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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, victims

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

82 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

7 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.

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StolenHorseInternational Nikki and her mom were great to work with and they came to us right away. That really makes a huge difference when trying to recover a stolen or missing horse. We can move heaven and earth if we know where to look-and if people come to us quickly enough, we have a very good chance of finding that horse BEFORE the thief can transport them somewhere else. It is always thrilling to get a horse back to an owner-doesn't matter the length of time involved. Thank you, Nikki for letting us help you find him!

Jennifer S.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I sold my horse Thor to a lady who said she would keep him with her barrel horse as a companion. Recently we found out that was a lie. Stolen horse internation has stepped up and is helping us try to locate him. They have put in so much effort to help us locate him and bring the woman in question to justice. I would like to give them a huge thank you for all the hard work you do.

Client Served

Rating: 2

After my horses were taken by the con man that promised a forever home for my 2 mares, to be for his wife and children! Which were in on the con job, I couldn't find anyone that cared, police did nothing, until I personally talked to Pam Miller, she helped me with my report over the phone, it was late, and she was so patient and caring, and made me feel that there is always hope, I am so grateful to netposse for what they do to help horses get back home,!! They are the only ones that I truly trust, thanks for everything you do bless you all, and a big thank you to Pam for her kind listening ear

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Netposse is a wonderful organization that has help numerous people and animals. I have my boy listed with them as well

Mike H.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are another fallon blackwood victem, she took 3 horses from us, under false pretences, probably ended up at slaughter houses, 3 years ago. We filed with stolen horse international, they made flyers. Actively looked for them , allover the country,

Jennifer W.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer we work tireless hours after our primary jobs and second jobs to help those victims in need find their beloved horses. I for one am happy that an organization like this exists to help find lost and stolen equine that end up in auction houses and feed lots. We do this out of the goodness of our hearts in hopes that we can bring a horse home to their owner and the tears of joy when that happens is priceless. There is no better organization out there that spends the countless hours helping those equine owners in need.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a victim of Fallon Blackwood, the Alabama vet student that stole over 50 horses under the false pretense that they were going to be pasture buddies for her horse. As soon as Debi Metcalf and Pam Miller at Stolen Horse International found out I was a victim, they contacted me to offer their help. On one of the darkest days of my life, they offered a light at the end of the tunnel. They and their volunteers are constantly looking at videos and pictures of horses at sale barns and other places and trying their best to reconnect owners with their lost animals. I may never find Jericho but because of the hard work this organization does others have found theirs and Fallon is going on trial in September. I can't begin to thank them enough for what they do. Ellie Lambeth (704) 533- 2763

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a victim of Fallon Blackwood, the Alabama Veterinary student who scammed (theft by deception) over 40 people in multiple states and of course like the other victims know how hard these volunteers at Netposse Stolen Horse International have worked on everything and they keep on looking and doing work in the background all the time and they do care so much. They are pushing for the criminal case in NC to move forward and try to press for other criminal cases to begin and keep searching for leads for the horses. I do pray that some of these beloved family members may not have gone to slaughter. I know these SHI volunteers feel as bad and worse than we do and yet they continue because they have been effective in many cases of bringing horses home and doing the right thing to stop the bad actors out there. It has to take a toll on them. Thanks for doing this.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was so young when I got my first horse. The horse and donkey that I had were my entire world for so many years and people don’t understand that until they have something of the same value to them. I had the two for a while but at one point, financially I had to reconsider things. I looked for a year to find them the perfect home and they wound up in a slaughter pen due to Fallon Blackwood. It still breaks my heart and I think of them every single day. This organization has reassured me that if there was an opportunity to get the back, it would be there. This organization has helped so many people, and even if I didn’t get my animals back, other people did.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I turned to NetPosse earlier this year when I realized the wonderful forever retirement home I had placed my horse in wasn't what I was promised. I felt hopeless, alone and didn't know where to begin as I felt desperate to find answers to the whereabouts and safety of my horse. That's when NetPosse came into play. I had no idea that there was such a resource until I found myself in this nightmare. I am so thankful that they were there for me then and continue to be an outlet for me since. Stolen Horse International provides an incredible service. Not only do they have dedicated volunteers working around the clock searching for missing horses but they provide incredible emotional support for horse owners like myself. They've had many success stories of reuniting horses and horse owners which gives us all much needed hope. I am entirely grateful for what NetPosse has done for me and countless others!! Thank you Stolen Horse International for all that you do!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Stolen horse international and all the volunteers at net posse have worked tirelessly to help victims try to get justice served for the theft by deception of over 50 horses. Victims in five states would never have known what happened to their horses without the flyers being posted online of this criminal posing as a nice young student offering a good home for our horses when we needed to rehome them. Thanks to their efforts at least she has been arrested in one state and has to answer to a judge for her deception. And no doubt that has saved the life of many more horses that she would have gotten from unsuspecting people that now know her name! Thanks netposse

