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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

103 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

9 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!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For years I have watched as Stolen Horse International selflessly helps equine owners in need. You couldn't ask for a better service for horse owners who face theft of horse or tack. Their network is strong and has lead to many recoveries. Highly recommended!
~Becca Salamone, AmericanHorseTalk.com

1 Dwight S.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in Alabama for over 30 years. For 15 years, I worked animal cases which consisted of cruelty to animal cases, killing of animals on owners property, theft of animal cases, and any crimes involving animals. I can recall several cases that I enlisted the help of Stolen Horse International, Inc. Some of those cases were stolen horses, horses that were missing, and some estrays that I impounded with no known owner. Stolen Horse International was always there with any assistance that they could provide from providing the flyers that I could post in each respective case to the circulation of the information in theses cases across the country since thieves have no boundaries. I was very successful in the recover of animals and the prosecution of the offenders due to the assistance provided me by Stolen Horse International, Inc. Some of these past cases made news across the country and I was even honored by the ASPCA in 2007 but a great deal of the honor is due to Stolen Horse International, Inc. I retired in 2018 and this organization was one of the first sources of information that I passed onto my successor. I am very grateful to all the help they provided and will always recommend them to everyone in the law enforcement community. I have tried to give back to this organization in an advisory role whenever I can, based on my experience in this field.
On a scale of 1 to 10, they get a 15+ from me.

Retired Animal Crimes Investigator, Dwight T. Sloan, JCSO

1 onelegalrn

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Stolen Horse International for 4 years. I enjoy working with the victims and helping to locate their horses. I am amazed at what all Stolen Horse International does to help the victims through this process. We are there for them every step of the way and even continue to follow the horses progress/victims for years after recovery. Without this organization, many victims and horses would have no help. The organization goes over and beyond to try to assist victims through the process and answer questions/aide in recovery as needed. The website is fantastic and has a wealth of educational information available to supporters. I personally purchased microchips for my horses and had them all microchipped for identification purposes. Thank you Debi & Harold Metcalfe for founding this organization and making it what it is today. Had you not taken that step to help others when Idaho was stolen, other victims would not have an advocate there for them.

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9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization inside and out. Love volunteering for an organization that truly goes the extra mile to help recover Stolen/Lost/Missing Horses and Owners of Found horses. I can't say enough about how much I enjoy working to help our clients. The stories of recovery are the ones that make it all worth the work. Thank you Debi Metcalfe & Harold for all you do for this organization!

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1 Janet142

Volunteer

Rating: 5

At the start 2019 I decided to volunteer some time to this organization. Finding missing horses is such an important mission, something everyone who loves horses can agree on. This group has been at this serious work for many years and I have shared their alerts many times. The tools that have been developed to organize information and fan out to network the missing horses are remarkable. So many horses have been located. And work continues everyday for every horse who has been reported to Stolen Horse International Inc. There is also now a chipping and registry system developed by the founders.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an incredible group of dedicated, caring people who will do everything in their power to find stolen or lost horses. The teamwork that has been developed and cultivated is remarkable.

2 Catherine B G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great group! They take their work seriously and provide good services for the equestrian community. I am proud and happy to work as a volunteer for this organization.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having Volunteered for this Organization for a number of years I can personally vouch for the time and effort put into keeping the organization moving forward in our mission. When I first decided to volunteer I had just a small idea of the amount of time it takes in the effort of "Bringing Horses Home" The dedication of founder Debi MetCalfe is second to non. It is no exaggeration to say she (we) have literally worked around the clock on cases that required non stop attention to get a horse home. Volunteers are valuable and can give the amount of time that they can spare which is why we need many, as this is not a one or two day a week job this mission requires attention 7 days a week and Debi is always there front and center. As an All Volunteer Organization there is no pay in dollar sense but the payment when a horse is safely returned home gives more relief, happiness and pride than any amount of money could ever give. (Photo April 2017, Merlin going home after a full day Drone search organized by Stolen Horse International aka NetPosse and assisted in foot and driving search by Volunteer)

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have watched SHI return joy to fractured lives and put bad guys behind bars. SHI provided the first serious investigation into stolen horses and reliable network leading to recovery.

