Our main goal is to train our rescues so that they have a chance at life. Our second important goal is to fit the right rescue with the right owner; that way they will stay a matched pair for a lifetime. Our third goal is to have fun doing it!
- Blue Ridge Rescue Board of Directors: Casey, Julia, Marlena, Amelia, & Mary.
- Rescue's Average Monthly Feed Bill:
- Adoption Fees:
- Please Be Aware:
A true rescue does it to better the animals lives and to make a difference in the world - not to fill their pocket book. Since we have started our rescue we have successfully placed many equines to great homes but we also started to see a growing number of "not so worthy" businesses, facilities and/or individuals that wanted to capitalize off of the hard work and dedication of a real rescue. Our rescue does it to truly change the lives of equines and the horse industry... but some businesses, facilities and/or individuals see that a rescue is doing well placing equines... and that may be all they see. They want to capitalize off of that success in placing equines by posing as a rescue or advertising their "equines for sale" as rescues or adding the word "rescue" on their advertisements, but may be really doing it for monetary gain. We have seen Boarding Facilities, Traders, Animal Hoarders, Fundraising Groups, Clinic Events and even Sale Barns posting on the internet horses as "rescues". Please Be Aware and support the non-profit rescue organizations that do it because they want to make a difference in equine lives and the horse industry. Choose a rescue organization where the funds will be used to save and rehabilitate more unwanted equines or equines in need because you will not only help the equine you adopt or donate to. You will help future rescued equines to come...
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Please be responsible for your equines and lets start...
Saving Lives... One Horse At A Time.
- Sale Barn / Auction:
- Animal Abuse according to the AAEP:
- Animal abuse: More willful failing to provide care or doing something harmful. Abuse implies maltreatment regardless of the intent, motivation or mental condition of the perpetrator, whereas cruelty connotes more deliberate intention.
- Animal cruelty: The common term used in animal anti-cruelty statutes and societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals. Although legal definitions vary by jurisdiction, several popular definitions have been disseminated. These include: any act that, by intention or by neglect, causes an animal unnecessary pain or suffering (Sinclair, Merck & Lockwood, 2006). Or: deliberate infliction of pain on an animal from which the abuser derives enjoyment or amusement (King 1998). Or: the infliction of pain or distress unnecessarily (Blood & Studdert, 1999). Or: socially unacceptable behavior that intentionally causes unnecessary pain, suffering, or distress to and/or death of an animal (Ascione, 1993).
- Animal physical abuse: The infliction of injuries or causing unnecessary pain and/or suffering. Abuse may be caused by hitting, kicking, throwing, beating, whipping, spurring, shaking, poisoning, burning, scalding, suffocation, etc.
- Emotional abuse: Bullying, excessive teasing, exploitation, or coercion that leads to a fragile emotional state is easier to recognize in humans than in animals. In animals, persistent threatening behaviour or a failure to provide basic needs is considered by some to constitute emotional abuse. While a typology of companion animal abuse presented in South Africa includes a category of “mental abuse,” (Vermeulen & Odendaal 1993) this has not been recognized clinically or in statutory language in the U.S., U.K. or Canada.
- Hoarding: Animal neglect on a large scale involving multiple numbers of animals and frequently inadequate housing and husbandry conditions.
- Neglect: Lack of care, often resulting from ignorance, poverty, or extenuating circumstances. Usually results in a failure to provide the basic necessities of life: adequate levels of food, water, shelter, veterinary care, grooming, or sanitation resulting in poor physical conditions. Neglect is the most common form of animal maltreatment investigated by animal protection authorities.
- Non-accidental injury (NAI): A synonym for physical abuse (Munro & Thrusfield, 2001a-d).
- How to spot a Hoarder:
- Keeps an abnormally large number of animals;
- Fails to provide minimal nutrition, veterinary care, shelter or sanitation;
- Fails to recognize the devastating impact of this neglect; and
- Can't stop himself/herself from repeating this behavior.
Helpful Information For Horse Owners :
- VETERINARIAN'S OATH: Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge. I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics. I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.
- VETERINARIAN'S CODE OF ETHICS: Veterinary Ethics is a system of moral principles that apply values and judgements to the practice of veterinary medicine. As a scholarly discipline, veterinary ethics encompasses its practical application in clinical settings as well as work on its history, philosophy, theology, and sociology. Veterinary ethics combines veterinary professional ethics and the subject of animal ethics. It can be interpreted as a critical reflection on the provision of veterinary services in support of the profession's responsibilities to animal kind and mankind. - Wikipedia
- VETERINARIAN ASSISTANT'S OATH: I solemnly dedicate myself to aiding animals and society by providing excellent care and services for animals, by alleviating animal suffering, and by promoting public health. I accept my obligations to practice my profession conscientiously and with sensitivity, adhering to the profession's Code of Ethics, and furthering my knowledge and competence through a commitment to lifelong learning.
