Equine Rescue ( http://www.norcalequinerescue.com/index.php)
is a very active Mom and Pop shop up in Oroville. Tawnee
and Jason and their volunteers have saved over 1000 horses
since 2003 from slaughter and neglect. And yes they do have
a policy of humane euthanasia for animals that are deemed
unlikely to be adopted or who have not been adopted after
a length of time. That ends up being a whole lot less than
most people would think because of their very active website
and adoption programs. What many people do not realize is
that NER takes just about any horse in range - as well as
working the auctions whenever possible. They now even have
a pen where people can drop off their unwanted horses. Very
very few other rescues in this country make this commitment.
Why do they do this?
and Jason look into the slaughter trucks as they stop by
to drop off animals they deem can not make the trip - which
are sold to NER for $100 a head. The faces they see and
the horrific conditions they witness stay in their minds
day after day. They have an inordinate amount of courage,
compassion and resiliency to take on such a task. Few of
us could face such a thing on a weekly basis. But the Preisners
do and they do not say no to that ordeal so that they can
prevent those they can from making such a horrific trip.
There policy supports a zero tolerance of horse slaughter
have nothing but respect and admiration for NER. They have
set their sights - not on a feel good public image - but
on the actual experiences of the animals that we humans
are responsible for.
also save baby goats and calves when they can from auctions
and adopt them out or humanely euthanize them. All while
raising a family of 4 small children (3 of them adopted
siblings). The Preisners are responsible for a considerable
reduction in the net misery of horses out in the Valley.
They cannot do this without a euthanasia policy that allows
them to continue to not turn away any animal in need. They
always have a vet examination and evaluation in each case.
And the horses have a full stomach, kind handling and NO
have reported in an email about the huge numbers of weanlings
and young untrained horses going for slaughter. Tia and
Tante bring a face to those many thousands. That is where
they were headed when I picked them up from the Petaluma
auction. They will never know those terrors or injuries.
But unless we can find a trainer for them - or sponsors
to help them get trained - they will have to be let go humanely