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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

63 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 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.

Comments ( 1 )

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!

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My horse was stolen from the pasture and a friend suggested that I go onto Stolen Horse International (netposse.com) online right away for help. I consider myself a fairly savvy horseperson: I had ID photos of my horse from all angles, kept paperwork handy such as proof of ownership and registration papers, and had my horse microchipped. But getting that call that my horse was gone is something I will never forget… my first thought was “what do I do next?” There was so much to do and it was hard to think straight! SHI was incredible – with the pictures I had they created a flyer and posted it on social media (and kept updating it from missing to stolen as new information came up), and posted notices on the internet when the story made the news… and that was just for starters! But most of all, it was the calm advice and helpful information and resources from people who know what to do next that helped me to stay focused. Fortunately, my horse was returned after 2 days, and I cannot thank SHI enough for all of their help. It is a wonderful organization with amazing people!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hey y'all! My name is Katie, and I'm from loudon county TN. My beloved horse Susie went missing in the Cherokee Nationa Forrrest for 5 days!! She was spooked and I was thrown and injured in the accident. Not a trace of her afterwards. She just kept going full blast ! I was beside my self and devastated. I cried every day all day. Then stolen and lost horse international contacted me to work with me. The got me on EVERY major news outlet, news paper, Facebook stories, you name it they done it. Well after 5 long days lost in the NATIONAL Forrest she was found!!! By a man named bobby Cornett! My 1,000 saddle still on as well! I'm just so thankful for stolen horse international !! I can't ever thank them enough for the love, media coverage, support, and everything else they have done !!! PLEASE donate!! It goes to a wonderful cause !!! Thank you !!! Much love , Katie webb from east TN

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Losing a horse is more painful than you can imagine. Wondering where the horse is and what is happening to him and if he is eating or starving or if he has been sent to a slaughter plant just takes over your thoughts. This organization was founded by victims who get this. There are many volunteers that are victims. I donate my time by sharing. I donate more so that they will continue to be here to help me bring my boy home. I hope you will too. It is a very very worthwhile charity.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I"ve been watching Stolen Horse International since it started. I saw one of the Idaho's alerts back in the 90's when the founder's own horse was stolen. They did find their horse a year later and instead of walking away they decided to help others like them. And boy have they done that! This nonprofit is for real. It not only has great services for their victims but it provides a great educational program as a public service. Kudos to the founders and all of the volunteers that have brought so many horses home. I donate. Please do the same and help then continue what Idaho started.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My horse was sold and the woman refused to pay, give him back, or tell me where he was. SHI was so wonderful to work with and so helpful throughout the process of reporting, filing and keeping track of everything!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing!!! I do not know how they do all they do with an all volunteer base, and they have been doing it for 20 years. Look at all they have accomplished on their website and Facebook pages. It is amazing to see how many horses are missing. It is amazing to see the updates when they are recovered. I love it! Who else in the world does what they do? Nobody. I donate every month through their $5 a Month program. Of course I do more than $5 but if everyone were to donate just that much a month you'd help them so much. Just go to the website and click on Donate. You will see so many ways to help them out like I do. Let's keep them doing what they do best, helping victims everyone else forgets.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My sassy gray aged mare named Doll was stolen from her pasture in the dark in Alabama. I posted an add with a flyer to find her on my own. A nice person from Stolen Horse iInternational offered to help. I joined their group and the staff were very supportive and are currently looking for my beloved Sassy aged gray mare Doll. I get folks in the posse texting me pictures of sassy aged gray mares from time to time those pictures keep my hopes up that someday we will find her and get her home. If a posse member goes to a horse event or horse sale most posse members review the stolen and lost horse adds before they go and if they see a horse that may match they text photos of that horse to the member searching for their horse. There is a healthy reward for Doll's return. Not a day goes by that I don't think of my beloved mare and I feel that Stolen Horse International is still on the look out for Doll and will be until we find her. Virginia 256-255-9229

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful to Stolen Horse International for all the hard work, dedication, compassion, selflessness, love and determination they give to EVERY one of their cases. My mini pony, Mr. Sam BoJangles, was stolen 1 week after he came to us. Within moments of contacting netposse.com there were posts, fliers, messages, articles, a whole community of volunteers rose up and began doing what they do best- spreading the word, advocating, networking, searching, fighting. It was incredible. I was one of the "fortunate ones". I was "lucky". My boy was found and recovered within 12 hours of knowing he was gone. We all rejoiced. An amazing article was written about our story. People i don't know personally have approached me in the store and asked how Sam is and tell us they're so happy He's home. It has been just over a year since our boy was recovered. I am ever so grateful every single day for my friends at Stolen Horse International. Thank you for being the voice and the strength for so many.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Years back. My mother thought she could trust a friend. But that trust was quickly betrayed and her Filly was sold off without a trace. For years we fought desperately to find her. Then i found Stolen Horse International. Quickly they began working on my cold case. My case worker kept me up to date with every new development. A year later, We got her back. She will never leave our farm again.

If i ever have a horse taken from me again... Stolen Horse International will be the first to know.