A Sanctuary for Horses from an Uncaring World
Founder Lynn Hummer said, “Since its opening Pregnant Mare Rescue has cared for 90 horses who otherwise would have been destroyed or made into dog food. In spite of some of the terrible conditions they had to survive, we have had to put down only two and just six were too damaged to be adopted. The rest have been adopted by caring owners.”
Lynn’s dream is to find 20-30 acres to lease or own for the horses as pasture. Today PMR is on just 3 acres. She said that it takes 30 volunteers and one trainer to care for the six mares and their foals, the maximum number that they have room for. The care and feeding of the horses including veterinary care, amounts to about $100 thousand per year. But because the cost of feed and medicine keeps going up, her primary task is to raise funds to keep PMR going though donations and fundraisers.
PMR is primarily a volunteer organization and they welcome all those who wish to participate in offering their help to our horses. Experience is NOT a requirement however volunteers must be at least 15 years of age. Minors under the age of 15 are welcome but MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times when at PMR. Their dedicated volunteers help make PMR a safe haven for their equine residents while providing a rewarding and educational experience. PMR is also eligible for your community service.
Pregnant Mare Rescue was founded in May of 2006 and is a 501(c) 3 not for profit organization. PMR’s goal is to save as many pregnant mares from abusive situations, feed lots, eventual slaughter, and to provide an alternative for owners who cannot care for their pregnant horse to surrender them to our care.
It is PMR’s mission to provide a safe natural environment for mares to foal in peace, and to nurture and nurse their young. It is their intent to gentle the mares, imprint and gentle the foals, and prepare them for new loving homes.
The Wonder of Horses, What Can Teach Us?
Pregnant Mare Rescue is proud to be one the few local animal rescues that allow the kids to come and learn. With a guardian, kids ages 7 -18 are welcome to come and experience horses in new and exciting way. All activities are done on the ground with no mounting or riding.
PMR teaches that children are the voice of tomorrow for these wonderful animals. It’s an important life changing opportunity to learn about what they can teach us. Children, along with their partner will experience the magic and wonder of horses.
Take the tour, meet the horses and learn:
– Why do I have to find my quiet place?
– Why are horses ears so special?
— Do horses have feelings?
– What is body language?
– How do I approach a horse?
– How do horses know when to feel safe?
– Why do horses need rescuing?
It’s the opportunity to discover the answers to these questions and more. Every horse has a story to tell. Come enjoy their company and see if they don’t have a story for you!
PMR – A Temporary Sanctuary for the Mare and Foal – A ‘No Kill’ Sanctuary
- Our goal is to save as many pregnant mares from abuse, neglect and a trip to the Slaughterhouse.
- Our mission to provide a safe natural environment for mares to foal in peace, and to nurture and nurse their young.
- Our intent to gentle the mares, imprint and gentle the foals, and prepare them for new loving homes.
We live by the Natural Horsemanship Philosophy of harmony, understanding and respecting the spirit of the animal, not intimidation, coercion and pain.
Our “Umbrella Policy of Protection” tracks each horse for life.
We feel it is the ONLY way to keep horses safe for life.
We encourage horse owners to love and keep their equine for life, just as you would your other pets.
Pregnant Mare Rescue, Inc., A not-for-profit organization registered as a 501(c)3 Public Charity in the State of California, Federal Tax ID Number: #26-0484620
Pregnant Mare Rescue, Inc., PO Box 962 Aptos, CA 95001. Phone: 408-540-8568. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.pregnantmarerescue.org