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Old 02-11-2007, 08:51 AM  
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How to become a horse rescue?

Just out of curiosity... what goes into making a legit horse rescue?
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Old 02-11-2007, 10:04 AM  
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If you mean where people can donate and you give them a receipt for tax write off, 501 3 c.

I am not 501 certified, but I am legit.
All I had to do was register with the State Ag each year.
Cost me 10.00 dollars and I can accept donations, just not able to give them the tax exampt.

10.00 verses 800.00, I will take 10.00 any day.

Check with the laws in your State.
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Old 02-11-2007, 10:34 AM  
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Like anything, sit down and draw up a business plan, mission statement, financial plan etc. This will help keep you focused and on track. It is easy to become overwhelmed with rescue cases.

It is not a cheap endeavor. Most rescued horses cost a LOT to rehab. And that is just considering any physical ailments they arrive with.

When you get into working with head cases, it opens up a whole new can of worms, as they are much more difficult to place in the long run than physical neglect cases. You'll inevitably end up with a "Lifer" pasture, dedicated to those that cannot be placed safely, for their sake or potential owner's sakes.

Rewarding, yes it is. Cheap? No way.
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Old 02-11-2007, 10:47 AM  
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Divine and Snickers gave good advice. Many of us will do "rescues", I guess we just aren't "legit" depending on your terms. We like to do a couple of rescues a year, but the money comes out of our own pockets. I am sure to tell people who want to "donate" their horses (careful, word gets out fast that you are doing "rescues") to us that we are in no way "official", we do not have a 501c and it would be a private "gift" from one owner to another. I tell them what we do, (groceries, retraining, etc) and they will be "resold" to new, good homes. (generally at a loss, as in, 99.99%) I don't want to get introuble with the IRS so all "sales" are claimed. We were unable to do any rescues this year due to the drought and lack of hay. I am hoping we will be able to next year or the year after. It is a VERY rewarding experience.
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Old 02-11-2007, 01:27 PM  
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If I can come up with enough funds, I have been offered all or part of a load of 30 minis. Not really neglected, just left loose to run with no human contact. If I take them (that is a big if) I want to make sure I go about everything correctly. I have a friend with a horse rescue but I haven't had a chance to talk to her yet about it so I guess I will be giving her a call. Thanks for your help everyone.
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Old 07-04-2011, 04:37 AM  
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were do u look in state ag site?

what do you look under in the state ag to file at the fee of $10.00 im looking at my state ag site and its a mess?
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