Animal related

Maryland Horse Rescue INC

100% Volunteer, No-Kill

aka Maryland Horse Rescue (formerly HorseNet)

Mt Airy, MD

Mission

Our mission is to save as many unfortunate victims of the horse world as we humanly can. We strive to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome animals whenever and wherever we can. To that end, we will provide care for abused, abandoned, neglected, aged, and unwanted horses or those horses who can no longer be cared for by their owners for whatever reason. We accept them in any condition and do everything in our power to provide needed care and veterinary services.

Ruling Year

2000

Executive Director

Melanie Biemiller

Main Address

P.O. Box 358

Mt Airy, MD 21771 USA

Keywords

horse equine rescue, Maryland, sanctuary, pony, donkey, shelter, rehome, rehabilitation, companion, nonprofit, education, volunteer, neglect, starvation, abuse, donations

EIN

52-2166053

 Number

2439643176

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

The Maryland Horse Rescue seeks to end cruelty to horses across the country. Over 250,000 horses are affected by hoarding annually, and horses are one of the four most abused animals in the United States. Over 70% of rescues operate at capacity, meaning the need to rescue and rehabilitate horses is going unmet.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Volunteer Training Program

Horse Rehabilitation

Horse Training

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of animals with freedom from hunger and thirst

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

Maximum number of horses in our herd during the year since all rescues were subjected to hunger and thirst prior to rescue

Number of animals with freedom from discomfort

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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Maximum number of horses in our herd in a year, since all of our rescues were either neglected, abused, or abandoned

Number of animals with freedom from pain

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

Freedom from pain differs from the other metrics in that it specifically identifies the rescues in our herd who were suffering from physical injuries in addition to starvation and dehydration

Number of animals with freedom to express normal behavior

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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All the animals in our herd are able to express normal behavior - running in fields, frolicking with other horses, merging bonds in a herd

Number of animals with freedom from fear and distress

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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Maximum number of horses in our herd during the year since all our rescues were living in fear and/or distress and are now free from this mistreatment

Number of animals rehomed

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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Number of horses adopted to their forever home while still under our supervision

Number of animals rehabilitated

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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Number of rescues each year

Number of animals monitored post release

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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All rehomed horses are monitored post release

Number of animals rescued

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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Number of horses rescued from abuse, neglect, or abandon

Number of animal adoptions

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No target populations selected

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Number of rescues rehomed and under post-adoption monitoring

Number of animals in collection

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No target populations selected

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Maximum number of rescues in our herd during the year

Number of animals provided with long term care

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

Number of long-term residents (defined as 1 or more years) in our herd - not all of our herd is eligible for adoption based on veterinary assessment and rehoming blind and/or elder horses is difficult

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Maryland Horse Rescue's goals are to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome horses, while educating the public and training volunteers. We aim to form nationwide partnerships and a network of trained horse rescuers to end the cruelty to horses. Expanding the network allows us to identify and expose maltreatment of horses, and find ways to rectify the situation and end the abuse.

To date, we have accepted abused horses from Kentucky, horses subjected to animal hoarding in Minnesota, neglected horses from West Virginia and Pennsylvania, and abused, neglected, and hoarded horses from Maryland. Maryland Horse Rescue then rehabilitates the horses with the goal of rehoming to make space available to repeat the process.

Maryland Horse Rescue employs multiple strategies to achieve our goal of reducing and eventually eliminating horse cruelty. The first is the expansion of our network. The more partnerships we form with other rescuers, the wider the net we cast to identify and rectify the problem. In addition to expanding our existing relationships, our board members attend annual conferences and training workshops that include representatives from rescues across the country.

Our second strategy is to form an educated and well-trained team of rescue workers. All volunteers undergo an initial training session exposing them to the needs we meet and the services we provide. Each volunteer then dedicates time to at least one weekday morning or evening shift. During these shifts, volunteers are educated on proper horse care and maintenance. Additional training is provided on an adhoc basis to meet the needs of the health conditions of our herd. Grants allow us to provide our volunteers with Natural Horsemanship training from Parelli certified trainers.

Our third strategy is to expand knowledge and awareness by reaching out to the public. We participate in community events, providing information and education to the local community. We hold festivals and fundraising activities at our farm, encouraging participation from the community that includes education on how to identify horse abuse, neglect, and abandonment, and who to contact to end the cruelty.

We are 100% volunteer run, and our volunteers provide us with the capability of making our organization effective. We currently have more volunteers than horses in our herd! Our volunteers help us to not only rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome horses, but they also expand our network by attending community events, nationwide conferences, and spreading awareness. Maryland Horse Rescue volunteers are dedicated to our mission and always rise to the occasion to meet our needs when they grow.

Maryland Horse Rescue is currently supported by donations. Without our donors, none of our work would be possible. We are currently seeking to expand our efforts through the application for grants and awards. Our operating capacity is 35 horses based on our current level of donations and fundraising. With additional funds accumulated through more donations, grants, and awards, we will be able to increase our capacity. Our facilities can accommodate additional horses, but not without additional funding.

Maryland Horse Rescue measures progress by the number of horses we successfully rehabilitate. In addition to rehabilitating horses, we aim to rehome them so they can find their forever family.

Thus far we have a 100% success rate at rehabilitating horses under our care. There are between 32 and 35 horses in our herd at any given time. Additionally, we measure success based on the number of horses we are able to rehome. In 2017, we were able to rehome 9 horses. In 2018, we are already on track to surpass that goal. Each horse that is rehomed opens an available slot for another horse to be rescued and rehabilitated.

Additional funds increase our capacity. Increasing our capacity means we can rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome even more horses. We will continue our 100% rehabilitation success rate, and continue to rehome approximately 30% of our herd annually. The count of horses we can save is dependent on our funding. Increased funding increases the count.

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Maryland Horse Rescue INC

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
We do not employ any staff. Maryland Horse Rescue is 100% volunteer. Our volunteers come from all walks of life, as young as 6. We do not discriminate in any way and encourage diversity among our volunteer population through diverse recruitment activities and teaching of tolerance during volunteer training.