If you see a horse in immediate danger it is crucial that you contact your local law enforcement or animal control. West Virginia Horse Network, INC. DOES NOT have the authority to "seize" a horse. We cannot go on to private property and take a horse or otherwise intervene without the authority and/or involvement of local law enforcement or animal control.
Your very first step must be to contact the authorities in your area. Follow this link for a list of specifically what you need to do to be the most effective: https://www.aspca.org/fight-cruelty/report-animal-cruelty/top-10-tips-reporting-animal-cruelty
Again, contacting US should not be the first step in an emergency situation. Persistently and politely contact law enforcement and animal control. Then contact West Virginia Horse Network, INC. and/or the local media for help spreading the word if needed.
We can help if the owner of the horse is willing to voluntarily and legally surrender the equine to West Virginia Horse Network, INC. We will not judge you. We will not shame you. We WILL have to publicly share the horse's story and circumstances, including photographs, in order to raise money for the care of the horse and to find the horse a new home. But we can protect your privacy as requested in most situations in the interest of getting the horse to safety. We trust that any horse owner that needs help because of circumstances beyond their control, would be willing to do this on behalf of their equine friend. If this is the case please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have to have photos in order to get the process started. We also need all available details including the age, sex, breed and condition of the horse. We also have to know generally WHERE the horse is located. We cannot guarantee that we can help every horse. We only have space/funding for 8 horses at a time and less in the winter. But we will do all that we can to help you in a respectful, decent and professional way.
From time to time we can help with temporary assistance so that a horse may remain in their current home. We absolutely cannot fund any kind of emergency vetting for private owners. If you have a short-term need you may ask us for help via email. We will try our best to help on a very limited short-term basis if there is a true need. This can include everything from one bag of feed, a few bales of hay or possibly even a basic training question. While this help cannot be guaranteed...it never hurts to ask. Contact us with DETAILED information about your situation.