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Horse Haven of Tennessee Inc

Rating: 4.79 stars   61 reviews 2,402

Address:

PO Box 22841 Knoxville TN 37933 USA

Mission:

Our mission is to advocate for, rescue, protect, and defend our God-given equine from abuse and neglect in Tennessee.

Results:

Many owners have been helped by our programs who could not have otherwise fed, gelded or cared for their horses in which case the animals may have suffered.

Target demographics:

Horses from abused or neglected situations.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

126 horses in need of care

Geographic areas served:

All of Tennessee

Programs:

Helping Hoof - Help people to feed their horses who have fallen on hard times for three months. This allows them time to get back on their feet or find time to place their animals into a new home. Studs to Buds - Free or low cost geldings for owners. Ultimate Act of Compassion - Free or low cost euthanasia options.

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865-609-4030
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Reviews for Horse Haven of Tennessee Inc

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Rating: 1 stars  

This is nothing more than a boarding barn with clients ordered to pay for their board through the court. They have an endless supply of unwilling boarders with court orders to pay. A great business model if you ask me. With a full barn(which is free) staffed with volunteers to do the work and charging people more than retail for board they should have no problem turning a profit on their own.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

Find a no-kill shelter like Safe Harbor. These people are too quick to condemn a healthy horse to death.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Many of us want to help but don't have the stomach , it is both sad and yet rewarding to know that there is a outlet for these magnificent creatures. And someone who will fight for them . Horse Haven does that and more!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Horse Haven of TN helped me with their "Studs to Buds" program. We bought a couple of mares at a horse sale (1st time ever at one) and one of them was with foal unbeknownst to us. We weren't prepared for 3 horses let alone a baby. When the colt was born and was weaned we rehomed his mother due to lack of pasture. The colt then developed an attitude and was trying to bite constantly and was getting closer to 2 years old and I was afraid he would start developing his male tendencies towards my other mare. I called around for prices on gelding at different vets in the area and they were all out of my budget. I was on HHT's webpage and read about their "Studs to Buds" program, filled out an application and was approved. They contacted me and set up a surgery date. The Vet Service came to my pasture and gelded him and did a coggins test all for little cost to me. They were a life saver because if he'd have gotten anymore aggressive I don't know what I would've done. The fence would not have withstood a stud horse with a mare in season on the other side.

Now I try to help HHT by donating horse related items to their Tack Shack for resale to raise money for the horses and other ways when possible.

Thanks to HHT I have a nicer gelding and no worries about foals.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

When I volunteered for Horse Haven in Winter 2012/2013, I was impressed by how willing the Barn Manager was to teach me what I needed to know to be a volunteer. She stoked a fire in me for animal rescue. Horse Haven works tirelessly to save horses from abandonment, starvation and abuse. They assist law enforcement in bringing perpetrators to meet their much deserved justice, making sure those who would harm a equine pay the price for the cruelty. Without them, many of these animals would never see justice. Without Horse Haven, many of these horses would have died. Horse Haven provides a safe and loving refuge for these stricken animals, allowing them to heal both physically and emotionally from the ravages of their abusers. In short, Horse Haven of Knoxville is a godsend for equines all over Tennessee.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

People who put a negative review on here have probably had their animals taken away from them because they didn't take the necessary care the animals required. Horse Haven is about getting animals out of abusive and deplorable conditions and finding homes for them with someone who will take proper care of the animal. They don't make a profit from anything. The adoption fee doesn't even come close to compensating what they expend on an animal while in their care. That's not what it all about. They have to work with authorities who follow the law. Animals are not removed from a home unwarranted. There is just cause. Cases go to court and the animals are given the care they need while they are waiting for their case to be resolved and be released to find their forever home. Horse Haven has cases that continue on for several years sometimes and the animals are well taken care of including any medical needs they may have, which can get quite costly. We have adopted our horses from Horse Haven and have been volunteers at Horse Haven and we have seen first hand what these horses look like when they first arrive and it breaks my heart. The sob story is real. If someone doesn't question why a human being would neglect an animal to the point of starvation, they have no business owning animals.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I received a Horse Haven Newsletter in the mail by mistake one day (thank you postal carrier!) I read the newsletter and discovered they needed volunteers. I signed up on their website and my husband said he would volunteer too. I grew up with horses in my life and horses have always had a special place in my heart. One day I will have a place to have another horse but in the meantime, I get my horse fix by volunteering at Horse Haven. My eyes were opened one day not long after we became official volunteers about the condition these horses arrive in. It was the saddest thing I've ever seen in my life; 30 horses arrived at a temporary holding facility. Some were just skin and bones, two horses ultimately didn't survive. These horses literally made their water buckets muddy because all they had to drink was mud and as they drank clean water, the mud in their mouth washed out into their buckets. They had been standing in a foot deep of mud. My husband and I cried as we worked around these horses when they first arrived to the holding facility. We couldn't believe people would treat another living being so inhumanly. Luckily, they had been removed from those horrible conditions and offered a better life. Now I understood why the job of Horse Haven was so important. We love volunteering here and feel we are serving a greater purpose.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

These people are about helping Law Enforcement prosecute at all cost, regardless of the truth or what is best for the animals. By doing business this way the a) have no investment in the horses that they sell (adopt out for a fee) b) Can use the courts to force the owners of the animals to pay them, regardless of their guilt, and then c) create a sob story to tug at peoples heart strings to get them to donate money. Typical Animal Activist playbook.

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

This type of comment from defendants are expected. HHT provides a service to all law enforcement entity's within our state at no charge. Our service consists of transport and providing care for equine that have been removed as evidence when animal cruelty charges are placed against their owners. We are not the prosecuting entity. When an owner of an animal within our care chooses to have us provide a horse with medical attention at any cost, instead of allowing a suffering animal to be humanely euthanized, any reasonable person would understand why our organization should be refunded for their cost. We can not make any decisions regarding any animal within our care, that is the place of the courts or the entity that had the animals removed. Some just can't seem to understand this.

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Fantastic organization, which truly demonstrates their love and compassion for horses. This organization is organized, lead by a great group of ladies, and has a wonderful group of volunteers.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Horse Haven of Tennessee is an amazing organization that goes over and beyond with wonderful volunteers and staff to help the horses. Until you have been there no one really knows or sees the tears,blood and sweat that is put into this amazing organization

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Horse Haven of TN not only works with local law enforcement agencies to rescue equines from abuse and neglect, but it allows the equines (horses, donkeys, mules) to rehabilitate in a calm, safe environment. Then, when they are back up to weight and ready, the equines are adopted out (at a very low price, considering the vet care, hoof trimmings, and feed they receive while in HHT care). Potential adopters must pass a facility check, plus sign a contract with HHT showing they will be responsible for the animal's care.
This is a well-run nonprofit organization. Every employee and volunteer at HHT works "for the good of the horses"!

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Horse Haven of Tennessee has stepped up & taken on some of the most horrific cases of equine abuse in the East TN area. What this non-profit has accomplished in its 15 years of service is truly commendable. Horses that otherwise would have died agonizing deaths because of neglect and starvation are now in wonderful, loving homes due to the efforts of HHT. Every equine taken in is given hope.
And, with proper food, water, and care, these abused animals turn from sadness and become the glorious, full-of-life creatures they were made to be!
Their transformations are, without a doubt, the most wonderful events for the dedicated Horse Haven of Tennessee volunteers & staff.

 
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