There as been a lot of discussion on broker lots like Camelot on rescue pages lately.
The main issue, for me, is that the goal of rescue is usually to save as many horses in clear need as possible, right?
As long as so much funding goes into these major broker lots, fewer
horses will be saved in the grand scheme of things.
A life is a life in rescue. We need to save and safely adopt out as
many as possible.
Think of it like this. . .there is a near static amount given yearly to
charity work of all kinds nationwide, statistically.
All charities, animal and human and environmental, compete for this near static pool of donated money each year.
There will never be an endless supply of funding for any good work, so if EQUINE RESCUE is going to have exceptional success, we must be wise with the portion of this funding we are given.
Our goal, I would hope, is to give the equine world most impact for the money we have donated into our organizations.
How can we be OUR MOST effective with donation level we have if we Pay $1,500 – 2,000 by the time a single horse is pulled and transported and quarantined – and that is just getting the horse to the rescue. That isn’t counting the vet care, board and training that can go on for months and months or years once the horse is the responsibility of the rescue.
Heart of Phoenix and most rescues dealing with non-broker programs are looking at the $250 in fuel and coggins to pick up a local animal
control seizure horse, a freebie or very low cost horse being
mistreated in our general area. We’ve pulled horses from auctions
directly for $50 to $125. Plenty go through here for $10, $25.
Think of all the funding used in JUST securing the horse for a rescue that could have been used to save many others and provide after care of the horse while he is readied to be adopted.
To have the most impact, to save the most lives, we could decide to be more sustainable in our approach to be the most effective we can be as a horse rescue community nationwide.
While a life saved is a life saved, these big broker programs mean a rescue must limit the number they save based on shear economics. It takes 5-10 times the amount to save a broker horse as it does a more local neglect case horse that really, if you judge on condition, needs the rescue more at less cost, oftentimes.
I have never and would never think negatively about anyone sincerely pulling horses in need from ANY venue, so these are just my suggestions from my time in equine rescue. That is all, and an organization can take
that for what it is worth.
Once a horse comes into your rescue, it becomes personal. You are now the responsible party, and you never know how much may be needed for the life you’ve decided to champion. We cannot really affect that area of our work, but we can be a better steward of the lives we seek out.
There are so many. While we cannot save them all right now, we can work together to make sure the donations we receive to pull horses into these safe havens is working at the most effect rate possible.
As for HOP, our mission has and will always be to save as many as we can with what we have
(Photos is from a 2011 auction where we purchased a mare, Kate (grey QH cross) for $125, out bidding the kill buyer who owned the stockyard)