The rescue has saved 182 horses since 2013, with hopes of expanding the farm.
Who rescued whom?
That is a question that Darlene Supnick, owner of Forgotten Angels Equine Rescue in Medford, has become familiar with over the past five years.
The horse rescue has saved 182 horses from slaughter since its start in 2013, yet those who seek to adopt these horses feel they are the lucky ones.
Supnick started the nonprofit after learning the shocking number of horses that are sent to slaughter each year. Supnick said approximately 150,000 horses are trucked to Mexico and Canada, where they are slaughtered and the meat is sent overseas for human consumption.
Supnick has always been involved in rescuing animals, originally at the Animal Adoption Center in Lindenwold. She realized she could use her passion for animals to save horses and to educate the public.
Forgotten Angels Equine Rescue is the only horse rescue in Burlington County, and will buy any breed through horse auctions or from kill buyers to save them from their undeniable fate, had they not been brought to the rescue.
The rescue recently took in three horses from an equine sanctuary after it faced charges of animal cruelty and neglect.
Each horse brought into the rescue is seen by veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Platt and trained by Dr. Veronica Lye McLeroy once they receive medical clearance, where they are then ready to be adopted.
Currently, there are 10 horses at Forgotten Angels Equine Rescue, four boarded at a private farm and three quarantined while they receive medical treatment.
Supnick has hopes of expanding the 30-acre rescue to take care of more horses at one time.
The mini horses at the rescue are brought out into the community — to places such as Paws Discovery Farm in Mt. Laurel and the Evesham Library — to provide the public with information about horse care, and how they can get involved.
“Horses are majestic, I feel like they’re being treated really terribly by those selling them,” Supnick said. “They’re wonderful and spiritual animals. People get around a horse and it does something to them.”
An “equestrian yoga” event will take place at the rescue on Sept. 8 at 12:30 p.m. (rain date of Sept. 9) led by an instructor from Yoga Hive Philly. Mini horses will be freely surrounding the class, and those in attendance are welcome to pet the animals as a means to bring healing to the body, mind and spirit. To purchase tickets, visit www.yogahivephilly.com.
There will also be a “Basket and Gift Auction” at Hope Church in Voorhees on Oct. 6 at 5:45 p.m., with more than 100 raffle baskets available, 50/50 drawing, games and more.
For more information on the events, to donate, or to volunteer (website designers, grant writers and fosters are needed), contact Supnick at email@example.com or (609) 820–6377.