, loved animal that has been successfully adopted by a loving home.

Saori T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My children and I has been to NEER-North several times. You can tell Mary and her staff are passionate about taking care of horses. They are extremely caring and knowledgeable:) We are truely impressed with their work:) Those animal brought to NEER-North are so lucky! Whatever happened to them, Mary and staff are going to find them good home!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NEER North has an emergency feed fund to help horse owners who are struggling to feed their animals. They also network across the country and work with other rescue organizations to help as many equines as possible. Thank you for all you do Mary Martin and all the volunteers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization ....helped me through the adoption process and went above and beyond! Can't say enough! Thanks Mary!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

following the facebook stories and being an avid horse person all my life Kudos to NEER for doing a wonderful job Thank God for people who Care! Keep up the Awesome Work!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing rescue who not only looks out for the animals, it takes care of the people involved! We love their honesty, compassion and enthusiasm! We rescued a pony from them last year who has been an amazing addition to our family! They were very clear about what to expect from the pony and what she needs. We need more people like those who staff NEERNorth in this world!

Mary106

Donor

Rating: 5

Several years ago I had never heard of horse rescue groups. Then I met an amazing woman, who with a staff of volunteers, created NEER North, a horse rescue facility. I went there and was impressed with all that they did there on a shoestring budget.
Not only did they take in as many horses, donkeys and mules as they could handle, but they also supplied hay and grain to owners who were struggling to keep their horses.

The amazing woman was Mary Martin, founder of NEER NORTH. I believe this wonderful woman, her volunteers and their rescue organization deserves to be recognized for the hard work they do. These people give their hearts and souls to the animals they help.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Mary Martin and Caroline Matteson are two of the most dedicated, caring people I have ever had the privilege to know. The work they do at NEER North is amazing. The difference they make in the lives of the horses they rescue cannot be measured. They work tirelessly to help as many horses and donkeys as humanly possible. Without places like NEER, many more horses would be suffering. We need to give them as much support as we can.

Susan201

Donor

Rating: 5

NEER North is run by very loving and caring staff, takes excellent care of the horses and does a great deal to help horse owners. I was an original board member of New England Equine Rescues, so I've seen what Mary and her staff have done to start and grow NEER North. I love seeing the "Where's Boo" pictures, as well as information on all of the events to help raise funds and awareness. A great rescue, and a great resource.

1 Susan120

Donor

Rating: 5

NEER North is a great rescue staffed by wonderful, caring people. I have visited the farm, met the staff and volunteers and the animals. It is a special place, and I am proud to be able to help them in their work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

NEER North is a wonderful rescue. As an equine artist with a great interest in using my art to help horses, I am honored to help Mary. I have visited the rescue, done fundraisers with Mary, and seen her and her volunteers work miracles to help their animals. I have the highest regard for what she is doing and accomplishing.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Not only does NEER North help equines in crisis, they also have an emergency feed fund to help horse owners who are struggling to hang on to their animals or needing time and some help while trying to place them .NEER North networks across the country and works with other rescue organizations to help as many equines as possible. NEER North is an all volunteer organization so your dollars go where you want them to - to help the equine community.

maryd m

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am very proud of NEER North and all that this rescue does to help horses and horse owners in need. They offer many free ways to help and also maintain a feed fund to help struggling owners get through rough patches. Along with free website ads for horse owners trying to place their horses. NEER North has a great network to help with shipping, reference checking, and so much more. Community oriented too!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have participated in programs offered @ NEER North and visited many times. Here is a well-run, bona fide horse rescue. Thank you to all for your great work.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have visited NEER North on several occasions and found it to be a very happy place indeed - for horses and humans (and dogs, cats etc. LOL) Mary has always been very welcoming and willing to help out another rescue with advice or an extra blanket. NEER's free grain and hay program for those in need speaks of this groups generous and creative programs to help all horses - not just the ones in their own loving care. I hope to go back and visit there very soon:)!!

Donor

Rating: 5

NEER North is a wonderful organization that puts so much time and energy into their rescue efforts. Not only do they take great care of their rescues, but work hard to fundraise and reach out to the community to educate people about horse neglect and abuse. Keep up the good work

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the immense pleasure of working with NEER North for several years now, in the capacity of four-time foster mom, donor, and most recently, as the ecstatic adoptive mom of Shay pony. As owner of a large equine facility, I am fortunate to be able to choose from many organizations to partner with, but there are none better for rescue work than Mary, Caroline and staff at NEER North. Not only is their work in rescue and rehab superb, but they are also superior in finding the right homes for animals in their care. The time and effort they take to make sure the adoptions are sucessful and correctly matched, is an integral part of their rescue equation. There is just not enough room to write all the kudos I'd like to give this group! Keep up the great work and THANK YOU for allowing me to share in your wonderful organization!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NEER North has helped our mini horse rescue group find homes and has helped house them when we had no fosters available. Mary had the vet and farrier there before I had a chance to call them myself...she runs a great rescue and should be commended for her vigilance in caring for and finding homes for horses who are no longer able to be cared for by owners who find themselves in a bind in this economy. Hats off to Mary and her gang. Would recommend them highly.

