157,000 horses were slaughtered in 2012 in Canada & Mexico.
Reports show financial constraints as a significant contributor to the growing population of unwanted horses in the United States. Reducing the cost of owning a horse is one way to help reduce slaughter and the cruelty involved in the slaughter process. ERN offers COUPONS AND SAVINGS that make the cost of owning a horse more affordable for all horseowners.
ERN helps individuals rehome their horses by providing a clearinghouse that markets horses to consumers dedicated to equine welfare. Placing a free ad on Craigslist does not guarantee your horse a good home! Instead it can be an invitation to a killbuyer. Don't be mistaken, the killbuyers are stealthy - they will promise a good home, where your horse will be forever out to pasture on green grass, but the reality is your free horse will be loaded on a truck to auction or slaughter. Protect your horse by submitting a free ad on ERN and downloading a Transfer of Ownership template which includes a No Slaughter/No Auction clause.
Procceds from ERN advertisers go directly to the Hope4Horses Rescue Fund, our volunteer partner organization. These funds are used to rescue and rehabilitate healthy horses from slaughter. To date, equine professionals registered with the ERN have provided retaining and rehoming for over 100 horses. We anticipate many more, but need your help! Hope4Horses's model, the 4Rs of Rescue, is a proven model that gives horses a second chance at life. Read more about our model below.
4Rs = Rescue, Rehabilitate, Retrain, Rehome
Hope4Horses: Rescue & Rehabilitation
Hope4Horses (H4H) works with killbuyers who purchase horses for slaughter in Canada and Mexico. H4H buys horses directly from killbuyers and then provides quarantine and rehabilitation for every rescued horse. Once the horse is in good health and ready to start work, he or she is placed with an approved home for Retraining and Rehoming.
Volunteers: Retraining & Rehoming
The Equine Rescue Network connects a community of equine advocates to Retrain and Rehome. Are you willing to take on a new project horse? Are you an experienced trainer? Can you provide a good home? Register with ERN! Approved homes will receive a horse at no cost and may sell the horse for a profit. The only restriction is that each horse placed goes with a "No Slaughter Contract."
A New Model of Shared Responsibility - We give money, You give time.
The horses we work with are often DAYS AWAY FROM BEING SHIPPED TO SLAUGHTER. Hope4Horses identifies horses in immediate danger of shipping. After a horse is rescued, H4H contacts Equine Professionals interested in Retraining and Rehoming. H4H recognizes the initial costs associated with ownership are minimal in comparison with the "cost of time" and on going expenses of training horses. Our model allows trainers to resell the horses they rehabilitate (to an approved home only), thus creating a break-even opportunity for trainers to get involved and help a horse in need. Horses rescued by H4H that are not picked up by trainers are sold to qualified buyers through the ERN website.
Often individuals see horses at risk and contact H4H in order to provide funds and quarantine in order to facilitate a rescue. If you are thinking about rescuing a horse, register with ERN! Its free, and ERN Provides the following benefits to our members:
|Provides funds for direct payments to Killbuyers|
|Offers 21 days of FREE quarantine at one of our three quarantine facilities in Massachusetts|
|Provides long-term care and rehabilitation opportunities at a deeply discounted rate|
|Access to discounted coupons for horses and rescue horses|