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CASTLETON RANCH HORSE RESCUE INC

aka N/A   |   Valley Center, CA   |  www.castletonranchhorserescue.org

Mission

MISSION STATEMENT Castleton Ranch Horse Rescue Inc., will provide rescue, rehabilitation and lifetime sanctuary to those horses who are at risk of needless slaughter, who are old and/or injured and have been abandoned with nowhere to go. Through our educational and assistance programs, Castleton Ranch Horse Rescue Inc, will reach out both within and outwith our community to make the public aware of the plight of so many horses. Castleton Ranch will, at all times, utilize the funds trusted to our care, to improve the quality of life of the many horses living at our sanctuaries and to develop new and productive programs to help prevent needless suffering of many horses. PREVENTION THROUGH EDUCATION. Castleton Ranch Horse Rescue Inc., Established 2004

Ruling year info

2005

President

Ms. Lisa A Thomas

Main address

28581 Old Ranch Drive

Valley Center, CA 92082 USA

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EIN

11-3731839

Cause area (NTEE code) info

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Over breeding is one area that owners should be looking at which in turn will hopefully reduce the number of horses that are being sent to auction. Also, new horse owners should spend more time finding out the actual costs of keeping a horse.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Lifetime Sanctuary

Castleton Ranch Horse Rescue Inc. operate two rescue/sanctuaries in Southern California. All horses that are rescued are assured of lifetime sanctuary at one of our ranches.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Helping Hooves was developed to assist those horses who were living in home situations which, through lack of stable income, were placing the horse in danger of being sent to auction.
The first point of contact is our vet who may have established a situation where horses are at risk due to some hardship that the family may be experiencing. Helping Hooves can step in and provide immediate care for the horse ensuring that it can remain with the family until their situation improves. We arrange for the local feed store to deliver food, we send our farrier to take care of any feet issues and our vet ensures that the horse is in good health. The program is also active when a horse has to be put to sleep. This can be a very expensive situation which many horse owners in our targeted area cannot afford. Helping Hooves can ensure that a situation of this nature is taken care of humanely and with dignity leaving the horse owner to spend their last moments with their companion free from stress and worry about how they can meet their financial obligation.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$10,000

Castleton provide financial support to assist owners with humanely euthanizing their horse or gelding stud colts etc. within the state of CA

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
General/Unspecified

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rescued

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Related Program

Lifetime Sanctuary

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

During 2015, Castleton Ranch have been very pro-active in rescuing horses from low-end auctions where killer buyers were present. Rescuing those older unwanted horses was a priority .

Number of animals with freedom from discomfort

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Lifetime Sanctuary

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

At present, 103 horses currently live between our two lifetime sanctuaries plus 17 horses which are supported via our helping Hooves program. All rescued horses receive the very best of care.

Number of animals with freedom from pain

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Lifetime Sanctuary

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All of the horses under Castleton's care whether at one of our sanctuaries or otherwise, receive first class veterinary/farrier and dental care .

Number of animals with freedom to express normal behavior

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Lifetime Sanctuary

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All of our retired horses live together in large paddocks where they can interact with each other. It is important to ensure that each group are compatible to achieve the most harmonious results.

