United States Equine Rescue League, Inc.

The United States Equine Rescue League, Inc. (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.

United States Equine Rescue League, Inc.
9660 Falls of Neuse Road
Suite 138 Box 300
Raleigh, NC 27615
United States
800-650-8549
http://www.userl.org

Executive Director

Jennifer Hack

Management Team

Jennifer Hack

Board of Directors

Jennifer Malpass, Jennifer Hack, Lisa Godwin, Amy Woodard, Bruce Wagman

Mission

The United States Equine Rescue League, Inc. (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.

Programs

Education Program: a. General Public USERL speaks at horse association meetings, 4H groups, etc. to spread awareness of the plight of the neglected/abused horse. In addition, USERL staffs display booths at large and small equine events to educate attendees at horse shows, seminars and other events. b. Horse Owners USERL's trained Field Investigators handle neglect/abuse reports that either come directly from our website or from county law enforcement officials. Investigators assess the health of the horses, donkeys or mules and educate the owners on basic, proper horse care. Currently, USERL Investigators have a 90% success rate in educating the horse owner so that they can continue ownership of the horses responsibly. c. Law Enforcement and Animal Control: USERL Investigators are highly respected in the law enforcement community of North Carolina and Virginia. Top Field Investigators instruct a USERL Equine Cruelty Investigator Course in North Carolina (annually) and in Virginia (every other year) to both civilians and law enforcement. The course's main focus is to provide instruction on how to recognize horse neglect/abuse, how to educate about horse care and how to use proper investigation techniques. Horse Rehabilitation Program:USERL accepts horses into the program from investigations of equine neglect/abuse. The horses are quarantined, evaluated by a veterinarian and put on a program for vaccinations, deworming, appropriate nutrition for weight gain and farrier care. Any illness/injury upon entering the program is addressed by licensed veterinarians. After quarantine, horses are matched with approved foster farms to continue their rehabilitation. Once rehabilitation and/or court litigation is complete, horses are evaluated for training and put up for adoption into pre-screened homes. USERL received in our 1000th horse into the program this past January 2010. The Horse Rehabilitation Program is the biggest expense for USERL. Average costs to rehabilitate one malnourished horse is $2,000 which covers routine veterinary care, feed, hay, bedding and farrier care. This average does not include veterinary care for illness or injury, which many have upon entering USERL's program. Foster Program: USERL is unique in that it exclusively uses a network of foster farms to house and rehabilitate horses in the program. This allows for the most efficient use of donated funds to go directly to the horses. Foster farms are pre-screened and must pass inspections to ensure the safety and care of the horses. Horses are matched to fosters according to their needs and the experience of the foster. USERL has 500+ foster farms across North Carolina and Virginia. Adoption Program: Potential adopters are also pre-screened and must pass a farm inspection and allow annual checks on the horses. Adoption fees vary from "donation appreciated" to $1,000 (high range is rare; common adoption fee is $300-600), depending on the the horses' training and handling abilities. Ownership of the horses remains with USERL to ensure a life-long commitment to the horse. In the event that the adopter can no longer care for the horse, it is returned to USERL and re-adopted into a suitable home. Hundreds of horses have been successfully adopted into new, loving homes. Volunteer Program: Volunteers are the core of USERL. They give their time and talent by fostering, training horses, staffing fundraising events or education booths, caring for horses at quarantine foster facilities and more. Currently, USERL has 2000+ volunteers.

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Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2008: $200,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $200,000
  • Other funding sources: Less than 30% of income is through small grants
  • Religious Affiliation: none