Founded in 1999, TIER - True Innocents Equine Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that rescues abused, neglected, abandoned, and unwanted horses primarily in Southern California. By networking with local Animal Control Agencies, Humane Socieities, and other rescue organizations, we strive to help as many horses as we can. Our adoption program helps our horses find Safe,
Responsible, Loving, Caring homes while our Sanctuary horses remain under the care of TIER for the remainder of their time on earth. Through our Youth Outreach & Volunteer programs, these magnificent horses continue to unconditionally give of themselves as teachers to people of all ages!
June 27, 1998, I went to one of the feedlots in Southern California
in answer to a plea from the AHRN (Arabian Horse Rescue Network)
to pay the ransom on an Arabian mare that was destined to board
the next truck to the slaughterhouse.
I met with
the Director of AHRN at the feedlot and paid the feedlot owner
for the mare, sight unseen. There was some confusion as to which
mare it was that had not received donations through AHRN. There
were 5 Arabians at this particular feedlot, but at that time,
only 4 had received enough donations to pay their ransom. I figured
it was only a paycheck ($650.00) and if the horse was too much
for me to handle, my new rescue friends would assist me in finding
her a safe, responsible, healthy home for life.
I named the
mare Liberty (Libbey for short). Two weeks after her near escape
from death at a slaughterhouse, she came down with strangles.
Fortunately, Libbey was fairly healthy and did not have complications,
but, my education in dealing with rescues had begun!
this mare being in need and invisibly drawing me to her, I was
able to view the pens at this feedlot full of horses destined
to die (and other feedlots) and make a concious decision to help
as best I could. Because of Libbey
and Chance (a whole nother story!)
I posted a list of horses in need in the hopes that someone, somewhere,
would reach out to help these horses. You have answered and you
continue to answer their call.
I guess how many of you would respond to the plight of these horses.
And thus, True Innocents Equine Rescue was born. Totally unplanned.
All I wanted to do was help the horses.
you, I don't have to try to do this alone. WE are doing it.
We are helping
some horses. I thank you all!
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Since June, 1998 we have helped over 800 horses who would have otherwise met an uncertain fate. There are always more horses in need. We cannot save them all. But with your help, we can make a few more happily-ever-afters.
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