Tips To Recognizing Legitimate Horse Rescues

by | 08.07.2019 | 9:00am

In June, 159 horses were seized from Scarlet's Legacy Equine Rescue in Camp County, Texas. A 501(c)(3), the organization, based on 45 acres, was managed by Deanna Tierney. Local media covered the seizure extensively, and Horse Nation reported on how horse lovers can help horses in need, like those who were taken from Scarlet's Legacy, and how to prevent similar future situations.

Currently, the horses in Safe Haven's care need feed, hay and hay bags; their Amazon Smile wishlist includes other items the organization needs.

To prevent future cases like this one, Horse Nation reports that Jessica Johnson, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Animal Crimes Director, encourages people who are considering working with or adopting from a rescue visit the organization in person if the entity is local.

Additionally, checking into the accreditations and certifications of the organization, and looking at the websites of the entities they claim to be sanctioned by is helpful. It's also easy to check the organization's 990 and 501(c)(3) status with the IRS. If the rescue is out of state, check with local animal control or law enforcement to see if they are in good standing. Asking questions is important; a rescue in good standing should be able to answer them easily.

Many of the rescues that get into issues are not because the owner or manager has any ill intent; oftentimes the organization gets overwhelmed slowly as people don't set financial limits when rescuing and get in over their heads. Johnson encourages people who suspect that there is neglect on the premise to say something to local law enforcement or animal control. Alerting a local rescue group can also help.

Read more at Horse Nation.

Visit Safe Haven's website here.

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