STABLE COMPANIONS

Providing uncompromised care for those who need unconditional love

aka Lost Springs Farm   |   Willard, MO   |  www.stablecompanionscharity.org

Mission

Rescue, and rehabilitate companion animals . Focusing on abused, abandoned, and neglected horses. Animals that have suffered a loss in their life make the best companion animals for someone who is also trying to come back from their own loss. The Barn Buddies Program works with these animals to bring out the inner hero in everyone. Our program works with developmentally challenged individuals to teach them life skills by working at the ranch. They have supervised activity to learn how to care for the animals, use farm equipment, and learn how to complete their tasks by learning how to work around their limitations. We offer them a chance to live an indepandant life and be able to contribute to their community!

Notes from the nonprofit

We are also a State Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. The game warden or people in the community contact us about orphaned or injured wildlife. Our license is only for mammals, sorry we can not take reptiles. We have helped orphaned deer, squirrels,rabbits, ferrets, a llama and raccoons in the last three years.
Our organization also visits Elementary Schools, Retirement Homes, & Libraries to make presentations and bring animals to show to the participants.
We are always looking for volunteers, people who want to do community service. Please contact us to join our volunteers.

Ruling year info

2013

Founder/CEO

Dr. Dana L. Price

Main address

8567 W. US Hwy 160

Willard, MO 65781 USA

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EIN

30-0698389

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

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

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We offer an adaptive program that is limited in scope only due to our limited resources. We usually have one or two specific individuals that we work with one on one, because it requires constant collaboration and supervision to troubleshoot problems that arise . Our program can be very intense sometimes, because it requires the individuals to learn new skills, build confidence and increase their self esteem. We offer them a chance to re-enter the community as a contributing independent person. Those who are mentally challenged have trouble fitting into social situations. They lack social skills, so they have trouble getting a job because of low self esteem. We work with them one on one to learn those vital skills. Barn Buddies offers them work experience and marketable skills to live a normal life. Participants in the Barn Buddies Program are usually referred by their Case Manager or therapist.

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?

Barn Buddies Program

We teach life skills to developmentally challenged individuals.
They learn how to work around their limitations to complete tasks at the ranch. Barn Buddies care for the animals, learn how to use farm equipment, and how to troubleshoot problems that might happen on a ranch.

Population(s) Served
People with learning disabilities
People with physical disabilities

We are licensed by the state for a particular animal category.
Our permit is for Mammels only, but we frequently get requests for Raptors (hawks, owls, etc.) and Reptiles. The game warden, veternarians, and the public contact us about injured or orphaned animals. We have to evaluate each animal individually to see what specific needs they have. Those deemed not releaseable by the game warden must be kept, or sent to an approved sanctuary.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We are not your typical horse rescue! Families contact us from all over the United States when they have a death in their family or their health is preventing them from caring for their National Champion horses. They have peace of mind about their horses when they know Dr. Price will take care of them. We also get calls to save these horses from slaughter at auctions, and kill pens.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Seniors

We visit MHMR Centers that provide care for mentally and physically challenged individuals. They get to pet, hold, and interact with animals that we take to their center.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with intellectual disabilities

Where we work

Awards

Charity of Year 2020

Queen City Beard & Moustache Charity

Charity of Year 2021

Queen City Beard & Moustache Charity

Affiliations & memberships

Humane Society of the United States 2010

Arabian Horse Association 2000

American Quarter Horse Association 2012

National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA) 2011

Arabian Horse Association 2015

Pet Services Charity of Year 2014

Pet Charity of the Year 2014-2020 2020

Business Hall of Fame 2020 won 6 years in a row 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of first-time donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

horse rescue

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of outreach attempts to reporters

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Barn Buddies Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Horse rescue is always in the forefront of our other programs. Even our Barn Buddies and MHMR programs involve the horses in one way or another.

Number of meetings held with decision makers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

horse rescue

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Meetings are held on a regular basis to make sure our programs and budget are on track. We have extra meetings if we are trying to accomplish new goals, utilize more volunteers.

Number of assessment guides developed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Barn Buddies Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We are continually evaluating the standards of horse rescue/animal rescue to be the leader in this field. Training and educating employees and volunteers in the world of animal rescue.

