Reported by George Heckard, 12 News

The Yavapai Humane Society takes care of all kinds of animals, and soon they’ll be adding more four-legged creatures to their list of sheltered animals. In June, the organization hopes to open the Equine Rescue Program, which will take in abandoned horses and similar animals and make them available for adoption. The facility is finishing up construction on 7.3 acres of land the Humane Society bought in January 2015.

 


The program will be supervised by two employees and will be manned by volunteers. At opening capacity, there will be room for 20 horses, which will be allowed to free range around the pasture.

Officials attribute the spike in abandoned horses or horses released into the wild to the downturn in the economy, which lead many people unable to afford the care for their horses. The Rescue Program is not a sanctuary, but the final goal for the group is for each horse to be made ready for adoption.

 

Workers are wrapping up construction on a facility that will house and help rehabilitate horses and other equine that have been abandoned or released into the wild. (Photo: Yavapai Humane Society)

Workers are wrapping up construction on a facility that will house and help rehabilitate horses and other equine that have been abandoned or released into the wild. (Photo: Yavapai Humane Society)