CHANGING FATE EQUINE RESCUE OF DELAWARE INC

Changing Fates and Changing Lives, one horse at a time

Mission

Changing Fates Equine Rescue of Delaware, Inc. is a 501 © 3 equine rescue dedicated to locating abused, neglected and abused equines and rescuing, rehabilitating, retraining and rehoming these equines.  It is also our mission to provide a sanctuary for those horses that are not suitable for adoption.

Ruling year info

2005

Principal Officer

Karen Speake

Main address

31283 Old Cabin Road % Karen Speake

Laurel, DE 19956 USA

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Formerly known as

Whimsical Equine Rescue of DE, Inc.

EIN

32-0148054

NTEE code info

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

IRS filing requirement

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Every year, more than 100,000 American horses are trucked over our borders to be slaughtered for human consumption. Until this practice is banned and Congress passes a law against slaughter here in the U.S., no horse is safe.
The term “horse slaughter" refers exclusively to the killing and processing of horses for human consumption. Horse slaughter is NOT humane euthanasia. While “euthanasia" is defined as a gentle, painless death provided in order to prevent suffering, slaughter is a brutal and terrifying end for horses.
Horses bound for slaughter (who may include pregnant mares, foals and horses who are injured or blind) are commonly shipped for more than 24 hours at a time in crowded trucks without food, water or rest. The methods used to kill horses rarely result in quick, painless deaths for these animals and sometimes they even remain conscious during dismemberment.

Our programs

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

Education Day

The organization current experts in the equine field in our area to speak at an "Education Day' of our adopters and as well as the entire Delmarva area.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Changing Fates Equine Rescue of Delaware, Inc. is a 501 © 3 equine rescue dedicated to locating abused and neglected equines and rescuing, rehabilitating, retraining and rehoming these equines. It is also our mission to provide a sanctuary for those horses that are not suitable for adoption.

Adopters are carefully screened and commit to care for the balance of his life or they must return it to Changing Fates. The horse can never be sold or given away.



Funds for the rescue come from donations, adoptions, grants and fundraising events. Our need for funding assistance is acute, as rescuing a single healthy horse can easily exceed $900.00. An unhealthy horse can require up to $350.00 per month for medications and veterinary care.



We are dedicated to improving the lives of the magnificent horses we rescue, as well as the families who adopt them. The exhaustive labor of our small group and ever expanding circle of volunteers is well rewarded by the knowledge that these horses are safe.

Population(s) Served
Work status and occupations

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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According to recent reports, every year approximately 170,000 horses are slaughtered. They come from different backgrounds, race tracks, farms, riding academies, private owners and are sold at auctions all over the country where they spend hours and sometimes even days in overcrowded pens, often without access to food and water. Once they arrive at the slaughter plant, some have already succumbed to illness or injury and are down in the transport vehicle. More often than not, these horses are left to suffer and die. Those that are still standing when they arrive at the plant are supposed to be rendered unconscious prior to slaughter. Unfortunately, most are improperly stunned and remain conscious. They are hung up by the rear legs and their throats are slit. You can see why it is so important to save as many as we possibly can.

Changing Fates Equine Rescue (CFERD), has been serving the community for over 15 years. We serve the entire Delmarva Peninsula. Our largest and most successful Program is our Adoption Program. We bring horses into our program from several different sources. We have SPCA seizures from neglectful and abusive owners, as well as owner turn overs. We have as purchased several horses from kill buyers, including an Off Track Thoroughbred. Had we had not stepped up and purchased the horses, they would have been bound for Canada to be slaughtered and shipped overseas for human consumption. It is a tragic end for many horses. We take in these unwanted horses and bring them back to health (if needed) and train them for their new forever homes. If for any reason our adopter cannot keep the horse they adopt from us, the horse must be returned to us. We would not want to find one of our horses needing to be rescued again. We currently have a large volunteer program. Every Saturday morning we have volunteers come out to the rescue and they learn what is involved with caring for the horses as well as personal hands on experiences with the horses. This program works very well for children that can't afford a horse of their own, but have a great love of the animal. It is also a benefit to the horses. It exposes them to a lot of interaction while they wait for their new homes.

We continue to rescue horses as funds allow. We feel we have make great progress in accomplishing our goal. We are a volunteer only group and all the funds we receive go directly to save the horses.

We currently own 32 +/- acres with a 13 stall barn We have management to purchase the property and construct the barn using grant funds. Currently, the only debt CFERD has is for a farm tractor. Within the next two years, we hope to start a therapy riding program, as well has a hay/fee bank to assist horse owners.

Financials

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CHANGING FATE EQUINE RESCUE OF DELAWARE INC

Board of directors
as of 4/12/2021
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Board chair

Karen Speake

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Karen Speake

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Robin Weinkam

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Donna Kirsch

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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? 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? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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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

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