Curly Horse Rescue, Inc.

is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation registered in Vermont, Connecticut.

Best way to contact us is by emailing us at:

CHR's Google Voice text number is (802) 851-0171

CHR does not have a physical location, but utilizes foster homes throughout the United States, Canada, and in Europe, to care for Curly Horses in need.

2017 Officers

President: Jodie Gerard
Vice President: Darlene Lambert
Treasurer: Janeen Radtke
Secretary: Annise Finch

Board of Directors

Warren LeRoy 2017-2019
Marcia Biggerstaff 2017-2019
Janeen Radtke 2016-2018
Darlene Lambert 2016-2018
Jodie Gerard: 2017-2018
About CHR's New President:

I'd like to take a minute to introduce myself. I'm new to the world of Curly Rescue, but have lots of experience in animal rescue in general.I was a high school teacher for over ten years in Michigan's Upper Peninsula when my husband's job moved us to the Kalamazoo area of Michigan. At that time I decided it was time for a change and found myself a job in my passion, animal rescue.

Working with Al-Van Humane Society as the Animal Enrichment Coordinator I learned all of the ins and outs of rescue work. The title is a bit misleading, as I worked with everything from organizing adoption events to coordinating adoptions. Just a few of my many hats included promoting our pets online, writing descriptions for all animals online, managing our Facebook page, all pre-adoption interactions (reviewing and approving applications, answering all leads from potential adopters, showing people animals, making the right matches, adoption counseling), head of the foster program, press interactions, animal intake evaluations, evaluation of animals in our care, plans for rehabilitation of animals, all interaction with other rescue organizations, and many other tasks.

When I started with this organization it had the ominous reputation of having the fourth worst kill rate in the state of Michigan according the Michigan Partnership for Animal Welfare (MPAW). With a great team of dedicated people we took this organization from a 75% kill rate to a 95% save rate in two years. This didn't happen without a ton of controversy and fights, but we made it happen.

Though I loved this work I also knew when it was time to leave. I worked with the Humane Society for four rewarding years. Though my heart is in rescue, I needed a break from receiving emergency calls at all days and hours and working much more than 40 hours a week. With the Society on a promising path I knew it was time to pass the torch to others.

 I now do some free-lance captioning from home, am trying to start up my own dog training business, and am looking for somewhere I can still be of service in rescue.

 In my own home I currently am owned by two dogs, two cats, and one foster cat.

Jodie Gerard



Contact Us 

Curly Horse Rescue, Inc.

703 East Osterhout

Portage, MI 49002