Or better yet, give them some cash if you can spare it.
But do your homework and make sure you are contributing to a legitimate rescue.
Here are qualities I would look for in a legitimate U.S. horse rescue. I know, because I came from such a rescue:
- They are (or have applied for) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
- They don't breed their rescue horses.
- They are a member of a state or national rescue group. Legitimate rescues help each other out; they don't compete with one another.
- They rehabilitate, train, and find homes for their adoptable horses; they don't hoard them.
- Their adoption fees are reasonable, indicating they are more interested in placing their horses in a good home rather than "selling" them.
- They screen their adopters carefully and do post-adoption followup.
- They answer to a board of directors consisting of reputable people in the community.
- They have a working relationship with law enforcement and animal control.
- They follow horse care guidelines established by the AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners).