It is the mission of the Horse Protection Society of North Carolina
Inc. to make the world a better place for horses through education, rescue, and rehabilitation. HPS provides a sanctuary
of last resort for neglected and abused equines.
Founded in 1991 by Joan B. Benson and incorporated
in 1999, HPS continues to reach out and to grow. HPS is a fully incorporated 501(c)3, approved by the Internal Revenue
Service as a nonprofit organization.
The Horse Protection Society maintains the first equine sanctuary
in North Carolina to provide permanent retirement care for neglected equines. Until 2008, the sanctuary was available
to equines whose owners could no longer afford their care. The downturn in the economy made it necessary to
change our policies to accept only starved and/or abused equines. The sanctuary has housed
as many as 51 horses at one time. The need is so great that plans have to be made to find a larger facility and funds
raised for its purchase.
HPS has trained investigators who perform abuse and
neglect investigations with the goal of educating the owners in proper care of their horses. We prosecute abuse
cases only when absolutely necessary. When the owners are not interested in the humane care of their horse, we offer
to take the horse for rehabilitation.