In the Beginning:
In early September 2014, a small group of women from the Yellville, Arkansas, area joined forces to rescue a registered Tennessee Walker that appeared to be only days away from starvation. The owners agreed to surrender the horse, which we transferred to one of our foster care facilities and put on a special re-feeding program. We named him General. (See an update on General's progress under the "Success Stories" tab at left.)
The rescue of General crystallized the realization that without a formal operation, unchecked starvation or abuse would continue. With that as our motivation, we created Hope for Horses, a nonprofit rescue and rehabilitation operation.
Our goal is to rescue, rehabilitate, and find forever homes
for equines in dangerous or compromised situations.
Over the years — along with other generous people in the community — we have provided hay to numerous equines in need in Marion County and surrounding areas. Sadly, without any county animal control facilities, law enforcement has been powerless to enforce existing animal welfare laws. This enabled animal abuse to run rampant. With our facilities now available, law enforcement officials can investigate cases of animal abuse knowing they now have the resources needed to confiscate and relocate endangered animals.
We work closely with our local law enforcement in this joint effort. This has opened many options for rescue where previously we had been limited to providing hay and attempting to educate the owners. We can now help bring emaciated equines back to health through our foster care program and subsequently to an adoption process providing these magnificent animals a loving, healthy, forever home.
An important part of our efforts in the rescue and rehabilitation of endangered equines is to make ourselves available to provide education and hands-on opportunities for our law enforcement and our community by providing information about recognizing endangered animals, safe and effective ways to help, standards of care, and learning key things not to do when one rescues or assists a starving animal. These are noted under the FAQ’s tab at left.
Hope for Horses is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all female owned and operated, all volunteer organization whose mission is to rescue and rehabilitate abused and neglected equines in Marion County and surrounding areas. Hope for Horses will accept equines of all ages to rehabilitate, retrain, and eventually place in approved adoptive homes that have established abilities to provide healthy, loving forever homes.
Saving one horse won't change the world, but it will change the world for that one horse.