Gerda's Equine Rescue

West Townshend, VT   |  http://www.gerdasequinerescue.org

Mission

We are a 501c3 not for profit organization. Founded and incorporated in 2005. Gerda's Equine Rescue Inc. has mainly dedicated itself to the rescue of slaughter bound horses, these are horses through no fault of their own have ended up in livestock auctions and destined to be shipped out of this country to either Canada or Mexico to be slaughtered for human consumption. Once rescued and in our care we begin the rehabilitation of their minds and bodies. Then they are evaluated for their serviceability and are given the necessary training. The last and most important step is their re-homing, doing all we can to insure them a safe and loving home.

Ruling year info

2006

President and Founder

Gerda Silver

Main address

PO Box 1352

West Townshend, VT 05359 USA

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Formerly known as

Gerda's Animal Aid

EIN

59-3800477

NTEE code info

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

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Symbols of grace and beauty, horses have contributed greatly to society throughout history, and yet healthy American horses such as sport, working, and family horses, often end up on the heartbreaking road to slaughter. While horse slaughter is “currently" not happening on U.S. soil our horses are still being shipped across the boarders to Mexico & Canada daily, their meat used for human consumption. A demise fraught with intense terror and abuse during transport. We primarily rescue horses from auction as they are the ones already in the slaughter pipeline and whose lives are in imminent danger.
We do is to save the ones we can, giving them back a chance to live out their lives. Our work deals with many heartless people committing heartbreaking actions. Yet, every horse saved and is in a good home, is nothing short of heartwarming!

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Horse Adoption

GER rescues, rehabilitate, and adopts mainly slaughter bound horses to approved homes.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We think that education is key to stopping horse slaughter. Our hope is that if we can teach the younger generations compassion for animals and provide them with a positive volunteer experience, we will be teaching the next generation of rescuers the value of volunteerism and the importance of all life. We offer school field trips and our Read to Rescues program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We partner with the Commings School of Veterinary Medicine at TUFTS University and Patterson Veterinary to offer a free gelding clinic to horse owners in need.

We also partner with Dancers Legacy to offer a Discount Dental Clinic to all horse owners to help educate owners about the importance of routine dental care.

This year The Unwanted Horse Coalition changed its focus and name to the United Horse Coalition. With this shift they discontinued their gelding clinic funding. We were able to use funding from you and C&S Wholesale to cover the costs of the clinic this year so we could continue to offer this important resource to horse owners who may not otherwise be able to have the procedure performed. There are so many unwanted horses nationwide that end up at slaughter, we really wanted to do something to address the issue locally. This year we were able to geld 8 stallions!

Population(s) Served
Adults

Volunteers are of the utmost importance to our organization. We offer volunteer programs for local highschool and college students, girl scout groups, trainers and trimmers, and just about everything else related to horse.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

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Number of animals rehomed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Horse Adoption

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We strive to:

· Rescues, rehabilitates, and re-homes mainly slaughter bound horses.

· Offers options for people needing to re-home their horses.

· Offers educational programs for the next generation of horse caretakers, the kids!

· Hosts free clinics for horse owners in need; including gelding and dental.

We rely on donations from the public and grants to fund our horse rescue. We fundraiser year round to cover bail, transportation, medical care, food, training, and care.

Our rescue can home approximately 25 horses at any given time. As we rehabilitate and re-home horses we are able to help more as funds are available.

Since opening in 2005 we have been able to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home hundreds of horses. We plan to continue to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home as many horses as we can each year.

Financials

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Gerda's Equine Rescue

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gerda Silver

Gerda's Equine Rescue

Genoveva Kiger

Nancy Hoit

Ann Grady

Robert Silver

Gerda Silver

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/04/2021

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