July 2017 Issue - page 11

July 2017
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By Stephanie Shertzer Lawson
It’s an attractive offer ad-
dressing an intractable problem.
A well-funded national organiza-
tion will take any horse, in any
condition, no questions asked,
at no cost or consequence to the
owner, evaluate it and do what’s
best for it. No horse will be re-
fused, no matter its condition.
That was the offer made
to owners of unwanted horses
across the region by Horse Plus
Humane Society, which held a
Free One Day Open Door Shelter
for Horses at the Solanco Fair-
grounds in Quarryville, Lancaster
County, PA on Sunday, June 4.
Thirty-seven horses and ponies
were surrendered by their owners.
They had their feet and teeth at-
tended to at the fairgrounds, and
were evaluated by a trainer and a
veterinarian. The evaluation con-
tinued the following day, with the
addition of an equine chiropractor
and massage therapist.
Twelve of the equines were
humanely euthanized. The rest
were placed with adoption part-
One Day Shelter Allows Owners to Surrender Horses, No Questions Asked
ners. Adoption partners included:
PA Racehorse Rehoming Reha-
bilitation & Rescue, Harrisburg,
PA; Timberlake Horse Haven,
West Grove, PA; Rocky’s Horse
Rescue and Rehabilitation, Thur-
mont, MD; Large Animal Pro-
tection Agency, West Grove, PA;
Royce’s Rescue, Richboro, PA;
Turning Pointe Donkey Rescue,
Dansville, MI; Coast to Coast
Draft Horse Connection, Howell,
MI, and Central PA Horse Res-
cue, Lewisberry, PA.
Horse Plus Humane Society,
headquartered in Tennessee with
locations in California and Okla-
homa, started the one-day satel-
lite Open Door Shelters in March
2016 after hosting them monthly
at their farms. At the first shelter,
in Oklahoma, four horses were
surrendered. Fifty-six equines
were surrendered at a shelter in
Wisconsin in October 2016, and
in California in March 2017, 102
equines were surrendered. They
expect to help 450 horses this
“We work with local rescues
to take as many of them as pos-
sible,” founder Tawnee Preisner
said. “We have ten adoption
partners for this shelter, most
of them local. We also work
with Harmony Equine Center, a
private rehabilitation and adop-
tion agency in Colorado, which
provides training and which can
take up to 40 horses.” Rescues
get $150 for each horse they take
to help with initial expenses.
A team of advisors, including
HPHS staff and local profes-
sionals, evaluates each horse for
quality of life and adoptability.
(Continued on page 20)
Horse Plus Humane Society staff (from left) trainer Kristen Break-
field, founder Tawnee Preisner, and Melissa Reali, manager of one-
day shelters, pose with an Arabian mare surrendered at the one-day
free shelter held at the Quarryville Fairgrounds on June 4.
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