I was introduced to Habitat for Horses by Ginger Barber who serves in a leadership role on their board. We have worked on several fund raisers and projects for HfH so I saw first hand how the organization operates.Ginger Barber and Rebecca Williams, Director work closely with the founder, Jerry Finch and the board to run a tight ship. They are excellent stewards with the funds. They stretch the money as far as it will reach giving the horses the most safe and healing environment possible. The board works cohesively and has excellent contacts and connections which also benefit the horses. An excellent organization with an outstanding director and board.
My elderly parents live in a small town in SE Texas. They had a neighbor that had over ten horses and was not feeding them. The Sheriff wasn't doing anything about it. I sent an email to five different supposed "horse rescues" asking for help. Habitat for Horses is the only one that responded. They assisted the Sheriff by taking all the horses away and telling the judge the condition on the horses. The judge awarded all the horses to Habitat for Horses and the sheriff thanked them for helping so much. My mother still donates to them every month.
Everyone knows the horror stories that many horses endure, but few know the amazing stories of recovery that happen because of the wonderful people at Habitat for Horses. The effort these folks put in to change the life of horses and donkeys is beyond belief. Dedicated, respectful, goal driven - I've never seen people work so hard to rescue, rehabilitate and find great homes for these animals.
Habitat for Horses (HFH) is one of the largest horse rescue organizations in the United States. Currently HFH is caring for over 250 horses. Many of these horses came to HFH extremely malnourished, near death, and subjected to terrible cruelty. Through the expert and loving care provided by HFH, most will recover and many will go on to be adopted into caring homes.
Miracles happen every day at HFH. Horses that once were afraid of humans come to welcome a gentle human touch and presence. Horses that have never tasted carrots or other treats now get them...along with a lot of love. Horses that were abused come to know what it means to be cared for and treated with respect and dignity.
All of this work is done with a minimal staff and a very dedicated Executive Director, Rebecca Williams. One of the hallmarks of her leadership is financial responsibility and accountability. Rebecca very prudently manages every dollar that HFH receives, making sure that every expenditure is necessary. Nothing is wasted. Prudent management is just one of her many gifts that she uses every day to make sure the horses receive the best care possible.
See Habitat for Horses on Facebook for pictures and stories about the recovery miracles at HFH!
We found out about Habitat for Horses when my 9 year old daughter decided to save up her money for a horse. We stumbled across Habitats website and began reaching out about several horses. The actual horse we came out to see wasn't a good fit so they showed us several others. That is when we met Amberly. She was absolutely a perfect fit for our daughter and family! Communication from the rescue was excellent and very helpful through this whole process. I would without a doubt adopt from this rescue and encourage others that are looking to do the same! Thank you Habitat for Horses for all you do!!
When I made the choice to get my first horse at the age of 51, I decided to look into a rescue horse. Habitat had some great reviews so I started talking to them about it and made an appointment to go check out my options. I drove three hours to try and find the perfect horse for me. The trainer was very patient with me while she brought out and I rode several horses. I didn’t click with any of them so she sent me to their other facility down the road. They had one horse there that was suitable for me and she turned out to be perfect. I cannot say enough about the trainers and the people that run Habitat. They were all very patient, they care deeply for the horses and you can tell their mission of rescuing horses is something they do not take lightly. If I were to get another horse, Habitat is the first place I will look.
I can’t say enough GREAT things about this AMAZING Organization! A true habitat for abused/neglected and surrendered horses/donkeys/pigs/mules. I volunteer approximately 3 times a week and I love every moment. The staff are very knowledgeable and take great care of the equine! I’ve learned so much from my time at Miracle Ranch. I support them a 100% and hope you will too! They can’t do this AMAZING work without volunteers and donors!
Some of the greatest stories come from Habitat for Horses. The rescues and amazing healing the horses receive is heartwarming. So much good comes from this rescue. Watching everyone work together to make it happen every single day, is amazing as well.
I love to visit and learn about the horses and donkeys. They're all loved.
I follow them on Instragram, and I JUST LOVE ALL THE RESCUE AND REHABILITATION WORK THEY DO!!! AND I TOTALLY LOVE that they share DAILY stories of horse HOPE!!!
I have adopted horses from Habitat for Horses. I love how they tell you everything they know about a horse, even their issues. I love the new Alvin ranch, just acres and acres of green grass and horses with big butts! I know the office staff and the barn/ranch staff. They are knowledgeable, polite and you can tell they love what they do. Check them out - you won't be sorry.
I'm proud to support Habitat For Horse's lifesaving mission to help save abused and neglected horses. They are a five-star charity, and I encourage others to support them (donate, volunteer, or just learn more about them).
