LAST STOP HORSE RESCUE

THEIR ABUSE STOPS HERE, AND THEIR NEW JOURNEY BEGINS.

Horses Rescued to Date

Horses Adopted into Loving Homes

Networking Adoptions

Total Horses Currently in Rehabilitation & Sanctuary

Other Animals Rescued

Kimberly & PierogiOUR MISSION STATEMENT

Last Stop Horse Rescue (LSHR) is a horse rescue/sanctuary, adoption and rehabilitation program for abused, starved and neglected horses. Benny Before & After

We provide a safe, loving environment for horses, and allow time for each to heal at their own pace.

We do not operate any “for profit” businesses under our Federal 501(c)3 charitable license.

Any proceeds generated in conjunction with our organization, such as fundraisers, children’s book sales, and natural horsemanship training clinics are exclusively used to benefit the welfare our horses.

We feel it is important the public and our supporters know their donations are going nowhere else but where intended… for the horses!  

IMG_1202Having this philosophy has helped maintain our reputation of honesty, integrity, and our “for the horse” oath which we take great pride in upholding to the highest of standards.

In an effort to reduce the number of unwanted horses, LSHR funds gelding services for those taken in as colts/stallions and have a “no breeding” policy; your donations help make that possible… thank you!

We are dedicated to making a better life for horses that have been abused, abandoned, neglected, or starved.

We assist local law enforcement, animal control, and animal welfare agents by helping in their efforts to rescue horses in need and to provide food, shelter, medical care, and compassion to horses in our care. 

The principles of love, language, and leadership in equal doses will be followed.

There is no force or intimidation, and we rely on gentleness in our leadership.

Aidan Spirit

Natural Horsemanship

We rehabilitate using Natural Horsemanship methods.

“Put your heart in your hand and touch your horse with your heart.”

Pat Parelli

“Put your heart in your hand and touch your horse with your heart.”Put you heart in your hand and touch your horse with your heart – Pat Parelli

Joyce with

 

Joyce Pomeroy, Founder

SET UP FOR SUCCESS

Our use of Natural Horsemanship sets these horses up for success in their rehabilitative process.

There are 7 important things

we want our horses to have

when they are in our care,

or in their adoptive homes.

NOURISHMENT

CURIOSITY

SENSITIVITY

TRUST IN HUMANS

CONFIDENCE

LOVE

DIGNITY

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DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?

SOMETIMES MIRACLES COME IN THE FORM OF SAVING A LIFE.

SOMETIMES THEY COME IN THE FORM OF A LIFESAVING FRIENDSHIP.

GRACIE

Gracie is a miniature horse who arrived at the rescue with a herd of other “minis” when her owners died. We took the whole family so they could stay together.  Gracie soon had a baby here at the rescue that we named “Lily.”  She was very protective of Lily, not wanting her to leave her side, and we soon realized that Gracie was going blind.  She eventually allowed Lily to explore and be independent, but she was still nervous and frightened until an unlikely guardian befriended her on the farm.  Don’t you want to know who that was?!

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LUCKY

In the summer of 2010 we rescued Lucky, a 12 year old mare who had a body condition score of 0 (near death).  We eventually discovered that she needed a life-saving dental surgery that would help her chew her food!  Through the wonderful support of so many volunteers and donors, we were able to get that surgery done at Cornell University.  She still had a lot of weight to gain and a lot of healing to do, though!  Would you like to know the outcome of Lucky’s surgery and recovery?

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MURDOCK (MILO)

Murdock, originally named Milo, was a very angry and wounded boy.  He was scared.  When Joyce moved to the new rescue location in Georgia, she decided to give him a new name and a fresh start.  She picked the name, “Murdock,” after her Grandmother Murdock who had always been strong, and whose home had always been a safe place for her growing up.  Not long after arriving in Georgia, Murdock met a young boy, also a wounded warrior.  What happened next changed both of their lives.  Do you want to know the rest of Murdock’s story?

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Believe in Miracles

Believe in Miracles: Lessons from the animals at Last Stop Horse Rescue, was written to teach children heartwarming lessons of love, hope and friendship. It is a collaboration of beautifully illustrated true stories about how the animals found their way to Last Stop Horse Rescue.

ALL PROCEEDS GO DIRECTLY TO LAST STOP HORSE RESCUE

AND ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

Your Book Purchase Helps Pay for Hay, Grain and Medical Care! BUY HERE!

EDUCATIONAL GOALS

Last Stop Horse Rescue provides education to the general public about the unnecessary suffering of unwanted, abused, and starved horses. We provide education and support to horse owners through natural horsemanship.

Goal # 1

To raise awareness of the need to stop passing around “problem” horses.

Goal # 2

To help people understand that it takes time to reveal the “real” horse that has put walls up around it’s heart because humans mistreated it.

Goal # 3

To put in perspective that each “problem” horse started out life as the innocent new born foal, a spirit for life, and with the protection of its mare.

BENNY - OUR MIRACLE BOY

ASPCA featured  Benny “Horse of the Year” 2014

At the ASPCA, helping horses isn’t just something we preach—it’s something we practice in our work every single day. Intelligent, sensitive, and true American icons, horses have been at the heart of our mission since the very beginning, and in honor of our second annual National Help a Horse Day on April 26, we wanted to share the amazing story of Benny.

LAST STOP HORSE RESCUE saves “Benny!”

True Stories from the LAST STOP HORSE RESCUE:

True Stories from the LAST STOP HORSE RESCUE:

This heartwarming (non-profit) book written with love by Toni Helen is a true story for children of all ages about Benny’s journey. You will read and see pictures of how a horse named Benny was found near-death in a field, a prayer that was answered, and a rescuer who with the help of friends, saved his life! It is a story of faith with lessons of love and hope the whole family will enjoy.