Kathryn23

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have the utmost confidence in NEER North and Mary Martin -- in regard to horse welfare. I've known Mary since ~2008 and her commitments to daily horse welfare and also to legislative efforts to prohibit horse slaughter for human consumption are true and strong. Mary succeeds in these two essential 'worlds' of horse welfare, where many struggle to succeed in one.
Thru it all, the horses come first. Maybe it's magic, but Mary makes it look easy. It’s wonderful to know that horses have an angel in Mary. Thanks, Mary!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NEER North is a wonderful organization with very committed and dedicated volunteers. Mary and Caroline do an amazing job, they make running this rescue look easy. This rescue is a labor of love for both women as well as all the wonderful volunteers that clean and care for the horses in their care. 100% volunteer, their tireless efforts are rewarded when an equine thrives and moves on to a loving adoptive home. This rescue deserves the support of everyone in the equine community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

New England Equine Rescue-North Inc. (NEER) is a fabulous organization that is addressing a serious issue on the North Shore. A typical horse has a life-span of more than 20 years and will have several owners over the course of her life. While most will find owners who love and cherish them, some will fall victim to abuse, neglect, or even death at a slaughter plant. NEER takes in homeless horses and finds them loving homes. They also speak out against cruelty to horses including horse slaughter and offer regularly their expertise to prevent cruelty before it happens. We are very fortunate to have such a compassionate, effective organization working to protect horses on the North Shore!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

NEER North is by far the most outstanding nonprofit I've ever had the privilege to work with. They are the most caring and dedicated group of people I know. Their assistance goes beyond the norm and have helped me in many, many situations. They were instrumental in helping me with an equine abuse case in the courts, and then with three other rescues I have done. I could not have done them without their help and they have continued to "keep on giving". They are tireless and so dedicated I get tired just watching them. Godspeed to them and their work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If you looked up the word volunteer in the dictionary it would read: A person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task. A person who works without being paid. I have been to the "barn" at NEER and am amazed at the amount of work it takes to keep it running smoothly and efficiently. Caroline Matterson should be commended for her tireless fundraising, promotional expertise, website work and organizational skills. She inspires me to do more in my life.

1 Kathryn C.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to NEER North both monetarily and with goods - hay, shavings, grain, blankets, donations to their tack sale. Mary Martin stretches a dollar like no one else. I know the animals lucky enough to be saved by her are in the best care and that she and the volunteers will find them the most suitable, forever homes. I have brought my 2 and 3 year old children to the farm to see the animals and they had a great time. I want to foster an awareness of the need for a rescue like this for future generations. When I have more time, I may open my personal barn to fostering.

1 Mary99

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been working with Neer North for several years. Mary Martin has always been helpful and generous. I move some of their animals for them, and have always been impressed with their kindness. The animals are always considered first. I would recommend checking them out if you are looking to adopt an animal.

2 Marilyn15

Client Served

Rating: 5

NEER is a wonderful resource for hard-to-place horses, ponies and donkeys. Mary Martin, Caroline Matterson and their crew of loyal volunteers work tirelessly caring for the animals, fundraising, and helping the cause of equine rescue locally and throughout the area. We adopted a pony from NEER, and the experience could not have been better. My daughter would rather be at NEER volunteering, which she still does frequently, than any where else on Earth. NEER is run in a very professional manner, and is an excellent resource for horse rescue.

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Donor

Rating: 5

What can you say about an organization that is operated strictly by dedicated volunteers and runs like a well oiled machine? What about an organization where everyone leaves their egos outside the barn doors and enters with an open heart and kind soul? NEER North should be the model of how a non-profit should be run. I am so impressed by what they do!

1 Lisa128

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been working with Mary from NEER North since before they were their own nonprofit. She is open and transparent to those who support NEER North. She is honest and trust-worthy and truly devoted to the animals. She wants to make a difference in her community and therefore acts to support and help those equines in need in her somewhat local area. She reaches out to other rescues and shares what she has. She believes in cooperation to help as many equines as possible. She feels that every equine has a loving home out there, some just take longer to find.