Habitat for Horses is an amazing organization. Their work on the prevention, rescue and rehabilitation of neglected, abused and homeless horses is truly unique in the animal rescue world. They meet the challenge of caring for these larger and uniquely intelligent and sensitive animals with compassion and unwavering dedication.
I visited the ranch at the beginning of this year. I thought I was going to see the horses, and I did, and that was great. But I was blown away by the people who care for these equines day in and day out. Their dedication to each and every one is heartwarming. No wonder so many starving, ill and injured horses (and some donkeys!) get well and go on to having great lives there. They have everything they need: plenty of food, good quality care, lots of love, and acres upon acres of grassy pasture land to roam and run around. Love this place!
I'm a monthly donor, and even have had the pleasure of visiting. Everyone at Habitat for Horses is truly dedicated to equine rescue and rehabilitation. They are honest, caring, and the some of the hardest workers I've ever met. They all share one goal, they believe the abuse and neglect of any horse, mini or donkey is simply intolerable. I'll keep supporting them because I know that they know what they're doing with my money.
The police did nothing about three horses that were starving to death until I contacted Habitat for Horses. Two days later they came with the police and took the horses to their ranch. The owner didn't even bother to show up in court.
That was a couple of years ago. I've volunteered at their new ranch and seen a lot of happy, healthy horses since then. Starting donating monthly because I want to support those that do good work.
I got the best horse in the world from Habitat for Horses, Lassiter. He is the love of my life. This group visited my horse and I to make sure we were an excellent match
I love what they are doing for these beautiful horses. I volunteer at a stable and know how much love and work go into them. We also have rescues. Horse's are special. God will come down on one. They will be blessed for their labor. Thank you from myself and my horses in NC.
I haven’t actually had any personal dealings with Habitat for Horses, but I follow them on Facebook. I’ve always been so impressed with the bios they do on each horse in their care. They really evaluate each horse as an individual, and let each horse progress at their own pace. They also work closely with law enforcement on cruelty cases. If it’s determined a horse needs to stay with them, that horse is given sanctuary at their facility for the remainder of its life. If I’m ever lucky enough to be able to own a horse, I’d be delighted to adopt a horse from Habitat for Horses.
I am the volunteer coordinator and an investigator at HfH. Over the years I have seen so many abused and neglected horses come through our gate, and have witnessed the transformation from sad and afraid, to healthy and trusting as these magnificent animals find new adoptive homes. It is all about the horses... And donkeys.
My husband is a ranch hand for this nonprofit and it is simply amazing. They do so much for so many horses in need. They rescue sick horses and provide them with much needed care and love. Even if the horse never gets adopted they can live out their lives grazing and enjoying life on their beautiful ranch. All rescues should model after this one!
I was looking for a rescue to volunteer at and donate to. After visiting a number of places, Habitat For Horses was the one a decided on. They clearly have it together and are legitimate. I wanted to do something that was good for the soul. These horses and I saved each other. Thanks HFH.
WOW! I am speechless! These people really care about the horses. I’ve seen what the horses look like when they are rescued and Habitat for Horses SAVES THEIR LIVES! They do it all day every day and they need our help. It’s not free, folks and these horses need donors. Help all you can this is such a good facility. Good people doing great things.
Professional and gentle environment. Just what these horses need. I donate knowing my money is well spent on the horses! The proof is in the miracles the staff performs. God bless Habitat for Horses
A great place to work or volunteer for those who love horses and donkeys. The work and effort put forth everyday to give the residents a good life and hopeful future is truly incredible.
Since 2008 have seen too many stories to talk about so the best advice can give anyone is to come out and see for self.
Will not be disappointed.
Thanks to Jerry, Rebecca, Ginger, all employees and volunteers, it's definitely a team effort.
Throughout the years I have watched Habitat for Horses grow from 2 horses to over 300 and develop into a wonderful and caring organization that has taken horses in from those that could not move to horses that were “ready to ride”. In each case, the horses have been treated with individual care, attention, and with much love. Some of the horses have found a forever home while others will be at the ranch forever. Other horses are ready for adoption now. The caregivers are all very dedicated and conscientious making certain that each horse is considered individually and that each horse receives love, attention, and, in most cases, much needed care.
Habitat for Horses is an incredible organization that goes above and beyond to rescue equines. They provide exceptional care for high-need horses and do everything they can to find loving families for adoptable horses. Those who cannot be adopted get to live out their days being cared for and loved by those at the ranch. Their ranch is a wonderful space where horses can roam free with all the food and care they could need.
I have been working with the staff at Habitat for Horses for almost two years now and their commitment to their work and the horses in their care is outstanding.
Amazing animal organization run by deeply committed, energetic, and compassionate experts in their field.
I adopted two donkeys from habitat for Horses. I couldn't be happier with them. They just follow one another in my pasture all day long. They don't bother a thing except eat the grass!
