SOUTH WEST FLORIDA HORSE RESCUE INC

aka SWFHR   |   Punta Gorda, FL   |  www.swfhr.org

Mission

South West Florida Horse Rescue, Inc. is dedicated to saving the lives of our local horses from abuse, neglect, and slaughter by providing the best vet/farrier/feed to bring these horses back to health in a safe and positive environment. With community in mind, we strive to gain an excellent standing with all we come in contact with. Finding "forever homes" for these horses is our priority.

Ruling year info

2013

President

Tina Garrett

Treasurer

Matt Venaleck

Main address

14811 State Road 31

Punta Gorda, FL 33982 USA

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EIN

46-2031584

NTEE code info

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Within every community throughout the nation, the ease of access for unknowledgeable individuals to own equines is rampant. Truly unknowing owners don't realize the care required for equines which can place equine lives at risk. Actions such as irresponsible/unknowledgeable backyard breeding creating overpopulation or exacerbating medical conditions that have gone awry because of ignorance (i.e. weight loss & improper wound care). These are to mention just the passive issues with respect to the equine population. The nefarious acts of individuals who would abuse and neglect while treating equines as "disposable commodities" is shown very present in today's society.

Organizations such as ours and many others in the world are making strides every day to reduce if not eliminate abuse and neglect while educating our communities, providing action when warranted, and advocating owner responsibility in regards to equine ownership.

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?

Equine Rescue

Our primary program offered to our community. As listed in our mission statement, "Saving the lives of our local horses from abuse, neglect, and slaughter by providing the best feed, hay, veterinarian and farrier/blacksmith services to bring these horses back to health in a safe and positive environment."

Through our Equine Rescue program equines are evaluated to identify where they best fit in a family environment. Identifying those more apt for sanctuary status verses those that would be a better fit in our training environment.

We offer sanctuary when we can to the poor souls who's lives have been disregard by so many just because they are older and may not be ridden anymore.

We focus heavily on equine socialization with our volunteers to instill a calm state of mine when around humans.

Population(s) Served
Adults

For the purpose of providing equines a chance at a loving new family that understands the torment they originally went through while not allowing the loss of compassion & civility ever again in each of their individual futures.

We make every effort to heavily screen potential adopters and then keep tabs on our adopted rescues to ensure a reasonable quality of life well into the future. We've always and will always reserve space at our facility should any prior adopted equine need to return for whatever reason.

Exposure to our adoptable equines from FY 16' is due to increase through a new exposure project we are working on. However we still remain rooted in our community and currently will not adopt out any equine more than our current capabilities of follow up with in a 2 hr drive or 80 miles from our facility.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

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 animals rescued

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

Adults

Related Program

Equine Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Rescued means any equine that we have physically taken into our facility to undergo rehabilitation or await a loving home.

Number of animal adoptions

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

Adults

Related Program

Equine Adoption

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Adoption is referenced as those equines that have physically been rehabilitated at the hands of SWFHR and have been re-homed to fully vetted adoptive homes.

Number of animals euthanized

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

Equine Rescue

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Euthanized is referenced as those equines who SWFHR had to euthanized for pain relief and only those. This does not account for those who have passed suddenly.

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 primary objective is to reduce if not eliminate equine neglect and abuse in the south-west Florida region. By using a series of sub-goals such as: Educating Ignorance and Creating Awareness of the communities need for equine responsibility through open house tours, education camps, and by building volunteer support through various exposure platforms. A goal to grow our Owned Equine Relocation Assistance (OERA) project (developed late fy'17) which is still fledgling but is intended to Facilitate Connections for people when they no longer can afford or want their equine any more. Also by Providing Aid to owners when warranted and financially possible or to our community, to an extent, during periods of extreme need for equine handling and assistance through our Equine Aid project. Probably the most effective goal is to increase support for our mission by Displaying Transparency and releasing financial documents to our website and social media sites for public awareness of the vast need for support.
We have goals to adapt our operational standards to the AAEP Care Guidelines for Equine Rescue and Retirement Facilities and earn accreditations from institutions such as the “Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance" and the “Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and possibly be evaluated by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance for credibility standards.

SWFHR follows 5 basic strategies. (1) Foundation which is explained as the continuing efforts to construct and maintain a fully functional facility with the infrastructure to support rescue and aiding operational efforts as well as the acquisition of proper tools to perform daily functions. (2) Accountability to our community, supporters, and the equines who we have a fiduciary duty to. (3) Engaging the Community through volunteerism is vital to operational capabilities and awareness. Strength is in numbers and the more who involve themselves in our operation the more capabilities we have to use. Also, a part of engagement is intending to work seamlessly with local authorities. To collaborate with them as a source to educate owners and or to relinquish equines. (4) Education is an integral part of ownership... the less educated the more problems will arise. (5) Awareness is not only beneficial to operations but to the community as a whole. Awareness is really parsed into, organizational awareness within the community and condition of our community's equines with respect to the need for education behind responsibility.

Our Engaged, capable Board of Directors, and volunteers with experience/skill sets that continue to be vital to our foundation as well as education of the community and new sources. Being an NPO for only 5 years our board has a combined 20 years of operational experience gives us an established level of experience performing most of our identified strategies. Having an average of 10 years prior equine ownership also adds to our experience.
Fundraising experience continues to grow our revenue base while continuing our transparency of fiscal responsibility.
From our facility, we do offer Tours and onsite fundraisers to spread awareness of our facility, programs, and available equines. We have tools in use for Awareness abroad, such as social media, website, and email – marketing which presents a large venue for exposure to our need.

Infrastructure improvements from FY 17 include: 2 Barns and soon to be completed 2 more (FY 18 totals 7 barns), 1 new paddock (FY 18 totals 11 paddocks), 1 tack room (feed barn extension), 2 independent trailers for both feed and hay, 1 new pond, 1 new outbuilding for equine tools, and 1 new utility vehicle (FY 18 totals 3 UTV's).
Impact numbers remained consistent from FY 16 to FY 17. In FY 17, 13 were adopted, we assisted 1 equines for various reasons, and we rescued 13 equines - 8 of which were priority cases (authority seizures).

Financials

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SOUTH WEST FLORIDA HORSE RESCUE INC

Board of directors
as of 4/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tina Garrett

Matt Venaleck

SWFHR

Susan Swink

Retired