 

All proceeds go directly to the horses at Last Stop Horse Rescue and are tax deductible.

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ASPCA featured Benny "Horse of the Year" 2014

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EXPENDED TO A SECOND LOCATION IN GEORGIA!

Licensed in Maine and Georgia

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Monty Featured in Equus Magazine

We continue to be supported by Tractor Supply locations in both Maine and Georgia.

Benny <3 Today was "Benny Day" from morning until late tonight. Bath, extra grain, lots of green grass and then trying out the western saddle that traveled with me from Maine. This just isnt any saddle but one that was owned by a horse named Voodoo. When Benny went to Tractor Supply to meet everyone the month before I moved to Georgia, Kathleen Bernard brought the saddle that traveled with her from state to state with her horse Voodoo. Handing this saddle over to me was both meaningful and so very emotional. I know that Kathleen would want Benny to wear this saddle. RIP Voodoo .. I am honored to be the one to have your saddle. ...

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Reny
Today is a huge day for a very special horse. Reny was the pasture buddy of my soul mate horse Rem. Both horses were abandoned in 2008 and both entered the rescue together. Reny was adopted to a family in 2010. Five years later, and a year after Rem passed, Reny was returned to the rescue when the adoptive family could no longer keep her. I felt that a part of my Rem returned to me that day when Reny walked up the driveway to the rescue. She lowered her head into me and we both took a huge breath together. Welcome back sweet girl...
When Reny arrived it was Angel who she bonded with and they both became very connected as a herd of two. Both lived together at the front of the rescue for several months. Both joined the back herd together. Before I left for Georgia, Angel was adopted to Stephanie (along with Monty) and Reny was adopted by another loving family. I do feel that when this family visited the rescue that Reny picked them. I also understand that sometimes a horse that has deep rooted issues can be difficult in someone else’s hands. Last month, after much thought, I felt it best that Reny be returned to the rescue. She was welcomed to the farm in Maine until I could come up with a plan for her. I have to admit that knowing Reny was so far from me, and that I needed to help her heal again, gave me such sadness and a feeling of panic. She is my girl, my responsibility, part of my Rem. A few weeks ago, I shared Reny’s story with Stephanie Howland who adopted Angel and Monty. She already knew of this very special horse. She knew of the bond that she and I had and also the bond that Reny had with Angel. It wasn’t long that Stephanie sent me another message. A message that would bring me to tears. A message that would give me peace. “Well, she is coming home. Angel is waiting. Your Reny will be safe with me and loved the way I love Angel and Monty.” I do believe that it will take someone very special to reach Reny again. Someone that knows how deep issues of trust can be. Someone that understands that healing takes time.. sometimes years to happen. I believe the person to love Reny is the same person who was able to reach Angel. Stephanie’s heart is huge. Her understanding of rescue is the same as mine. The need to help the most difficult. The horses that have been damaged so deeply. I am forever grateful and thankful for Stephanie for opening her heart to my sweet Reny. .
A huge thank you to Chris from JCB Libby who will be heading up to the farm to get Reny. Chris is the one who transported all the horses to Georgia and I trust him completely to bring my girl safely home….. to Stephanie.
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A Lesson in Life… This is a very important post and I hope all of you will take a moment to read these words. As soon as I arrived in Georgia I knew that the horses needed a farrier. Not just any farrier but one that understood the triggers of rescue horses. A farrier who was patient and had kind but confident hands. Ricky Stover was that farrier. I posted each farrier visit showing each horse responding in such a positive way. Head low, eyes closed, and standing calmly as trims were done. A few weeks ago I read a message from Ricky’s wife that let me know that Ricky had been diagnosed with a Gliblastoma multiforme Grade 4 brain tumor. The tumor is rather large already and it is sitting in the temporal lobe, which effects his speech and is one of the most aggressive tumors. Last week, Ricky underwent brain surgery to remove this tumor which was the size of a golf ball and pathology report confirmed this tumor was malignant. The next step for Ricky is chemotherapy and radiation. I am one to be loyal and so finding or even thinking of finding another farrier during this time was impossible for me. Ricky's son had given my number to another farrier that he knew would touch my horses the way he did. Ricky was worried about the 15 horses that he has taken care of and my horses were now past due for trims. Tonight Heath Hanlon, the farrier that Ricky recommended, came to the farm to trim the horses. I asked Heath how to make out the check and the spelling of his last name. He said to make the check out to Ricky Stover. He had decided to donate his time tonight and the check would be made out to Ricky and given to him in the morning. I could hardly speak after hearing this. Heath explained that this is what Ricky would have done for him if he was sick or needed help. This is what friends do for each other. What a beautiful lesson in life… ...

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Today as I watched Lucky eat grass in the pasture like a normal horse I remembered that four years ago today, Lucky was at Cornell Equine Medical College having surgery for a rare bone cyst in her jaw because she could not eat grass. For two years I watched Lucky try to eat grass and she could only spit it out.
Sharing Lucky's Journey Video today as I remembered that the choice was surgery or euthanasia. We chose "life" . www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1oqSNMS5gY
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Feeling thankful <3 A beautiful team of supporters.
""Each donation helps to provide a life of comfort for horses that have been rescued. Thank you to each person who has supported the horses in so many different ways. Every person who shows their support is so valued by the horses and those involved in making sure they are cared for with hay, grain, veterinarian and farrier care, bug spray, shavings in their stalls, grooming supplies, heated water in Maine during winter months, secure fencing, worming medications, training, never ending commitment, love, and the list goes on and on. You, and many others who show support are appreciated, and the foundation that secures the future for many horses that now have a safe place to live. Last Stop Horse Rescue North and South and all it's supporters help provide for the rescued horses, and for some a place to call home."""
Thank you all.
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