SANTANA CENTER FOR EQUINE EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

aka The Santana Center   |   Saunderstown, RI   |  www.thesantanacenter.org

Mission

The Santana Center is devoted to the rescue, rehabilitation and eventual adoption of horses in need. Our organization believes that by fostering responsible equine stewardship, providing educational venues, and encouraging healthy partnerships between horses and humans, we can decrease the likelihood of horses being mishandled, neglected or abused.

Notes from the nonprofit

WE are working on a new strategic plan for 2020.

Ruling year info

2005

President

Ms Kathleen Castro

Main address

1459 Boston Neck Rd

Saunderstown, RI 02874 USA

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EIN

11-3734734

NTEE code info

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Many horses end up at the auction and horse sales. These situations are stressful and often end with the creation of new medical issues and the ultimate shipping to slaughter. There are many reasons horses are sent to these sales: owner ignorance, lack of money, no longer wanting the animal, horse has become unuseable, etc. Many of the horses can be rehabilitated and placed into new homes with minimal effort. The recent publication by Emily Weiss demonstrated that there are homes available for unwanted horses throughout the USA but the problem is matching them up with the many rescues that have horses available.

Our programs

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

Horse Rescue

Purchasing horses in auction in danger of being sent to slaughter

Population(s) Served
Adults

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 rehomed

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

Horse Rescue

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals rescued

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

Horse Rescue

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

1. Rehabilitate and placement of horses into new homes
2. Education prior to obtaining a horse about the commitment of horse ownership.
3. Education during horse ownership on care and issues important to the horse community.
3. Networking with organizations and other rescues to better use our resources.

1. Provide short term rehabilitation and training for rescued horses. Up until 2017, we took in owner surrenders. We successfully placed these horses into new homes after training (in some cases minimal; others needed to be started as young horses).

2. We have recently become involved with bailing from some of the kill pens and auctions on the East Coast. This quickly becomes overwhelming. It is important to establish networks with the national and regional organizations as well as the rescues. Part of this approach is education.

3. We also are involved in research with the state. In 2008, we completed the first horse survey in RI as a way to establish priorities for the state vet and RISPCA and are recently working to provide information on horse burial options and other issues.

The Santana Center was established in 2004. We have remained a small organization since all the board members have full time jobs. We have expanded recently, as a farm became available for use and volunteers have been used to supplement training and care. We have rehabilitated and trained and placed 31 horses in the period between 2004- 2018. We have extensive experience working with all breeds of horses including colt starting.

In 2019, we were able to place 32 horses into new homes.

The board is made up of 6 people with lifelong experience and passion for horses and work diligently at all levels.

1. Placed 32 horses into new homes
2. Working with the University of Rhode Island and other schools for internships.
3. New web page, Facebook page. Paypal account established.
3.In warm up ring with the Right Horse Initiative


Whats next: Placement of remaining horses and developing new fund raising ideas. Networking to increase impacts. Developing educational forums in RI for horse community.

How we listen

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Financials

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Operations

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SANTANA CENTER FOR EQUINE EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

MS Kathleen Castro


Board co-chair

Ms Nicole Dorenzo

Kathleen Castro

Jessica Smith

Nicole Dorenzo

Robert Larivee

Diane Martin

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? No