ANIMAL GUARDIANS HORSE RESCUE INC

aka AGHR   |   Simi Valley, CA   |  www.animalguardianshorserescue.org

Mission

Animal Guardians Horse Rescue, Inc. provides sanctuary to local senior equines in need, while connecting our southern California community through service and purpose.

Notes from the nonprofit

We would like to thank our amazing supporters and members for all of their hard work, time, and dedication to our cause.

Ruling year info

2013

Principal Officer

Deborah Greene-Dellvon

Main address

P.O. Box 941494

Simi Valley, CA 93094 USA

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EIN

46-1912260

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.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our organization is striving to solve the problem of homelessness and neglect of unwanted equines due to special needs, age, or non-rideability. We are trying to develop greater outreach programming to help educate the public on responsible horse ownership and ways to manage horse-keeping until the end. We are trying to reduce the numbers of equines sent to the county shelters or abandoned at boarding stables.

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?

Adoptions Partner with the County Shelter Programs

We are an official Adoptions Partner with the equine programs for the Ventura County Animal Services, Los Angeles County Dept. of Animal Care & Control, Santa Barbara County Animal Services, and San Bernadino County Dept. of Animal Care & Control. We help these state public agencies by working directly with their adoptions programs to help them train their Animal Care Shelter Staff to safely and effectively work with and train / handle their equines, help them promote adoptions for adoptable equines, and we adopt equines with special needs and senior equines on euthanasia deadline for our sanctuary program, or placement in a partner sanctuary program in southern CA. We also collaborate with the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter to promote the ASPCA National Help A Horse Day when they have horses they need to adopt out and need promotions to do so. It is very gratifying to be able to save these beautiful senior equine angels to avoid unnecessary euthanasia and give them a second chance at life in safety and comfort.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We are a member of this national organization which promotes equine welfare and works collaboratively with equine rescues, sanctuaries, & professionals to uphold standards of care for all American equine rescues and ensures safe housing & care of equines with special needs. We provide safe housing for horses in need in times of crisis and work with a network of approved professionals to provide support in crisis or emergency situations. For example, we just took in 3 horses from a sanctuary closure in Oregon who otherwise would have nowhere to go.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We are a member of this national organization which promotes education and training for equine rescues and welfare agencies, to work together to improve the quality of lives of horses in the United States, and provides resources for rescues throughout the United States in conjunction with The Humane Society and The Fund For Animals. For example, we attend the annual Conference in Sept. to network and collaborate with other members covering topics such as Working Collaboratively with Animal Care & Control Shelters for Seizure Cases.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Natural Horsemanship Education Grant 2018

Parelli Foundation

Natural Horsemanship Education Grant 2019

Parelli Foundation

Natural Horsemanship Education Grant 2019

Parelli Foundation

Affiliations & memberships

Parelli Foundation Natural Horsemanship Education Grant Recipient 2018

The Homes For Horses Coalition 2014

The Humane Society of the United States Safe Stalls Network 2014

Adoptions Partner Program: Los Angeles County Animal Care & Control 2016

Adoptions Partner Program: Ventura County Animal Services 2016

Adoptions Partner Program: Santa Barbara County Animal Services 2016

Adoptions Partner Program: San Bernadino County Animal Services 2016

The Humane Society of the United States Forever Foundation Training Program 2014

Parelli Foundation Natural Horsemanship Education Grant Recipient 2019

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 clinics/shelters improved as a direct result of the nonprofit's efforts

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

Adults

Related Program

Adoptions Partner with the County Shelter Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Equine Adoptions from: 1.) Agoura Hills Shelter, 2.) Lancaster Shelter, 3.) Castaic Shelter, 4.) West Valley Shelter, 5.) Santa Barbara Lompoc Shelter, 6.) Ventura Camarillo Shelter

Number of animals rehabilitated

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

Adults

Related Program

Adoptions Partner with the County Shelter Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of animals provided with long term care

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

Adults

Related Program

The Humane Society of the United States Safe Stalls Network Program

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We are continuously building and developing our equine sanctuary retirement program, and currently have 10 equines with special needs, ranging from age 21 to 41. They all require specialized care.

Number of animals rescued

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

Adults

Related Program

The Homes For Horses Coalition Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of animals with freedom from fear and distress

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

Adults

Related Program

The Humane Society of the United States Safe Stalls Network Program

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In the past 4 years, we have rescued BLM Mustangs from wild herd situations, as well as abused and unhandled equines who needed help, found them safe / loving pasture & private home boarding placement

Number of animals with freedom to express normal behavior

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

Adults

Related Program

The Humane Society of the United States Safe Stalls Network Program

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These past 4 years have blessed us with the beautiful wild horses / ponies we have received. Some of them remain unhandled and wild in comfort. Others were retrained with natural horsemanship methods.

Number of animals with freedom from pain

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

Adults

Related Program

The Homes For Horses Coalition Program

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

All of our equines are on senior joints supplements. 3 are also on pain management and Cushing's management medication. All are monitored closely by our Vet and exercised appropriately and regularly.

