Open Gates Equine Rescue acquires abused and neglected horses by surrender or by purchase. There is a critical shortage of equine rescue organizations in Maine; currently Maine has a few rescues, but all are at full capacity.
Once in Open Gate’s care, we make every effort to bring the equine back to good health. We ensure proper nutrition, medical care, and farrier services such as hoof trims and corrective shoeing. If we are successful in returning the rescued horse to health, we look for an individual or a family to adopt the horse. All adoptions take place subject to a comprehensive adoption contract that includes provisions requiring the proper care and treatment of the horse.
We estimate that approximately 80% of our time and budget are devoted to equine rescue and rehabilitation activities.
In addition to our rescue and rehabilitation activities, Open Gates also conducts ongoing educational activities.
Prior to the establishment of Open Gates, Deborah Hutchins and Linda Walker were conducting many rescue and rehabilitation services in their own individual capacities. In 2005, they decided to incorporate Open Gates in order to expand the program by tapping into additional funding sources. Since that time, they have been able to help 15 horses in need. Open Gates Equine Rescue, Inc. is 501c3 Non-Profit.
The mission of Open Gates Equine Rescue, Inc. ("Open Gates") is to protect, rescue and rehabilitate equines (horse, pony, mule, donkey or hinny). Our primary focus area is the State of Maine.
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