Located on a beautiful 50-acre ranch just outside of Oklahoma City, Horse and Hound Rescue is home to many ex-racehorses and thoroughbreds. However, unlike most horse rescues, at Horse and Hound, you’ll also find a bunch of happy, tail-wagging dogs running around. Horse and Hound is a rescue organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and finds new homes for both horses and displaced or abandoned dogs.
Horse and Hound was formed by a group of caring animal lovers who saw the need for a rescue organization. They wanted to help in whatever way they could, so they started their rescue to take in unwanted equines and dogs so they wouldn’t suffer cruel deaths.
Nelda and Larry Kettles own the land where Horse and Hound Rescue is located. They’ve been breeding and raising thoroughbreds for over 30 years, and now, they donate all their time, their land and facilities, and even their home to rescuing the animals that they love.
Most of the horses at their facility come from the Oklahoma racetracks. A 2013 study said that Oklahoma is home to 14,000 race horses and 800 breeding horses. Sadly, many of the thoroughbreds that have finished their racing careers go to the kill lot. Horse and Hound helps horses that can’t race because of injury, age, or ability find new homes and live long, happy lives.
The staff and wonderful volunteers at Horse and Hound socialize, rehabilitate and ride the horses that come to their rescue. In a recent interview with Nelda, she said that they “let the horse tell us what he wants to do as his second career.” By working closely with the horse and listening to its specific needs, they can then determine what will be the best career for the horse. Depending on what the horse wants, it can be trained in jumping, eventing, western disciplines, or just becoming a good trail horse.
The ultimate goal is to find loving permanent homes for these horses and dogs. Nelda said that “we do not offer finished horses, just fantastic prospects for whatever the adopter wants.” Through a detailed adoption process, Horse and Hound helps potential adopters find the horse or dog that is perfect for them. They have made many wonderful matches, and stayed true to their motto – “helping you find your next family member.”
One of their recently adopted horses is Strong Stand Stanley. He recently started on the local show circuit and Stanley and his partner, Kay, are doing very well. Nelda says “we are so proud of these two and can’t wait to see where they take each other!” Another successful adoption was Happy Camper. He was adopted by a young woman named Hannah. This fall, they will both be heading off to college together.
Success stories like these wouldn’t be possible without the wonderful volunteers at Horse and Hound. Nelda said they are “always looking for volunteers to help with transporting animals, grooming, riding, maintenance, socializing dogs and horses and any of the other never-ending needs.” To learn more about Horse and Hound or start volunteering, check out the information below.
Horse and Hound Rescue
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