We are a not-for-profit horse rescue facility registered in NY State. Easy Street was incorporated in 2006, and sits on 20.5 acres of farmland, graciously provided at no charge by Nina and Paul Bellinger. Member/Registered with: NTRA Safety & IntegrityAllianceAftercare,NYCharities, IRS 501(c)3.
Easy Street Horse & Barnyard Rescue, Inc.
Nina Bellinger, Founder, Director
Paul and Nina riding Earl
Earl was one of the first horses to come to Easy Street Horse Rescue. He was an off-the-track Thoroughbred that had several different careers by the time he arrived at Easy Street via an auction. He had one time had been English hunter/jumper, then western of which he was well trained. When he arrived at Easy Street Rescue we quickly saw he was also a nanny to the 7 two year olds at the rescue. Some of the volunteers even rode him at the local fair. When his herd of underlings grew and were adopted, we let him be fostered to a local farm where he became the nanny to just weaned heifers. He would lick them in the face and take care of them. He passed on at the age of 29 and we know he a full and wonderful life. Which is what we want for all horses. Earl is perfectly our logo, representing all that horses can be.
How EASY STREET RESCUE came to be…
Horses in America are in Trouble
I have always been a true horse lover and wanted to have my own. When Paul and I decided to purchase a farm I started reading on how much acreage we should get for horses. To make a long story short I found that there is such a problem with overabundance of horses that there are too many horror stories on what too many horses experience.
Reading an online story about Exceller at 3am I cried and cried…
What got my heart strings was reading the story of a horse, Exceller, that beat 2 horses that won a leg of the Triple Crown, yet was sent to slaughter for human consumption, in spite of the fact that someone wanted to buy him. The horse had issues and could not reproduce so the owners made more money via insurance slaughtering the horse, then letting him live. The lady that took him said he smelled the blood and was screaming prior to arriving. I remember watching Exceller run. I cried when I read the article. Horses are AMERICAN, without them we would not have our “Wild Wild West Stories”, “Gold Rush” ” Wagon Trains”…
Horses do NOT deserve to be on the dinner plate!
Many racehorses as well as healthy family horses meet their end in slaughterhouses where their meat ends up on European and Asian dinner plates. Facilities set up for cattle are not humane for horses. Too many times the horses are not knocked out and they are literally skinned alive. After reading about this, I passed up getting a couple horses and we got a 21 acre farm and I founded Easy Street Horse Rescue on 7/5/2006. Read more…
Since founding Easy Street Rescue we have helped over 100 horses to safety and then adopted to new families and new careers. We have had a multitude of breeds here to include Quarter horses, Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds, Belgians, ponies, paints, etc. We have even had one arrive pregnant, which we did not know as she was so skinny, and gave birth 7 weeks later. Her foal, a full Belgian, is now a four year old in a program called “Horses for Heroes” and he, Pilgrim, gives therapeutic rides to veterans returning from war. I could chatter for ever about each and every horse, but I will spare you. I love them all so much.
Easy Street Rescue is run strictly with volunteers. As an accountant I do all the paperwork and financial reporting, which also enabled me to create the rescue as a non-profit corporation and to achieve the IRS’s 501(c) 3 tax deductible charity status. I am currently performing grant writing too, and hopefully this will be the year we are successful in receiving one. It is definitely a learning process. We are also in the process of becoming an accredited GFAS facility. GFAS is Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. We are listed on Guide Star and this week I received an inquiry asking us to place our data on their site. We are also listed with NY State Charities.
Any questions? Please write or call me.
Nina Wiggins Bellinger, Founder/Director