3 Andraea T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to Stolen Horse International & their amazing help in the recovery of 1 of 3 of my horses. If it wasn't for them I don't know where my horse would be.
STI has also done a lot of behind the scenes work with getting justice & the arrest of Fallon blackwood.
Thank you so much for ALLLL you do!!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I read on FB about stolen horses everyday, it really bothers me. I got 2 chips for my 2 girls. They aren't prize wining girls to anyone but me. I want to do everything I can to protect them should anything happen should I lose track of them. The fires around here and turning horses loose happens a lot. So with the chip I feel I've helped to protect, I also put freeze brand. Sad what the days have come to. Protect your horses. I notified local animal control with numbers and description. This company has offered a service I haven't found anywhere else.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm David Spears, Retired Agriculture Investigator with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, after 30 years and currently the Chief of Police for the Town of Savanna for now almost 7 years. I've had the pleasure to work with Stolen Horse International-NetPosse.com. This Organization is relentless in their efforts to find, locate and then see that individuals are held accountable for theft of horses around the United States.
With their assistance and efforts, I've personally found around 10 horses and was assisted in prosecuting with this Organization. They are a friend to every horse owner around the United States. Stolen Horse International-NetPosse.com, keep up the outstanding work and call me anytime I can be of assistance. David Spears, Chief of Police, Savanna, Oklahoma

3 Jackie P.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Stolen Horse International, has to be the best nonprofit organization working to save and solve the animals that are lost or stolen, they work for the animals and owners to help reunite them, and give them a glint of hope. that they will do everything possibe to get there lost animals home. there is no better nonprofit organization working 24 hrs a day to make this possible

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These people work tirelessly to help people whose horses have been stolen get them back, and are quite successful in doing so. It was started by a lady who had her horse stolen, she never gave up and finally got her horse back. They truly go above and beyond.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Debi Metcalf started Stolen Horse International, her own horse, Idaho, was stolen. She saw a definite need for a network of caring people who could disseminate information, and talk to the people who had missing or stolen equines on a personal level..This organization has had many successes, equines returned to their homes, and sadly, has even provided some closure, when the results were not what we wanted them to be.. This is a group of caring people from everywhere, and they also have helped out listing missing animals during our natural disasters... We all worked on a case of a missing horse here in MA, several years ago, so many people turned out, from throughout Southern MA.. it was heartening to see...As volunteers, we all have the same goal.. Bringing these horses home! Thank You, Debi.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Brandywine Farm has been privileged to know Stolen Horses International inc/Netposse.com for a couple of years now and we are very impressed with the dedication and service that this organization has for the equine community. They work tirelessly and are relentless in their research and investigation of each case to bring about the recovery of the lost or stolen animal or closure for the family. They work closely with the law enforcement agencies and the public and community to alert and notify missing or stolen horses and/or horse related equipment. They use social media to alert the equine community so that the message can get out rapidly and provide first class flyers and bulletins for the community to copy and post. They educate our equine community about the latest and best practices that will help prevent and/or assist in the identification of the missing animal. If there is a health alert that the equine community needs to know about Stolen Horses International inc/Netposse.com will also alert us through social media.
If Brandywine Farm ever has a lost or stole horse, as soon as the report is filed with the law enforcement agencies, Stolen Horses International inc/Netposse.com will be the FIRST ONE we call for assistance.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Stolen Horses is so supportive and understanding when owners loose horses. They also are extremely helpful to those seeking help in locating horses that owners have sold to possibly reunite with sometimes after many years.
Thier network of helpful horse owners and authorities continues to grow along with thier educational awareness of horse theft around the world.

3 Pete N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Stolen Horse International aka NetPosse is probably the most diligent and thorough of the organizations out there, attempting to make a difference in our equine industry. Having had three head of horses stolen and being unable to get the local justice system off of their donkeys, I turned to this organization for help. After a thorough vetting of me and my information, a very professional BOLO flyer was developed and distributed. Within a few days, my horses were located in three different locations and we are now involved with the criminal charges associated with each animal. Their credibility, professionalism and attention to detail have made them an asset to all property owners. This team has earned my respect and undying support

3 Kris Nickerson W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If not for Stolen Horse International Inc and all their people/staff/followers and shares I truly believe hardly any horses would be found that are stolen/missing. Fortunately and so far I haven't had any problems with my horses missing but I know where to go for help. This is an amazing organization.

2 Christy L.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It has been a pleasure having talks from the leaders of this nonprofit at our annual International Conference. Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) is the largest certifying body of equine professionals in North America and Stolen Horse International is a great organization for our members to share with their clients that have had their horses stolen and help them get reunited with their owners.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been working with Stolen Horse International Inc for four years getting the word out about stolen horses via my 22K member Facebook community, Hags with Nags. I have seen first hand the GREAT work they do! Through their tireless efforts, using all avenues available, they have reunited many horsepeople with their lost or stolen equines; most of whom would have never seen their beloved companions again! Stolen Horse International Inc is the one organization that will make the effort to find a stolen animal when most other agencies shrug and walk away. Hooray for Stolen Horse International Inc!