FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - A Flagstaff ranch offers sanctuary to horses otherwise destined for the slaughterhouse.
Kathy Oliver started Sacred Peaks Equine Rescue to save horses being sold at auction and transported out of the country to be slaughtered.
Horses are often slaughtered for their meat, and other resources. In 2015, Mexico slaughtered over 84,000 horses, while Canada slaughtered roughly 40,000, according to the Animal Welfare Institute.
Currently, the Equine Rescue facility has 14 rescued animals--12 horses, and two mules. The goal of these rescues is to prepare them for adoption, from providing them classes to be ridden to healthcare such as vaccinations and meds, the horses receive as much care as possible.
Oliver started the group when she met a horse that currently lives with her, his name is Kaibab. He was scheduled to be sent for slaughter the day after she met him. She rescued him, bringing him to the 10 acre facility in Doney Park. Oliver hopes that as each horse gets adopted, it will create more room for others to be adopted.
The Sacred Peaks Equine Rescue also hosts a number of events around Flagstaff. To learn more, you can click here to visit their Facebook page.