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Hope4Horses' Equine Rescue Network (ERN) is an electronic network of equine advocates working together to help slaughter-bound, neglected, abandoned, lost/stolen/missing horses in the USA.
~There are over 160,000 unwanted horses in the United states
~ In 2015, over 140,000 horses were shipped to Canada and Mexico for slaughter
~Rescue facilities in the USA have the capacity to care for roughly 33,000 horses
~ It costs $2,485 per year (average) to care for a horse
What ERN Does: ERN posts high risk horses (slaughter-bound, abandoned, neglected, missing/lost/stolen) on social media platforms to gain exposure and viral visibility to help horses. ERN provides funds to help horses that are "at-risk" (slaughter-bound, abandoned, neglected). ERN Encourages owners to Microchip and Register their horses. We encourage EVERY Equine Advocate to help combat the systemic problem of unwanted horses!
What ERN Does NOT do: We do not post horses to our site/pages that are not AT RISK. We do not sell horses. We do not have an inventory of horses that are looking to be place. We are an electronic network.
One solution to combat the unwanted horse population is for owners to protect their own horses by microchipping and registering. If every horse was registered, there would be less unwanted horses.
Horses that are microchipped are rehomed more responsibly. WHY? Because Microchips = Accountability. Many times new owners disregard restrictive bill of sale contracts because they know they will not be held accountable. Given our visibility of 220,000 electonically connected equine advocates, combined with accuracy of identifying a horse with microchips, dumping a horse at an auction is more risky.
ERN has partnered with MicroChipIDSystems. Their equine division is connected with United States Animal Control Officers when a horse is lost, stolen, abandoned or neglected. If a microchip is found, ERN is notified and the emergency the contract numbers associated with the microchipped horse and often provides funds to temporarily remove the horse from harm way.
Other Services Provided by the Equine Rescue Network:
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 downloading a Transfer of Ownership template which includes a No Slaughter/No Auction clause.
Rescue, Rehabilitate, Retrain, Rehome