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Habitat For Horses Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services

Mission: Habitat for Horses is dedicated to changing the lives of horses and humans. Our goal is to create a world where horses are respected for their intrinsic value and for their ability to help us fulfill our emotional, behavioral and spiritual needs. Besides providing a home for rescued, abandoned and unwanted horses, HfH provides equine rescue services to law enforcement agencies, an active equine adoption program, an equine education center and equine-assisted services to youths and adults. Habitat for Horses works with state officials during times of disasters to rescue, house and return equines to owners.

Target demographics: horses, donkeys and mules.

Direct beneficiaries per year: around 400 equine

Geographic areas served: Texas and other states

Programs: assisting law enforcement, equine education, seizures, rehabilitation, equine-assisted psychotherapy, emergency response to disasters, adoption.

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Habitat for Horses by Ginger Barber who serves in a leadership role on their board. We have worked on several fund raisers and projects for HfH so I saw first hand how the organization operates.
Ginger Barber and Rebecca Williams, Director work closely with the founder, Jerry Finch and the board to run a tight ship. They are excellent stewards with the funds. They stretch the money as far as it will reach giving the horses the most safe and healing environment possible. The board works cohesively and has excellent contacts and connections which also benefit the horses. An excellent organization with an outstanding director and board.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely love this place i came here to do my community service and i am gonna continue coming here to volunteer absolutely love the staff R.j. is the guy i report to and he hasn't done me wrong. ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PLACE!!!!

11 Debbie22

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at the Habitat for Horses since 2010. I've seen horses come in who were horribly abused or neglected; emaciated, and sick. And I have watched them come back to life under the expert care and love of the staff at the Habitat, and become happy and healthy again.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been my honor and my privilege to volunteer at the Habitat for Horses since 2010. I have seen miracles unfold at the ranch when horses are brought in, some close to death because of abuse or neglect, and I watch their dedicated staff and volunteers bring them back to life. Not only do the horses and donkeys receive the medical care that is necessary, but they receive the love and attention, plus the nutrition that they need, to become horses worthy and able to be adopted out. It is both a haven and a hospice for the horses and I am proud to be part of this organization. Debbie Stoutamire

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

8 years ago I had the pleasure of living on HfH's ranch for a month, and volunteering every day. Since then, I have been back twice to volunteer a day or 2 at a time. The ranch is an incredible peaceful place. (HfH is in TX, I live in NC. If I were local, I would volunteer year round!) They are far and away the best equine rescue I have ever seen. They are well organized, well run, and they have only the horse's best interests at heart. Jerry, who started HfH, is a phenomenal human being, and he and Rebecca give this their all, and then some. I recommend this rescue to everyone I know in the equine world, because you know your money is being well spent, and that this organization is here to stay. I cannot say enough good things about them, and feel lucky to have been (and still consider myself to be) a part of the HfH family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My granddaughter had to do community service time at the Habitat for Horses in Hitchcock. I worked right along side her as she was underage to stay alone and I was not going to just sit there and watch for 8 hours. It was over 100 degrees and we learned so many things. "Mucking" got to be something we just picked up shovels and did. But I have never seen a more dedicated, hard-working staff. Their love for these animals is so real!!! And they shared not only their knowledge of how to work with horses, but they taught us the ups and downs, the good and the bad and the Babies! This is a most engaging and deeply respected experience I have encountered. This resource is worth a million. I pray that it is ranked a great nonprofit, for it truly is one!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Habitat for Horses is a truly godsend. In over ten years of involvement with this organization I can assure their role has been essential not only in helping abused equines thorough Texas and assisting law enforcement in bringing those responsible to justice and prosecute the cases (a task many small law enforcement departments don't have the resources to do so) but also to help many people with broken bodies or souls to recover as well as regular horse owners through their numerous rehabilitation and educational programs.

In addition, Habitat for Horses has been one of the organizations spearheading the efforts to bring to an end the inhumane and cruel practice of slaughter of American horses, both domestic and wild. I am certain that, without Habitat, Texas would still carry the stigma of being the home of the destructive foreign-owned horse slaughter industry. Therefore, Habitat not only helps those equines that pass through their gates but also virtually every horse living in the US.

But that's not all, Habitat as well provides support to horse owners, law enforcement and emergency response personell during emergencies such as hurricanes by providing shelter to stranded animals, feed to horse owners whose homes where devastated and support during rescue operations, in addition to invaluable training in preparation for such disasters.

Overall, Habitat for Horses is, in my opinion, one of -if not downright the best- equine rescue organization currently operating in the United States.

Daniel Cordero Fernández

5 Evelyn16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Habitat for Horses is the real deal when it comes to helping horses in need. They work to improve the lives of horses in so many ways - education to help prevent neglect, help with feed for those who've found themselves in a temporary bind, intervention when needed, organizing hundreds of volunteers to care for, train and rehabilitate horses, providing access to horses for adoption, standing up for horses in the wild, working to improve the care and handling of BLM horses, working to stop the illegal shipment of horses to slaughterhouses, and so much more. If not for Habitat for Horses I would not have had the joy of fostering horses and watching them heal both physically and mentally and I would not have have known two very special horses.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It's all about the horses at Habitat for Horses -- society NEEDS more and more sanctuaries and rescue ranches like Habitat for Horses -- without them, horses (along with other animals) would truly be at a loss -- they need human intervention, they need shelter, food, caring, good health, comfort, the proper environment along with the proper activities. Habitat for Horses is one of the best homes for horses (by the way, if I'm not mistaken, other animals also are taken in).

