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Horse rescue resources are crucial

Posted: January 5, 2012 11:33 a.m.
Updated: January 6, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Hats off to the folks who rescued the starving horses in Kershaw County! What a heartwarming story. These folks are to be commended.

In Georgia, where I now live, the Georgia Equine Rescue League works closely with the state agriculture department to save horses. In many cases, the owners do not want to relinquish them, and rescue groups are prevented legally from getting the horses out of bad situations. This would be a useful tool for SC rescue groups as well.

GERL also offers low-cost or free neuter clinics for stallions to reduce “backyard breeding” operations. And GERL partners with a woman’s prison in Georgia in a program teaching inmates how to rehabilitate rescued animals. For more information, please see www.GERLltd.org.

GERL was founded in 1993 out of a deep concern for the growing number of starved, abused and neglected equine in our state. Since then, like other rescue organizations, GERL has been overwhelmed with unwanted horses. The economy is the primary cause, but the tactics of the Humane Society of the US are also to blame. Support your local animal rescue organizations, not HSUS, which is primarily a lobbying organization. Very little of its funding is used to help dogs, cats, horses or other animals in shelters.

For more information about helping animals locally, please see the Humane Society for Shelter Pets, www.humaneforpets.com.

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