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Horse Haven of Tennessee Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Children & Youth, Youth Centers & Clubs

Mission: Our mission is to advocate for, rescue, protect, and defend our God-given equine from abuse and neglect in Tennessee.

Results: Many owners have been helped by our programs who could not have otherwise fed, gelded or cared for their horses in which case the animals may have suffered.

Target demographics: Horses from abused or neglected situations.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 126 horses in need of care

Geographic areas served: All of Tennessee

Programs: Helping Hoof - Help people to feed their horses who have fallen on hard times for three months. This allows them time to get back on their feet or find time to place their animals into a new home. Studs to Buds - Free or low cost geldings for owners. Ultimate Act of Compassion - Free or low cost euthanasia options.

Community Stories

76 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Debbie217

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Horse Haven Tn has deceived the public for years...it is not a RESCUE . They board horses that have been seized from animal control officers and charge outrageous boarding fees , fund raise, get grants, GOFUNDME, and go after the Owners financially even when there has been no proof of guilt. It's how they work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Horse Haven of Tennessee has made my retirement life wonderful. I have always loved horses & yet a city slicker, never had the opportunity to work with them. This organization is so dedicated to helping these precious animals that were bestowed upon us. They truly know what is best for them. Volunteering for this org is the best part of my new life in retirement!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I lost my horse in 2006, after 20 wonderful years together. I just couldn't even think of getting another, but one evening I was watching the news and saw a story about a large confiscation of some horses in Cannon County. I could not ignore the pull at my heart to go to the stations website and put my name on the list to help out, any way I could. That was in 2009. Next thing I know, I am adopting One Eye'd Jack. I started volunteering in 2010 so that I could give back to Horse Haven for the joy they had given me with the adoption of Jack. I have served as team lead, on the adoption committee, and volunteer coordinator. I am still a team lead and a proud parent of 4 rescues from Horse Haven. I learn and grow so much more about horses every time I set foot there. It is an amazing place to help the horses heal, but I think the most important part is how the horses help heal us.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Horse Haven of Tennessee is the most professional, dependable, trustworthy and team oriented Equine non-profit that we have had the honor of working with. They are fearless in their pursuits and rapid in their response. Horse Haven of Tennessee has been essential to the Blount County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in all of our equine cases by offering their knowledge, expertise, and facility to aid in our Equine prosecutions.

They are an organization that is aware of the value of their service and the specialty of the care they offer to all equines in our state. They are definitely an asset that we the community must support and assist in their mission statement or the Equines of Tennessee will greatly suffer without them.

Lizabeth W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked for HHt for 5 years. Everyone is dedicated and hard working in caring for all the horses! They make sure each horse is medically cared for and fed what they need to gain strength and become healthy again. Most of all the horses know great love! Hurray for all those that work so hard to make HHT work!

2 Ruth66

Donor

Rating: 5

In 2015 in Giles County, TN 55 Tennessee Walking Horses were found in deplorable conditions. They were being kept on 4-5 acres, standing in mud and feces above their ankles and extremely thin. When asked for help Horse Haven stepped in and took 28 of the horses and helped them back to health and into new homes. There is no words to describe this wonderful, caring group.

Writer

Donor

Rating: 5

I recently adopted from them and love my new guy !
I also do monthly donation, it is so simple. Every little bit helps.
They truly do care !

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Donor

Rating: 5

Many of us want to help but don't have the stomach , it is both sad and yet rewarding to know that there is a outlet for these magnificent creatures. And someone who will fight for them . Horse Haven does that and more!

Donor

Rating: 5

Horse Haven of TN is a rescue organization that does a great deal with
every contribution they receive. There is a dedicated group of volunteers who
pitch in when called upon and work tirelessly and generously to give every
animal rescued the best possible chance. The organization is well run and has been
in existence for more than 10 years and has managed to perform their miracles
every year for even more animals. Very worthwhile non-profit and very open to the
public it serves.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have met two people who work at this organization. I have followed their work. They are dedicated to picking up the pieces of broken equine lives. They provide vital support to law enforcement. I have chosen HH of T as my charity of choice for a portion of the profits I earn off a book I wrote. Isn't much, but I'm thrilled to send HH of T the check every month.

Cindy211

Client Served

Rating: 4

My husband and I were looking for a mini horse to have as a pet. I called horse haven when I saw Sleepy's picture. I was told that he was available but would I also consider adopting his stall mate, Doc as they had bonded. I said yes! We went to meet them and fell in love with both ponies! Shortly there after the ponies were home! Stephanie at Horse Haven answered all our questions and helped us get our property ready for our boys! I recommend them to anyone I know looking to adopt a horse, pony or mule! I saw what all they do to help the horses who come to be in thier care! Everyone at Horse Haven needs kudos with all they do! Our horses are healthy and happy and a joy to have!

Marsha P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our horse Prince contracted EPM and lost his sight. At the time he was very friendly with a little pony named Socks at the barn where we kept him. Because of Prince needing daily medicatios and care we moved him to our property so we could care for him better. Unfortunately Socks had to stay. We searched for another companion for Prince and Horse Haven had a little pony named Poet who was in need of a home. They bonded instantly and have been inseparable. Prince is a Clydesdale Hackney cross so it's quite a sight seeing them together. We have cameras in their stall so we can check on them regularly. Poet sleeps with his head against Prince's leg at night so if Prince moves he'll know. We cannot thank Horse Haven enough for putting Poet into our lives. He is a very happy pony today and rarely will you see the two apart.

