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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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

After fifty years of working with horses in all phases of the horse world, I found out about a training system that I wish I had used 50 years ago. I had always trained with positive reinforcement but this system carries it to a new level. I attended their clinic two weekends ago and saw the wonderful effect it had on both horses and humans. They both were having tremendous fun learning!!! I've applied the technique to my 2 horses and 5 burros, all rescues, and have had amazing results. They offer the training free to rescues so I hope you will check out their website. www.connectiontraining.com. I wish I lived closer so I could volunteer with you but instead I am doing my part with my rescue animals in far West Texas. The need is everywhere. Thank you for the work you do.


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.

Previous Stories


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.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I discovered this wonderful organization via Facebook, almost 2 yrs. ago. The educational articles / publications I found to be extremely informative and very helpful. Jerry Finch wrote a 5 part series that was particularly helpful in my advocacy work with horses. This series led me to read and meet via phone a well respected horse advocate with a huge knowledge base on issues important to me (Allan Warren). Habitat For Horses not only should be commended for their tireless efforts to "save / help " horses in need but also be highly regarded for their educational publications. These writings I have shared many, many times with others that were just starting to learn about advocacy and solutions for horses. I am very grateful to have this opportunity to share my appreciation for all the work they do!!! Sincerely, Teresa Cook, Cook's Ranch (Valley Center, California)


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Last year our Sanctuary had the golden opportunity to work with Habitat for Horses on the rescue of 108 horses and donkeys from the defunct Montana Large Animal Sanctuary. The courage, professionalism and compassion demonstrated by Jerry Finch was an inspiration to me. I was both proud and happy to work with this amazing horse lover. Though the days were long and arduous, the situations stressful and tiring, Jerry kept his sense of humor and kindness. Rock on Habitat! From Jane Heath, Executive Director, Montana Horse Sanctuary, Simms, MT


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In all my years of business, I have never found a more dedicated group of people. I visited their organization in Hitchcock in an effort to determine if the stories I had heard were true. At the time I found three staff members, four volunteers and a veterinarian doing everything they could to save a horse they had just brought in. The horse had obviously been severely neglected.

Last I heard, the horse was standing on its own and doing much better. Had it not been for this organization, the horse would have died.

There is no doubt in my mind that this organization needs and deserves the full support of the public. One can see that they don't have much money, but they are doing wonders with what they do have.