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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!

6

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!

8

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

7

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.

7

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.

7

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!

7

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.

7

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

6

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.

6

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.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is one of the only ones I have seen for missing horses. It is a valuable tool to our equine world. I have seen many happy reunions through this wonderful organizations. With Social Media they can reach out to many areas of the world. I feel strongly that this organization is extremely beneficial and important in today's equine society. I support their endeavors wholeheartedly. Keep up the good work.

6 Susi D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love what netposse does and why they do what they do, there are many horses returned because of their hard work and constant attention to finding stolen and missing horses and other livestock and small animals too. God forbid I should ever need them, I will go there first after notifying the police!

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10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a case manager volunteer, it is extremely gratifying when we all work together to find and return these wonderful animals to their rightful owners. Very professional and always working to help in times of need.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I remember hearing about stolen horse international about 15 years ago and was very impressed. Since hearing about them I had hoped I would some day be able to help in some small way to bring the Horses home. This wish was granted last year when I was accepted as a volunteer. This is a great organization.

7 Paula103

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After losing a horse, years before this service was available, I am now avid about sharing their information. They are bringing home horses and I love that there is someone trying to help!

7

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Unique services for horse/livestock owners-fantastic group of people to work with-needs more financial support from public

9 Sherri34

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer case manager for Texas. What a wonderful organization I have the privilege of being a part of. Though NetPosse I have learned so much. We feel the saddness with our victims when their horse's are lost are stolen. The tools we have and knowledge our resources is a blessing. From 18 years of experience from the founder of NetPosse. We are like no other organisation out there.

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10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I thank SHI aka NetPosse is a wonderful organization. I have had the privilege of working with NetPosse as a CM for Texas.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a "horse lover," since I was a very young girl. Until I moved to North Carolina, I was totally unaware of the amount of horse theft that exists. And now with slaughter being a lucrative business, I am appalled to see just how many beloved horses are stolen or taken without permission then dropped off at auctions that are frequented by "kill buyers." Without SHI/NetPosse, a far greater number of missing horses would never be located. Whenever I see someone posting that their horse has gone missing, my first suggestion is file a report with NetPosse. Yes, there is a small fee involved to file the report but the reward of finding your beloved animal, or finding out that a terrible tragedy befell him/her, is well worth the small expense. One has closure either way and can move on with their lives with that knowledge. Please think of supporting SHI/NetPosse whenever you are able - every dollar helps. Our gratitude is always for Debi Metcalfe and Idaho - without either this wonderful organization would not exist. God bless.

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

Stolen Horse International is doing a wonderful job trying to help locate my stolen mini. My stolen mini is near or across the Mexican border. They made
a flyer in Spanish to be distributed across the border.

8 Brenda81

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am privileged to be a volunteer with Stolen Horse International. It’s a great experience to be a part of such a unique organization and work with so many great, like-minded people. No one else does what we do, the way we do it, to help bring missing horses home. Thank you Debi Metcalf for working so hard for so long to keep this going.

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12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

You think it will never happen to you. How can a 1000+ lb animal that you legally own, that you have spent precious time with and cared for, simply be taken away from you? I had a verbal agreement with a friend to keep my horses on his property. My truck and horse trailer was used quite often in his business and I helped with other parts of his business so it was all very mutual at the time. But things change, friendships change and friendships end, leaving our animals vulnerable. That’s what happened to me.

I purchased my Peruvian Paso Mare in 2009. I saw her for the last time June 1, 2012. This all happened when I was in the middle of moving to a new location. I eventually moved to another state due to family reasons. All the while I was trying to keep tabs on where my horse was, is she still there, can anyone verify it, etc. Certified letters went unsigned for, threat of small claims court went unanswered. I had no idea where to turn for help. Who is going to care about my horse? And, with only a verbal agreement in place, who legally is going to want to help me? Then, one day in May of 2014, I decided to go online and search for help. I had never heard of NetPosse.com before. But the first thing I saw online was the Stolen Horse International aka NetPosse.com website, founder Debi Metcalf. I read Debi’s story about her own experience of her horse Idaho being stolen and how she didn’t give up searching for him until he made it back home. So, I dialed her number, expecting to hear a voice mailbox that would prompt me to leave a message that would probably never be returned. But Debi answered the phone on my first call. If I stopped right there with this story, it would be enough to show the value that this group places on helping others who have lost or stolen horses. But there’s more. Debi listened to my entire story and she told me, legally, what needed to take place to get the ball rolling in getting my horse back. All along the way, whether by phone, text messages or Facebook Messenger, Debi and other volunteers have always been available. One night I woke up about 4 am and sent her a FB Message hoping she would read it in the morning or later in the day. She immediately messaged me back. She was already up (or had been up most of the night) working on another case. That is who Debi Metcalf is.

My horse had been taken by someone who hauls horses for a living so, honestly my fear was, she could easily be anywhere in the country and I may never see her again. But on June 2, 2015, I won a Motion in court for the return of my horse. And on June 24, 2015, I saw my horse again for the first time in 3 years. Now she is back home with me.

NetPosse.com is run by people who have already been through what you are going through. They provide help, guidance and assistance in recovering lost or stolen horses. They also work hard to educate others about the prevalence of equine theft and loss prevention. Here’s to a wonderful group of people. Thank you for being there when I needed you!

8 Jana10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer of SHI for three years. There is no other organization that offers the types of service we offer. Educating horse owners before theft and assisting horse owners if their horse has gone missing by either a civil matter or by theft. Debi Metcalfe is truly an expert in this field. When the Metcalfe's horse Idaho was stolen from her pasture, Debi did not have Stolen Horse International to run to. Seeing the need through their own experience brought about this wonderful organization.