Horses Haven

Rescue, Retrain, Rehome

aka Horses' Haven   |   Howell, MI   |  www.horseshaven.org

Mission

Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, ​retrain and re-home at risk equines (horses, ponies, donkeys and mules). We assist law enforcement agencies and accept surrendered horses from owners displaying a clear need for help. Our goal is to find every horse in our care a forever home through adoption.

Ruling year info

1997

Operations Manager

Kristine Dvonch

Main address

PO Box 166

Howell, MI 48844 USA

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EIN

38-3259872

NTEE code info

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

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We strive to intercept horses prior to the slaughter pipeline by accepting owner surrenders from owners who can no longer properly care for their horses and from law enforcement agencies on cruelty and neglect cases. Through partnerships and collaborations we aim to massively increase equine adoptions in our country and remove geographic barriers that prevent horses from being adopted.

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?

Volunteer Program

Our Haven can only exist with the help of volunteers. Individuals 16 and over are welcome to participate in a morning or afternoon shift, once a week, for approximately five hours. Horse experience is not necessary. We train our volunteers to care for our approximately 70 residents and the farm itself. Activities may include feeding, watering and grooming the horses as well as taking care of the farm. Farm maintenance is part of every shift and includes mucking pastures and keeping the property neat and clean.

Population(s) Served

Our Adoption program strives to make good matches between horses and humans.  Prior to all adoptions an inspection of the facility is performed to ensure that the facility meets our minimum requirements for safety and appropriate care of our animals.

Population(s) Served

When an individual sponsors one of our equines at Horses' Haven their support helps offset the cost of providing food and medical care. Individuals who are not in a position to own their own horses can experience the joy of being with a horse of their choosing. This program allows individuals to come to the farm on Sponsor Day to spend time with their sponsored animal.

Population(s) Served

An individual training program is developed for each horse by qualified staff and volunteers to give them the skills needed to be successful in their new home, job or career.

Population(s) Served

Quarterly education days are provided for pre-vet and vet students under the supervision of a veterinarian and our herd health team to give them a foundation in equine health and handling.
Annual clinics are held for Michigan Animal Control officers to enhance their skills in horse handling and equine assessment.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 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 animal adoptions

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

Adoption Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of intakes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals surrendered by their owner

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animal control seizures

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of pets microchipped

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals euthanized

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of volunteers

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

Volunteer Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of animals transferred in from other rescues

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

Adoption Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Our goals include:

* Educate the local horse community on equine care and options they have when surrendering is necessary.
* Provide medical and physical rehabilitation when possible or euthanasia when a good quality of life cannot be maintained.
* Expand our collaborations in the industry by pooling our knowledge and resources to do everything possible to place all horses in adoptive homes.

Our strategies include:

* Develop supportive working relationships with Animal Control agencies and officers statewide.
* Develop and offer educational hands on clinics for Animal Control officers.
* Increase our nationwide collaborations such as our partnership with the ASPCA/Right Horse Initiative and other like minded equine rescues.
*Expand our partnership and develop new programs with Michigan State University's Veterinarian programs.
* Continue to grow our training program to shorten each horses length of stay enabling us to best utilize our internal capacity and help as many at risk horses as possible.

* Over 100 volunteers who provide daily care for our horses.
* A staff qualified in the evaluation, care and training of horses.
* Strong relationships with local veterinarians and with the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and its students.
* Attend nation wide conferences specific to equine rescues and forming new relationships.
* Partnering with organizations nationwide to bring horses otherwise sitting in rescues to Horses' Haven to meet our high adopter demand in Michigan.
* Property and facilities are constantly improved upon allowing us to adapt to changing needs.
* We have an active Board of Directors led by a veterinarian.

In 2020 we adopted a record 63 horses.
We purchased a dump trailer that cut our waste disposal expense while improving fly control.
We conducted our first on-site clinic for Michigan Animal Control officers.
We built a working relationship with the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Veterinary Medicine and are bringing students to our site to obtain hands-on experience treating horses.
Installation of an automatic watering system in our 22 pastures/paddocks.


What's next:
Continue to seek out and solidify partnerships, develop additional programs with our neighbors at MSU and add qualified staff as our organization continues to grow.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Horses Haven

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

Dr. Steven Rymal

Steven Rymal, DVM

Term: 2016 -

Steven Rymal

Steven Rymal, DVM

Anne Lezotte

Patrick Financial Group

Anne Stahl

Rosehill Dressage

Kristine Dvonch

Horses' Haven

Chiara Mattieson

Mattieson Law, PLC

Renee Szobony

Szobony Law Office

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/25/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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