Who is Forever Morgans?
Forever Morgans is a breed rescue made up of a virtual network of volunteers that helps Morgans in dire straits find new homes. We are a “virtual barn” with no facility. Our horse are in foster care all over the country. Forever Morgans works with other rescues, brokers, and individuals to identify horses in need or at risk, and then helps those horses find forever homes. Forever Morgans is committed to each horse they rescue for his or her lifetime.
Forever Morgans Rescue is a 501(c)3 organization recognized by the IRS. Our non-profit federal tax identification number (EIN) is 45-4935830. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.
How did Forever Morgans start?
FM began as a group of Morgan fans who recognized a need for an organization to help Morgans who have fallen upon hard times. This led to the creation of the Forever Morgans internet group on Yahoo! Groups, and then the Facebook groups. Our goal is to share information about Morgans in need and network in order to place them in safe homes. FM has existed since 2005 and has members across the United States, Canada and around the world. The bylaws can be downloaded here.
Where do the horses come from?
FM purchases directly from auction, accepts voluntary surrenders, takes horses from other rescues, and helps with other emergencies when horses need a new home.
Many horses come from Amish communities where they have been buggy and farm horses. When they are no longer able to do the hard work and long miles required, or the owners just wants to “upgrade” to a different horse, they are frequently sold at auction. Auctions such as New Holland and Sugarcreek have kill buyers who purchase horses inexpensively to be sold for processing in meat plants in Canada and Mexico for human consumption overseas. An FM representative attends many of these auctions and purchases horses who are at risk of being bought by the kill buyers, typically those that are priced at $600 and below.
Some kill buyers and brokers will re-sell horses to FM instead of shipping the horse to slaughter. When they contact FM for this, FM raises funds by taking pledges to pay the horse’s price (referred to as bail); when we are sure that we have enough funds to pay the bail and cover the horse’s other expenses (transport, vet, quarantine, etc.) we call in the pledges and bring the horse into the Forever Morgans system. Often, instead of raising bail and expenses up front, FM will pay the broker using reserve funds and then request donations to replenish the reserve fund. This is safer for the horse, but means that the reserve fund has to have enough money.
FM also has contacts within the Amish community to help purchase horses directly from owners instead of the horse being sent to the auction. This is a win-win situation for everyone involved: the owner typically gets as much money as they would from the auction, the horse is not at risk of being bought by a kill buyer or exposed to the stress and germs of an auction, FM gets more information on the horse and its history, FM does not have to pay the auction or broker fees, and the owner is assured that the horse has a good home. Many Amish have contacted FM for subsequent horses, and have recommended FM to their friends and neighbors.
We try to monitor “free horse” and “cheap horse” advertisements in order to identify potentially dangerous situations, as many brokers and kill buyers will promise unsuspecting horse owners that they will give the horse a good home and instead take the horse to auction or directly to slaughter.