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.
This past week I attended a seminar in Winston Salem, NC hosted by a NC nonprofit where the founder of NetPosse/SHI was the speaker. I attended not because I own a horse, but because I do own animals. I have always believed more needs to be done to protect our animals, they are family to most of us. I have to say I was in for a very real eye-opening experience. I had no idea so many horses and farm animals are stolen and that much of the time, it involves friends, neighbors and family, for one purpose, money. They plan it, then it's easy. It can be one person, it can be many involved. Sadly, they aren't concerned with the value of the animals, many go to slaughter or are sold, over and over, just for the profit in their pockets. They will even change the appearance of the animal if possible. I was interested as a friend of mine had her horse stolen and it took nearly a year to recover her. There is no regard for the animals or owners, they are left with scars that never go away. The legal system rarely works your side. Ownership papers, photo's, do not always help. You need legal and binding contracts, and even those can fail. It can come down to, my word against your word type of thing. You need microchips and other forms of identification, and they may not be enough. You need photo's of every marking possible on your animal, but the thief can have the same evidence. You need an organization that through the media, sharing of pictures, all information and posters to even have a prayer of hope. I asked when the thief is caught what sort of punishment can be expected, a slap on the wrist, more often than not. Hard to believe isn't it. One horse that had been missing for 10 years was recently recovered, they don't give up on you. I have been to seminars where I was quickly bored, not this time. The speaker knew what she needed to get out there, the meeting went well over the time allowed. It was truly interesting and shocking at the same time. Use this organization, it is nonprofit and interested in helping you recover your horse.
I am an animal advocate and have been involved with many issues regarding equines. This group is one I keep an eye on. They are such a valuable tool when checking cases that seem to have something just a little odd to them. This group not only educates others, they make a difference for so many horses and owners by keeping up with everyday info and other pieces of information I sometimes see on FB. They are all business and I appreciate that!
STI, is probably one of the best organizations out there and is the only one I know of which actively helps horse owners who's horses have turned up missing and or stolen. Because of the network they have been able to establish throughout the country and internationally, people from all walks of life, horse people, pro and or anti slaughter come together to help owners find their missing and or stolen horses.
So often the police dismiss stolen horse complaints as civil or unimportant, when to the horse owner, they are of the utmost importance to the owner. They are a beloved pet, companion, family member, and or working partner. Thank you SHI for all the hard work you do to help owners find their horses......
I've been following them for awhile now, and seen them take action day and night trying to help people in their darkest scariest moments of losing their four legged fur babies. Always very nice people, and try their hardest to reunite animals with their owners. I found a gelding on my farm one day and their tech team helped me set up the ad to try to find the owners, took only one day and he was back home! I ALWAYS recommend people in my FB groups to them!
I am deeply concerned about the ethics and intentions of this organization.
Many horses are stolen because thieves see horse slaughter as a quick way to make a buck and dispose of the evidence. And yet this organization refuses to take an official position on the sordid, barbaric industry of horse slaughter? Is it because it increases the need for their services?
I am equally dumbfounded by the recent efforts of Stolen Horse International in spreading propaganda from animal abuse industries, including SeaWorld, Ringling Brother Circus, and HumaneWatch, a nefarious astroturf group for industries that profit from animal cruelty.
I would urge people to ask the organization why they are spreading lies to attack other groups doing good work for animals - especially horses - and also to cease support of SHI.
We at SHI purposely do not take a +/- on horse slaughter issues either way. We do not wish to enter that fray at all. We choose to pick our battles as our resources are finite and limited. There are many who do fight that battle and they are most welcome to do so. As to the slanderous statement that we do not because it increases the need for our services, that would hardly benefit us in any way. We are a 502(c)(3) staffed totally by volunteers. We have no salaries. We make no profits. Any and all income is plowed right back into the business overhead. This makes that charge clearly ludicrous in the extreme. We have never spread the 'propaganda' from any of the animal abuse industries-horse, dog, cat, or any other. We simply do not do so. It is not in our mission. If this writer would care to share these instances with us, we would be happy to discuss them with them. We do not believe them to be ours at all. We think this person has SHI confused with someone else. Since this person has not seen fit to bring these issues to us directly, but has posted this in such a public forum in an effort to slander our good name and reputation, we would simply like to ask that the reader consider our record and reputation over the past years from 1998 as the innovative group in the field. No other group does what SHI does in the entire world still (2015). That's over 16 years of people trusting and relying on what we have to offer. We do what we say we will do. Our mission is to educate horse owners in how to better secure their horses, farms, barns, homes, and trailers to prevent theft in the first place, and secondly, to provide counseling and resources to the horse owner who has a lost, missing, or stolen horse. That is our mission. Not to save every horse on trailers going across the borders-as much as we would personally like to do so. Thank you for allowing the rebuttal. It is very kind of greatnontprofits.org to do so. Ellen Wright, Director of Operations Stolen Horse International-USA
Through watching the volunteers at Netposse over the years I have observed a caring compassionate organization committed to the return of stolen/missing horses to their owners.
