970 Rabbit Skin Rd
Waynesville NC 28785
Tax ID/EIN: 06-1808105
Year Founded: 2007
Last Updated 2016-03-28
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Why are we a Messenger?
The EQUUS Foundation has designated our organization as a Messenger. Click here to learn more about our horse care and use practices.
Messengers are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations.
Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation): Horse Welfare
Our organization operates programs involved with horse rescue, foster care, rehabilitation, adoption and/or retirement.
Our organization is directly responsible for the care of horses to provide its services.
100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.
Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.
Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
S.T.A.R. Ranch provides a safe haven for neglected, abused, abandonded and starved horses, not only for Haywood county, but also for Jackson, Madison, Macon, Cherokee, and Yancey counties. Rehabilitation of each horse is achieved to the fullest extent before adopting to approved homes. The unadoptable stay at S.T.A.R.forever. S.T.A.R. works with county officials in seizures and provides education to horse owners and youth through hands on work at the ranch. STAR donates qualified horses to established horse therapy programs throughout the state of NC.
STAR provides hands on for youth in the county, both special needs and organizations as well as community service hours. 222 young people visited STAR in 2015 for classroom and field work. STAR provides an outlet for animal control to place a horse if being seized by the county. Once the horse is at STAR the county ceases to be responsible and their expenses end, thus ensuring that the county will take advantage of our facility and remove horses when necessary. Prior, nothing was done and horses suffered for years in this area for lack of a place to go. We donate acceptable horses to established horse therapy programs, currently 10 have found their new calling.
when rescuing a horse it is often obvious that others are in need of rescue as well. Goats, cats, dogs and occasionally people, are also in trouble. We work with DSS (department of social services) and report any family problems that we see in the field. FUR, feline urgent rescue, ran the cat program under the STAR umbrella and now has their own 501C3 and state license. Their building is just inside the STAR gates. Barn cats and shelter over flow are now saved rather than euthanized. 5 donkeys were rescued 2014, 3 turned out to be pregnant. We have rehomed all but one baby and 2 adults.