NC CentralPiedmont Region


As we are staffed entirely by volunteers, 100% of your donations go directly towards helping out rescue horses.  Please consider donating via PayPal below and/or through one of the other many ways to support the USERL - NCCP.

Fostering a rescued horse is a wonderful experience for both the

horse and the foster family. It's the stepping stone to healing and

training that gives the horse one-on-one attention. It prepares

them for a second chance and a brighter future!

Why does USERL use foster homes?

USERL does not own a farm and does not have access to a stable at any one location that can accommodate all of the horses in the program.    We believe that the horses brought into the USERL program receive more individualized care in a foster home, allowing them to progress through their rehabilitation with fewer complications.  You can never replace the one-on-one attention provided by a wonderful foster family!  This also keeps USERL's overhead costs down. thus providing the bulk of donated funds to the direct care of the horses, rather than maintaining property and facilities.  It is a community network that assists rescued horses in your area. 

What related foster expenses does USERL cover?

Veterinary care is the most expensive and an unknown with any rescued horse (injury, illness).  Therefore, USERL covers all veterinary expenses, while the foster usually covers feed, hay, bedding, etc.  Farrier costs can also be covered by USERL if needed. Expenses incurred while caring for a fostered horse (feed, hay, farrier, equipment) are tax deductible as a donation to the USERL, a federal registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

What are USERL's foster requirements?

Foster care providers must be knowledgeable horse people.  Foster homes must be adequate and safe for equines.  No barbed wire fencing is allowed and horses must have access to shelter from inclement weather.  This can be either a stall in a stable / barn or a run-in shed / shelter.  Run-in shelters must have sufficient walls to protect from wind and precipitation.  Veterinarian and farrier references are required on the application.  If you have not had horses for some time and do not currently have an equine vet, you may use your small animal veterinarian as a reference.

How does the foster process work?

Potential foster homes must first fill out a Foster Application.  A USERL volunteer will contact the potential foster to discuss foster opportunities.  After this initial interview, USERL will schedule a facility check and call the veterinarian and farrier references.  Once the foster home is approved, USERL will match the foster with a horse or horses suitable for their equine experience level.

I am interested in fostering.  What should I do now?

Please send an email inquiry with your name, address, and contact information to our Regional Foster Coordinator(email address below).  The Foster Coordinator will be in touch with you to begin the approval process.  If you have not received a response within a week's time, please follow up to make sure your inquiry has been received.

USERL - NCCP - Regional Foster Coordinator
Paula at