NEER North

NEER North

Smirk, an earner of $132,888 on the racetrack, at NEER North in West Newbury, Mass.


Services: Sanctuary, Rehabilitation, Retraining/Adoption

Location: West Newbury, MA

Founded: 2008


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Average Number of Thoroughbreds: 6-10

Each year in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, scores of equines fall victim to abuse, neglect, and owner surrender, with many at risk of entering the slaughter pipeline. New England Equine Rescue North (NEER North), is a primarily volunteer-run 501c3 nonprofit in West Newbury, Massachusetts, where at-risk animals are given safe haven and rehabilitated with individualized care to have the best possible chance for successful rehoming.

NEER North’s uniqueness is evidenced in its no-kill policy and its feed and professional care assistance for owners unable to care for their equines due to financial hardship. When feasible, the rescue facilitates owner-to-owner adoptions that keep animals out of the rescue system. In crisis situations, NEER North can be relied on to step in promptly and take appropriate action.

To build awareness of equine rescue work and responsible horse ownership, NEER North is an educational resource for local horse owners, prospective owners, schools, and public safety workers. The organization works closely with respected equine rescue groups nationwide, Thoroughbred and Standardbred aftercare networks, animal hospitals, veterinarians, certified trainers, and community organizations to help promote best practices in care and rehabilitation.

Over the years, NEER North has rescued many Thoroughbreds in crisis through no fault of their own. “Helping these extraordinary animals heal inside and out and transition to appropriate forever homes is tremendously meaningful work,” says NEER North founder and president Mary Martin. Adding the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance accreditation to its GuideStar Platinum rating for transparency and accreditations from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) and EQUUS strengthens NEER North’s ability to rescue Thoroughbreds and other at-risk equines and owners in need.