We can’t save them all, but with your help we can save one more! We provide a dignified retirement and final home for horses that have spent their lives serving others.
For many horses, the journey to slaughter begins at a local livestock auction. In our area this is similar to Mike's Auction in Mira Loma. Show horses, camp and lesson horses, race horses, backyard companions, carriage horses, pregnant horses, even wild horses can be standing in a barn or pasture one day, and the next day find themselves loaded onto a trailer, headed for the weekly livestock auction.
When you hear the term "This horse is going to the auction" this is basically the same thing as going to the slaughter. About 90% of horses end up as a slaughter in Mexico or Canada after going to a US auction. It is nearly 100% for older horses. We get emails on a regular basis that there is a horse to be given away "for free" on Craigslist. This is a guarantee that a "Kill Buyer" will be looking for free horses and they will end up at a slaughter house.
Many horse owners bring their horses to these auctions with the expectation that the horse will find a good home. However, the pace of the auction and the often chaotic environment gives sellers little opportunity to show off their horse's strong points, and it gives buyers little chance to assess whether a particular horse is a good fit for them. Sellers often do not realize that middlemen for foreign-owned slaughter plants—called killer buyers—frequent these auctions, looking for young, healthy horses who will bring a good price at the slaughter plant.
With YOUR help we can save more from this bitter end!