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STOLEN HORSE INTERNATIONAL INC

Rating: 4.69 stars   16 reviews 216

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals

Address:

PO Box 1341 Shelby NC 28150 USA

Mission:

First formed in 1998, Stolen Horse International, Inc. (SHI), brings attention to a major crime against horse lovers, horse theft. Each year in the US there are an estimated 40,000-55,000 horses stolen. The mission of SHI is to provide a comprehensive theft awareness and identification program to all facets of the horse industry and offer educational opportunities for horse enthusiasts of all types and across all disciplines. SHI gives assistance to victims in recovery of missing horses through the NetPosse volunteer network. Many horses have been recovered as a result of swiftly distributed information and flyers via internet.

Target demographics:

horse owners

Direct beneficiaries per year:

250 registered users with well over 250,000 unique hits to our website.

Geographic areas served:

primarily the USA, recently expanded to UK, consulting in several other countries

Programs:

education and resources on the prevention and security of their horses, barns, stables, farms, homes, and trailers; and, in the event of theft, to provide counseling and resources to aid in the most effective and efficient recovery possible of their equine, tack, or equipment.

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Reviews for STOLEN HORSE INTERNATIONAL INC

Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

2 people found this review helpful

We got Opie he was about 10 months old. He was our sweet boy....he was stolen when he was about 3 - that was in 2003. He was returned home Aug 2012! Opie was registered both Pinto and American Saddlebred. That could have easily been checked. He was reported missing all over. There were so many ways for him to be "found" but the ONLY thing that worked was STOLEN HORSE INTERNATIONAL. If there was a "one stop shop" as I call it. ONE place that Police, victims and potential buyers could check, do you have any idea how many horses would be saved? If Debi’s STOLEN HORSE INTERNATIONAL was THE PLACE I do believe we would actually put some fear into the fearless thiefs and those who protect them. We all have to help each other. I had always thought horse people were "good" people. The sad truth is. They may "say" they are but are so far from it. Actions are what matter. A little help could have gone a long way in catching the people that did this. At least we have him home.

I am telling everyone, trying to get the word out. PLEASE, if you have had a horse stolen or "find" a horse, please do the right thing. Call police THEN check STOLEN HORSE INTERNATIONAL We contacted the police, made flyers went to shows and sale barns you name it - up and down the highway and surrounding areas. No one saw him and once you see him...you would know. The BEST thing I EVER did was contact Stolen Horse International. Debi Medcalf was our saving grace. She and her organization never gave up hope and never took his image and flyer down. They even had hired a private investigator to try to find me. She walked me through the whole process keeping me calm and on track (which if you know me is difficult at best) My emotions run high and they get the best of me at times. Most of all when injustices happen. She is not only MY HERO but the hero of many she has assisted.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I live in Oklahoma and had 10 horses stollen from me. I didn't know where to go,who to talk to, or even where to start. We had posted it on Facebook but I didn't know what else to do.
Then I got a phone call from Debi Bailey Metcalfe. I was a wreck and she walked me through everything. Debi and a volunteer, Jana Bailey, have been there by my side step by step. They walked me through what to do on the recovery of the only horse we have gotten back so fare. They help my weed through every lead we get. They have helped me through all the hard times, and believe me there are a lot. They help me not give up hope on finding the other 9 of my horses. There is NO way I could do this alone. Stolen Horse International has so many resources that I wouldn't ever have had.
I want to thank Stolen Horse international for everything they do. I recommend them to any body that has had a horse stolen or is missing. They are just amazing people!

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2 people found this review helpful

This past week I attended a seminar in Winston Salem, NC hosted by a NC nonprofit where the founder of NetPosse/SHI was the speaker. I attended not because I own a horse, but because I do own animals. I have always believed more needs to be done to protect our animals, they are family to most of us. I have to say I was in for a very real eye-opening experience. I had no idea so many horses and farm animals are stolen and that much of the time, it involves friends, neighbors and family, for one purpose, money. They plan it, then it's easy. It can be one person, it can be many involved. Sadly, they aren't concerned with the value of the animals, many go to slaughter or are sold, over and over, just for the profit in their pockets. They will even change the appearance of the animal if possible. I was interested as a friend of mine had her horse stolen and it took nearly a year to recover her. There is no regard for the animals or owners, they are left with scars that never go away. The legal system rarely works your side. Ownership papers, photo's, do not always help. You need legal and binding contracts, and even those can fail. It can come down to, my word against your word type of thing. You need microchips and other forms of identification, and they may not be enough. You need photo's of every marking possible on your animal, but the thief can have the same evidence. You need an organization that through the media, sharing of pictures, all information and posters to even have a prayer of hope. I asked when the thief is caught what sort of punishment can be expected, a slap on the wrist, more often than not. Hard to believe isn't it. One horse that had been missing for 10 years was recently recovered, they don't give up on you. I have been to seminars where I was quickly bored, not this time. The speaker knew what she needed to get out there, the meeting went well over the time allowed. It was truly interesting and shocking at the same time. Use this organization, it is nonprofit and interested in helping you recover your horse.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am an animal advocate and have been involved with many issues regarding equines. This group is one I keep an eye on. They are such a valuable tool when checking cases that seem to have something just a little odd to them. This group not only educates others, they make a difference for so many horses and owners by keeping up with everyday info and other pieces of information I sometimes see on FB. They are all business and I appreciate that!

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

You think it will never happen to you. How can a 1000+ lb animal that you legally own, that you have spent precious time with and cared for, simply be taken away from you? I had a verbal agreement with a friend to keep my horses on his property. My truck and horse trailer was used quite often in his business and I helped with other parts of his business so it was all very mutual at the time. But things change, friendships change and friendships end, leaving our animals vulnerable. That’s what happened to me.

