Paws Ranch Equine Rescue, Inc. rescues horses from various situations including animal abuse, neglect and cruelty seizures, horses at livestock sales, voluntary surrender or at risk, and horses that need to be re-homed due to other reasons (death, owner that is moving or relocating, elderly owner that can't physically take care of their horse any longer. Many of the horses that come into our facility are either severely neglected or have been poorly handled or trained. Paws Ranch Equine Rescue, Inc. has the facility, resources and expertise to handle an immediate influx of needy and often traumatized horses. Rehabilitation can include veterinary treatment, dietary and mineral supplements, parasite control, dental and hoof care. All rescued horses get an immediate assessment of both their physical and emotional conditions. Eventually they are evaluated for their riding suitability, dispositions and monitored for other potential issues. Matching the adopter and horse is often challenging, but we work hard to make the best matches possible and expect them to last the lifetime of the horse. Paws Ranch Equine Rescue, Inc. places horses into adoptive homes throughout North Carolina and other Southern states.
Owner Relinquishment / Horse Donation
Paws Ranch Equine Rescue, Inc. advocates responsible ownership. If an owner no longer wants to keep the animal, he or she should make every effort to re-home the horse. An owner may decide to donate their horse to PRERI to re-home, sell or donate the proceeds from sale of their horse to Paws Ranch Equine Rescue, Inc. A donated horse should be free of major problems and medical disabilities or medical liabilities. We will determine if the horse would be appropriate for donation, re-homing or would be considered an owner relinquishment. In urgent situations, we take in a horse or horses that can no longer be cared for properly by its owner or the owner(s) family if the owner has died, can't physically care for the horse or family relocates and can not find a suitable home. We offer our services to the owner and can list the horse(s) on our website as a courtesy to help owners re-home their horse(s) in the meanwhile so the horse will be less stressed during the re-homing process. There is a $350 fee for each relinquished horse to help defray the costs of caring for the horse until a new home is found. This fee may be waived in urgent situations. Horse donors are allowed to claim a fair market value tax deduction. All horses must have a current Coggin's test and be up-to-date on their vaccinations and dental care before coming to our facility.
Cruelty Investigation Response Services
Cruelty Investigation Response Team is routinely called on to investigate cases of suspected abuse and neglect of horses. Our approach to humane enforcement begins with educating the owners to teach them about proper equine nutrition, the importance of shelter, dental care, hoof maintenance, dental care and parasite control. Sometimes responsible horse owners fall on hard times and are forced to cut corners with their horse care. In that case, Paw Ranch Equine Rescue, Inc. will help owners figure out a way to care for their horses or helps them re-home them or assist the owner with our Community Service "Feed the Horses program".
PRERI has zero tolerance for animal abuse and if, in any instance, the owners refuse to comply with animal-cruelty laws, we will advocate for animal seizure and criminal prosecution through law enforcement. Prevention and Education Recognized as a resource by law enforcement agencies and humane societies in Western North Carolina, PRERI has provided education and training and equine-care programs to owners, potential owners, community service programs for Rutherford County schools. Our goals will include law enforcement officers, animal-control officers, Humane Society staff and other individuals interested in procedures for horse rescue. Paws Ranch Equine Rescue, Inc. hosts a variety of horse care and training clinics through various professionals. Our goal is to prevent dangerous situations by teaching safe, humane handling and training and proper horse care.
Visitation and Farm Tours
All visitors (including potential adopters, volunteer applicants and large groups) must contact PRERI to request an appointment to visit the farm or look at a specific animal. All visitors Must have an appointment and must check in with a PRERI representative upon arrival. Visitors cannot go into paddocks or pastures area’s without the assistance of a qualified PRERI representative. Our equine friends are completing various stages of recovery depending on the type of rescue that brought them to PRERI.
Paws Ranch Equine Rescue aims to fulfill our mission by providing an inclusive volunteer environment. Our organization is stronger for embracing those who share its commitment to helping our rescued horses and on occasion other animals in need as well. We also understand the importance of reaching out to all of Western North Carolina’s communities that are not aware of Paws Ranch Equine Rescue, Inc. and its goals mission. We consider volunteers a valued asset to our rescue. Our volunteers are given meaningful duties, treated fairly, supervised effectively and recognized for the important services they provide. In return, we expect them to perform their duties to the best of their abilities and to remain loyal to the mission of PRERI.
Volunteers play many essential roles in the mission of our rescue program. Not only can they work with the animals but they also contribute to the education and outreach programs that enable PRERI to expand its reach to schools, church groups, small and large business partners and sponsors through our community service programs. Many benefits of volunteering here are intangible: gaining knowledge about the care and handling of horses, learning new skills, respect, responsibility, meeting people with similar interests and contributing to an important cause.
Paws Ranch Equine Rescue, Inc. is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) volunteer based humane organization whose mission is to ensure
quality care and treatment of horses through intervention,community service, education, and outreach.Copyright 2013