Equine Rescue League accepts donations through PayPal.
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you would like to make a donation by mail,
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Tri-County Feeds ERL Gift Certificate Program
This program allows our friends another way to help the horses - by
donating money directly to the ERL feed account! Please contact the
ERL or visit Tri-County at their Marshall Virginia location, or
their website [tricountyfeeds.com] for more information.
No donation is too small!!
$0.25 buys a sterile syringe for administering
medications or vaccines
$0.75 buys a hoof pick for keeping feet free of
$1.00 can feed a horse for a day
$1.75 will provide one dose of tetanus antitoxin
$2.00 buys 5 yards of bandaging tape or a 4-pound
$4.00 provides one bale of hay or one dose of
$6.00 buys a one pound jar of antibacterial
$7.50 equals on gallon of Kao-Pec (a BIG version of
will worm two ponies or buy one feed bucket
Let your love for horses live on...
A bequest to the Equine Rescue League can help horses
beyond your lifetime. Naming the ERL as a beneficiary
will enable us to continue our work in years to come!
Equine Rescue League was founded by Pat Rogers in 1990. In its first
year at Churchland Farm in Leesburg, Virginia, The Equine Rescue
League provided care and shelter to over 100 horses and ponies. Most
of these abused, neglected and unwanted equines were placed in
The Equine Rescue League is an organization that supports the
responsible use of working, sport and pleasure horses and ponies.
Our goals are to:
Provide care, rehabilitation and training for horses and
other large animals at the ERL farm shelter, and to adoption
them to qualified persons.
Provide transportation and holding facilities for animals
seized by county and state humane officers and for unwanted
Create educational programs (on the subjects of basic health
care and horse abuse) for horse owners, youngsters and
Create public awareness about horse neglect and abuse
Investigate, in coordination with humane officers, to reduce
abuse and neglect occurrences in the Greater Washington
Provide humane euthanasia services for aged or ill horses to
prevent these animals from being subjected to the horror of
auctions and slaughter transportation.
Bitsy-The Mare Who Started It All
The Equine Rescue League did not exist in time for Bitsy, a
7 year old Thoroughbred mare who was so weak she was whipped to make
her stand and go through the auction ring, where she brought $7.00.
probably didn't survive the grueling truck ride to the
the time, Pat Rogers, ERL's founder, was
assisting with investigations into conditions at auction yards. At
this particular sale, she didn't even have with her the seven
dollars to buy Bitsy, nor did she have a place to take her. Pat had
to walk away from Bitsy, but the memory is still fresh in her mind.
Rogers promised this mare with the pleading eyes that she would
devote her life to stopping abuse. In 1990, Pat founded the Equine
Rescue League in Leesburg, Virginia. (Picture of Bitzy courtesy Gail
Eisnetz for the HSUS. Taken November, 1989, at an auction in
Our Farm and Benefactor Program
The Equine Rescue League currently leases 66-acre Churchland Farm,
outside the city of Leesburg, Virginia. Several years ago, the
county government assumed ownership of the farm, designating the
land as a future expansion site for the county landfill. So far, the
expansion has not been necessary, but it is quite uncomfortable to
feel that it could happen at any time, and that ERL would have to
move to another facility.
the creation of the Equine Benefactor Program. This program's
purpose is to guarantee the existence of the ERL as an equine humane
organization while at the same time, honoring some of our
supporters. The Benefactor Program gives individuals, corporations
and other organizations a real opportunity to invest in the ERL's
efforts to prevent equine abuse and neglect. In recognition of your
generosity we will graciously dedicate a stall, barn, or field, or
the entire farm shelter in your honor or in memory of a loved one.
All dedications will be displayed at our current shelter and will
move with us to the new facility. Following is the contributions
schedule and their corresponding dedications. (All are in monetary
or its non-monetary equivalent.)
$1,000 - $9,999
Principal Benefactors names will be inscribed on a
plaque and displayed at the farm shelter.
Dedication of a stall which will shelter an abused,
neglected or wanted equine.
Dedication of a field used by recovering and adoptable
Dedication of a barn which houses numerous equines in our
Dedication of the entire farm shelter facility.
note that all donations are tax deductible and that you may
designate whether your contribution is to be used for buying a new
farm, defraying the operational costs of the shelter or both. If you
would like to participate in this program, please contact ERL at
(703) 771-1240. Thank you for your consideration of the needs of the
equines in our care.
An animal referred to as an "equine" is any member of the genus
Zebras (Equus grevyi, Equus burchelli, and Equus zebra)
Asiatic Asses (Equus hemionous)
Przewalski's Horse (Equus przewalski) also known as the
Mongolian Wild Horse
Donkeys, or burros (Equus Asinus)
Horses, Ponies, and Miniature Horses which are all Equus
Mules, which are are hybrids of donkeys and horses
Rescue Organization for Horses?
In today's society, many horses are owned as companion or sport
animals rather than as a working part of a farm or other business.
horses are subject to the same forms of mistreatment as cats, dogs
and other companion animals. They are victims of outright neglect.
They are sometimes abandoned in fields or left locked in barns. They
are whipped, beaten and kicked into "submission". They fall victim
to poor health as a result of inadequate care from well-meaning, but
uneducated owners. And they are subject to one cruelty our dogs and
cats are not... the slaughter house.
provides a haven for mistreated, neglected and abandoned horses,
ponies, donkeys, and mules. We also take in horses whose owners can
no longer, for whatever reason, care for them properly. In essence,
ERL provides the same services as a humane organization dedicated to
house pets, just on a "larger" scale.