NEER North
52 Ash Street, West Newbury, MA 01985

About NEER North Horse Rescue

Supporting the Overwhelming Need for Equine Assistance in MA and NH

Helping Horses
In Massachusetts & New Hampshire

Since April 2008, NEER North has been helping horses and owners in crisis, primarily in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  In January, 2011, the rescue became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and remains dedicated to saving local horses, donkeys, and mules whose lives are at risk.  NEER also works with horse owners to help them avoid crisis situations, network with other rescues, and educate the public about equine abuse and rescue.

We actively rescue horses and donkeys in need.  There are a wide variety of situations, including owner surrenders, abuse and neglect, where these majestic animals are at risk of diminished health or, worse yet, at risk for slaughter.

NEER North is a safe haven where these animals are rehabilitated with the intention of adoption into new families.  NEER North also networks closely with other like-minded, reputable equine rescue organizations, assisting where needed.

All donations are tax deductible.
EIN: 45-4007146

NEER North IRS 501c3 Letter


NEER North Affiliations

GFAS – Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

EQUUS Foundation – dedicated to ensuring the welfare of America’s horses and fostering the horse-human bond

TAA – Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance – accredits, inspects, and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retrain, retire, and rehome Thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding.

Great Nonprofits – Voted in with 5 Star reviews by the public.

Guidestar Platinum – Platinum Seal of Transparency—GuideStar’s newest and highest level of recognition

MEWC – Massachusetts Equine Welfare Council

EWA – Equine Welfare Alliance

EWS – Equine Welfare Society

AWI – Animal Welfare Institute

AAHS – Americans Against Horse Slaughter

ALC – Animal Law Coalition

AHDC – American Horse Defense Coalition


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Letter of Determination

Need documentation showing our 501(c)3 status? Download our Letter of Determination below.


View our nonprofit profile on Guidestar to learn more about our organization.

What People Are Saying

  • Cisco has lightened up my life and surpassed my expectations… My riding ability has increased and my confidence has soared. Being handicapped limits the way I ride and…He has accepted me and my braces. For the first time in years I have been able to trot. …I was wheelchair bound for years but in the past 3 years riding horses has given me back mobility.

    NEER North Horse Adopter
  • I am so fortunate to have aligned myself with NEER North, both with fostering and adopting horses from their organization. I’ve fostered Chino, Jiggs. Roanie and Shay, who I adopted for my 7-year-old-son… Mary is a shining example of how a dream transpires to change the lives of animals and all they touch.

    Lori Shea
    Owner, Abenaki Farm & Stables
  • Pete has been doing so well! We took him on his first off property trail ride and he loaded without a bit of trouble! He is also picking up his feet like a champ every day. Everyone absolutely spoils him rotten and I couldn’t imagine having any other pony. We have a hunter pace scheduled for October, I can’t wait to see how he does! Thank you again for getting me this wonderful boy!

    NEER North Horse Adopter
  • cannot thank you enough for bringing Pete into my life. He is the best pony I’ve ever had, even with his occasional attitude ☺️. He is the barn favorite and everyone has to snuggle with him when they come out. I cannot wait to spend our first holiday together. I can promise he’s being spoiled rotten…Again thank you for everything you do so these wonderful animals can have a second chance.

    NEER North Horse Adopter
  • If you are a person who loves horses (or other equines), this is THE rescue to be supporting in New England. There is no other rescue currently providing the variety of services NEER offers for equines and their owners in need, while also going the mile for each and every one of the horses that comes through its doors. And it does all of this while operating without the resources that bigger corporatized rescues have access to. Sadly, many of these other animal-related non profits, in the grind to get funding, end up losing sight of their original purpose of helping animals, and make decisions primarily off of $ and not off of what is right. This is not the case for NEER, and that is why NEER so very much deserves your support, whether by donations, volunteering, shopping at the tack shop, adopting, fostering, or even just spreading the word.

    Issy Cless
    NEER Volunteer
  • We would like to extend a big thank you to our friends and fellow rescue NEER North for teaming together with us to help another rescue in need. Some organizations have been hit hard by Covid-19, and it is so important during this time to work together and help those who have been affected. As we go into winter, please keep your eyes open for horse owners or rescue organizations who seem to be struggling, and lets get them the help they need. NEER is so wonderful to work with, and we look forward to continuing to help more horses in need by working together with other rescue organizations.

    The Santana Center, RI
    Like minded rescue