Animal related


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East Dorset, VT


The Dorset Equine Rescue's mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home abused, neglected, and slaughter bound horses of all breeds and sizes. DER provides a safe, loving, and rehabilitative home, including all needed medical care, to every incoming animal. Once ready for their forever family, each horse is selectively placed in a pre-screened and qualified home. The Dorset Equine Rescue strives to educate the community about all matters of horse care, health, and advocacy to continuously improve the long-honored and time-tested human equine partnership.

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Executive Director

Jennifer Straub


Connie Blatchford

Main Address

PO Box 92

East Dorset, VT 05253 USA


equine, horse, rescue, rehabilitation, adoption





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Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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There is an overpopulation of horses in our country which results in more than 140,000 horses being shipped to slaughter in Mexico and/or Canada each year. Slaughter is a terrifying and brutal end to a horse’s life. Horse slaughter is far from humane and not the answer for the over population of our horses. While we do actively rescue slaughter-bound horses, we are also contacted daily regarding horses that have been neglected, abandoned or in need of re-homing. We do our best to help as many as we can, but are limited by lack of space and funds. Horse owners may give up their horses for various reasons: financial, loss of interest, divorce, illness, death of owner, health issues of horse, etc.

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Our primary goal is to transition horses from injury and/or neglect to good health and eventual adoption. We advocate for all horses in need and believe all horses have a right to a safe, loving home free from pain, fear and neglect. Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home abused, neglected, and slaughter bound horses of all breeds and sizes. After rescue, all horses at DER start the rehabilitation process, both physically and mentally. They are given extensive veterinary care and professional training to prepare them for adoption and placement in their forever home. We work hard to make sure horse and adopter are compatible so they have the best chance of success.

Our primary focus is to rescue horses in dire need and eventually place them in forever homes. Upon arrival they are thoroughly evaluated by our team of skilled equine experts, from veterinarians to our trainer to our farrier. We provide all necessary care for them and make sure the transition into their new herd is as stress free as possible so that they can start to thrive. When each horse is ready, they slowly start into a training program to prepare them for adoption. Our trainer works closely with the veterinarians to evaluate each horse's abilities and physical condition which ensures the best possible outcome for each horse.

We are able to provide our rescue horses with proper nutrition, shelter, and the best medical care available. We have a full-time trainer on staff as well as an experienced group of volunteers who provide daily care to the rescue horses. We can provide this high level of care through the generosity of our supporters and volunteers.

The care and training we are able provide to each rescue horse has resulted in over 100 successful adoptions. We get updates regularly from adopters who are so grateful for the work we do and our dedication to this cause. By adopting a horse from The Dorset Equine Rescue, you are not only providing a home for one horse, you are also opening up a spot for the rescue to save another horse in need.

To date we have rescued, rehabilitated and re-homed over 100 horses from unfortunate situations. It is clear, that with proper care after rescue, these horses can go on to live happy and healthy lives and bring joy to their new, forever families. We have also helped many horse owners who have fallen on tough times for various reason by intervening before a bad situation has gotten worse. Often rescue is the only option to prevent the horse from going to auction and/or slaughter. We have been able to educate our community and supporters about horse rescue and the crisis facing horses in our country through private facility tours, school group visits, open houses, fundraising events, feature articles and on social media. We hope to continue fulfilling our mission for years to come. Currently we are operating out of two borrowed facilities which have their limitations. We would like to have our own dedicated facility to continue our work and increase the number of horses we can help.

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