The more money All In Rescue raises, the more horses it can save.
Thousands of horses in Pennsylvania are in danger of being slaughtered. All In Rescue says the animals can’t be killed for meat here in the U.S., but are shipped out to neighboring countries to die.
All In Rescue got started last year and is holding its first fundraiser next month.
“Lancaster in general is one of the largest populations because we have the New Holland Auction and because we have a lot of Amish horses that end up there,” said Aileen Stevens, the founder of All In Rescue. “Shippensburg is another area that has a very large auction for them.”
The animals are brought to Walder’s Way Equestrian Center in Mount Joy.
Volunteers give them medical attention, training and new homes.
“I usually like working with the more difficult horses,” said Agnes Potter, a Lancaster resident who works with the organization.
“I like seeing them improving,” said Adeline Potter, another Lancaster resident who works with the organization.
But rescuing a horse is no cheap task.
“Typically, its about a thousand dollar fee just to rescue the horse from auction because you are competing against people..they call them the meat buyers,” said Stevens.
Then the horses are required to be quarantined, and get checked out by vets, which costs hundreds of dollars more.
So far, the nonprofit has saved about 50 horses and two donkeys.
But the rescue wants that number to grow, which is why its holding its first fundraiser March 9.
“It’s called the Equestrian Ball over at theBarn at Stoner’s Commons off of Fruitville Pike,” said Stevens. “It’s a silent and live auction four course butler meal, live band.”
“I think they should get fair treatment fair treatment as everyone and they shouldn’t be abused or have their life cut short,” said Adeline Potter.
All In Rescue is also working to get veterans and at-risk youth involved in its organization.
“Horses are extremely therapeutic to people and the horse need people to be handling them…so it would be a dual benefit,” said Stevens.