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.
Do the Math
~There are over 160,000 unwanted horses in the United states
~ In 2013, 142,077 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.
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.
Our goal is ONE Nationwide Equine Microchipping Registry that will provide the following benefits to horses and their owners:
~ Reduce the number of unwanted horses
~ Aid in the recovery of stolen horses
~ Provide registered owners instant and secure access to documentation related to their horse (coggins, bill of sale, health certificate, show records)
ERN has distributed scanners (free of charge) to a growing network of individuals and volunteers across the United States who scan auction and slaughter-bound horses. ERN is also connected with United States Animal Control Officers when a horse is lost, stolen, abandoned or neglected. If a microchip is found, ERN notifies emergency the contract numbers associated with the microchipped horse and often provides funds to temporarily remove the horse from harm way. [Learn More]
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 Encourages owners to Microchip and Register their horses. [Learn More]ERN provides funds to help horses that are Microchipped & Registered and found "at-risk" (slaughter-bound, abandoned, neglected). 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.
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