Humanity for Horses sanctuary occupies 151 acres in northern California. Every day our animals wake up to beautiful vistas of Mount Shasta and wide open spaces.
Six years ago, our organization was literally formed overnight. When we learned about horse slaughter and other atrocities that occur to unwanted horses, we gathered a group of like-minded people together, invited local animal authorities, and in one meeting, Humanity for Horses was born. The sanctuary was opened a few months later with the mission that our rescues would live out the rest of their lives in security and peace.
We currently have 351 rescued horses, each with their own unique story. We have all breeds, including a large number of thoroughbreds. We have a hospital and an infirmary which has expanded in size every year. Our vet spends one day a week at our hospital and is always on call. Horses with illness or pain issues live near the hospital so it is efficient for select staff members to monitor their progress and administer required medications.
When a horse comes in who has been badly mistreated, we pull out all the stops to insure he gets well. Not only do we regulate his diet, we determine what makes him feel safe. We’ll pair him up if that makes him happy, or give him his own space if that’s what he needs. No matter what, he is tended to by caring staff, which includes a hugging program.
Our biggest challenge is being able to rescue more animals. The more money we can raise, the more animals we can save.
We consider our greatest success the fact that so many of the horses who have come to us from severe abuse or neglect, have demonstrated such love and gratitude. We all feel they give us so much more than we could ever do for them. Many have told us they feel peace and hope from the horses the moment they enter the sanctuary.
Our sanctuary is a permanent home for our rescues. We feel this commitment is essential; particularly for horses that have been through vulnerable situations.
We currently transport horses around the sanctuary with an older 4-horse stock trailer. Ideally, we would get good use out of an aluminum 6-horse trailer.
Our official greeter is a Thoroughbred horse we call Ezekiel. Ezekiel was once a famous racehorse who developed cancer, and ultimately had his ears removed. When he came to us a few years ago, he was addicted to animal crackers and lots of attention. Because he is vulnerable to sun, he lives in a shaded area of the infirmary with his best friend, Timothy, a little mule who thinks he’s a thoroughbred. The two are inseparable and often go to the turnout early mornings to run and play. Whenever kids come to visit, Ezekiel is always the highlight of the day. They ask lots of questions, and stroke the side of his nose which he adores. As for Timothy, he has learned to stand on his tippy toes so he can get his share of attention too.
PO Box 1510
Mount Shasta, CA 96067
Phone: (530) 926-9990
If you are interested in loaning or donating your horse trailer to this particular organization, then check out details of our Horse Trailer Donation and Sharing Program here. Then, post your comments below to help out!
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