Just as people are warned not to give away their dogs or cats for free, very much the same is true with horses. Kill buyers do not look like fiendish evil doers. They or the agents they hire can look like a nice middle aged couple. Your horse can simply, without a stringent process (as we do here with our adoption process at Habitat for Horses). wind up on the cutting room floor of a slaughter house. A fee will certainly help. References and pictures of the property your horse will be living on also help. The Humane Society has a fine article on this subject. ~ HfH
From: New York Daily News
By: Bill Hutchinson
If NYCLASS really wants to save horses, all it needs to do is look on the Internet — instead of Central Park.
Dozens of horses are being given away online. But equine advocates warn many of the animals being offered for free to a good home could end up in slaughterhouses instead.
Among the horses up for grabs is Max’s Summer Love, a 29-year-old American Saddlebred from Leesville, S.C.
“I am looking to rehome where she can live out the rest of her years in a nice quiet setting and receive the much love she deserves,” the retired show horse’s owner says on equine.com.
“I am really looking for a special home for her,” the owner writes.
Then there’s Miss Lane, a “sound, solid” thoroughbred from Glenville, Pa. Her owner says “this is one amazing mare!”