By Skye Kinkade

More than 50 horses of all breeds have been saved from slaughter, abuse, neglect and abandonment by Humanity for Horses – a recently established non-profit rescue ranch north Siskiyou County.

Humanity for Horses, which is the sister organization of the Mount Shasta-based non-profit Save the Rain, will hold their first Rummage and Raffle fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Mount Shasta Community Building, 629 Alder St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Humanity for Horses was formed by a group of animal lovers who have long worked to make the lives of animals better, said Lane Michel, president of the non-profit board.

Humanity for Horses is working to bridge the gap between law enforcement, the Siskiyou County Humane Society and several rescue organizations who were all working separately to end animal abuse. In addition, the group is working to save horses from slaughter.

“Too many very healthy horses who deserve a life are being sent to slaughter,” Michel said. “Our goal is to rescue and sanctuary 144 horses... We hope to achieve this by 2013.”

So far, a total of 51 thoroughbreds, mustangs, morgans and quarter horses live in the sanctuary, and will do so for the rest of their lives.

The horses – and several other animals, including pigs, donkeys, goats, llamas, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, a chinchilla, a rooster, a hen and even fish live are a part of the Humanity “family” of rescues, Michel said.

The ranch features 151 acres of pasture and an adjoining 200 donated acres.

“We are planning to build a hospital and a quarantine and rehabilitation area,” said Michel. “We have open barns for protection against rain and windy conditions.”

Also envisioned for the future is a hay bank for responsible horse owners who may not be able to afford feed in an emergency situations, Michel said.

“Because the animals have experienced such abuse and neglect, we are devoted to giving them top quality nutrition, traditional and non-traditional medicine, massages and endless hours of love and comfort. We truly are an animal spa,” said Michel. “We do not adopt out these horses. We are their home for the rest of their life.”

Photos of all the rescued horses can be found at Humanity for Horses’ website, humanityforhorses.org.

For example, the thoroughbred Sarah was rescued by the Oregon Humane Society, Michel said.

“She was once honored and cherished as a racing horse. She is now confused and very frightened because has been tossed around and trashed. On her first night with us, we stayed with her and sang to her.”

Though Humanity for Horses is working to improve the lives of animals in Siskiyou County, Michel said they are also busy rescuing horses from slaughter and by doing so, hope to “bring a greater consciousness and start a wider movement... Our slogan is ‘save an animal, save an angel.’”

“We are very serious about this,” Michel said. “Animals allow us to live the life we do. As we do our part, we thoroughly expect to start a movement of change.”

Though the horses rescued by Humanity for Horses are not adopted out, there is a fostering program available. It costs $150 a month for feed or $250 a month to cover all expenses for a horse. With a monthly subscription program, you can foster a horse of your choice.

The Nov. 3 Rummage and Raffle fundraiser is another way to donate. The event will feature gifts and household items, art and artifacts and will be a good place to shop early for the holidays, Michel said.

Donations of items are also welcome. To arrange for pickup, call Humanity for Horses at 926-9990.