ANIMAL SERVICES AND ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS, INC. © All rights reserved
Look who showed up on Mother's Day. This little guy. We named him Rudy!
All of our horses came from kill pens
In 2015 ASAP along with many equine rescues across the U.S. networked to save horses from slaughter. Since May of 2015 ASAP has rescued over 130 horses and donkeys. We currently have 22 horses, various ages and sizes looking for forever homes.
How you can help - Adopt a Rescue Horse or Sponsor a Rescue Horse!
Please contact us if you would like to adopt or sponsor a horse. We have so many to choose from.
What are Kill Pens?
Kill pens are holding areas where unwanted, discarded and abandoned horses are held until they are shipped to Mexico or Canada to be slaughtered. Many people who send their horses to auction are unaware that they are destined for the kill pen.
The last slaughter plant in the US was here in Illinois and it was closed in 2007.
At that time over 500,000 U.S. horses were slaughtered. A big deal was made by the AHQA and other Horse Registries that the closure of the plant would mean hundreds of thousands of horses would be abandoned, turned loose and left to starve. It didn't happen!
150,000 horses still find their way to the kill pens. Many of these horses are a result of buyers preying on families to get free horses under the guise of giving them a good home only to flip them to the kill pen for a few hundred dollars.
The European Union has now banned horses from Mexico and Canada. The move will help reduce the number of horses sent to slaughter. Japan is another big market for U.S. horses. Horses are loaded live in small crates for transport across the ocean. Many die in route.
The good news in January 2017 the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 113) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill would prohibit the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the United States and ban their export abroad for that purpose.
Please make contact with your State and Federal Representatives. Don't know who they are?
Text your zip code to (520) 200-2223 and you will get a text back with your contacts.