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THE PEGASUS PROJECT INC

We Give Horses Wings

Ben Wheeler, TX   |  http://mypegasusproject.org/Home.php

Mission

The Pegasus Project is an equine rescue whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, retrain and rehome neglected, abused and abandoned horses, donkeys and mules throughout Texas. Through love, quality care and superior training methods, we establish a solid foundation of mind and body. We prepare the horses to be adopted by carefully screened forever homes or to serve the needs of at-risk or disabled children and adults through therapeutic riding programs. For a small number of special-needs horses, The Pegasus Project will be a life-long sanctuary.

Ruling year info

2011

Co-Founder / President / Executive Director

Ms. Allyson DeCanio

Co-Founder / Director / Vice President

Mr. Mike DeCanio

Main address

Po Box 26

Ben Wheeler, TX 75754 USA

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EIN

27-2108244

NTEE code info

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

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

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Programs and results

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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?

Animal Seizure and Legal Process

We provide legal support and assistance for law enforcement in seizure operations, including provision of legal services during the judicial process. Our president is an attorney and equine law expert.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Most horses that come into our care have suffered severe neglect or abuse. We rehabilitate their minds, bodies and spirits with proper nutrition, overall care, and medical treatment, and we allow them time to heal mentally and physically. We are staffed with experts on equine nutrition and natural horsemanship methods.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We firmly believe that an untrained horse has an uncertain future. Pegasus is different from many horse rescues because of the expense and effort we put into training. Our trainers are nationally recognized for their natural horsemanship methods and results. We take the time it takes to properly prepare each horse for a forever home. We also train horses to be adopted by therapeutic riding schools to provide services to disabled and at-risk children and adults. In addition, we instruct potential adopters, improving their horsemanship skills, to ensure that an adoption of a Pegasus horse is a lifetime match.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We dedicate our skills to ensuring well-matched, lifelong adoptions. Each adopter signs a contract agreeing that the horse will never be sold, traded, or given away. If for any reason then adopter cannot keep the horse, he must return the horse to us so that we can find the horse another home, thereby ensuring its safety for the remainder of its life.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We offer horsemanship clinics for equine owners. Twice each year, we host internationally acclaimed horseman and author, Mark Rashid, to teach people and their horses. We also host quarterly mini-clinics on various topics such as trail riding, trailer loading, ground skills, and various other topics of horsemanship.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Throughout the year, we offer assistance to our adopters (or anyone who needs our guidance) regarding proper horse care, nutrition, tack, equipment, etc. We offer consultations regarding specific horses, as well as general horse care instruction.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our president, an attorney and equine law expert, offers free programs for law enforcement agencies to educate them on the animal cruelty statutes and to ensure the use of proper seizure protocols.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We provide funding to responsible, deserving horse owners who are in short-term need. Loss of a job or a death in the family can cause immediate hardships. We help loving owners keep their horses through rough times. We will assist with veterinary costs, including castration, farrier expenses, hay, feed, etc.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Financials

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THE PEGASUS PROJECT INC

Board of directors
as of 08/31/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Allyson DeCanio

The Pegasus Project

Term: 2010 -

Anne Ellis

The Pegasus Project

Erica McCrary

The Pegasus Project

Mike DeCanio

The Pegasus Project

Jan Cooper

The Pegasus Project

Ross Mathson

The Pegasus Project

Allyson DeCanio

The Pegasus Project

Jessica Phillips

The Pegasus Project

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 ? No
  • 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? No
  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/31/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability