Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Children & Youth
  • Veterans & Military Families


8743 Le Pere School RdMillstadt, IL 62260 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

We believe a noble life deserves a second chance. Horses from many different backgrounds find their way to Equus Rescue, from ex-racehorses to slaughter-bound horses. Most come to us in poor condition - suffering from mental and physical wounds, along with battling starvation and illness. Following rehabilitation, which often lasts several months, our horses are retrained by certified professional trainers. This process involves several months of unlearning past traumas, learning manners, and being prepared for their new purpose - therapy horses. Studies have long shown the healing capabilities of equine therapy. Our rescued horses, many of which were once destined for slaughter in Mexico or Canada, or who were starved and neglected, are finding purpose in being therapy horses for at-risk youth, veterans, and others in the community.


Equus Rescue and Therapy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Millstadt, IL - just a short drive from Downtown St. Louis. We rescue and rehabilitate horses who are retired or injured from the race track, horses in horrific conditions and from kill pens on their way to slaughter. We give them a second chance at life, another chance at a career, new homes or a dignified retirement. Equus also gives back to the community through programs serving at risk youth through our Equine Angels program - and we are developing a program to honor our returning war veterans.


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