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Apr 2, 2018

Gerda's Equine Rescue Makes Horses Smile . . .

All horses, even champions of the racetrack and the show ring, may only be one unlucky sale away from abuse, neglect and slaughter.

We make it our mission to protect America’s horses and make the horse’s unique ability to empower, teach and heal available to as many people as possible, especially people with special needs.

The EQUUS Foundation Guardians program ensures that equine charities seeking financial support from the EQUUS Foundation are fully transparent and accountable to the public and are operating at the highest standards of horse care.

We are pleased to recognize Gerda’s Equine Rescue Inc. as an EQUUS Foundation 2018 Guardian.

Gerda's Equine Rescue (GER) is a Vermont based 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to rescuing horses from the unthinkable fate of being slaughter bound for human consumption. Since its founding in 2005 GER has been able to able to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home over 1,000 horses! GER also offers volunteer opportunities to work with rescue horses and to learn through first hand interactions at the farm.

“GER is honored to have been accepted into the EQUUS Foundation’s Guardian Program! We value transparency and want to make sure that our donors know that we’re being good stewards of their donations. We’re excited to share our work with others and hope that our partnership with the EQUUS Foundation will lead to more horses being adopted!” said Gerda Silver, Founder and President of Gerda's Equine Rescue.

Only EQUUS Foundation Guardians are eligible to receive financial support from the EQUUS Foundation. Financial support is awarded based on the amount of funds raised by the EQUUS Foundation over the course of the year and the evaluation by the EQUUS Foundation of the needs of the organization, the merits of the organization's programs, services, and activities and the organization's operating budget. None of this would be possible without your continued support.

Jan 2, 2018

Relief for Equine Victims of California Fires

The EQUUS Foundation has developed one of the most comprehensive and impartial verification processes to inspire donor confidence in the charities selected to receive financial support each year.

While we are not set up for emergency relief funding, we felt strongly about making a difference for the equine victims of the horrific California wildfires that have been raging throughout Southern California since October 2017.

When our friends on social media asked what horse lovers could do to make a difference and how they could help, we did our research to discover what California organizations were on the ground helping horses. We set up a special fund to collect donations for equine victims of the California fires so that people who reached out to us could feel confident that 100% of the funds would go where it was most urgently needed.

While there are many deserving organizations, we selected the Humane Society of Ventura County to receive the funds as this organization has been at the forefront of the animal rescue efforts in this disaster. The Humane Society of Ventura County has received over $6,500 in donations from us so far.

“We are proud of our supporters across the country who love horses and want to be horse protectors, and who stepped up to make a difference -- we were touched by their outpouring of compassion and quick action for the equine California fire victims,” said Valerie Angeli, VP of Communications for the EQUUS Foundation. “When horse people team up to make a difference we are a powerful force!”

Lynn Coakley, Founder and President of the EQUUS Foundation added, “Our gratitude and respect goes out to the law enforcement, firefighters, animal control and the rescuers and responders who risk their lives to keep people and animals safe from harm in this ongoing crisis situation.”

Sep 25, 2017

Happy Endings for Adoptable Horses

Adoptable horses awaiting new careers got to shine on two glorious, consecutive days this summer at the 2017 Hampton Classic Horse Show! The Opening Ceremony at the Hampton Classic on Sunday, August 27th, featured our parade of the adoptable horses.

The horses were then showcased at a Meet & Mingle with Adoptable Horses presented by the EQUUS Foundation on Monday, August 28th, as part of the 7th Annual Hampton Classic Animal Adoption Day sponsored by world-class equestrian and our EQUUStar, Georgina Bloomberg, on Monday, August 28, 2017, and featured dogs, cats and horses in search of forever homes.

"All horses are champions to us," said Valerie Angeli, EQUUS Foundation VP Communications. "We are honored to help them find their way home to a new purpose and a new beginning."

A kiss sealed the deal for Mikey, adopted on the spot for her daughter by EQUUS Foundation EQUUStar and world class equestrian, Brianne Goutal Marteau. Now healthy and stunningly beautiful, Mikey was rescued at auction by 13 Hands Equine Rescue in an emaciated and neglected condition. 13 Hands Equine Rescue was one of the five featured equine charities that were invited to join the EQUUS Foundation with adoptable horses at the Hampton Classic event.

"Mickey Blue Eyes will now serve as an Ambassador for so many other beautiful horses like him who just need a chance," said Brianne.

All horses, even champions of the racetrack and the show ring, are only one unlucky sale away from abuse, neglect and being sold for slaughter.

100,000 of America's horses were transported over the border for slaughter last year. Most were young, healthy and had untapped potential. None deserved this inhumane end of life.

America's horses need homes where they can flourish as athletes, companions, teachers, and especially healers.

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