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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Services, Animals

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.

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

4 Nikki46

Client Served

Rating: 5

My horse went missing while at a barrel race, thank you to Netposse & it's wonderful volunteers because my horse was found the next morning after Netposse reached out to help me. Wonderful organization & people.

3 Sherri34

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer case manager for Texas. What a wonderful organization I have the privilege of being a part of. Though NetPosse I have learned so much. We feel the saddness with our victims when their horse's are lost are stolen. The tools we have and knowledge our resources is a blessing. From 18 years of experience from the founder of NetPosse. We are like no other organisation out there.

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3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I thank SHI aka NetPosse is a wonderful organization. I have had the privilege of working with NetPosse as a CM for Texas.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a "horse lover," since I was a very young girl. Until I moved to North Carolina, I was totally unaware of the amount of horse theft that exists. And now with slaughter being a lucrative business, I am appalled to see just how many beloved horses are stolen or taken without permission then dropped off at auctions that are frequented by "kill buyers." Without SHI/NetPosse, a far greater number of missing horses would never be located. Whenever I see someone posting that their horse has gone missing, my first suggestion is file a report with NetPosse. Yes, there is a small fee involved to file the report but the reward of finding your beloved animal, or finding out that a terrible tragedy befell him/her, is well worth the small expense. One has closure either way and can move on with their lives with that knowledge. Please think of supporting SHI/NetPosse whenever you are able - every dollar helps. Our gratitude is always for Debi Metcalfe and Idaho - without either this wonderful organization would not exist. God bless.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Stolen Horse International is doing a wonderful job trying to help locate my stolen mini. My stolen mini is near or across the Mexican border. They made
a flyer in Spanish to be distributed across the border.

4 Susi D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a case manager volunteer, it is extremely gratifying when we all work together to find and return these wonderful animals to their rightful owners. Very professional and always working to help in times of need.

4 Brenda81

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am privileged to be a volunteer with Stolen Horse International. It’s a great experience to be a part of such a unique organization and work with so many great, like-minded people. No one else does what we do, the way we do it, to help bring missing horses home. Thank you Debi Metcalf for working so hard for so long to keep this going.

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8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

4 Jana10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer of SHI for three years. There is no other organization that offers the types of service we offer. Educating horse owners before theft and assisting horse owners if their horse has gone missing by either a civil matter or by theft. Debi Metcalfe is truly an expert in this field. When the Metcalfe's horse Idaho was stolen from her pasture, Debi did not have Stolen Horse International to run to. Seeing the need through their own experience brought about this wonderful organization.

5 onelegalrn

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization inside and out. Love volunteering for an organization that truly goes the extra mile to help recover Stolen/Lost/Missing Horses and Owners of Found horses. I can't say enough about how much I enjoy working to help our clients. The stories of recovery are the ones that make it all worth the work. Thank you Debi Metcalfe & Harold for all you do for this organization!

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6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization and very rewarding experience. Stolen Horse International goes over and beyond to help horses and their owners during a time of need.

5 Angela149

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Stolen Horse International, Inc., aka NetPosse.com, since the early 2000s. In 2005, I began working directly with the founder, Debi Metcalfe, to process cases for victims. For more than a decade, I have seen this organization grow and develop in educational programs for horse owners and assistance in the recovery of countless missing horses. There is no monetary compensation or normal hours. All of the volunteers, led by Debi, do what they do because they care about these horses and the people who love them. No other nonprofit does what NetPosse does or has accomplished so much.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very caring group of people that work tirelessly to reunite owners with their equines.