Number of evaluations conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

horse rescue

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We used to hold quarterly evaluations but in 2017 we felt the need to review and modify evaluations based on the geriatric equine population that Stable Companions currently has at the rescue.

Number of external speaking requests for members of the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Barn Buddies Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We receive requests to speak at alot of different places. We go to schools, colleges, libraries, senior centers, nursing homes, social organizations, on the radio, on talk shows.

Number of programs documented

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with intellectual disabilities

Related Program

MHMR Day Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Horse rescue, Barn Buddies, MHMR, Wildlife Rehab, Senior Care visitations

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

horse rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We began a more aggressive facebook strategy involving video, increasing our posts etc.

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

horse rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

60 horses, other rescues include: dogs, cats, one llama, three deer, 2 cows, 11 chickens, four squirrels 8 bunnies,and 8 skunk.s

Number of animals with freedom from hunger and thirst

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

horse rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our rescue and rehabilitation programs strive to relieve the fear of hunger and thirst from our companion and residential animals.

Number of animals with freedom from fear and distress

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

Barn Buddies Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our care team and Barn Buddies work hard to make all our animals feel safe and secure.

Total dollars of operating costs per animal per day

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

horse rescue

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

This does not include the cost of vet or farrier services. this is merely food, supplements, misc.supplies

Number of accurate veterinary diagnoses

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

horse rescue

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

this includes spay and neutering, euthenasia and illness

Number of hours of training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

horse rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The amount of training we have depends on the knowledge base of our employees, and our retention,

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

We train Barn Buddies to work as a team to accomplish their assigned tasks. They learn how to operate various farm machinery, drive equipment, drive various vehicles including manual transmissions ( 4-wheelers, tractors, mules, trucks, hay equipment, lawn mowers, pull hay trailers). We instruct them on the safe way to change out implements, how to change a tire, how to erec

They learn through experience to be dependable and to be able to troubleshoot issues by working around their limitations.We adapt poor literacy skills and provide training for skills both verbally, in writing, and in pictures. We have found that graphic representations coupled with verbal cues seem to expedite learned behavior. The barn has checklists and reminders that they can utilize. Individual animals have instructions on the front of their stalls. When physical limitations inhibit safety, we work with what other options there are to get the job done safely. We monitor Barn Buddies to ensure their safety and the safety of our residental and farm companion animals.

We individualize our program to fit each Barn Buddy. Pragmatism, patience, productivity: This is the hallmark of success in our program! We have a syllabus that we utilize to help us accomplish our goals. It is a reference for our Barn Buddies, and also a resource for them to share with others their accomplishments. The program includes activities to do at home, to reinforce the skills and knowledge they are learning.

We have been able to be around as an organization for 15 years. Our participants have been deaf, mute, autistic, physically challenged, mentally challenged, coma patients, soldiers with PTSD, Tourettes Syndrome, Bi-Polar Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, and Autistic Savants.
We have had many success stories come out of our program. Bobby was able to get a job taking care of horses on a ranch in Houston, so he no longer needed his guardian. He was able to get his own truck, and manage living independantly. Joe had learning and comprehension issues because of his dyslexia, but he learned to overcome them, and he got a job as a lineman for the electric company. Josh had similar problems to Joe, but with his work experience he gained with us, he got a job as a ATV mechanic. Judd was able to use his work experience with us to convenience a company to train him to do HVAC repairs and installation. He came by to visit to show us his new truck and tell us he bought a house, and he was getting married.

These are just a few of our success stories!

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We educate mentally and physically challenged individuals so that they can complete tasks by learning to work around their limitations.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We require a Case Manager to evaluate the suitability of an individual in writing before we accept them into our program.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    They have more input into the goals they are to accomplish before completing our program.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

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STABLE COMPANIONS

Board of directors
as of 3/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Dana Price

Stable Companions

Term: 2012 - 2022


Board co-chair

Brooke Bigham

Laura Ricketts

Ricketts Farms

Brooke Bigham

Bigham LLC

Dr. Dana Price

Stable Companions

Carrie Basham

Basham Designs LLC

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/21/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/28/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.