Every year, thousands of American equines are shipped across our borders to Mexico and Canada to be slaughtered for their meat. Many of these horses come from low-end livestock auctions (slaughter auctions) where they are purchased by the killbuyers by the dozens. No matter their age, breed, training, or condition, they bid on them until the cost exceeds what they will get for them, pound for pound, at the border. Owners who do not truly care about their horse or do not know about killbuyers, will send their horse to the auction where nearly 80% of all horses are purchased by killbuyers. Horses of all kinds are crammed into tiny pens together with no thought for their safety. Pony Tales attends these auctions and outbids the kilbuyers on as many horses as we have the funds for. We then provide them with all necessary cares, including veterinary and farrier care, food, shelter, and training. If a horse is suffering irreparable injury or illness, we will help them move on to greener pastures. It costs us approximately $1,000 - $1500 to rescue a horse from the auction, transport it to our shelter, provide veterinary and farrier care, provide food, shelter and training to prepare them for their new homes. Without you, we cannot save any of them.
We are a full circle of life shelter and will take in any horse in need. We will not turn a horse away due to age, behavior issues or medical conditions. Whether that be from an auction or an owner surrender.
Your financial donations will help to save so many more in need and bring them to safety at our shelter.