I am a volunteer for Hooves & Paws Rescue of the Heartland. Not only have I learned SO much about the work of rescue, I see daily with my own eyes the hard work, sweat, blood, & tears that go into this rescue. Even working full time jobs, they manage to rescue, vet, feed, water, nurture, rehabilitate, medicate, vaccinate, haul hay, buy expensive special foods when needed for individual animals with special dietary needs, clean out stalls, pastures, shelters, review & home-check potential & existing foster homes, adoptive homes, gas for the vehicles, trucks, trailers needed, fencing, cleaning water troughs, repairs, as you can tell, there is really no end to the love that goes into this rescue, which is also honest & true. I have been blessed to work with them when I can, & have earned their trust, which is also another factor of rescue, you have to have "trustworthy" volunteers & people, otherwise, the rescued would be at risk of having abuse or neglect happen while under their care. God bless Billy & Genea Stoops, & their rescue!! :)
Sharing my experience. I thought would adopt to give a horse a much needed home. I was good with a horse only being green broke because I had worked with green broke horses in the past. I contacted the rescue & told them what I was looking for. I was contacted back saying that they had a horse that would fit. He was born at the rescue & was 5yrs. I made an appointment because you cannot just show up at the rescue & the rescue wanted to make sure the trainer was there. When my daughter & I arrived we where given a tour while the trainer caught the horse, saddled & warmed the horse up. (Should have been a sign right there). I asked if I could ride him & they agreed. Only got to ride in a round pen & the horse tripped a couple of times while I was riding. I asked things like does he load (on website he does), how is he with vehicles, etc. & was told everything was good. The horse seemed very dosial & corapative. I agreed to adopt at a fee of $400. The agreement stated if I ever could not take care of the horse I would give him back. I was fine with the agreement because I thought the rescue would want to make sure the horse was the right fit. Delivery day came...the rescue arrived they insisted that they needed to unload the horse into the pasture & not in front of the barn (Should have been a sign right there). Anyway they backed up to the gate and unloaded him (he was unloaded by the rescue and trainer). Later after the rescue left I went & caught the horse. He sometimes would mule stand while I was trying to lead until he spotted my daughter's mare that looked like his mother (he had been pasture with his mother & she was still at the rescue). After he spotted my daughter's horse he was willing to lead. I lead him over to tie him up so I could adjust the saddle to him while my daughter stood there with her mare. Everything was going okay until my daughter decided to ride away. The horse just about trampled me because my daughter left. I had to get my daughter back over by him so he was calm enough to work with. I put him in the round pen & worked with him (was hard because he did not respond to the noise to get him to going or the whip on his butt). After, I turned him back into the paster with my daughter's mare & it was like he was rounding the mare up as if he was a stallion. I thought he might be better after he spends some time with the mare so I waited until the next day. The next day my daughter went to get him and her mare out of the pasture. He about crushed my daughter & ran her over when she was leading him. I met her at the paster gate & took over following my daughter & the mare. I took him in the barn so I could put the saddle on him & then lug him before riding and he just about trampled me because he was not next to the mare. He was all over the place & was only focused on the mare. He was digging his front foot big & at the ground and almost got me a few times with his front foot. I was unable to get him brushed before working with him & was in fear for mine and my daughter saftey. The horse did not even notice we were there & only had eyes on the mare even when we would try to get his attention. I contacted the rescue to come get him. They showed up at 11:45pm at night (rude they could not wait until the next day) and could not get him to loaded. During the attempt to load he kicked off the barn gutter and the rescuers had to make a loading shoot out of fence panels. They gave up & came out the next day to load. I helped them the next day by using the mare & still it took 3 hours of using fence panels as a shoot and food to get him loaded. I am out the $400 & only had the horse 24 hours to realize someone is going to get hurt really bad by this horse & the rescue is making him out to be a sweet, gental horse, that loads lol. This is my experance & a lesson learned for me. Please make sure that even when you adopt you try out the horse as if it was already yours! Go catching the horse, saddle yourself to ride, ride it on the rode to see how it does & if they will not let you do that walk away!
Great rescue organization! I have seen something they have done for animals and it is awesome
They were immediately responsive and helpful when I needed assistance. Wonderful people!
They help me personally when my two dogs broke out of a friends fenced yard. They got the word out and through people sharing the dogs were located and returned to me the next day. I probably would have never found them without Hooves and Paws.
A huge THANK YOU.
When my dog Gwedoe was ready to pass over to rainbow bridge Genea called Dr. Pete to come assist and also drove 35 miles one way to be with me.
I have been following this group for a long time now,and I know lots of people who help\have helped out at hooves and paws. Amazing people,and they need all our support, to help them continue to help those in need... Who have no voice.
The service Hooves and Paws Rescue of the Heartland is not only desperately needed in our communities but the miracles they create every day provide life for animals with no voice of their own. The inspiration I receive from reading their stories brings me joy and hope for a better world in the future. This group of amazing people are the angels among us.
They are doing a great job rehabilitating and rehoming animals rescued from neglect cases or owner surrenders. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!
Hooves and Paws Rescue of the Heartland is one of the greatest rescues. They go above and beyond for the animals that don't have a voice of their own. They will help anyone that needs it.
Hooves & Paws Rescue of the Heartland does consistent good and important work rescuing animals in need. They are a rescue that I respect and admire. Thank you, Cindy.
This organization got my attention and receives my support because of the continual sacrifices it makes, amount of animals it saves, variety of animals it helps and rehomes, and the genuine all around top notch care and environment their facility, volunteers and founders provide. They continuously educate people about proper care and the nurturing of animals and are vested in the lifelong care of their animals. They really dedicate their whole lives and all of their hearts into making a better world for the unfortunate and those that need their help....the innocent and often betrayed four legged angels.
