The grass is certainly greener for the horses and pony rescued from slaughter auctions and neglectful owners by a local group of women with a love for horses.

Headquartered in Mt. Pleasant and a with a farm in Lafferty, Green Pastures Equine Rescue group is finding homes for "forgotten" horses sent to slaughter auctions in Ohio or surrendered by owners who are no longer able to care for them.

Formed by Mandae Lewis, Donna Rosenthal and Amy McLeod, the group attends auctions to outbid buyers looking for horse meat for foreign markets. Lewis said horses are brought from surrounding states to the Ohio auctions. She said the tough economy has resulted in more horses at slaughter auctions or simply abandoned in fields because owners can no longer afford to feed them.

They acquire and rehabilitate the horses, and when able, adopt them out to good homes.

"We saw a need in the area," Lewis said.

Rosenthal said many of the horses have wounds and weight and other health issues to overcome, before they can be adopted out. The horses come from all backgrounds, including former therapy horses and pony rides. They are range in age and in breed

"You never know what you are going to get with a rescue horse," Rosenthal said. "It is guesswork as far as their ages, breed and personalities," she said.

Five horses are currently up for adoption. An adoption fee is charged to help defray costs and ensure the seriousness of potential adopters.

"You have to be a special person to adopt horses," Rosenthal said.

The three friends run the non-profit rescue around their jobs and families and rely on fundraisers and donations.

The horses are currently in need of hay and straw and feed for the winter. They also take gift cards to horse.com and local feed stores.

The ladies saw they appreciate past support of fundraisers and those who have donated to this worthy cause.

They also post other horses for adoption on their Web site: www.greenerpasturesequinerescue.com. They are also on Facebook.

For more information or to donate, contact P.0. Box 341 Mt. Pleasant, OH 43939 or e-mail: greenerpasturesequinerescue@yahoo.com.