Animal related

Habitat For Horses Inc

  • Hitchcock, TX
  • http://www.habitatforhorses.org/

Mission Statement

1) To promote and secure the safety and well being of all horses.2) To encourage education concerning the physical and mental health of horses. 3) To explore and establish connections with young adults who can benefit      emotionally from involvement with horses.4) To promote the proper training of horses through positive training techniques. 5) To provide a home for those horses who are no longer able to be productive.

Main Programs

  1. School Visit
  2. Law Enforcement Education
  3. Rehabilitation of Abused/Neglected Animals
  4. Law Enforcement Response
  5. Emergency Response

service areas

National

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ruling year

1999

chief executive for fy 2012

Jerry Finch

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co-chief executive for fy 2012

Rebecca Williams

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Keywords

horse, horses , equine, rescue, investigation, sanctuary, youth, abused, endangered, retirement, education, equine therapy, horse slaughter

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EIN

76-0586024

Physical Address

6034 Terrebone

Hitchcock, 77563

Also Known As

HfH

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

First equine rescue and sanctuary in the United States to receive full accreditation of The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

Programs

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Program 1

School Visit

The HfH philosophy is based on the belief that since people have domesticated horses, people must take full responsibility for their lives. HfH has designed programs that help horses resume an active and productive life, based on the knowledge that all horses have needs in common and that each horse will have certain special needs. While many rescued or surrendered horses enjoy human contact and interaction, some will never know trust. Those, as all horses, deserve to live and will be treated with the respect and kindness that was denied them before their rescue.

We identify those special horses who can return to productive work as therapy horses for children and adults. We also focus on bringing young people into the circle of volunteers. Our programs are conducted on the ranch and in the community, enabling us to use horses to help people better understand themselves. Following is a brief list of our programs, which have a great capacity for development and expansion:

Sanctuary Surrenders: We work with people on a weekly basis to help them determine the best solutions for their horses when they no longer have the resources, time or money to properly care for their horses. When feasible, we accept the horse as a sanctuary surrender, and receive the same level of care as the rest of the horses. Sanctuary surrenders ideally are provided for through an endowment fund or surrender fee. Our current cost factor for each horse is $2,400 per year, not including serious medical problems.

Community Outreach: Habitat For Horses is involved in a number of programs for bringing horses to schools, churches, rest homes, retirement homes, hospitals and other locations. Organizations are invited to our ranch for general tours and community functions. We have several ideal horses that become the main attraction during our visits to local schools to talk with children about animal abuse and human violence.

Horsemanship Classes: This popular class is a highly recommended course on the basics of horse care designed for those who want to volunteer at HfH, those who are thinking of buying or adopting a horse or people who simply want to learn more about horses through an intense "hands-on" experience.

Investigation and Seizure: We work closely with local law enforcement to investigate complaints, provide aid and direction in report gathering and obtaining seizure orders, transport animals to a safe location, provide photographs, expert veterinarian, farrier and horse-professional testimony and presentation in court.

Emergency Response: Working closely with State and Federal Officials, we respond to disasters from hurricanes to wildfires, providing complete equine services.

Category

Animal-Related

Budget

$3,000.00

Population Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Program 2

Law Enforcement Education

We educate law enforcement on the proper procedures of responding to animal cruelty reports and how to judge the condition of a horse.

Category

Animal-Related

Budget

$1,500.00

Population Served

Adults

Program 3

Rehabilitation of Abused/Neglected Animals

The largest part of our budget is on the rehabilitation of equine, returning them to a state of health so they may be adopted out to new homes. While the target population is adult, the horse brings the family unit, including children,together.

Category

Animal-Related

Budget

$180,000.00

Population Served

Adults

Program 4

Law Enforcement Response

Habitat for Horses works closely with a large number of law enforcement agencies to provive assistance in cases of animal cruelty involving equine. We not only assist in the seizure but in the documentation and court presentation should a seizure be needed. Our first goal is not to seize, but to provide the current owner with the knowledge and tools necessary to maintain his equine in a satisfactory state of health.

Category

Animal-Related

Budget

$45,000.00

Population Served

Adults

Program 5

Emergency Response

Habitat for Horses has been called into duty in times of disaster, including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike, plus in massive fires such as in the Panhandle of Texas. During Rita and Ike, we were in charge of all large animal search and Rescue. While not budgeted, our response ability comes strictly from donations

Category

Animal-Related

Budget

$100,000.00

Population Served

Adults

service areas

National

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Funding Needs

Our program costs have maintained at around 90% of our income since our beginning in 1998. The demand for our services continues to grow, but we are severely limited due to our funding. Almost all of our income is generated by individual donations.

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Habitat For Horses, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Habitat For Horses Inc

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Jerry Finch

co-chief executive

Rebecca Williams

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"Jerry Finch, President, is Habitat for Horses' founder. Mr. Finch has been involved in equine activity and youth counseling for several decades. He has taken a number of courses related to horsemanship, ranging from nutrition to equine abuse, is currently a Level Three Equine Abuse Investigator, and testifies in court cases as an equine abuse expert. Mr. Finch believes that, for all horses have done for mankind, we need to give back to them the best life we can offer."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jerry Finch

Habitat for Horses

Term: Nov 2012 - Nov 2014

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