EFA: Etsy For Animals Etsy For Animals: April's COTM is... Safe Haven Equine Rescue and Retirement

Etsy for Animals (EFA) aka Artists Helping Animals,

is a team of independent artists, craftspeople,

vintage sellers and craft suppliers on Etsy.com

who are dedicated to providing charitable relief to animals

by donating a portion of the profits from their shops

to an animal charity of their choosing,

and/or to EFA's featured Charity of the Month.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

April's COTM is... Safe Haven Equine Rescue and Retirement

April's COTM is...
Safe Haven Equine Rescue and Retirement

A safe haven, a chance at life, a work in hand, a gift of love….
Nominated by Rebecca of KneeDeepOriginals

Safe Haven Equine Rescue & Retirement was organized to rescue horses in need of food, shelter, and medical attention due to neglect or abuse in an effort to improve their quality of life. SHERR also provides assistance in finding a place of retirement for older horses that are unable to perform the tasks intended for them.

Shima grazes in one of the many pastures of SHERRNC

Their philosophy is based on the belief that since humans domesticated horses, we must take full responsibility for their lives. SHERR’s goal is to find permanent placement for horses with responsible, loving, adoptive homes as companion riding mounts and retired pets. SHERR believes that all of them need and deserve a safe home, a sanctuary.

Oscar was over 600 lbs underweight when he was rescued

from a life of no food, water, or shelter.

Today Oscar is healthy and happy and has been adopted.

There is an application process that each person must complete in order to be considered as an adopting home for one of the horses in the care of SHERR. While the horses wait for adoption, they find love and care at one of the two facilities of SHERR. One is located on 18 lovely acres in Trinity, NC. Beautiful, tall cedar trees dance along the fence line. This facility has a six stall barn and all the amenities needed to care for the horses.

Levi was severely emaciated, scared and skittish

when he was rescued with 19 other horses

that had been abandoned. Today he is still

in training and will soon be ready for adoption.

The other location is on 17 wonderful acres in High Point, NC. Plush green woods surround the facility with a peaceful pond awaiting the summer’s first swim with the horses. This facility has an older barn which adds to the charm and warmth of helping the horses.

Kate was an abused horse picked up by the local county shelter

and placed at SHERR for rescue and proper attention.

SHERR has many ways in which people can help these horses because they know that not everyone is able to adopt. People can simply make donations; business and corporations can sponsor the care of a horse or the SHERR organization in general. Or people can volunteer on site.

Kaia shows a visitor some love

Their volunteer program is designed to bring people that have a deep love and respect for horses together with horses that need love and respect. Through a series on hands-on experiences, including diet, grooming, handling, medical and dental care, round pen training and riding, SHERR provides volunteers with the knowledge to interact with horses in a positive manner.

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  1. Thanks so much for choosing SHERR as one of our COTMs. Horses are often overlooked in the world of animal advocacy and charity, and as you can see from these photos, they can be sorely abused and neglected, just as any other animal, and they can truly show love and affection too.

  2. Such beautiful darlings and such a great cause! I'm working on a Chinese Year of the Horse necklace to benefit this charity.

    Scotti Cohn
    Jewelry by Scotti

  3. This sounds like a wonderful place. Such caring people...I hope we can bring in a hay wagon of support for them!


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