I have been a volunteer at the Habitat for Horses since 2010. I've seen horses come in who were horribly abused or neglected; emaciated, and sick. And I have watched them come back to life under the expert care and love of the staff at the Habitat, and become happy and healthy again.
It has been my honor and my privilege to volunteer at the Habitat for Horses since 2010. I have seen miracles unfold at the ranch when horses are brought in, some close to death because of abuse or neglect, and I watch their dedicated staff and volunteers bring them back to life. Not only do the horses and donkeys receive the medical care that is necessary, but they receive the love and attention, plus the nutrition that they need, to become horses worthy and able to be adopted out. It is both a haven and a hospice for the horses and I am proud to be part of this organization. Debbie Stoutamire
8 years ago I had the pleasure of living on HfH's ranch for a month, and volunteering every day. Since then, I have been back twice to volunteer a day or 2 at a time. The ranch is an incredible peaceful place. (HfH is in TX, I live in NC. If I were local, I would volunteer year round!) They are far and away the best equine rescue I have ever seen. They are well organized, well run, and they have only the horse's best interests at heart. Jerry, who started HfH, is a phenomenal human being, and he and Rebecca give this their all, and then some. I recommend this rescue to everyone I know in the equine world, because you know your money is being well spent, and that this organization is here to stay. I cannot say enough good things about them, and feel lucky to have been (and still consider myself to be) a part of the HfH family.
My granddaughter had to do community service time at the Habitat for Horses in Hitchcock. I worked right along side her as she was underage to stay alone and I was not going to just sit there and watch for 8 hours. It was over 100 degrees and we learned so many things. "Mucking" got to be something we just picked up shovels and did. But I have never seen a more dedicated, hard-working staff. Their love for these animals is so real!!! And they shared not only their knowledge of how to work with horses, but they taught us the ups and downs, the good and the bad and the Babies! This is a most engaging and deeply respected experience I have encountered. This resource is worth a million. I pray that it is ranked a great nonprofit, for it truly is one!!
Habitat for Horses is a truly godsend. In over ten years of involvement with this organization I can assure their role has been essential not only in helping abused equines thorough Texas and assisting law enforcement in bringing those responsible to justice and prosecute the cases (a task many small law enforcement departments don't have the resources to do so) but also to help many people with broken bodies or souls to recover as well as regular horse owners through their numerous rehabilitation and educational programs.
In addition, Habitat for Horses has been one of the organizations spearheading the efforts to bring to an end the inhumane and cruel practice of slaughter of American horses, both domestic and wild. I am certain that, without Habitat, Texas would still carry the stigma of being the home of the destructive foreign-owned horse slaughter industry. Therefore, Habitat not only helps those equines that pass through their gates but also virtually every horse living in the US.
But that's not all, Habitat as well provides support to horse owners, law enforcement and emergency response personell during emergencies such as hurricanes by providing shelter to stranded animals, feed to horse owners whose homes where devastated and support during rescue operations, in addition to invaluable training in preparation for such disasters.
Overall, Habitat for Horses is, in my opinion, one of -if not downright the best- equine rescue organization currently operating in the United States.
Daniel Cordero Fernández
Habitat for Horses is the real deal when it comes to helping horses in need. They work to improve the lives of horses in so many ways - education to help prevent neglect, help with feed for those who've found themselves in a temporary bind, intervention when needed, organizing hundreds of volunteers to care for, train and rehabilitate horses, providing access to horses for adoption, standing up for horses in the wild, working to improve the care and handling of BLM horses, working to stop the illegal shipment of horses to slaughterhouses, and so much more. If not for Habitat for Horses I would not have had the joy of fostering horses and watching them heal both physically and mentally and I would not have have known two very special horses.
It's all about the horses at Habitat for Horses -- society NEEDS more and more sanctuaries and rescue ranches like Habitat for Horses -- without them, horses (along with other animals) would truly be at a loss -- they need human intervention, they need shelter, food, caring, good health, comfort, the proper environment along with the proper activities. Habitat for Horses is one of the best homes for horses (by the way, if I'm not mistaken, other animals also are taken in).
This is a true no-kill rescue! So much good is done here -- horses benefit, people benefit -- we desperately need more Rescues like Habitat for Horses.
It's a win-win for all parties involved!
Volunteering with Habitat for horses has left a lasting impression of kindness, and love given freely that will stay with me forever. The charity is run by people with hearts as big as the equines they save, help and care for.
I started volunteering with Habitat for Horses in 2009. Unfortunately, I am not able to volunteer as much as I would like due to distance (70 miles one way); however, I greatly enjoy the time I am there. You can tell how much these horses and burros are cared for as soon as you arrive. I love volunteering in whatever capacity is needed that day. Whether it's providing help with feeding, cleaning stalls/pasture, assisting with vaccinations, bathing, giving extra TLC, etc...it all means so much to the horses, burros and staff. Everybody I've met at the ranch (staff, other volunteers, etc...) all have a heart as big as Texas for the animals, and wants to see each of them find their forever home.
I've been very fortunate to have met a lady who has three rescues from Habitat for Horses. All are beautiful horses that have made great strides while at the ranch and their forever home. It's sad to think what might have happened to these great horses had Habitat not been there. I'm tremendously greatful for the work Habitat for Horses continues to do each and every day!
My husband and I fist heard about HFH after we visited a horse sale barn. We had just moved here from England in 2001. We were so appalled by the condition of the horses that we decided to try and help. We moved on to a new property, 100 acres, and here we are 27 rescue horses later. Most all are from HFH rescues. Some our own personal rescues. Getting these horses back to good health is a long, costly journey. Many times I called Jerry when a horse was sick and asked for advice. He is extremely knowledgeable and has helped me work through some difficult, worrying times. Jerry Finch, Rebecca Williams and all their great staff work tirelessly. Jerry Finch is one of the few Class 3 investigators in the country and we need them to be able to continue their work. Without our support, horses will never get a chance.