Need to Rehome a Horse?
Below is a list of sites to list a horse in need of a home or to find a horse to adopt. A couple of the sites offer free ads to those looking to place a horse, but this does not mean you need to list your horse “for free,” and the MHWC very much advises against doing so. Also, please be sure to include a photo, if possible.
If you are looking to adopt, please also visit our RESCUE page for links to Michigan rescue organizations.
- Dream Horse
- Equine Now
- Equine Hits
- Horse Topia
- New Horse
- Rescue Me!
- MHWC Home2Home Emergency Equine Rescue Page (facebook)
Resources for Law Enforcement Officials:
Emergency Assistance: 734-476-2552 (law enforcement officials only)
The Michigan Legislature has designated primary provisions related to cruelty to animals: intentional infliction of pain and suffering and duty to provide care. The intentional infliction of pain and suffering provision carries the most severe penalties for animal cruelty and a violation is automatically a felony. A violation of the duty to provide care provision is initially a misdemeanor, which becomes a felony for a second or subsequent violation. See provisions in detail at MSU’s Animal Legal & Historical Center.
- MDA Licensed Shelter Facilities – Michigan – Listed by County
- Humane Society Organizations – Michigan
- Henneke Body Condition Scoring Chart
- Henneke Body Condition Scoring Chart – video
- Michigan Animal Laws
- 750.50 – Michigan’s standard animal cruelty statute, which includes horses:http://legislature.mi.gov/(S(z3ae2r55dkdehhj4ll530445))/documents/mcl/pdf/mcl-750-50.pdf
- 750.50b — the felony torture statute, which makes it an automatic felony to knowingly kill, torture, mutilate, maim, or disfigure an animal:http://legislature.mi.gov/(S(z3ae2r55dkdehhj4ll530445))/documents/mcl/pdf/mcl-750-50b.pdf
- MSU Extension Michigan Hay Seller’s Listing
- Michigan Horse Hay Supplier’s Page
- Michigan Page of the Internet Hay Exchange
- Habitat for Horses
- Homes for Horses Coalition
- HSUS Horse Resource Center
- MSU My Horse University
- Unwanted Horse Coalition
Educational Guides (Printable)
- Care & Feeding of the Starved Horse
- Guidelines for Feeding Horses
- FAQ for Veterinarians Regarding Equine Cruelty/Neglect
- Henneke Body Condition Score System
- Refeeding Starved Horses
Below are links to informational webinars that you will need to register for in order to access. Click on the title of the webinar you wish to view.
Recorded webinar now available
Presenter: Jill Fritz, Michigan Senior State Director, The HSUS; Juliana Lehman, Director, Colorado Horsecare Foodbank; and Jodi Messenich, Founder/Executive Director of Zuma’s Rescue Ranch
Description: Sometimes, bad things happen to good horse owners. A community hay bank program can keep at-risk horses out of crowded rescues as well as out of auction stalls. Whether a stand-alone entity or part of a larger safety net program, a hay bank program saves lives and keeps good horse/human relationships intact. Learn how to set up, promote, screen applicants and help recipients create a sustainable plan for the future from experts at the Colorado Horsecare Foodbank and the Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition.
Recorded webinar available now
Presenter: Keith Dane, Vice President, Equine Protection, The HSUS
Description: The HSUS is working to protect horses from a cruel and illegal practice called “soring,” which involves the intentional infliction of pain to a horse’s legs or hooves in order to force the horse to perform an artificial, exaggerated gait called the “Big Lick.” Learn the basics of this issue, how The HSUS is advocating for change and what you can do today to help bring this abuse to an end.