They are a great organization. They are very passionate about the work they do.
Habitat for Horses does amazing work rescuing horses from awful situations.
Habitat for horses is an incredibly dedicated and passionate organization
The people at Habitat for Horses are the most dedicated to mission of all non-profits of any I have ever known!
Such a great charity! Their work with Hurricane Harvey was unparalleled.
As a law enforcement officer, I've seldom worked with nonprofits as professional as Habitat for Horses. In our small town, we didn't have the expertise or space to complete a seizure of 4 starved horses. One call to Habitat for Horses and they handled everything - all the way through the court appearance.
After fifty years of working with horses in all phases of the horse world, I found out about a training system that I wish I had used 50 years ago. I had always trained with positive reinforcement but this system carries it to a new level. I attended their clinic two weekends ago and saw the wonderful effect it had on both horses and humans. They both were having tremendous fun learning!!! I've applied the technique to my 2 horses and 5 burros, all rescues, and have had amazing results. They offer the training free to rescues so I hope you will check out their website. www.connectiontraining.com. I wish I lived closer so I could volunteer with you but instead I am doing my part with my rescue animals in far West Texas. The need is everywhere. Thank you for the work you do.
This is a wonderful organization. We do so much to rescue, rehabilitate equine and educate the public. Everything we do is in the best interest of the horses.
Absolutely love this place i came here to do my community service and i am gonna continue coming here to volunteer absolutely love the staff R.j. is the guy i report to and he hasn't done me wrong. ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PLACE!!!!
This equine organization has been around for 20 years. It keeps growing, so they must be doing something right. Great people that work with law enforcement on seizures, rehabilitate and adopt horses and donkeys after background checks. Highly recommended
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
Habitat for Horses can always be relied upon to keep me informed on the very latest news on all things related to the well being of horses, both in the wild in the arena, and those retired. It is very active in trying to rescue horses in the slaughter pipeline, from the last act of kindness if that is all that can be done, to restoring to health and adopting them out. I have been reading their daily emails for years, and they have earned my trust as an unbiased source.
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.
Habitat for Horses puts their hearts and souls into saving the lives of innocent horses whose owners have abandoned or abused them. Their team is dedicated and each life saved is a celebrated victory...each loss...mourned. These folks are the real deal. They also adopt out horses to loving homes. Their stories will break your heart...but their love and dedication will mend it. Please help support them! I do..
Habitat for Horses has an important job. To educate those who are unaware of the importance of saving American icons and a piece of our American Heritage. If I lived closer, I would volunteer, but the best I can do is donate.
HFH is a champion for horses. They understand the needs of the animals and keep other horse advocates aware of the perils, the horses face.
Love that there are people willing to help these poor horses!
Habitat 4 Horses has become an essential institution in the welfare of horses and burros/donkeys in this region. They are the ones that law enforcement calls for investigations/evaluations in complaint calls and they ALWAYS respond quickly to calls and provide assistance.
I have rescued about a dozen horses over the last 15 years, most of whom have been older skinny ones. My first encounter with H4H was when someone called Animal Control about my "starving" horses, who then asked H4H to investigate my horses. I was able to show that I had food and medicine for them and was working with a vet. After the Crash of 2008, I lost my business and I worked part time for a couple of years until I lost my job.
I asked H4H to take my (3) horses BEFORE they starved because I had no money. Instead, they contacted a hay bank and provided a round bale, a month of food and Bute for the horse with arthritis. I was employed again within two weeks and no longer needed their help, but I stayed in touch with them.
One time they asked me to investigate someone else in my area (200 miles from their facility) who needed help, which I was glad to do, and reported that they were also good horse owners who were just in a tight spot like I was.
The horses come and go, always better for having been with H4H, but it is the PEOPLE who work there that are some of the finest human beings I have ever worked with, that get the credit for this wonderful organization!
I am a Volunteer. Client Served, Donor, General Member of the Public and Horse Owner and Rescuer.
In 2010, two weeks before Xmas, I lost my part time retail job and had no income at all. Usually I can fill in with odd jobs, but they had all seemed to have disappeared. My business of drawing building plans had completely collapsed after the Crash of 2008, and I was STILL struggling two years later!
It was a Tuesday and I knew had enough horse feed for my 3 geriatric equines until the next Monday. By Friday I was desperate, not sure what to do. I had been crying all night and wrote a brief email, while still crying, to H4H about my animals asking if they could take them BEFORE they become underweight and neglected because of my lack of income.
On Saturday, I received a phone call asking me for more information about the horses and my location. They sent an inspector to see my place on Sunday. On Monday they informed me that I was eligible for their hay bank program and how long did I think I would need assistance, was there anything else like, farrier or dental services needed...
