Animal related

PA RACEHORSE REHOMING REHABILITATION & RESCUE

aka PARR

Harrisburg, PA

Mission

PA Racehorse Rehoming, Rehabilitation & Rescue: PARR's mission is to provide aftercare for raced or trained to race thoroughbreds and care for others in need. We present the unique opportunity for potential adopters to choose the horse that will best compliment their goals based on our comprehensive assessment and rehabilitation program for the horses. PARR also occasionally accepts other breeds, as well as, provides lifetime sanctuary to a limited amount of select horses.

Ruling Year

2015

President/Founder

Kathryn Papp DVM

Main Address

1008 Piketown rd.

Harrisburg, PA 17112 USA

Keywords

Equine Rescue OTTB Horses Thoroughbreds Racehorses Adoption

EIN

66-0821935

 Number

1272994007

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The nationwide issue our organization is trying to address and improve is the number of unwanted or undesirable horses who in need of and deserving of appropriate caring lifetime homes. Our efforts focus on the well being, re-homing, and education and support of ex-racehorses and finding them new careers after their racing careers have ended. We also support at-risk shelter dogs and occasional at-risk horses that end up neglected or in auction/slaughter situations when finances allow. PARR's mission is to provide aftercare for raced or trained to race thoroughbreds and care for others in need. We present the unique opportunity for potential adopters to choose the horse that will best compliment their goals based on our comprehensive assessment and rehabilitation program for the horses. PARR also occasionally accepts other breeds, as well as, provides lifetime sanctuary to a limited amount of select horses. Any horse that comes into our program, will never be homeless.

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

Rehabilitating Injured Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses

Rehabilitating Neglected and Unwanted Slaughter-Bound Horses

Re-training and Re-homing Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses

Where we work

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.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of animals with freedom from discomfort

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Animals within our rescue that we refer to as "Lifers". These are animals who require more care than average owner would be able to provide. We keep them on our property and maintain their health.

Number of animals rehomed/rehabilitated.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Re-training and Re-homing Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

We rehabilitate and rehome straight from our rescue and also provide courtesy postings.

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 they accomplished so far and what's next?

We would like to expand the number of horses we can care for and rehabilitate at one time. We are currently limited by stall and pasture space, as well as number of volunteers and financial supporters. There are many horses, especially Thoroughbreds in PA and surrounding Mid-Atlantic regions that need to be removed quickly from their track-bound stalls or else they may be facing a much more uncertain or inhumane fate.

PARR would like to become a leader in rehabilitating and rehoming these horses and be seen as a respected provider of useful and safe adoptable companion and show horses.

PARR would like to offer additional safeguards above and beyond other rescues to ensure our adopted program horses do not end up "off the grid" or at auction, etc. Our contracts, frequent follow-up and return policies help us to do this, however, we are always looking for ways to improve. Currently we are looking into a custom freeze brand for our PARR horses so that if they were to ever end up at public auction or as a sad situation on social media, they would be easily identifiable and we could be notified and take action before something worse would happen to that animal.

We would like to reduce the amount of unwanted horses, especially OTTBs by educating potential adopters about appropriately matching their abilities to the personality and abilities of the horse they are looking for. We would ideally like to promote the breed and dispel common myths surrounding horses that have had previous racing careers. At the same time we would like to reduce the amount of OTTBs that end up at public auction or at kill buyer lots by educating and reaching owners and trainers so that they know alternative and more humane options exist.

In summary, we would like to improve the unwanted horse's image and save as many as we can from horrible fates.

PARR has recently expanded its fundraising efforts and networking/awareness campaigns. Many of our programs are promoted online and via social media, but as we gain more volunteers we are able to attend more like-minded events that bring together horse lovers and equine adoption suppliers so that we may "match-make" more directly and successfully.

We are limited by the basically sole funding of our program currently by one individual. As we are able to gain awareness and respect in the community and rapport as an honest and capable non-profit rescue, we hope to have more interest in our adoptable horses and be able to place more value on them to help counteract their expenses. PARR has expanded our outreach for volunteers that will help us delegate certain responsibilities to commitees and individuals so that each member can focus and concentrate on what they do best and how they can most contribute to help reaching PARR's goals.

We will evaluate our progress by our profit and loss margins, how many horses are taken into the program, how many are successfully rehabbed, how many are successfully re-homed and by monitoring adopter satisfaction and acknowledging their recommendations/suggestions for improvement. We will also gauge our progress by frequently and accurately assessing the health, happiness and condition of our on-site PARR program horses.

We have not accomplished getting enough exposure within the equine community. We have no reached as many of those looking for the types of horses we are offering as there are out there. We need to do a better job at joining the two groups of horses wanted and horses available and then promote why our program out of many others would be a better source for them to look into and support.

We have accomplished making trainers and owners aware of us at our local track, Penn National racecourse. We have offered veterinary records and imaging with our adoptable horses and full disclosure of pre-existing conditions and professional recommendations and prognoses.

We have created crucial relationships with adopters and other training facilities that have become recurrent adopters and/or fosters, as well as ambassadors for our program, our integrity and what we stand for.

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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the feedback loop
check_box We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
check_box We shared information about our current feedback practices.
How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: case management notes, suggestion box/email, social media feedback and reviews.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: our staff, our board.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: it is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, we don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, the people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, it is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/22/2019

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

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Gender Identity

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