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a true no-kill rescue! So much good is done here -- horses benefit, people benefit -- we desperately need more Rescues like Habitat for Horses.

It's a win-win for all parties involved!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization has set the goal standard for what an equine rescue should be. They've been dealing with the worst cases of horse abuse for almost twenty years. I have nothing but praise for all they do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, one of the few so accredited in the US. That says all I need to know about the standards it has for being open and honest in their dealings with the public and with the horses under their care. I found them through a recommendation from a Judge who heard a case they presented in his court. Extremely professional. I don't have time to volunteer, but I financially support them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Habitat for horses has left a lasting impression of kindness, and love given freely that will stay with me forever. The charity is run by people with hearts as big as the equines they save, help and care for.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Habitat for Horses in 2009. Unfortunately, I am not able to volunteer as much as I would like due to distance (70 miles one way); however, I greatly enjoy the time I am there. You can tell how much these horses and burros are cared for as soon as you arrive. I love volunteering in whatever capacity is needed that day. Whether it's providing help with feeding, cleaning stalls/pasture, assisting with vaccinations, bathing, giving extra TLC, etc...it all means so much to the horses, burros and staff. Everybody I've met at the ranch (staff, other volunteers, etc...) all have a heart as big as Texas for the animals, and wants to see each of them find their forever home.

I've been very fortunate to have met a lady who has three rescues from Habitat for Horses. All are beautiful horses that have made great strides while at the ranch and their forever home. It's sad to think what might have happened to these great horses had Habitat not been there. I'm tremendously greatful for the work Habitat for Horses continues to do each and every day!

lgammage

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I fist heard about HFH after we visited a horse sale barn. We had just moved here from England in 2001. We were so appalled by the condition of the horses that we decided to try and help. We moved on to a new property, 100 acres, and here we are 27 rescue horses later. Most all are from HFH rescues. Some our own personal rescues. Getting these horses back to good health is a long, costly journey. Many times I called Jerry when a horse was sick and asked for advice. He is extremely knowledgeable and has helped me work through some difficult, worrying times. Jerry Finch, Rebecca Williams and all their great staff work tirelessly. Jerry Finch is one of the few Class 3 investigators in the country and we need them to be able to continue their work. Without our support, horses will never get a chance.

djsandman

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This Rescue does more for horses in need than any other I know! They keep us informed on what is going on in the horse world and are very loyal to their cause! I highly recommend Habitat for Horses non - profit as they are a wonderful advocate for our beloved horses > Domestic & Wild!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with HFH since 2000. First as a member then as a certified cruelty investigator. this group definitely cares about the welfare of the horses, no politics here. The volunteers go out of their way to do the best they can do for the horses and donkeys. I just can't say enough good things about HFH.

Sarah175

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a one of a kind rescue organisation for horses , although it is based in Texas I believe that they will go any where in the USA to help horses that have been neglected or abused. With the financial crisis more horses than ever have have been left to fend for thenselves ending usually in starvation; the love & rehbilitation & eventual adoption give these noble animals a second chance.Habitat for Horses is my nomination.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the good fortune to volunteer a few times at this wonderful place...& if there were not time constraints on me...I would be there much much more. It is amazing to see a horse come in from a really bad situation & slowly begin to recover & learn to trust humans again. It is hard work...but it is all worth it to see these amazing animals adjust to a life with plenty of food & water, & all the love they can handle. It is very rewarding & I cannot say enough good things about this organization & the people who run it.

2 Mary61

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a long time volunteer at Habitat for horses. They are an incredible organization. It is amazing just how many horses we have saved over the years and the impact we have made on many lives- equine and human. I am not sure what I would have done if i hadn't of found habitat for horses and the three loves of my life: Maggie,Madison and Dixie.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If not for the Habitat, so many of these animals would be forced to stay in an abusive or neglectful environment. Every horse is treated and fed back to health without consideration of the horses value. The organization is dedicated to seeing that each horse is rehabilitated to the point where it has a chance of going to a great adoptive home. There is a lot of hard work involved in taking care of so many horses, so if you love horses and want a worthwhile experience in volunteering; this is the place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family supports this organization with both time and money because of the great work they do on behalf of horses, mules, and donkeys with an occasional other species of animal tossed into the mix. They do a superb job with the monies that are donated to them and they use their volunteers to the best of each volunteer's ability. Horses are lucky to be found by this organization. Other horse rescue organizations just cannot compare to the people here. We have found no other rescues that teach people how to properly care for their horses rather than just try to grab them away.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Habitat for Horses is an organization that works for horses that have been neglected or abused. When they become aware of a horse that is not being cered for properly, they first try to educate the owners on proper care and if that doesn't take, they pursue legal ways to help the horses into a better life. Horses are not turned away because they may not be adoptable. Horses are not turned away because they may not be able to be saved. If nothing else can be done, the rescued horse crosses the rainbow bridge knowing that its last moments were filled with kindness rather than the harsh treatment it was rescued from.