I purchased my Peruvian Paso Mare in 2009. I saw her for the last time June 1, 2012. This all happened when I was in the middle of moving to a new location. I eventually moved to another state due to family reasons. All the while I was trying to keep tabs on where my horse was, is she still there, can anyone verify it, etc. Certified letters went unsigned for, threat of small claims court went unanswered. I had no idea where to turn for help. Who is going to care about my horse? And, with only a verbal agreement in place, who legally is going to want to help me? Then, one day in May of 2014, I decided to go online and search for help. I had never heard of NetPosse.com before. But the first thing I saw online was the Stolen Horse International aka NetPosse.com website, founder Debi Metcalf. I read Debi’s story about her own experience of her horse Idaho being stolen and how she didn’t give up searching for him until he made it back home. So, I dialed her number, expecting to hear a voice mailbox that would prompt me to leave a message that would probably never be returned. But Debi answered the phone on my first call. If I stopped right there with this story, it would be enough to show the value that this group places on helping others who have lost or stolen horses. But there’s more. Debi listened to my entire story and she told me, legally, what needed to take place to get the ball rolling in getting my horse back. All along the way, whether by phone, text messages or Facebook Messenger, Debi and other volunteers have always been available. One night I woke up about 4 am and sent her a FB Message hoping she would read it in the morning or later in the day. She immediately messaged me back. She was already up (or had been up most of the night) working on another case. That is who Debi Metcalf is.

My horse had been taken by someone who hauls horses for a living so, honestly my fear was, she could easily be anywhere in the country and I may never see her again. But on June 2, 2015, I won a Motion in court for the return of my horse. And on June 24, 2015, I saw my horse again for the first time in 3 years. Now she is back home with me.

NetPosse.com is run by people who have already been through what you are going through. They provide help, guidance and assistance in recovering lost or stolen horses. They also work hard to educate others about the prevalence of equine theft and loss prevention. Here’s to a wonderful group of people. Thank you for being there when I needed you!

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4 people found this review helpful

STI, is probably one of the best organizations out there and is the only one I know of which actively helps horse owners who's horses have turned up missing and or stolen. Because of the network they have been able to establish throughout the country and internationally, people from all walks of life, horse people, pro and or anti slaughter come together to help owners find their missing and or stolen horses.

So often the police dismiss stolen horse complaints as civil or unimportant, when to the horse owner, they are of the utmost importance to the owner. They are a beloved pet, companion, family member, and or working partner. Thank you SHI for all the hard work you do to help owners find their horses......

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3 people found this review helpful

I've been following them for awhile now, and seen them take action day and night trying to help people in their darkest scariest moments of losing their four legged fur babies. Always very nice people, and try their hardest to reunite animals with their owners. I found a gelding on my farm one day and their tech team helped me set up the ad to try to find the owners, took only one day and he was back home! I ALWAYS recommend people in my FB groups to them!

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Rating: 1 stars  

I am deeply concerned about the ethics and intentions of this organization.

Many horses are stolen because thieves see horse slaughter as a quick way to make a buck and dispose of the evidence. And yet this organization refuses to take an official position on the sordid, barbaric industry of horse slaughter? Is it because it increases the need for their services?

I am equally dumbfounded by the recent efforts of Stolen Horse International in spreading propaganda from animal abuse industries, including SeaWorld, Ringling Brother Circus, and HumaneWatch, a nefarious astroturf group for industries that profit from animal cruelty.

I would urge people to ask the organization why they are spreading lies to attack other groups doing good work for animals - especially horses - and also to cease support of SHI.

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We at SHI purposely do not take a +/- on horse slaughter issues either way. We do not wish to enter that fray at all. We choose to pick our battles as our resources are finite and limited. There are many who do fight that battle and they are most welcome to do so. As to the slanderous statement that we do not because it increases the need for our services, that would hardly benefit us in any way. We are a 502(c)(3) staffed totally by volunteers. We have no salaries. We make no profits. Any and all income is plowed right back into the business overhead. This makes that charge clearly ludicrous in the extreme. We have never spread the 'propaganda' from any of the animal abuse industries-horse, dog, cat, or any other. We simply do not do so. It is not in our mission. If this writer would care to share these instances with us, we would be happy to discuss them with them. We do not believe them to be ours at all. We think this person has SHI confused with someone else. Since this person has not seen fit to bring these issues to us directly, but has posted this in such a public forum in an effort to slander our good name and reputation, we would simply like to ask that the reader consider our record and reputation over the past years from 1998 as the innovative group in the field. No other group does what SHI does in the entire world still (2015). That's over 16 years of people trusting and relying on what we have to offer. We do what we say we will do. Our mission is to educate horse owners in how to better secure their horses, farms, barns, homes, and trailers to prevent theft in the first place, and secondly, to provide counseling and resources to the horse owner who has a lost, missing, or stolen horse. That is our mission. Not to save every horse on trailers going across the borders-as much as we would personally like to do so. Thank you for allowing the rebuttal. It is very kind of greatnontprofits.org to do so. Ellen Wright, Director of Operations Stolen Horse International-USA

Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Through watching the volunteers at Netposse over the years I have observed a caring compassionate organization committed to the return of stolen/missing horses to their owners.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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3 people found this review helpful

This organization has been an important link in the horse community for many years. They have helped countless people to recover their stolen or lost horses.. and given hope to those who are still searching. They educate the public as to steps that can be taken to protect their horses and on what to do if they are in this situation.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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