This organization has been an important link in the horse community for many years. They have helped countless people to recover their stolen or lost horses.. and given hope to those who are still searching. They educate the public as to steps that can be taken to protect their horses and on what to do if they are in this situation.
From the moment I contacted them, they were so helpful. They gave me ideas of places to search and continue to encourage me that my horse will be found!! I pray they are right but with their help I do believe that day will come!!!
I am the Network Coordinator for Stolen Horse International, aka NetPosse.com . I have been a volunteer of SHI’s since about 2003 when I realized just how big of a problem theft really was in the horse industry. Unfortunately I came to realize just how all those victims really felt when I too became one myself. You can read about my horses story here: http://www.netposse.com/HomeForTheHolidays.htm Stolen Horse International, Inc. (SHI or NetPosse) brings attention to a major crime against equine owners, theft. The mission of Stolen Horse International, Inc. is to provide a comprehensive theft awareness program to all facets of the equine industry and offer educational opportunities for equine enthusiasts of all types and across all disciplines: SHI’s goals are:
To establish a global resource to aid in the search for:
Owners of found equine
To promote increased involvement through equestrian organizations.
To build an international network, NetPosse, to disseminate images and information missing and stolen equine through the alerts system.
To provide education opportunities to improve public awareness on equine theft and identification methods through seminars, presentations and exhibits.
To provide resources and information to the law enforcement community.
As Debi (founder of SHI) always says "Never underestimate the power of one!"
Great Organization. Helps with making sure the word gets out regarding, lost/stolen horses, livestock, trailers and equipment. The network is vast and far reaching.
I am always astounded by the great lengths that volunteers for Stolen Horse International Inc will go to help horse owners whose horses are missing or have been stolen. They do an amazing job of networking for the horses and scouring the horse for sale advertising websites to see if they can locate a horse. They genuinely care for the families and horses involved. Their website is easy to read and access and has enough pictures to make identification easy. They also do a wonderful job with educating owners on what they can do to protect their horses and offer an astounding amount of resources for those owners who wish to follow their recommendations. I will always recommend Stolen Horse International to anyone who has a missing or stolen horse. Thank you SHI for always being there for those in need!
We got Opie he was about 10 months old. He was our sweet boy....he was stolen when he was about 3 - that was in 2003. He was returned home Aug 2012! Opie was registered both Pinto and American Saddlebred. That could have easily been checked. He was reported missing all over. There were so many ways for him to be "found" but the ONLY thing that worked was STOLEN HORSE INTERNATIONAL. If there was a "one stop shop" as I call it. ONE place that Police, victims and potential buyers could check, do you have any idea how many horses would be saved? If Debi’s STOLEN HORSE INTERNATIONAL was THE PLACE I do believe we would actually put some fear into the fearless thiefs and those who protect them. We all have to help each other. I had always thought horse people were "good" people. The sad truth is. They may "say" they are but are so far from it. Actions are what matter. A little help could have gone a long way in catching the people that did this. At least we have him home.
I am telling everyone, trying to get the word out. PLEASE, if you have had a horse stolen or "find" a horse, please do the right thing. Call police THEN check STOLEN HORSE INTERNATIONAL We contacted the police, made flyers went to shows and sale barns you name it - up and down the highway and surrounding areas. No one saw him and once you see him...you would know. The BEST thing I EVER did was contact Stolen Horse International. Debi Medcalf was our saving grace. She and her organization never gave up hope and never took his image and flyer down. They even had hired a private investigator to try to find me. She walked me through the whole process keeping me calm and on track (which if you know me is difficult at best) My emotions run high and they get the best of me at times. Most of all when injustices happen. She is not only MY HERO but the hero of many she has assisted.
SHI has been the root of hundreds of equine recovery stories. They are a 'barnyard' name and do an AMAZING service. Debbie dedicated her life to this, and I can not think of a better cause.