Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation
Services: Sanctuary, Rehabilitation, Adoption
Location: Palm City, FL
Average Number of Thoroughbreds: 12
The Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation (ERAF) in Palm City, Fla., has been an important resource for aftercare in Martin County since 2000.
Our mission is simple: We rescue horses facing a bleak future through no fault of their own. They have been neglected, abandoned, abused, or slaughter-bound. Many have had wonderful careers as performance horses and racehorses. Many can simply no longer be cared for by their owners.
When these horses arrive at our gates, it is the beginning of a new life for them. We rehabilitate, retrain, and determine an appropriate new career for them in an adoptive home. Our rescues have excelled in performance arenas, as pleasure horses, on the trail, and as pasture pals.
The 17 acres upon which ERAF conducts its rescue activities include a 23-stall barn, a hay-storage barn, and a beautiful educational center for volunteer training, community service groups, and special programs. All pastures and paddocks have three-sided shelters and a direct water source.
ERAF is in the process of developing the adjoining 8.5 acres to its barn facility and constructing fencing, shelters, and additional pastures to accommodate more horses in need of new homes and new lives.
ERAF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with an annual operational budget nearing $500,000
and is totally dependent on individual donations, fundraisers, grants, and private foundations.
Its seven-member staff and dedicated core of more than 50 volunteers make this magic happen in South Florida.