- DEFINITION OF CODE OF ETHICS: A code of ethics is a specific set of rules or guidelines designed to establish principles of right and wrong within a given profession. Once established, such codes govern the behavior and demeanor of businesses that embrace them. Not only does it allow those businesses to address grievances and handle morally fuzzy situations, but also it lets customers know that a given business is committed to honest and fair dealings.
- FARRIER'S: A farrier should approach a horse like a horseman, with quiet confidence. "Trimming a horse is a little art, but a lot of science." Just about every horseman knows the expression “no hoof, no horse.” If you are uncomfortable with the way your farrier treats your horse say something. Unless the horse is unmanageable it shouldn't need sedated to trim. Beating a horse to make it stand still is never acceptable. It is not the farriers job to train the horse, discipline can be necessary.
- TRAINER'S: A trainer should teach through repetition with positive training techniques. Abuse, torture and inhumane treatment is never acceptable. Training and horses should come natural to the trainer and they should have a clear understanding of their techniques and why they are being used. Just because a trainer can say it or do it doesn't mean they understand it. There should be positive reward and release. The trainer should be casual around the horse they are training. The trainer most importantly should be working WITH the horse NOT against it. Training should be relaxed and effective. An effective trainer will have effective techniques. A trainer should be willing to work and make adjustments with each horse they are training.
- Always get references & do a background check before using a trainer. Check for criminal records, alias names, and verify any certification they imply they have. Make phone calls and research online.
- Make sure the trainer understands positive reward, release, and when to stop. Ask what techniques the trainer will use.
- A good trainer is someone that can teach the technique and teach it well to someone else. If a trainer talks a lot it may mean they don't know a lot. If they talk it but can't teach it, then they aren't the trainer you are looking for. (There are trainers that know it but can't do it, or can do it but can't teach it. Pick one that knows it and can teach it well.)
- Watch the trainer train before leaving your horse. Also look at the trainer's horse and see how it behaves and how it is trained. How does the trainer's horse react to him/her? Does it follow direction? Does it stand patiently, do things easily, ride well? Does it look happy?
- Make sure you know what your horse will eat, how much it will eat, and how often.
- Take photos of your horse from all angles and of all body parts before it leaves.
- Visit the horse to ensure it is being cared for the way it should be.
- Ask questions. If you don't get a good feeling, there is probably good reason.
- If other people are saying things, listen. If the trainer is said to be abusive, or unknowledgeable, or not professional don't use him/her.
- Before pick-up make sure you are happy before leaving.
- We hope the information provided will help horse owners make knowledgeable decisions.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become quiet about the things that are important."
Please note that Cade Henry is also known as Caleb Dillard & Seth Hayes.
BEFORE TRAINING PHOTOS:
BRR RESCUES (AFTER REHABILITATION AT BRR) - PRIOR TO BEING SENT OUT FOR TRAINING (PHOTOS BY BRR & FOSTER HOMES):
AFTER TRAINING PHOTOS:
Quad City Hearts for Horses:
- Around the date of January 2009, a local QC woman by the name of Jane Goettsch contacted a board member from Blue Ridge Rescue asking if the rescue would be a recipient of a February 2009 fundraiser called Quad City Hearts for Horses. A fundraiser the woman and her friends had put together to raise money for rescue horses. She stated the fundraiser did not have a 501c3 status but was in the process of filing for one. Blue Ridge Rescue agreed to be 1 of the 2 recipients (a 50/50 split of the funds raised) of the fundraiser and helped advertise, the other recipient was an Illinois rescue. Blue Ridge Rescue gave a mailing list to the people putting the fundraiser on and helped advertise it. The fundraiser was being advertised by that fundraiser group as a non-profit event. People from the public had shown concern that their items donated would not be tax deductible, when Blue Ridge Rescue brought this up to Jane, Jane assured that they were working on a non-profit tax status. After the 2009 fundraiser, a long extent of time went by before Jane had arranged for Blue Ridge Rescue members to meet at her home to pick up the check, to some supporters that had attended and were excited to know how much was raised felt it had taken a long time for the rescue to receive it. A board member from Blue Ridge Rescue had spoken to Jane Goettsch after receiving the check and Jane Goettsch had commented to people at Blue Ridge Rescue that they were; not to tell anyone how much the check was for, and if anyone asks to have them call Jane. If the public was told what items were purchased with the raised funds then not to tell them how much was paid for those items purchased. This raised concern to BRR members and it was expressed to Jane Goettsch immidiately at that time. When 2 Blue Ridge Rescue board members went to Jane Goettsch's home to pick-up the check an obscene comment was made by Jane about the money.
