About Us

The driving force behind National Equine Resource Network is Executive Director, Shirley Puga

Although Shirley holds advanced degrees in Finance and Accounting from San Diego State University, her passion is animal welfare. Her work history includes Controller positions at several prominent development/construction projects, but her heart is behind her computer screen, on her phone, and in the field, working to improve the lives of the equines that capture her spirit.

Several years ago, Shirley’s love for horses prompted her to volunteer at a large equine rescue facility in Southern California. During the 3 years of weekly visits, she performed a host of activities ranging from event planning and business consulting, to hands on horse care and ranch tasks. After that, there was no turning back…

It was a natural progression for Shirley to evolve into direct rescue work. She spent the next 4 years working with other individuals and equine welfare organizations to facilitate the rescue of over 800 horses from situations where they were abandoned, abused, or scheduled to be slaughtered for human consumption abroad.

The experiences, the needs, and the stories she witnessed and became embroiled in, all led her to want to do more. Her vision for the National Equine Welfare Network (NERN) was borne from this desire to have an even bigger impact on equine welfare.

Please see our Program page for a glimpse into that vision…

While Shirley is the driving force behind NERN, she is by no means the only person involved. Shirley is working with a dedicated Board of Directors to establish the infrastructure and programs that NERN has to offer the equine welfare industry.

We look forward to announcing our Advisory Board in the near future, so please check back soon. We also hope to have a Friends of NERN group, down the road…

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