Number of animals with freedom from fear and distress

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Lifetime Sanctuary

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In addition to the horses who live at Castleton's sanctuaries, we also help a number of other horses within our community through our program called "helping hooves". Keeping them with their family.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Castleton Ranch Horse Rescue Inc is focused on the rescue of horses who are at risk of needless slaughter, who have been the victims of inhumane care and abuse and are old and unwanted. Castleton is providing lifetime sanctuary to every horse which we rescue. Between both ranches we have at any one time around 80 horses in our care.<br/><br/>Through our national direct mail appeals we hope to make more people aware of the plight of many horses and the need to actively support all groups involved in their protection, not just Castleton.<br/><br/>One of the programs which we have developed, is focused on helping those horses who are with families who are experiencing hardship. The effect of this hardship could mean that horses are not being cared for as they should, or even worse could be sent to an auction. Our program which is called "helping hooves", offers support to these families to ensure that their horse is receiving all the food it requires, farrier care, annual vaccination and any other area that will improve the condition and wellbeing of the horse. We wish to keep the family and the horse together. This also includes any situation whereby a horse has to be euthanized for failing health reasons but the owner does not have the means to pay for this service. Castleton will provide the necessary funding to ensure that the animal does not suffer and can be dealt with in a humane and dignified manner.<br/><br/>All cases which are treated withing the "helping hooves" program are done so via consultation with the attending veterinarian.<br/><br/>Our hope is that we can reduce in some way the number of horses who may end up being sent to an auction which sadly, will not have a good ending for most of them.<br/><br/>Through our national appeals and focused programs, we hope to make more people aware of the danger that many of our horses face today.<br/><br/>Our "helping hooves" program is funded separately from our main operational budget.

Our direct mail appeals which are sent out each month, reach out across all 50 states getting into the homes of many thousand's of people. Many of our donor's today had no idea at all, what suffering many of our horses were experiencing at the hands of those who should be protecting them . This is an excellent source for making contact with large amounts of people and getting them to learn and take notice. Without our direct mail appeals how could we ever hope to find possible donors across the entire country. <br/><br/>Our website is also an area that can generate interest from many people not just in our own country. Social media is a powerful tool.<br/><br/>We also encourage visitor's to our sanctuaries who , at the end of their visit, can return home and spread the word about what they have seen, heard and what can be achieved.

Castleton Ranch is a well managed organization. The Board are highly experienced, diverse and motivated business individuals who apply all of the knowledge gained over many years to ensure that our targets and goals are met. A 501 (c) (3) non-profit company has to be managed in the same way that a for profit company is managed. The only real difference between the two is the origin of their income and how to achieve it. <br/><br/>Many horse rescue groups have failed and placed their horses in harm's way due to lack of management skills and inability to be fiscally aware and responsible. We are very aware of our responsibilities. <br/><br/>Castleton has achieved a very sound financial position whilst maintaining a very high degree of horse management throughout our growth. Today we have asset's in excess of $1.7M with cash reserves to support our programs, ongoing.<br/><br/>The Castleton Board are very pro-active toward the importance of having the financial resources needed to maintain the organization as it stands today and well into the future. We are committed to the success of our direct mail appeals as we are to animal welfare and to our mission.<br/><br/>Caring for large amounts of horses with various health issues is a very costly business. Castleton Ranch has the necessary skills to ensure that we can meet any challenge that may arise.

As one of only a few rescue organizations in the USA operating two rescue/sanctuaries, and having the financial means to support both of these operations and to support our specialist programs ongoing, is in itself an indication that we made the correct decision's some years ago. <br/><br/>Without any doubt we have and will continue to grow our operation beyond the successful 501 (c) (3) that we are today.<br/><br/>We are operating two successful sanctuaries thanks to our wonderful donor's without whom we could not have come this far and have achieved so much.<br/><br/>We, and the horses that we rescue and care for, owe a large deal of thankfulness and gratitude to the many wonderful people and organizations that have stepped forward with continued support.

We have accomplished almost everything and more than we ever thought was possible. If we were to list something that we have not achieved, we would have to say the eradication of all needless horse slaughter.<br/><br/>The horse has played such an important role in the history of this country, and yet those who should be appreciating their beauty, loyalty , and unquestioning devoted service, sadly are the very people who today find it so easy to send our horses to foreign lands for a terrible and undeserving end to their life.<br/><br/>We would have to say that we have failed to reach the mind of such inhumane characters.<br/><br/>'HORSES LEAVE HOOF-PRINTS ON YOUR HEART'

Financials

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/10/2020

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Keywords

Horse rescue and lifetime sanctuary, horse sanctuary