Number of animals with freedom from discomfort

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

Adults

Related Program

The Humane Society of the United States Safe Stalls Network Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

All of our 12 equines live in comfort in private barns with pasture turn outs. All are provided with daily joints supplements, and some with daily anti-inflammatory medication as vet directed.

Number of animals with freedom from hunger and thirst

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

Adults

Related Program

The Humane Society of the United States Safe Stalls Network Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

All of our 10 equines are fed individualized diets based on size, age, dental conditions, health requirements. All are fed between 1 and 4 times per day by vet prescription. Fresh water at all times.

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.

In working together as an Adoptions Partner with the Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Bernadino County Departments of Animal Care and Control, we are aiming to accomplish a greater reduction in equine abuse, neglect, abandonment, and surrender to the County Shelters. In working as a Member of The Homes For Horses Coalition, we are aiming to raise the bar for standards of rescue, rehabilitation, rehoming, and retirement sanctuary programs in southern CA and nationwide. In working as a Member of the Humane Society of the United States Safe Stalls Network, we are aiming to develop high quality programming and a high standards of excellence for equine retirement sanctuary placement. We are constantly striving to learn and develop, and grow professionally and personally, to learn more about equine welfare at large and public education / outreach for positive equine-human relations. We want to be verified and accredited by The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries one day in the future. We are aiming to get our own larger ranch rescue property.

Our organization has been working on program development over the past 8 years. Some of the strategies we are using to try to accomplish a larger goal of becoming verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries are: 1.) Develop a larger and stronger Board of Directors with more diverse populations chairing various committees for business development, 2.) Research programs with interest in developing an equine emotional therapy program for wounded United States Veterans, 3.) Maintain active status in the HSUS Safe Stalls Network Program, the ASPCA Horse Action Team and The Homes For Horses Coalition, 4.) Educate our members at The Homes For Horses Coalition Conference and through varied Clinics, Webinars, and Professional Development Trainings, 5.) Apply for grants to continue our growth and development, 6.) Partner with The Parelli Foundation to promote natural horsemanship education and help train our volunteers, foster caregivers, adopters, and the public, 6.) Partner with the L.A. County Animal Care and Control Department, Agoura Hills Animal Shelter to promote the ASPCA National Help A Horse Day and bring in equine specialists to educate the public and promote adoptions, 7.) Participate from 2014 - 2018 in the Humane Society of the United States Forever Foundation Training Program with Carter Ranch to train and prepare our volunteers and fosters to assist in rehabilitation training for adoption promotion. 8.) Participate in the Parelli Foundation Natural Horsemanship Education Grant Program providing training and education to community members in natural horsemanship training and positive / effective communication with horses; working with Maurice Thibault and Susan Nelson-Thibault, professional Parelli Natural Horsemanship Trainers.

We believe that our organization is capable of attaining verification / accreditation status with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries in due time. However, we need to purchase a larger piece of property to house all rescue equines on one location in order to do this. Financially, this has been a very difficult task in Ventura County, CA. In the future, we will move forward with this and hope to move the rescue to San Luis Obispo County, CA. But it may take some time to get there.

So far, our rescue has accomplished many things which we are proud of. We have attained Platinum Seal of Transparency status with Guidestar. We have won a small natural horsemanship education grant from The Parelli Foundation two years in a row. We have attained Top-10 Charity status with GreatNonprofits.org. We have attained and retained Adoptions Partner Status with Ventura, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and San Bernadino County Animal Care and Control / Animal Services. We have attained and retained active Member status with the Humane Society of the United States Safe Stalls Network, the ASPCA Horse Action Team, The Homes For Horses Coalition, and we have participated for 4 years in the HSUS Forever Foundation Training Program. We are proud of our wonderful new website that we created last year www.animalguardianshorserescue.org. We are proud that we have rescued and rehabilitated 73 equines from miniature to 16.3 hands, within the past 12 years. We even rescued and rehabilitated a sweet senior bull dog mix. We are proud to have partnered with Villa Chardonnay Horses With Wings Sanctuary, Humanity For Horses Sanctuary, Sadies Haven Sanctuary, the T.S. and J.D. Glide Foundation, and Castleton Ranch Sanctuary to place horses with special needs from the county shelter programs to avoid euthanasia. And we are proud to have collaborated with The Homes For Horses Coalition to have rescued 3 sanctuary horses from a large scale sanctuary closure in Oregon in December 2017. Overall, we are proud of our accomplishments and feel passionate about what we do and who we are.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have decided to persue an active role in program development to begin a therapy program for wounded Veterans. The community supports this concept and we have decided to try it.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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ANIMAL GUARDIANS HORSE RESCUE INC

Board of directors
as of 1/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Deborah Greene-Dellvon

Animal Guardians Horse Rescue, Inc.

Term: 2013 - 2021


Board co-chair

Robert Dellvon

Animal Guardians Horse Rescue, Inc.

Term: 2013 - 2021

Deborah Greene-Dellvon

Animal Guardians Horse Rescue, Inc.

Robert Dellvon

Animal Guardians Horse Rescue, Inc.

Teerth Patel

Animal Guardians Horse Rescue, Inc.

Denise Mange

Animal Guardians Horse Rescue, Inc.

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/30/2021

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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 with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/25/2019

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.