The AMHA is pro-welfare of the horse. First and foremost, we support responsible breeding and ownership. However, if a horse owner is not able to provide adequate care for their horse, there are options available:
Unfortunately, there are times when none of these options is achievable. For these cases, we believe that humane euthanasia is a better alternative to a life of suffering, inadequate care, and possibly abandonment. For these cases, the association recommends euthanasia to be performed by a licensed veterinarian. AMHA is not pro-slaughter, and we believe that it is not the most desirable option for addressing the problem of unwanted horses; however, we understand that the slaughter of unwanted horses at a processing facility may be the only alternative for a horse rather than to continue a life of suffering, inadequate care, or abandonment when other alternatives are unavailable to the owner.
The American Morgan Horse Registry seeks to help save abandoned, unwanted or neglected Morgan horses by educating the public and connecting people and agencies that can provide care and/or homes.
Law enforcement, Animal Control, the Humane Society, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and local rescues are on the front lines confronting neglect issues on a daily basis. These agencies usually work together, sometimes on a contract basis, to care for the immediate needs of neglected horses. But they cannot do it alone. Help from the Morgan community is welcomed in times of need. Here are a number of ways you can help.
1. Donate money
Monetary assistance always is welcomed by shelters, rescues, Humane Societies, and other agencies.
2. Donate Time/Expertise
Not everyone has money to spare for a donation, but perhaps you have an extra couple of hours and a skill that can be helpful to those caring for seized or rescued horses.
3. Donate Supplies
There is quite a bit of material that goes into caring for one or more horses.
4. Become a Foster Home
Depending on the size of the operation, it can be easy for a rescue facility to become overwhelmed with animals when dozens of horses are seized or rescued at once. Perhaps the worst situations occur when horses end up needing to be rescued from their original rescuers. Consider providing at least a temporary home for one or more horses.
5. Adopt a Rescued Horse
Adopting a horse that has come from a situation of neglect can be an incredible rewarding experience, but you must be sure you are up to the task. Refer to the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) website for horse owners at www.aaep.org and read their guidelines for rescue facilities to be fully informed. Adoption procedures, including eligibility requirements, are set and enforced by each individual rescue. Contact one near you to find out more about the horses they have.
If you are open to serving as a foster home, adopting a horse, or have rescue facilities, please contact Julie Broadway at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can list you on our website as possible alternative care, rescue or retirement facility.
Rescue Sites Available
West Edmeston NY
Private 55 acre facility
Contact Judy Hinman
Bay State Equine Rescue, Inc.
Susan Sheridan, President
415 Hunt Road
Oakham, MA 01068
Frosty Hollow Farms
available for fostering, rehab, retirement, or even possibly a rescue placements
95 acres facilities in Winchester, KY
Contact Shannon at 859-595-5802
Horse Feathers Equine Rescue, Inc.
Solitude Farm Morgan Horse Rescue
Adoption/ Foster Horses Sought
Please contact the AMHA if you have a Morgan in need of adoption or foster home. The following location(s) are interested in adoption/foster care:
• Avon, NY
• Buffalo, NY
• Phoenix, AZ
• Southampton, Mass
• Denton, MD
• Afton, WY
• Central, NC
• Sacramento, California
• Modesto/Oakdale CA
The American Horse Council and the Unwanted Horse Coalition also serve as excellent resources to assist you.
Note: Reference here on AMHA's website to organizations, persons, or facilities that accept horses does not constitute or imply any endorsement or recommendation by AMHA or any of its members. The AMHA has not evaluated or inspected any of these persons, organizations, or facilities and has simply accepted them for listing at their request. Any individual considering the transfer of any horse or horses to such facilities is responsible for visiting them and investigating them before transferring a horse to them.