SHERR's MISSION- Safe Haven Equine Rescue & Retirement is a 501(c)3 non profit that was founded to rescue horses in need of food, shelter, and medical attention due to neglect or abuse in an effort to improve their quality of life. Further more, SHERR will provide a place or assist in finding a place of retirement for older horses that are unable to perform the tasks intended for them. 

Our Philosophy - Our philosophy is based on the belief that since we domesticated horses,we must take full responsibility for their life. SHERR’s goal is to find permanent placement with responsible loving adoptive homes for horses as companion riding mounts and retired pets. All of them need a home, a sanctuary.




Rocky a senior horse hit by a car and incredibly lucky to be alive.


HIGH POINT — Two days after he was struck by a car on a dark country road, Rocky the horse peeked his head out of his stable and looked around seemingly curious at the attention he was getting on Monday afternoon. Rocky — named by his rescuers in part for where he was found bruised, bleeding and shaking in a yard off Friendship Church Road in Rockingham County late Friday — stood inside a barn at Safe Haven Equine Rescue and Retirement where he’s being treated for injuries he sustained in the car accident. Troopers believe his owners abandoned him on the side of the road in Reidsville. “I’m going to be honest, this is the first car accident case we’ve taken in,” said Kevin Belton, the co-owner of SHERR. “He’s the poster child for everything you want to see. He’s doing great.” Despite a split lip, deep cuts on his chest and legs and road rash, Rocky walked around the farm like he hadn’t a care in the world, stopping to eat grass as Chloe the goat and a dog trailed after him. Read More



Rayna the draft horse rescued from a certain death! Her owners could no longer care for her disease “Canker”


SHERR (Safe Haven Equine Rescue & Retirement) received a call about a horse someone was trying to give away because the horse has Canker (disease see below) – but to no avail. No one wanted her because of her disease. Her fate was grim to say the least. The owners were no longer willing or capable to continue her treatments for her disease.


SHERR stepped in and took this beautiful draft horse into their rescue program. Her name is Rayna she is a 12 year old Spotted Draft Horse. There was no way they could turn their backs on this beautiful gal, so off they went to pick her up to offer her a chance at a loving life.

After veterinarian examination Rayna is in need of surgery in both her back hooves. The surgery will cost $600. After surgery treatment will be aggressive and time labor intensive which SHERR has he qualified personnel to do. This is one of the reasons the owner wanted to give Rayna away.


Canker: In most texts canker is described as a chronic disease, more commonly found in draught type breeds and usually in the hind legs. Canker can occur in one foot or multiple feet may be involved. The disease is commonly seen in draft breeds but can affect any breed or sex.


Her Canker surgery will be performed by Dr. Miller and Dr. Parks of Iron Will Mobile Veterinary Service on August 7, 2015

As you may be aware there is a very limited number of horse rescues in our community. SHERR would like to ask the public to please help Rayna receive her surgery at the cost of $600.

YOU can help SHERR help Rayna by donating to her surgery and aftercare. Donations can be made directly to our vet at:
Iron Will Mobile Veterinary Services, 2445 Vaughn Lane, Burlington, NC 27217 336.223.8644) or tax deductible donations can be made below

or US Mail: SHERR NC PO Box 5228, High Point, NC 27262



Blind Horse headed to death –SHERR saves her.


A desperate call came into SHERR for help with a blind horse after the owner had been told by other equine rescues and a national equine rescue to euthanasia her because “no one wants a blind horse”. SHERR, stepped in to save her.

SHERR (Safe Haven Equine Rescue & Retirement) steps up to save a beautiful but completely blind horse from euthanasia. The owner was losing her farm and had three horses including, Sugar Foot, the blind horse. She was able to find a boarding facility for the other two but no one would take Sugar Foot due to her blindness. She contacted several equine rescue groups only to be told to euthanasia the horse because no one would want a blind horse. Someone told her about SHERR and we received her desperate call for help.

SHERR immediately went into action to get the horse to their facility. Gin Wiltsey, director of SHERR said “although we have never had a blind horse in our program, there was no way we were not going to help Sugar Foot”. Sugar Foot was soon on her way to her new home at SHERR.

Sugar Foot received a prompt examination from the Vet and was diagnosed with Equine Recurrent Uveitis, which will require continued treatment and future surgery. A cure for ERU is not known but veterinarians have learned how to best control this devastating disease and are continuously working to unravel new treatment options.

If you would like to help with Sugar Foot’s medical expenses you may do so by a tax deductible donation

or US Mail: SHERR NC PO Box 5228, High Point, NC 27262




Volunteers are in integral part of the SHERR NC. They come from many backgrounds and experiences, but all share a desire to help the forgotten horses. Duties range from office work to horse training. There is a job for everyone at the SHERR NC!
SHERR NC believes there is room for anyone interested in volunteering their time, whether a few hours a year or many hours a week. From grooming horses, fundraising or in a leadership role, we want volunteers to feel welcome and to work in their area of interest.

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SHERR's Goals

SHERR’s Goals -
To educate horse-owners and the public about proper equine care, and the problems of neglect and abuse.

Working within the bounds of the law to rescue horses from neglectful or abusive owners.

To rehabilitate sick, underweight and abused equines and restore them to a state of good health.

To end the suffering of those equines which cannot be rehabilitated by means of humane euthanasia.