10386 North 65th Street
Longmont, CO 80503
Colorado Horse Rescue (CHR) is a non-profit organization dedicated to
providing shelter, care, rehabilitation and adoption services for abused,
neglected, abandoned and unwanted horses. CHR provides equine education
classes for adults and children. We rely primarily upon donations for
Because we believe in the humane treatment as an alternative to slaughter
or public auction for abused, neglected, abandoned and unwanted horses,
Colorado Horse Rescue’s primary purpose is the prevention of equine
A common, but unacceptable option exists for rejected and maltreated
horses – the killer market. Typically, the transportation to slaughter
houses is extremely inhumane, thus perpetuating animal cruelty. Countless
horses suffer compounded pain and misery, as well as death, before arriving
at their fatal destination. CHR is a refuge offering a second chance at
life for these horses.
CHR accepts horses from owners who wish to relinquish ownership for
various reasons, including financial hardship. Many of these surrendered
horses are healthy and are merely in need of a new adoptive family. We
obtain legal ownership of surrendered horses accepted into our guardianship
with the goal of placing them into suitable adoptive homes.
We search for and examine potential adoptive owners for horses in our
custody. The Adoption Committee conducts interviews with potential adopters
and schedules meetings with candidates to acquaint them with the horses.
The adoption policy of CHR adheres to a successful process in which potential
adopters are thoroughly screened. Every effort is made to match a horse
with a compatible new owner or family that best suits the horse. Since
1986, CHR has successfully placed 1,200 horses in adoptive homes.
When legal action is taken by the State Veterinarian, local and other
authorities because of maltreatment by the horse’s owner, we serve
as a shelter and provide care for these legally impounded animals. CHR
is dedicated to providing urgent care for horses in peril and medical
treatment for emaciated and/or injured horses. We assist legal authorities
in resolving equine abuse cases and participate in the rescue and urgent
care for horses involved in natural disasters or emergencies.
The Education Committee develops and provides education classes on equine
care and handling with the purpose of preventing equine abuse due to negligence
and ignorance within the community.
Because Colorado Horse Rescue employs only three paid staff members,
we enlist the skills, diligence and expertise of a large team of volunteers
that devote their time to feeding, grooming and exercising the horses,
and cleaning stalls. As well as being responsible for the daily tasks
of caring for the horses, volunteers work together in other area of the
organization, including fundraising, special events, education, adoption
and facility maintenance.