Rachael19

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked as a volunteer in 2009 for a few months helping to rehab an empty barn and rehabilitate some very badly mistreated horses that had been surrendered. Horse Haven takes is role very seriously as a nonprofit that takes animals from near death, facilitating the legal system in bringing their abusive owners to justice, and finding loving forever homes for the animals whenever possible. They continue to check on the horses after placement and bring them back to the shelter if necessary for their wellbeing, which happened to a pair of horses while I was there. They are also sure to train staff to avoid injuries and care properly for the animals while they are at the shelter. It was hard work being a volunteer but incredibly rewarding and a great learning experience.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We at our family farm LOVE Horse Haven. We have adopted 3 horses from this facility and they have been nothing but helpful and encouraging the hole way through. They take lots of caution on who they adopt out to in order to make sure each animal has a perfect home. We have also brought out horses to a few charity shows that they do which are a great opportunity to have fun but also they have their adoptable horses roaming around to get noticed. Everything that they do at Horse Haven of Tennessee makes me proud to say I got my horses from them.

Donor

Rating: 5

This an amazing Rescue. I go & visit every Thanksgiving/Christmas to take the horses carrots & leave a small donation. The volunteers are always so nice & so thankful for any donation. Love them all. :)

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization! Very ethical, good stewards of their donors money. Always put the horses first. Helping to protect all the horses in Tennessee

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This is nothing more than a boarding barn with clients ordered to pay for their board through the court. They have an endless supply of unwilling boarders with court orders to pay. A great business model if you ask me. With a full barn(which is free) staffed with volunteers to do the work and charging people more than retail for board they should have no problem turning a profit on their own.

1 kfh300

Donor

Rating: 1

Find a no-kill shelter like Safe Harbor. These people are too quick to condemn a healthy horse to death.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Horse Haven of TN helped me with their "Studs to Buds" program. We bought a couple of mares at a horse sale (1st time ever at one) and one of them was with foal unbeknownst to us. We weren't prepared for 3 horses let alone a baby. When the colt was born and was weaned we rehomed his mother due to lack of pasture. The colt then developed an attitude and was trying to bite constantly and was getting closer to 2 years old and I was afraid he would start developing his male tendencies towards my other mare. I called around for prices on gelding at different vets in the area and they were all out of my budget. I was on HHT's webpage and read about their "Studs to Buds" program, filled out an application and was approved. They contacted me and set up a surgery date. The Vet Service came to my pasture and gelded him and did a coggins test all for little cost to me. They were a life saver because if he'd have gotten anymore aggressive I don't know what I would've done. The fence would not have withstood a stud horse with a mare in season on the other side.

Now I try to help HHT by donating horse related items to their Tack Shack for resale to raise money for the horses and other ways when possible.

Thanks to HHT I have a nicer gelding and no worries about foals.

2 Ash_

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I volunteered for Horse Haven in Winter 2012/2013, I was impressed by how willing the Barn Manager was to teach me what I needed to know to be a volunteer. She stoked a fire in me for animal rescue. Horse Haven works tirelessly to save horses from abandonment, starvation and abuse. They assist law enforcement in bringing perpetrators to meet their much deserved justice, making sure those who would harm a equine pay the price for the cruelty. Without them, many of these animals would never see justice. Without Horse Haven, many of these horses would have died. Horse Haven provides a safe and loving refuge for these stricken animals, allowing them to heal both physically and emotionally from the ravages of their abusers. In short, Horse Haven of Knoxville is a godsend for equines all over Tennessee.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

People who put a negative review on here have probably had their animals taken away from them because they didn't take the necessary care the animals required. Horse Haven is about getting animals out of abusive and deplorable conditions and finding homes for them with someone who will take proper care of the animal. They don't make a profit from anything. The adoption fee doesn't even come close to compensating what they expend on an animal while in their care. That's not what it all about. They have to work with authorities who follow the law. Animals are not removed from a home unwarranted. There is just cause. Cases go to court and the animals are given the care they need while they are waiting for their case to be resolved and be released to find their forever home. Horse Haven has cases that continue on for several years sometimes and the animals are well taken care of including any medical needs they may have, which can get quite costly. We have adopted our horses from Horse Haven and have been volunteers at Horse Haven and we have seen first hand what these horses look like when they first arrive and it breaks my heart. The sob story is real. If someone doesn't question why a human being would neglect an animal to the point of starvation, they have no business owning animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I received a Horse Haven Newsletter in the mail by mistake one day (thank you postal carrier!) I read the newsletter and discovered they needed volunteers. I signed up on their website and my husband said he would volunteer too. I grew up with horses in my life and horses have always had a special place in my heart. One day I will have a place to have another horse but in the meantime, I get my horse fix by volunteering at Horse Haven. My eyes were opened one day not long after we became official volunteers about the condition these horses arrive in. It was the saddest thing I've ever seen in my life; 30 horses arrived at a temporary holding facility. Some were just skin and bones, two horses ultimately didn't survive. These horses literally made their water buckets muddy because all they had to drink was mud and as they drank clean water, the mud in their mouth washed out into their buckets. They had been standing in a foot deep of mud. My husband and I cried as we worked around these horses when they first arrived to the holding facility. We couldn't believe people would treat another living being so inhumanly. Luckily, they had been removed from those horrible conditions and offered a better life. Now I understood why the job of Horse Haven was so important. We love volunteering here and feel we are serving a greater purpose.