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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Services, Animals

Mission: The United States Equine Rescue League (USERL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the compassionate care of equines.  Our mission is to save, protect, and rehabilitate equines in need.  We rescue abused, neglected, or abandoned equines; provide them with care and rehabilitation; and finally find them a compatible, loving home.  We believe that education is the long-term solution to improving the lives of equines.

Target demographics: Neglected/abused/abandoned horses, mules and donkeys. USERL assists counties with equine cases, providing housing, nutritional and medical care (and training when needed) with a final goal of finding a new loving adoptive home.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100 horses averaged per year.

Geographic areas served: North Carolina and Virginia.

Programs: Horse Program, Volunteer Program, Foster Program and Adoption Program, Education Program.

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USERL has partnered with the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) in a number of horse neglect cases to ensure that abused horses are given a second chance at life and permanent, new homes where they can thrive. While ALDF is able to oversee the legal aspects of these tragic cases, USERL handles the hands-on rescue with compassion and professionalism. Here are some details about one current case in which USERL has gone to court, represented by ALDF attorneys, to rescue several severely neglected horses: http://www.aldf.org/article.php?id=1006.