Every Friday, Horse Nation teams up with Ovation Riding to spotlight an individual or organization doing good work in the horse world. Today, we recognize Saving Grace Miniature Horse Rescue.
Saving Grace Miniature Horse Rescue became a 501(c)3 non-profit in September of 2014. Founder and director Tammie Miller was a longtime miniature horse lover and owner after injuries sustained in an auto accident prevented her from returning to the saddle. First as a member of a local mini horse club, then as member and director at large of Chance’s Miniature Horse Rescue, Miller’s love for miniatures and the desire to help as many as possible grew from a love to a passion, and her devotion to making a difference spurred the founding of Saving Grace.
The rescue is located in Emmett, Michigan. Since the rescue’s inception, Saving Grace has made a difference in the lives of dozens of miniature horses in need: horses are rescued, rehabilitated and adopted to safe, loving homes. The organization’s formal mission statement is as follows:
We are a 501c(3 animal welfare organization dedicated to providing a safe haven for healing and rehabilitation. Through the charitable efforts of our donors and volunteers, we strive to provide help, hope and loving life long homes to miniature equine that have been seized, surrendered or suffered gross abuse and neglect.
Horses come through surrender, legal seizure or auction rescues; a recent rescue named Willow was purchased for just $50 from an exotic animal auction in Indiana and surrendered to Saving Grace by a good friend.
Testimonials abound on Saving Grace’s Facebook page regarding Miller’s ability to make a good match between adopters and horses in need of homes, plus the professional and clean facility at the rescue farm itself. One review in particular caught my eye from a former owner who needed to rehome her miniature due to unforeseen circumstances, and through Saving Grace was able to place her horse in a great home — this kind of action prevents horses from winding up in bad situations requiring rescue in the first place.
Saving Grace requires letters of recommendation from veterinarians and farriers as part of its adoption process to ensure horses are going to good homes where their needs will be met. Out-of-state adoptions are welcome.
Many thanks thanks to Ovation Riding for their support of both Horse Nation and individuals and organizations that are doing good work in the horse world. If you know someone who deserves a Standing Ovation, we would love to recognize them in a future post. Email the name of the person or organization along with a message about the good work they do to [email protected]. Photos/videos are always welcome, and include a link to their website if applicable.