1 Sheryl15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with this organization for a relatively short time. It's obvious that they are a dedicated group. They help with listing missing and found animals (and equipment) and have staff that scour auction and feedlot pages to help search. They also assist with recovery of lost pets from natural disasters.

1 Rachel H.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

The volunteers with Stolen Horse International have gone above and beyond to help me and the other victims of a notorious horse scammer. Though the case is not closed and we are still looking for horses, I know this wonderful group of people is working and there for us in an effort to recover them. I am thankful for all they have done!

1 Audrey M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My horse became a part of the vet student case after I sold him to Fallon Blackwood in 2015. Although I thought he was going to a good home, he likely ended up in slaughter. I want to thank Netposse though for building a case for my horse as well as many others against Fallon and trying their hardest to obtain justice for every horse she took.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

IN February 2018 realized my horse Birdman and myself were the victims of a fraudulent deceptive scam by a 'vet.student. I immediately contacted Stolen Horse International, Net Posse and they helped tirelessly to spread the word and they spent so much time and energy helping myself and others try to recover our horses and also to expose a terrible person that was taking horses and sending them to auctions and kill buyers. It has been quite an ordeal but I am forever grateful for all the hard work and endless dedication from Stolen Horse International! Thank you

1 Valerie V.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pie, my filly at the time and 3 of our other horses at the farm were let out by some teens. They wandered over to another adjacent farm and a good samaritan rounded them up and alerted the real estate agent who was selling that farm. The caretaker of the horses was on vacation so it was not noticed right away they were missing from the pasture. Since I boarded my horses, it was a week or so before notified. Meanwhile the real estate agent did not contact the authorities nor animal control but had the horses removed from the property for sale and they crossed state lines from Maryland to Pennsylvania. Meanwhile we are looking and searching for our horses in Mount Airy, Maryland and even sent drones up to find them. I had contacted Stolen Horse International and while its work to accumulate all the documents and pictures and post the flyers...it is so worth it. I was lucky to recover Pie. The buckskin and April were sold to New Holland Auction where they were knowingly bought by a kill buyer and shipped before we could recover. Georgia was knowingly sold on Dream Horse and the new owners contacted. Stolen Horse International saved my Pie! And I will always remember the police officer who met me who said Pie was a horse that Jimmy Steward rode in his movies. Perfectly Intelligent Equine was what the name meant! I rescued so many horses in my life and never thought I would ever have to rescue my own. It shattered me and for a long while after I had to heal from the loss of faith in people who I thought had better morals to do the right thing. The realtor serves on a board for a horse agency. The person who picked them up and sold them all with not a care is member of an organization in Pennsylvania and wanted to run as a member of the board. April belonged to a eight year old boy. To this day he does not ride on the farm and will forever be impacted on the loss of his horse. Even when a friend of mine so graceously offered him a horse for his loss. I cry to think what is happening. How someone can show up at an auction with no proof of ownership and sell a beloved animal you own. How horses can be shipped to slaughter and the 'Kill Buyer" Business man who fills out USDA papers and profits supported by our government shipping to Canada and Mexico. The person who had Pie saw the fliers but did nothing to contact myself and while they put pictures up of their new Filly so proudly took them down as soon as they saw the flyers. I had to show up with the police to recover my horse. How could you knowingly have someones horse and not even contact them?????? I offered REWARDS of money even to anonymously drop off the horses back to their rightful place. Please don't think you can do this on your own, that people will do the right thing when you think they will....if you have a new horse that you have bought from auction....do you really know its history???? There is someone that may own that horse who is looking so hard....but they may be several states away from you...Research ask questions and look to Stolen International because one day you may see a picture of a horse in your next door neighbors field. I was very thankful for the phone calls of people who did do the right thing and who did make the call to Stolen Horse International.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with this organization for a year and half now, and it has been a great place to work! The people are kind, friendly, there are a variety of volunteer opportunities depending on your skill set, and you have a real opportunity to help make a difference in someone's life by helping to reunite them with their beloved animals. I'm so glad I volunteer with this organization! The people are great!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization to volunteer with. They work hard to return horses to their owners.

