Hope for Horses

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Our Mission * To find secure, permanent homes for horses of any type, including the elderly and lame as well as those who are strong and sound * To provide a safe refuge to neglected and abused horses during rehabilitation time * To reduce the number of horses bought by killer buyers and taken to slaughter and to provide horse owners with an alternative to selling their horses where the ultimate fate of the horse is often unknown * To educate the public about the importance of responsible horse ownership and to increase public awareness about the horse slaughter industry


Hope for Horses is a non-profit equine rescue located in Leicester, NC. We work with animal control groups in several WNC counties.

Hope for Horses was established in 1998 to provide permanent placement alternatives for the equine population of Western North Carolina. The need became more apparent as more and more horses were left abandoned, neglected and abused. A long-term dream of founder Whitney Wright, Hope for Horses was given life largely due to the services of Dr. Ann Stuart and Dr. Ted Wright of Appalachian Equine Veterinary Service, located in Barnardsville, North Carolina. Their never-ending support provides the necessary medical care for horses donated to the program. The additional support of approximately sixty-five dedicated volunteers and numerous local contributors enables this dream to continue.

Hope for Horses also offers solutions for equine owners in need of help through our HorseMatch Program. Many of these horses are in excellent condition, but in most cases due to their ages or certain limitations and their owners are just wanting good homes for them. While we believe there is a time and a place for euthanasia, we are steadfast in our belief that every horse deserves a safe and happy retirement whenever possible.

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