I am not only a client served, having adopted a belgian/qh PMU foal in 2002 (I think, may have been 2003) from ERR, I'm also a professional in the "field"- that of animal rescue/advocacy/fostering. I met the folks at ERR through the director of the sanctuary I am involved with (I was on the board at the time, I now am a foster for the sanctuary's pot bellied pigs that need a place to come to after medical issues). I had just lost (to cancer) our one horse- a rescue/abuse case- and the director of our sanctuary knew I was looking for another horse. My experience adopting Beemer was incredible. From a professional point of view, I was asked all the "right" questions (and they were followed up on)- such as: experience, facilities, veterinarian, references, and support for those things I was not familiar with (I'd never dealt with a foal before, so that was a very legitimate concern). The folks at ERR walked me through how to get vet checks done long distance, and made themselves available for the vet check (the foal was in New Jersey, so this was a considerable distance for them to travel). They helped me arrange transportation, were on site when the transportation arrived, and kept in touch with me once Beemer got here, to make sure everything was ok. I do not believe ERR usually does long distance adoptions, but this was a unique situation on many levels. I have kept in touch with ERR over the years- not only to give updates on Beemer, but also because ERR is very active in education, advocacy, and is an excellent example of a rescue well run. While my "rescue" work is with a different species, I continue to learn new things from the expertise of ERR. I am also highly impressed with how ERR does outreach, educates the community and the politicians with out being confrontational. Colleen and her staff, have done a lot to help ALL animals, to help people involved with animals, and to better our society.
At the close of this year – 2012 – I would like to take this opportunity to whole heartedly thank Equine Rescue Resource, Inc. for the work they have done and continue to do in the community they serve. My relationship with them began in 2005 when I adopted TB mare, Widget. Since this adoption, Colleen and the Board have made routine visits not only to check in on how I was handling a yearling, but to provide support for Widget’s care and training. Widget is now 7 coming 8 and is an accomplished hunter jumper show horse. She has helped many adolescents and adults rekindle their love for riding and horsemanship.
In July, of this year, I started a local ministry in which I am working with families and children who do not necessarily have the funds to own a horse, but have a passion and desire to be around them. ERR has once again provided support and guidance in this new venture. I have fond Colleen’s advice and wisdom priceless, as she genuinely shares the “hard facts” about owning and running an equine operation. Through word of mouth advertising, our school has grown in size, and we recently entered into a legal agreement to foster 1 pony mare, providing an opportunity for other local 4-H kids to have a venue to continue their riding through the winter months. I am more than happy to provide a copy of our agreement, as well as accurate medical and exercise records for this pony for anyone who may question the integrity of this non-profit organization.
I and my ministry wholeheartedly support the efforts of Equine Rescue Resource, Inc. and am looking forward to a long lasting relationship with them. After all, “The righteous man cares for the needs of his animals, “ (Proverbs 12:10a).
God Bless ERR! J. Grant , PMP, BS Equine Studies – President Cross Rails, Inc.