3 Linda170

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for many many years and many cases .
Some were lost in storms, some were lost on a trail ride, some were taken by a known person and others were Stolen from their homes and the people who love them .
The heartache we hear from our victims is sometimes unbearable but the joy we hear and see when one is found fills our hearts with a desire to help even more .
Stolen Horse International aka NetPosse.com is not just a Name but a group of people who Love horses and helping others.
I have made some lifelong friends and will never give up in searching for their missing 4 legged loved ones .
None of us are payed, but still have bills to pay .
So with working a job and volunteering as many hours as possible ,
Sometimes the days are long and the nights even longer .
We miss Holidays and family events .
We cry for sadness and for joy.
We are the Posse . @NetPosse.com

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7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't believe more people don't use SHI aka NetPosse they are the people who I would trust if my horse was missing . With their expert knowledge and team of volunteers world wide .why try it alone.

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5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Stolen Horse International, Inc. aka NetPosse.com was a key player in helping to bring Bohdi & Finn home safely. Bohdi was about to be slaughtered when my Friends Holly and Till rescued her, soon after they discovered Bohdi was actually pregnant! SHI Inc. with their professional expertise, yet alone compassionate and positive words throughout the process helped Holly and Till immensely. They are a FANTASTIC non-profit, they helped them create the FB group, organize resources for searching such as the drones operators/search parties/etc, created the flyer and circulated out press releases to the local news outlets.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our slaughter horse rescue mare, Bohdi, and her 1 month (surprise) old foal, Finnegan, broke out of our paddocks on Saturday 7/21. It was unclear if it was a staged break out or that the horses spooked, but their trail ended in our front yard. My wife and I searched high and low with local neighbors, friends and family, but were in a panic that we couldn't find them within a few hours. We posted on local lost and found pet sites and were referred to SHI as a great resource. We filed the report and within minutes, I was on the phone with Pam who was circulating out flyers, press releases and general information to not only their network, but local news sources. They created us a great Facebook group and tried to help align us with resources to do drone searches, create search parties etc. It took us over 48 hours, but luckily on Monday morning, we received a phone call from a local woman saying she had spotted them at a local farm. I was able to go over, walk up to Bohdi and put on a halter and lead her home. SHI assisted every step of the way with resources, positive words, compassion and dedication to reuniting our horses with us. After helping us assist in finding them, they also provided the ability to get microchips done through them to help prevent this in the future. We are thoroughly impressed and grateful for all of their hard work and for helping in returning our babies to us.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Back in 2010 we rehomed 2 of our horse to a therapy group that works with children that have issues. We had a verbal agreement that should the horses not work out for any reason we would buy them back. We checked in from time to time just keeping in touch. We were told that everything was fine. In 2013 we found out the therapy group rehomed One of the horses (Lulu ) just weeks before I checked in again. I was crushed. This was not a horse that wasn't loved. We would have bought her back in a heart beat. We looked for Lulu and had no luck. We looked on and off until the summer of 2016. Then after much dig and searching we stumbled on to a lady that had Lulu for a short time. Then rehomed Lulu again. The women could not recall who she gave Lulu to. It ranged from a Grandmother with 4 or 6 Grandkids to a man in his fifties that need Lulu to help keep his yard eaten down. We only wanted to know she was safe and Well. We didnt want to take her from a safe and loving home. Just to let whom ever had her that again we would buy her back if she was ever in need of a home. We where at a total loss as of what to do next. We reached out to Stolen Horse International. We have only just begun with them but, for the first time in the years we have help looking! The support is so amazing! I'm able to talk with someone that understands why I can't just give up and walk way. Lulu was a love horse. We showed her. She did halter and obstacle classes. She loved people. That's why when we had 2 older horses that need a lot of time do to health issues we rehomed Lulu and her mother. We didn't have the exact time for them that they deserved. They where perfect therapy horses. This amazing group is not only helping look for Lulu they provide me with emotional support. Something I didn't realize how badly I was needing. Please pick Stolen Horse International. They are amazing.