Better Options for Horses
In our Sept-Oct 2009 issue, we reported on the ongoing efforts of rescuers working to find good homes for abandoned and surrendered horses. We detailed the cooperative efforts between equine rescue groups, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and horseman Pat Parelli—a team effort that’s saving lives and changing people’s minds about the quality of the horses who end up at slaughter auctions (“The Long Way Home,” p. 25).
Keeping a horse requires a great commitment of time and money, and in these difficult economic times, some people are struggling with the financial side. Other horse owners keep their animals for the entirety of their lives, but still have to figure out what to do with their horses when the animals eventually become old or sickly.
Some of these folks may have been led to believe that sending their horses to slaughter is the only option. But equine experts at The HSUS advise that is never the case: Anyone who has been managing the monthly expenses of caring for a horse can afford the one-time cost of humane euthanasia and disposal.