Due to COVID, Horse Helpers has had to close its doors after 18 years. Below, please find some answers to questions we commonly received.
Volunteers: We loved our volunteers and are sorry we can no longer provide a place for you to work with horses. At present we know of no other equine facility except Spirit Ride that has volunteers.
Reporting Abuse or Neglect: There are no equine rescues in our five county area. If you see abuse or neglect please contact your local sheriff's office and if available Animal Control. Only Watauga County and Ashe County have animal control. Carter, Johnson, Avery Counties use their sheriff's office. The only advice we can give about getting help for animals is that the squeaky wheel gets the grease. The more people who call, the more often you call the better chance of results. However, North Carolina and Tennessee's equine laws are weak and open to interpretation. How abuse is interpreted in Watauga County, for example, might be interpreted very differently in Person County. If you think change needs to happen then you should approach your County Commissioners. If they are unhappy with how the laws are interpreted they can force change. The point of all this is that you might think abuse is happening when by one county's standards it is not. If you don't like that, go to the commissioners.