Habitat For Horses Inc

Education, Enforcement, Rehabilitation, Adoption

aka HfH   |   Alvin, TX   |  http://www.habitatforhorses.org/

Mission

1) To promote and secure the safety and well being of all horses. 2) To encourage education concerning the physical and mental health of horses. 3) To explore and establish connections with young adults who can benefit emotionally from involvement with horses. 4) To promote the proper training of horses through positive training techniques. 5) To provide a home for those horses who are no longer able to be productive. At Habitat for Horses, we are assuming the responsibility of our horses for the remainder of their natural lives. Our concern isn't limited to physical condition, it also calls for us to provide the best environment possible to promote their mental growth and development.

Ruling year info

1999

President, Founder

Jerry Finch

Executive Director

Rebecca A. Williams

Main address

6060 Habitat for Horses Ln

Alvin, TX 77511 USA

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EIN

76-0586024

NTEE code info

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

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The area south of Houston has a need for equine-related therapy programs. A number of organizations and therapists are seeking a way to utilize our facilities. These programs would involve our specialized trained horses as an aid in therapeutic interactions with 1) at-risk youth 2)veterans 3) women escaping from abuse. Our facility, a 400+ acre ranch in Alvin, will also be available to children from area hospitals specializing in burn and cancer patients. ADDITIONAL ISSUE: Currently we have a rough barn facility for equine needing medical care above normal. In the process of moving to our new ranch, we lost the ICU barn.

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?

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The HfH philosophy is based on the belief that since people have domesticated horses, people must take full responsibility for their lives. HfH has designed programs that help horses resume an active and productive life, based on the knowledge that all horses have needs in common and that each horse will have certain special needs. While many rescued or surrendered horses enjoy human contact and interaction, some will never know trust. Those, as all horses, deserve to live and will be treated with the respect and kindness that was denied them before their rescue.

We identify those special horses who can return to productive work as therapy horses for children and adults. We also focus on bringing young people into the circle of volunteers. Our programs are conducted on the ranch and in the community, enabling us to use horses to help people better understand themselves. Following is a brief list of our programs, which have a great capacity for development and expansion:

Sanctuary Surrenders: We work with people on a weekly basis to help them determine the best solutions for their horses when they no longer have the resources, time or money to properly care for their horses. When feasible, we accept the horse as a sanctuary surrender, and receive the same level of care as the rest of the horses. Sanctuary surrenders ideally are provided for through an endowment fund or surrender fee. Our current cost factor for each horse is $2,400 per year, not including serious medical problems.

Community Outreach: Habitat For Horses is involved in a number of programs for bringing horses to schools, churches, rest homes, retirement homes, hospitals and other locations. Organizations are invited to our ranch for general tours and community functions. We have several ideal horses that become the main attraction during our visits to local schools to talk with children about animal abuse and human violence.

Horsemanship Classes: This popular class is a highly recommended course on the basics of horse care designed for those who want to volunteer at HfH, those who are thinking of buying or adopting a horse or people who simply want to learn more about horses through an intense "hands-on" experience.

Investigation and Seizure: We work closely with local law enforcement to investigate complaints, provide aid and direction in report gathering and obtaining seizure orders, transport animals to a safe location, provide photographs, expert veterinarian, farrier and horse-professional testimony and presentation in court.

Emergency Response: Working closely with State and Federal Officials, we respond to disasters from hurricanes to wildfires, providing complete equine services.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Non-adult children

We educate law enforcement on the proper procedures of responding to animal cruelty reports and how to judge the condition of a horse.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The largest part of our budget is on the rehabilitation of equine, returning them to a state of health so they may be adopted out to new homes. While the target population is adult, the horse brings the family unit, including children,together.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Habitat for Horses works closely with a large number of law enforcement agencies to provive assistance in cases of animal cruelty involving equine. We not only assist in the seizure but in the documentation and court presentation should a seizure be needed. Our first goal is not to seize, but to provide the current owner with the knowledge and tools necessary to maintain his equine in a satisfactory state of health.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Habitat for Horses has been called into duty in times of disaster, including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike and Harvey plus in massive fires such as in the Panhandle of Texas. During Rita and Ike, we were in charge of all large animal search and Rescue. While not budgeted, our response ability comes strictly from donations

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 animal adoptions

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

Rehabilitation of Abused/Neglected Animals

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of completed adoptions of all equine. This number was low for the year 2015 due to placing all ranches under quarantine for a contagious illness.

Number of law enforcement agencies assisted in animal cruelty cases

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

Law Enforcement Response

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

2017 -Assisted 32 law enforcement agencies for surrenders, seizures and strays involving 104 horses and donkeys.

Total number of equine rescued per year from all sources

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

Law Enforcement Response

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

New equine entered into program in 2015 from all sources, increase in 2016 due to Hurricane Harvey. Decrease in 2017 reflects policy change to only receive equine from law enforcement

Number of animals with freedom from hunger and thirst

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

Law Enforcement Response

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of horses/donkeys living on our ranch varies between 270 to 320 during the year, Variation is due to adoptions/ intake/ euthanizations.

Number of instance where penalties have increased for animal cruelty, neglect, fighting, abandonment, and/or sexual assault

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

Law Enforcement Response

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Increased pressure on law enforcement to file criminal charges on all abuse/neglect cases.Too many in the past consider it enough just to remove the animals.

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 addition to our continued work assisting law enforcement, rehabilitating equine mentally and physically, retraining and adopting those equine, our goal is to utilize a number of our horses in programs that benefit both children and adults through therapeutic interactions.

Our additional goal is to provide a complete facility for equine in need of specialized and intense medical care.

The absolute minimum requirement is to have a covered area so programs can operate no matter what the weather, and to have knowledgeable and trained personnel capable of developing the programs and operate them efficiently and effectively to the benefit of all.

With a licensed veterinarian on our Board, additional veterinarians able to assist, and trained staff, we are fully capable of handling a majority of equine medical emergencies on-site, providing round-the-clock care as needed.

On our 400 acre ranch, we have completely finished a 100X200 covered arena, with attached pens and holding areas. We employ two excellent equine trainers who fully understand the requirements for equine-assisted therapy and the type of equine needed.

Within the past few months, we have purchased a 400+ acre ranch near Alvin, TX. A grant has allowed us to build a 200X400 covered arena, now completed. As of mid-October, 2018, we are bringing electricity to the arena, paving areas for parking, and laying ground inside the arena.


UPDATE: As of January 2021 our 100X200 Arena is completed, our trainers have initiated training on potential therapy horses and we are searching for a trained EGALA specialist.

UPDATE: On January 2, we signed a contract to build a new ICU facility close to the new arena. With this facility, we will have the ability to provide more intense medical rehabilitation on horses and donkeys, plus a teaching area for local students. The projected completion date is July, 2021

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Incoming horses usually have little to no gentle training. Adopters want better-trained horses. As a result, we hired two trainers, both experienced and knowledgeable about gentle training methods.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Habitat For Horses Inc

Board of directors
as of 1/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jerry Finch

Habitat for Horses

Term: 2014 - 2022


Board co-chair

Ginger Barber

Business Owner

Term: 2014 - 2022

Jerry Finch

President, Habitat for Horses

Dennis Jenkins

DVM

Ginger Barber

Business Owner

Colleen Marks

Business Owner

Rebecca Williams

ED, Habitat for Horses

Frances Moody

Real Estate

Barbara Mackey

Auther

Audra Clark

Attorney

Christine Laborde

Real Estate

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 1/28/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/28/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • 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.