The work they do is not only local but nation wide. Individuals and other non profits all rely on hooves and paws professional experience and network.
I have them on my feed, this i feel is a very good rescue people in my own home town have lost pets some i knew, some i didn,t but they were the first ones out there to help.have reunited pets and familys and the 1s no 1 will claim she works hard to get the right family,,,,
We called and emailed in response to a post on Facebook about a dog needing a home. The home visit went well and so we were shocked when we were denied the ability to foster and/or adopt this animal. We were denied because one of us belongs to an animal coalition and there is a conflict of interest between Hooves and Paws and another member of the coalition. We feel that this is very unfortunate as we are able and willing to provide a loving home for this animal. Yes we are very upset, but feel that this is factual and that it should be known.
We are happy to respond to this e-mail. Like "Most" Animal Rescues & Shelters we do home checks and place animals where we feel they will do well. When the Home Check was done by our Volunteers they brought to our attention concerns that we needed to address for the well being of the animal. Yes, there was a conflict of interest which we addressed with the potential adoptive home. There was also an issue with the number of animals already on the property, the space that was going to be provided for the animal to run and play in outside due to the fact that he is a 90 lb dog. There were cat feces covering the ground where the dog would be running and playing which is NOT acceptable. Because of all of these things combined we made the choice to deny the adoption. After speaking to one of the potential Adopters he stated that because he was denied he would be sharing negative things with others since they were denied as an adoptive home. I told him he had that right but it would be in his best interest to make sure he had all of his facts straight if he put anything in writing or verbally. So the post does not surprise us in the least. But this just confirms to us that we made the right choice to not place the animal in this home. We of course hope that we have no further issues with this family. But this is not unusual in Animal Rescue for people to get upset and retaliate when they are denied the right to adopt an animal. Again, we feel we made the right choice for the dog in question.
This group reaches out to help so many animals in need. They will travel to pick up animals and will assist police by moving animals from bad conditions. The time, caring methods, finding foster homes and forever homes , and they do NOT kill animals. They are a safe Haven" FOR ANIMALS !
It is a no kill rescue of many animals in this area. They help so many, and work to help as many animals as they get asked to help. It does this well, and is one of a kind in the heartland! They give 120% into what they do!
Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We truly appreciate it!
Genea took one look at a picture I posted of a bloodhound puppy in KY with a broken leg and she said right away she would take her. I kept in contact with Genea to follow Blossom's progress. She would send me pictures and updates. She knew that Blossom would be perfect for my family but I was dealing with my dogs arthritis and liver problems. No one else seemed to be the right fit for Blossom so she waited for me. Finally we were able to get her and now she is a cherished family member who is laying on our bed right now. If it had not been for Genea taking a chance on a little girl from KY she probably would have died. Genea & Bill help every animal they can. I don't know how they do it but I am sure glad they do.
My first experience with Hooves and Paws was in June 2008 when I sent out a cross-post for a bloodhound on death row in KY. Genea said she would take Blossom and I was so happy that she let me follow her progress. She was very picky about what home Blossom should go to. She decided that I would be the best person to have Blossom as a family member but I live in NH. She kept Blossom with her until I was able to get her. My husband drove from NH to Iowa to get Blossom. If it were not for Hooves and Paws Blossom would be dead. Blossom is a wonderful addition to our family and sleeps with my children. Genea does such good things for all sorts of animals. They don't even sleep much because they are so busy helping the animals. They don't care if an animal is sick - they don't want to see any animal hurt or killed. They are a wonderful rescue.
I remember the day Blossom arrived. So thin and weak and she also she had two fractured legs that sadly had not been treated. In time she healed inside & out and thankfully she found that perfect forever home in NH. She loves her family to pieces and they have given our Bloodhound girl from Kentucky a place to call home which makes us very happy.
Hooves and Paws Rescue of the Heartland is respected by volunteers, donors, law enforcement, and other rescue organizations. This rescue steps up in cases of all types, and they work TIRELESSLY to help where ever they are needed. I know all of my donations are used in the best way possible to help the animals! Genea and Billy and their volunteers are so loving and caring!
I offered help to foster a horse that had been a rescue/neglect case. This horse had her spine sticking up out of her back, hip bones exposed and had lice. She was in need of some TLC. Genea accepted our offer to foster her and had the mare brought to our house where we had the vet and ferrier waiting. The mare was treated and started on a meal plan that would help her slowly gain the right weight and muscle.
If NOT for Hooves and Paws - without Genea, this mare would not have been rescued, would not have made the recovery she has - the mare would have would have starved to death.
Due to the recent review made on 02/16/14 by a person who signed in as lovepaints regarding Hooves & Paws Rescue of the Heartland I would like to respond as a Board Member. Due to the fact that we do work with Law Enforcement on animal abuse and neglect cases people who abuse and neglect their animals become very angry once their animals are removed and will discredit and blame those who did the removal. There was a recent removal of Horses that were not being cared for in the proper manner and Hooves & Paws Rescue of the Heartland was asked to remove the Horses by Law Enforcement. This negative post showed up after this removal. This is not unusual for this to happen by those who feel they are not in the wrong and we understand this behavior. However, Hooves & Paws Rescue of the Heartland removes abused & neglected animals on a regular basis and we expected it would just be a matter of time before something like this to surface. We welcome the person who wrote the negative post to contact our Attorney or Law Enforcement who ordered the removal if you they have any further issues to discuss.