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Rescue & Rehabilitation, Inc.

Located at: 10333 Keller Road | Clarence, New York 14031 Phone: (716) 741-2346

Our Mission:

Our mission is to rescue and rehabilitate animals, particularly horses, that have been injured, abused, neglected, abandoned or orphaned. We carry out this mission by providing good nutrition, medical care and emotional support in a safe and nurturing environment.

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Why Would Anyone Want To

Operate A Horse Rescue Facility?

It takes a lot of time, work and financial resources to operate any type of rescue. Animals that find their way to your door often need a lot in the way of physical care, emotional support and medical treatment.

They also need shelter and room to exercise. Shelters and exercise areas need to be erected and maintained. If you’ve ever lived on a farm you know that maintenance is a never-ending battle!

This story, about one of our rescues, touched my heart and I believe it will touch yours as well.

It eloquently demonstrates why some people choose to participate in horse rescue in spite of the physical, emotional and financial demands of such endeavors. Watch this 5 minute video and see for yourself…..


We Believe That One Person Can Make A Big Difference…

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.

Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”

The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”

“Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and thousands of starfish? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said…” I made a difference for that one.”

adapted from “The Star Thrower” Original Story by: Loren Eisley

…But That TOGETHER We Can Make An Even Bigger Difference!

Meet Muffin Man, One Of Our Rescue Horses

Muffin Man

A neighbor of ours came over and spoke to us about Muffin Man. He had been asked to take down a small shed and fence on someone’s property so that it could be sold and developed.

The only problem was that this old pony had been living there all alone for years and no one knew what to do with him. Our neighbor told the owner he might know someone who would take him.

Of course we said yes, as the pony had no place to go.

When we met him our hearts went out to him. He was very neglected, although I’m sure it was unintentional.

Contrary to what many people think, most horses cannot get adequate nutrition from being left on their own in a pasture. It is also stressful for them to be alone, since they are herd animals. Companionship is even more important to them than food.

Muffin Man was very old, extremely underweight and had severly neglected feet and teeth.

The first order of business was to get him cleaned, groomed and fed and to get an appointment with the veterinarian and farrier.

Horses generally need dental maintenance done once a year and Muffin Man appeared not to have had his taken care of for quite some time…in fact, he only had 8 teeth. They had to extract 2 of those. It was amazing that he was able to get enough nutrients to sustain him!

We put him on a special “soft diet” which he enjoyed and thrived on. Any time his dish was empty he would get more!

Since he had been used to being out all the time we allowed him the “run of the farm” and he was very good about staying mostly in the back yard, grazing and napping.

It was a pleasure to have him here, he was so sweet and wise.

Eventually Muffin Man went to live with a friend of ours and got himself a girlfriend…a beautiful gray Thoroughbred.

He enjoyed several months there. Then one morning our friend found him “down” in his stall, probably due to a stroke.

She had him transported to Cornell University where he rallied briefly. However, he was unable to recover and was humanely euthanized there.

We are very glad that he was able to be taken care of and enjoy the end of his life. He was a wonderful and special pony. It was our honor to be able to help him.

It is sad that so many animals are neglected, often through ignorance of how to properly care for them. We plan to offer educational programs on animal care as part of our efforts to help with the rescue and rehabilitation efforts.


The Needs Of The Rescue

A rescue facility has many needs. Most of these needs require funds and donations are always appreciated and are tax deductible. The horses have ongoing veterinary and blacksmith needs in addition to needing food, bedding and shelter. Ways you can help include:

  • Donate funds for veterinary and blacksmith care, rehabilitation, maintaining and building housing and exercise areas.
  • Donate feed, bedding, building materials.
  • Donate time or labor to help with animal care and farm maintenace.

Any and all help is greatly appreciated by both us and the horses.

If you would like to make a donation now just click on the button below!





11 Responses to “ Home”

  • Gamma on July 6, 2010

    Some really great stories here. Really touched my heart. I’m glad people care so much to help.

  • Cindee Pirman on July 6, 2010

    Dear Karla – A firend of yours, Daria Perse forwarded this to me. I am a lover of animals and understand your compassion. I wish you full success in your project and the love of your God will be with you always.

    Take Care and keep the light of your compassion going.


  • Marilyn Lowry on July 7, 2010

    Hi Karla,

    I also received this from your friend, Daria. I have always had a wonderful love of horses. I have never been in a place large enough to care for one, but I visit my friends’ horses every chance I get. I am brokenhearted when I see any animal mistreated, but these magnificent animals that are such a gift to us on this planet so deserve love and kindness. We have some neighbors who take in rescue horses. I think they have 3 now, and it just fills my heart with joy every time I see these sweet animals in such a loving place to live out their lives with the care they so richly deserve.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do, and bless you and your helpers who care for these magnificent, wise creatures who are are teachers to us in so many ways.

    Much love,
    Marilyn Lowry

  • anne carter on July 8, 2010

    I am so touched by your actions. We used have horses. I still miss them. They are such beautiful creatures, and each have their own personality. God bless for being angels to these horses.
    Schnuggles and Schnauzie Kisses,
    Anne and Gabriel Toy Schnauzer
    Angels Paco, Erikka, Jessi, Maxie, Tammy kitty, Nick and more at the Rainbow Bridge

    ‘We can judge the heart of a man, by his treatment of animals.’ Immanuel Kant

  • Debbie Johnson on August 2, 2010

    How do you start and horse and or a animal rescue foundation. I’m in southern california and there are so many horses and animals in need of someone to care and bring them back to life with good health. Please give me some feedback when you have the time.



  • admin on September 29, 2010

    Hi Deb,

    We started small & out-of-pocket. We finally incorporated an official rescue last year. For that we hired an attorney to make sure we did everything properly for our state (NY). You may need to fundraise to incorporate as it costs a bit of money…between $1000-$1500. Best of luck!

  • jennifer on April 4, 2011

    I am sooooo proud to be apart of this rescue facility i enjoy everyone and all the horses we care for! Its my favorite part of my day! Thank you karla for being my second family

  • chrissie on July 23, 2011

    Outside of Marlow, OK – in Stephens Co – Sheriffs Dept

    Yesterday after the sheriff had recieved calls from FL, CA, NC, IL, OK etc (from ALL over the USA) and just kept blowing people off by saying they would go check….the local news media got involved.
    These horses have been kept like this for a long time – neighbors have verified.
    They did a story on 10pm news that said vet only to 5 to his office to run blood work. Equine vet from CT and rescue groups from all over the USA have spoke up about this and nothing has been done & no charges filed.

    Please read the post from people and see photos for yourself:

    TV story:

    Facebook photo folder of photos of horses:

    The reporters facebook page – this is where vet said horses are a 1 on Henneke scale

  • Laurel on April 3, 2012

    I love what you are doing for these horses! Are you a non-profit?

  • Stephanie on August 6, 2012

    There are so many petitions and organizations trying to stop the slaughter of our national treasure the horse as a food product. Please post or get the number 202-224-3121 out to your people to call to get the number of their congressman to put pressure on them to not slaughter our greatest national treasure the hourse since without them we wouldnt be where we are today. Signatures are all well and fine but they dont have the same impact as calls do. Thank you for your help to put pressure to pass HR2966 and reverse the horrible slaughter. Thank you for your time.

  • Melinda Field on November 15, 2012

    Gratitude for your open hearts…my novel True (see my pages and amazon reviews) covers many issues for women of all ages…my characters are all horse women..Part of the story deals with a Premarin mare rescue…The much asked for sequel is now in the works…I wonder if I could get in touch with you and ask some research questions…would love to donate books to your cause…..for the love of horses, Melinda