Prisoners Help Horses

Inmates from several counties in Oregon have been helping neglected and abandoned horses by working on teams to build animal shelters. A local vet has been taking in the horses, but she was running out of structures to house them in for the upcoming winter months. Seventy inmates were recruited by sheriffs and they gathered to work for a total of 500 man-hours. What they built in a very short time would have required months of work by the vet and her volunteers.

In difficult economic times there is tendency for more animals to be abandoned by their owners because they can no longer afford their food and healthcare, or they are forced to admit they actually never possessed the means to care for them properly in the first place. Since the recession hit in 2008, more animal shelters have been swamped with former pets and abandoned animals. For example, just since March hundreds of donkeys have arrived at one animal care facility.

Prisoners working with animal caretakers is not new. In nearby Washington state inmates were helping take care of threatened frogs earlier this year, with a success that surprise some researchers.

In California last year, prisoners in Folsom grew hundreds of pounds of vegetables for an animal sanctuary. In Florida inmates were helping take care of pets in animal shelters, which saved the shelters money they would have had to spend on paying workers. Additionally cats were used in a Nebraska jail by a sheriff to help calm prisoners.

Image Credit: Dana boomer


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Natasha Salgado
Past Member 4 years ago

What a beautiful thing for these prisoners to do for these deserving horses!! Thanks for posting!!

Genoveva M.
Genoveva M M4 years ago

I just read an article about inmates helping dogs, and now this one about prisoners helping horses!!? Makes me feel hope humanity.

Terry V.
Terry V4 years ago


Patricia H.
Patricia H.5 years ago

thanks for sharing

Kevin Cline
Past Member 5 years ago

thank you

Suzanne Loewen
Suzanne L5 years ago

Helping animals is a great way to feel better about yourself and the world around you.

Patricia H.
Patricia H.5 years ago

Thanks for sharing

New G.
W. C5 years ago

Thank you.

Chinmayee Jog
Chinmayee Jog5 years ago

This is excellent! Not only is this a great idea for the animals, but hopefully it helps the prisoners develop more compassion, peace, and a sense of self-worth.

Melissa Franklin
Melissa Franklin6 years ago

this is a great story. Thanks for sharing it with us.