National Horse Organizations and Horse Adoption/Rescue Organizations by State
The following list may have some links that are no longer working. With the downturn in the economy many of these horse rescue organizations cannot keep up with the demand for help. I do my best to keep the list up dated, however, there will be some non-working links.
"There is pure air and fire; and the dull elements of earth and water never appear in him, but only in patient stillness while his rider mounts him: he is indeed a horse."
William Shakespeare. King Henry V.
"We built civilization with their strength
We fed ourselves with their labor
We fought wars from their powerful backs
Astride them still, we play and celebrate
And now, they need our help."
The following information is a compilation of organizations dealing with the adoption and rescue of horses in the United States. I cannot vouch for any of the these organizations, but rather, can only help provide a place to start if you are in need or want to volunteer in some way. The first letter of your state will determine which letter you click below. For example, Wisconsic begins with a "W" so you will click the "W." Then scroll down until you find your state under that letter and a listing of organizations that may be of help to you.
First I will list some National Organizations that may be of help to you, as well.
Alphabetical Listings of Organizations by State
This will be an on going list. Any suggestions that you may have, please e-mail me from my home page and I will add them to the list.
Some National Equine Organizations
Some of the listings on this page may have expired. I apologize for that. If you come across one, please e-mail me to let me know so that I can fix it. Thanks, Deb
The by-laws of organizations are quite different. Some organizations will permit out-of-state adoptions and some will not. Some will accept horses from out-of-state and some will not. When contacting a specific organization make sure to ask this question. Also, ask about requirements such as shots, trailering, etc.
Please note that not all of the US organizations or individuals are registered 501(3)(c) nonprofits. If they claim 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(3) pending and it is important to you, or you have doubts about the organization, you can check on their status using Guide Star Guide Star or IRS Non-Profit Search. IRS Non-Profit Search
There is an excellent article from the July 2000 issue of "The Horse" about how to select a rescue titled "Charity Begins with Homework." You do have to register with The Horse to access it. However, there is no cost to do so.
Attention! Because of the downturn in the economy, many of these sites and rescue organizations may no longer be available.
- Choctaw Ranch
"The Rickman family of Finley,Oklahoma have dedicated their lives to conservation of the Choctaw and Gilbert Jones strains of Colonial Spanish horses and they maintain the primary breeding herds. One of our goals at the Choctaw Ranch is to provide support to the Rickmans in this massive and important endeavor. This includes exhibitions of Colonial Spanish horses, an educational booth at fairs and expos, and providing materials to the media. These horses are not only of historical interest, but are genetically unique. If they disappear they will be gone forever. Most people are not even aware that this breed exist, much less how wonderful they are. Our focus is to help more people become involved with these delightful horses. We need you help."
- Falcon's Refugee for Wayward Horses, Inc. (Founded in Indiana in November of 2008 and relocated to Oklahoma)
- Mustang Arabian Rescue and Education Closed
- Horse Feathers Equine Rescue
For More Information:
Reducing 'Unwanted' Horse Numbers