Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue is a non profit horse rescue dedicated to saving horses bound for slaughter for human consumption. We also assist in cases of equine abuse, neglect and abandonment.
Jo Dalman, Founder & President, Mother Of 3, Wife, Horse Lover!
Jo was comfortable in life as a married mother of three running a small shop in Burlington. Then Jo quit her job and started rescuing horses full time from her new home in Glenville, PA.
Jo had learned about horse slaughter when adopting her first horse as adult. Outraged, she asked questions, learned all she could and began a personal investigation into a world of abuse few Americans know about. Life would never be the same again for Jo Dalman and family.
Jo Dalman organized Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue as a non-profit group and recruited the help of family and friends. She became active in the Humane Society and American Humane Association, and plunged full time into the horse rescue business, spending nearly every waking minute doing work involving horse rescues.
Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue is dedicated to saving horses bound for slaughter for human consumption. The haven also assists in cases of neglect and abuse, but it exists to rescue thoroughbreds and sometimes other breeds.
We feel our cause is important because we rescue sane, young and healthy horses from the killer pens. These are horses that are no longer fast enough to earn their keep, they are little Ellie’s pony she doesn’t want anymore because she has found boys, they are the Amish Draft who has been worked to the bone and now is being thrown away so the farmer can buy a younger model and do it all again.
Dalman now spends her time traveling to a horse auction 80 miles away in York, PA, which auctions horses from several racing tracks across the nation. She identifies horses purchased for the slaughterhouse and buys them from the killer buyer. The horses are then taken to Angel Acres to be quarantined, inspected and made healthy, and then placed for adoption. Jo Dalman has rescued and/or helped place nearly 600 horses in nearly nine years.
Besides dealing with families and individuals wanting to adopt a horse, Dalman seeks financial support in the form of grants and donations used to add new buildings for shelter, stalls, storage and good horse safe fencing.
Dalman works constantly to educate the public about the horrors of horse slaughter. She encourages breeders and owners to be responsible with their horses once their racing careers are over. She rescues healthy, young thoroughbreds that could have a second career if given the chance. She keeps working until the horses rescued are adopted into loving forever homes.