I was in shock. I had been rescuing mostly older horses for over 10 years and shouldering the costs myself and never thought I would need help for my own horses (a 30 something and a 24 year old geldings and a 20 yr old pony mule). I told her I had never been unemployed more than two weeks, and it might take another two weeks to actually collect a check. That evening they had the local feed store deliver a month's worth of feed and a round bale to my house. The very next day I got a call from a new client to draw a house, and have been doing architecture again since then and continue to be able to take good care of my oldsters.
They are miracle workers in not only helping the horses but helping the people who love and care for the horses. That is why they have grown so much and are the go-to rescue in this region, which I have done when noticing neglected horses in this area. I have donated money when I could, donated tack as my horses are no longer ridden and even donated my time to make inspections of potential adopters or hay bank clients. They are what all rescues should be like. Solid, effective and compassionate. Thank you.
This is an excellent organization to donate to help horses and burros. I have visited one of the properties where the livestock is kept. This is not a fly-by-night nonprofit, has been around helping animals for a long time. I know when I donate to this organization that the donation is going for what I had intended it for; helping horses. They do such an excellent job and really care about every animal in their possession. They do their very best to find forever homes for the ones that are adoptable. Those that are not adoptable have a forever home at one of the HFH facilities. This endeavor is not cheap, so any donation is a great help. If you donate to only one nonprofit, please make it Habitat for Horses.
I believe they're one of the best ... frequently I come across articles and news reports regarding HfH's involvement in the care of horses. I truly believe they have knowledge of horses and passion for horses, which is essential when caring for animals -- it's a 24/7 proposition! I make monetary donations whenever I can -- horses are expensive. I hope and pray they continue their great work and that they grow -- and take in as many horses as possible. (So many are in need due to horses' loss of public lands -- which they used to call home -- that are being taken over by the BLM and cattle ranchers).
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.
I am very grateful that there is "HABITAT FOR HORSES"!
Unfortunately too many horses are abused and abandoned theses days with no
one to care about them.
Habitat for Horses has been there to help them recover and regain health.
They are doing a fantastic job caring for these animals and I am happy to support their efforts!
I wish I could rescue every horse, donkey, burro or mule needing help. Since that is impossible, it gives me great satisfaction to help support the wonderful work done by non-profit organizations like Habitat for Horses as they continue their missions of mercy in the field of equine rescue.
Habitat for Horses is making a difference in our world, one horse at a time. I'm glad to help them do this. Blessings.
I love Habitat for Horses. The work they do to help these beautiful animals heal emotionally and physically is wonderful and allows these animals to get their forever homes. The work of caring for all these animals is long and hard and at times heartbreaking - yet they continue on, day and night, loving each and every one of their animals. Were it possible, I would adopt all of these beautiful animals.
Habitat for Horses is just that - a way to rescue, save, love and, when necessary, either adopt out the animals or provide a forever home for those with physical and emotional problems too severe to ever fully heal. I donate as much and as often as possible. And I am only too aware that there are, and continue to be, more animals than funds desperately needed to fight human cruelty and ignorance.
At its core, Habitat for Horses is more than an equine organization. It is a haven for warriors and angels alike dedicated to a mission fraught with heartache, heartbreak, and death. However, for every horse or donkey saved, so too is a human soul. To me, there is no greater calling...
There are no words sufficient enough to touch upon the selfless giving of Habitat for Horses. Suffering and sad, my only regret is the money required to save each animal, each human, indeed, our very world. Deplorable as this may be it is also an easy fix - it's only money. From penny to profit if we all give just a little bit we save the animals...we save ourselves. Habitat for Horses provides and protects this most sacred of gifts.
Wish I could adopt one of their horses, but have to do the next best thing, which is to support them so others may adopt their wonderful animals. Thanks for being there.
I have been donating and receiving newsletters from Habitat for Horses for years now and I am more than happy to continue to do so
They have a special love for horses and they do a great job nurturing them and finding homes. Thank you Habitat for Horses. I wish there were more organizations like you!
I adopted my beautiful horse through Habitat
for Horses. This organization is dedicated
to serving the horse! They were wonderful to
work with and had a positive attitude. I'm
so thankful I was able to adopt through this
I adopted my beautiful horse Santa Fe through
Habitat for Horses. It was a wonderful experience!
They worked with me and were very honest and
helpful in getting the right match for me! I will
always adopt a horse through Habitat for Horses. It is a rewarding experience!
I adopted 2 horses from Habitat for Horses a little over 5 years ago. One of the horses was so terrified to load into the trailer that I ended up leaving the trailer with them so they could help her work through her fears on her own timetable. A few weeks later, they got her loaded, loaded the 2nd horse and drove her to me, 5 hours away. There is not enough wonderful things I can say about them. The love and care they provide the animals amazing. I recommend them to everyone that is looking for a horse.