About Horse Rescue United, Inc.

Horse Rescue United, Inc. (HRU) is a New Jersey-based rescue that saves horses of all breeds from abandonment, abuse, neglect, and slaughter. We specialize in retraining and rehoming Standardbred horses. Our horses are located in Howell, NJ.

Whenever possible, HRU purchases slaughter-bound horses from auction and finds them homes, and also helps owner surrenders find placement before they end up in the wrong hands.

HRU is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; your donations are tax-deductible and we are run entirely by unpaid volunteers.

Adopt a Horse

By adopting an HRU horse, you'll give a horse a second chance while making room for HRU to save another. Available to approved homes within an eight (8) hour drive of Howell, NJ OR to the Lexington, Kentucky area on minimum 60 day trial periods, HRU horses are kept up-to-date on medical, dental, and farrier needs.

You do NOT need to own a farm to adopt (most of our adopters board elsewhere), and first-time horse owners with prior care knowledge and experience are welcome.

To start the process, please email us, then download both an adoption application and contract/agreement below. Review the contract, but only complete and submit the application. Detailed photos are also required.

Once your application is completed and signed by hand, please scan and email to horserescueunited@aol.com; if you need to mail or fax your application, email us first.

  • Download an Adoption Application

  • Download an Adoption Contract/Agreement
  • VET CHECK FORMS - CURRENT ADOPTERS: HRU follows up on adopted horses for life. To ensure their continued well-being, veterinary check-up forms must be completed and submitted to HRU by June 15 each year. Download a vet check form.

    Become a Sponsor

    HRU is always greatly in need of sponsors and donations to care for our horses. On average, it costs $300 per month to feed and care for each horse, but just $10 covers one full day of their expenses.

    Donate $100+ and we'll send you a flameless candle of an HRU horse of your choice. Sponsor a horse for one month ($300) or more and we'll mail you a beautiful keychain made using that horse's hair.

    To make a tax-deductible donation and sponsor a horse, please first complete our online form.

  • Complete Our Online Sponsor Form

  • Donate Supplies
  • Click each sponsor gift photo below to enlarge.

    Become a Volunteer

    HRU relies 100% on unpaid volunteers to care for our horses and continue our work. We need volunteers with prior horse care knowledge and experience to feed and turnout horses, clean stalls/fields/run-in sheds, and groom horses. HRU also seeks advanced/experienced riders and drivers willing to volunteer their time.

    We also need volunteers who can assist with our online auctions and other fundraising, and help promote our horses for adoption. Please email us if you are interested in any of these roles. Before you can visit or volunteer, please download and return a waiver.

  • Download a Volunteer/Visitor Waiver
  • Learn More & Get Involved

    Check out our Wish List and Fundraisers to see our current needs and other ways to help.

    Read Testimonials from our happy adopters and don't miss our Before & Afters. Tributes to late HRU horses are also featured.

    Follow HRU on Facebook for additional photos, videos, and updates on both our current and adopted horses.

    Contact HRU

    If you have questions about HRU or our horses for adoption, please email us.

    Visitors are welcome by advance appointment only. Email us to schedule a visit, then complete our waiver form, which will need to be returned prior to your visit.

    Donations can be sent to our mailing address:

    Horse Rescue United, Inc.
    P.O. Box 308
    Newport, NJ 08345

    Thank you for supporting our horses!