“…so that they may live the remainder of their lives in safety and dignity.”


This statement is the last line of our Mission Statement and it underpins our whole philosophy toward equine rescue. When we founded White Bird nearly ten years ago, we decided that we would be a rescue of last resort, taking in horses in urgent need and only after all other avenues had been exhausted. […]

Mia 10 yr. old leopard Appy mare, missing

Janet Sonpal is looking for Mia, have you seen her? We think she was sent to auctionin Ohio Nov 2011 at Bloomfield by Ron Andio. He assures us she did not go to slaughter but was picked up by a rescue group from out of state. Her vet is Ken Keckler of Buckeye Vet […]

News of the Week

Tom narrates for the video, while Fancy listens intently!

Yes, that’s kind of a pun, since the big news this week was the fact that the wonderful folks at the Times-Dispatch came out to visit White Bird. Holly and Mark were given the rescue grand tour and met many of our residents up […]

Home Urgently Needed: ReRock

White Bird gets a lot of requests to take in horses that need to be rehomed. In many cases, the owner is just looking to rehome the horse and it doesn’t really need to go to a rescue organization. It just needs a new owner. Our priority is, and always has been, to take […]

It’s Official!

White Bird has been Verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. Actually, this happened on December 15, but we were waiting until the formal announcement came out to let everyone know. The full press release can be found at: http://www.sanctuaryfederation.org/gfas/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/WBAHR-Press-Release-final.pdf

As a part of the Verification process, White Bird also received a grant for […]

Shelter Challenge Update

We have just 9 days left to get the Rescue back into the VA top ten. We are currently still at 12th in VA but slipping down overall and now at 526th. One last push could do it. I know many of our supporters in the US also support other animal charities on the list, […]

Blind Faith

Allison on the left, Mr. Bowersox on the right

Earlier this year, an ancient Appaloosa pony found himself, along with many other unfortunate horses, in an auction house in Montana. Blind and starved, he had no idea where he was, or what was happening when the auctioneer started his bid at $5.00. When […]

More Shelter Challenge

633rd and 15th! Steady progress, all you voters. We move 10 up overall most days and 1 up VA every two days. Excellent progress to put us in the top ten in VA before December 19th. We could even make the top 20 overall in that time. Keep up the good work. New readers see […]

Shelter Challenge

643rd overall and 16th in Virginia. Now comes the long haul to get into that 10th place. Thank you for voting, we’ve come a long way and can still make it. Here is the link again:


From our Clearinghouse


Description of Jeb: 16 hand leopard Appaloosa, approximately 21-25 years old. Former dressage champion. Blind, but very sweet. Needs a home asap. Owner will put him down if he is not placed soon. He is a sweety!

Note from White Bird: Our experience with blind horses is that they are not […]