Horse Rescue in Puerto Rico

Do You Want To Help a Horse in Puerto Rico?

If yes,  we are here to help but please understand You (or Defensa) can NOT take or even help someone’s horse if you don’t like how they treat it or see it in need, Just as you can not take or even help someone’s child if you don’t like how they treat it or see it in need.   We must get the Police involved!

  • If the horse needs water  – you can take it water in a bucket.
  • If the horse looks hungry you can buy it a bail of hay or alfalfa at one of the many Agro stores or cut some grass for it – cautiously – approach and give horses hay/alfalfa/grass/water.
  • If a horse has already died on the street the City is responsible for burial so please contact them directly.
  • If a horse is badly injured we will not move it but need the police to authorize us to send a Vet to euthanize.
  • If the horse is dead, the local city is responsible for sending a digger and burying.   When a digger can not be found you can ask the city to use (or have you use)  white lime in Spanish ‘cal blanca’ to decompose the body.   City agencies to help are Manejo and obras públicas.
  • If  the horse looks to be ‘starving’, injured, in ‘imminent danger’, ‘needs rescuing’ or  just loose and could end up in the streets call 911 immediately and reference Law 154.  All 911 operators are bilingual (or someone at the call center will be) and they can 3-way call the local STATE police with you.  Ask the local STATE POLICE DEPARTMENT to issue a ‘querella‘/case and have them investigate the situation.    They may request you to go  into the local STATE Police Station.  Do that if they request that.  You can ask to remain anonymous on the formal querella/case report.  **IF the police are not helpful, please don’t give up**.   Gather the below information and email it to us at  What we need to help is
  1. The querella number with phone number to the police station filed at along with name of the officers you spoke with.  If they refused to issue a querella/case number get us the phone number and officer name of the station you called.
  2. Your contact information – ideally cell phone and facebook messenger communications.  We won’t make this public – it is just for us to communicate with you when more information is needed.  You can message either/both
  3. Exact location of the horse with a google map marker
  4. Good photos of the horse showing the areas of concern – videos less than 1 minute each
  5. If you can find get the following it will expedite help to the horse
    1. Name of the owner
    2. Google map marker to owner’s house
    3. License plate of the owner
    4. Note – If you find the owner you can ask to purchase the horse and then release the horse to Defensa ($100 or $200 might be all it costs to save the horse).  But keep in mind, an owner may hide a horse if they don’t like your offer or attention, and then the horse could be worse off than before!  We recommend always contacting the police to start and let them find the owner.  Also please know we DO NOT WANT to take everyone’s horse!  We would prefer to help owners care for their horses!   Our resources and our land our limited – we can help more horses by helping more owners!

Our Horse Release Medical form & our Horse Release Ownership form can be downloaded if needed.

As of March 2018 Defensa is the ONLY 501c3 on the Island of Puerto Rico actively helping the unwanted street horses of Puerto Rico!  We are looking forward to removing this line from this page!!!

Learn more about our Horse Opportunities & our A Rescued Horse Program

Support our horse rescue work by making a tax deductible donation or purchase an item from our Amazon Horses Wishlist

In Rincon the State Police Station is here on google maps.  Most cities are on google maps – look for “Policia Estatals”.

If you would like to learn to interact with horses to help when you see a horse on a rope or in need please consider Volunteering and/or attending our Free Horse Class

Other Groups & Individuals who work with Horses in Puerto Rico / They may not rescue horses but they can help work with you and with Defensa