An American Symbol Worth Saving

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) recently partnered with the Doris Day Animal League to produce Basic Guidelines for Operating an Equine Rescue or Retirement Facility with the aim of ensuring the proper care of horses in the growing number of rescue organizations around the country. Free copies are available for horse rescues and those interested in opening a facility. Rescues are required to meet local, state and federal laws pertaining to the humane treatment of horses, and our publication provides a basic blueprint for starting and operating a facility.

Individuals can make a difference, too. From documenting and reporting horse abuse to donating to the cause, any efforts will help. Thanks to the generous support of John R. Murrell and the Murrell Foundation of Dallas, Tex., AWI has rescued 12 thoroughbreds, two standardbreds and one saddlebred from a Pennsylvania kill pen. The horses are doing well in their new adoptive homes, following veterinary care and rest.