- Around the date February 2010 the Quad City Hearts for Horses again had an annual fundraiser, Blue Ridge Rescue was a recipient a second time. Just before the fundraiser event Jane Goettsch called a member of Blue Ridge Rescue and commented that; friends (of hers) that attended the fundraiser were offended that the phrase slaughter-bound horses was on Blue Ridge Rescue's website and implied she would like it to be removed. Blue Ridge Rescue member did not respond to the request but told her it was offensive that a horse rescue event would ask that. The day prior to the fundraiser Jane Goettsch asked a member of Blue Ridge Rescue to do a speech at the fundraiser event and talk about what items were purchased with the fundraiser money, however then commented; do not tell them how much the check was, and do not tell them how much the rescue paid for the items the rescue purchased. Blue Ridge Rescue did not do a speech at the event. After the 2010 fundraiser the check arrived and was less than expected by members and volunteers, they were anticipating by the amount items were sold for and the number of attendees it would be more.
- Around the date December 2010, when advertisements came out about their upcoming 2011 fundraiser in February, several individuals and businesses had brought to the attention of Blue Ridge Rescue that they felt the Quad City Hearts for Horses bookkeeping was not transparent enough to the public and did not like that Blue Ridge Rescue had to refer them to Jane to get amounts of funding raised from the events. Blue Ridge Rescue asked a Quad City Hearts for Horses board member how much was raised at the 2010 fundraiser who replied by mail that she thought in the $12,000 range was raised. Blue Ridge Rescue's check for 2010 was approximately in the $2,500 range. This was brought to the attention of Jane Goesttch and her other board members who seemed offended that Blue Ridge Rescue had asked that they provide amounts raised to the public and would like to know the totals raised in 2009 & 2010. After numerous emails back and forth, 3 different emails from 3 different (Quad City Hearts for Horses) board members came back with the following amounts; $5,000, $7,000, $9,000. Then an email came back after realizing they gave 3 separate amounts stating they had put the wrong amount of $5,000 on the flyers they had already sent out to the public and the actual amount raised was a different total. They stated the difference was used to underwrite the event. Jane Goettsch called that same day a member of Blue Ridge Rescue on the phone and commented the following; the money raised was suppose to be split 50/50 between the rescues but expenses were taken out of one rescue's check and not the other. People from the public also came to Blue Ridge Rescue wanting tax receipts for items donated because Quad City Hearts for Horses still did not have a tax status yet (3 years later). When this was brought up to Jane during the phone conversation Jane also commented; the expense to get a non-profit tax status for Quad City Hearts for Horses was taken out of one rescue's check and not the other rescue and that it would be made up the next year somehow and not to tell anyone.
- The 2011 fundraiser held in February, Blue Ridge Rescue did not attend. In Blue Ridge Rescue's opinion, Quad City Hearts for Horses was being unethical & unfair to the rescues & the public, and that their bookkeeping was not transparent to Blue Ridge Rescue nor the public. A check was later sent to Blue Ridge Rescue in the amount of approximately $2,300 range from the 2011 fundraiser. But, Then at the 2012 fundraiser they put cards on the tables showing that just under $10,000 was actually raised in 2011, several of those cards were dropped off to BRR by several attendees. In previous years Jane had also commented that the Starlight Ballroom at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds was rented to her for free for the event, she had also commented at the previous fundraisers that the expenses were only around $1,000.
- In 2012 The Quad City Hearts for Horses had removed Blue Ridge Rescue from its recipient list, (after Blue Ridge Rescue had asked for the totals of the fundraisers to be posted publicly. A friend of theirs commenting on the internet it was a personality conflict. Quad City Hearts for Horses continued to use Blue Ridge Rescue's mailing list to advertise their event.
Blue Ridge Rescue wants its supporters & the public to be aware of what occurred so it can make knowledgeable decisions when attending and donating. Everything was documented and conversations with Jane Goettsch were tape recorded.