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Lifeline Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Inc

helping horses in need

aka Lifeline Horse Rescue   |   Gaithersburg, MD   |  www.lifelinehorserescue.org

Mission

Lifeline Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation, Inc. is a volunteer-based equine welfare organization. We are a community resource for connecting horses in need to people who can help them. We provide help for abused, neglected, and/or unwanted horses via rescue, rehabilitation, retraining, and rehoming. We follow and advocate the guidelines of equine care set by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the Humane Society of the United States. We work closely with a team of professionals to ensure that each rescue horse receives the care, training, and time to recover he/she needs. In addition, we strive to prevent abuse and neglect through educational programs and community outreach. We also look to give back to the community by means of interaction with the rescued horses.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Ms. Leila Hertzberg

Main address

22600 Robin Ct

Gaithersburg, MD 20882 USA

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EIN

82-1507101

NTEE code info

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

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Recycling (C27)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is an overwhelming need for placement of unwanted horses in Maryland, and the nation at large. Unwanted horses are at risk for ending up in the slaughter pipeline. There is also an overwhelming need for mental health services in the veteran and military community. Many seeking services are having to wait 3-6 months for an appointment with a therapist. Our veterans and service members suffering from PTSD, MST, moral injury and suicidal ideation deserve better.

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 and rehabilitation

Lifeline Horse Rescue buys, or receives by owner surrender, abused, neglected, and/or unwanted horses. We provide care, rehabilitation, evaluation and training of these horses with the goal of placing them in a suitable, approved forever home.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

We are a volunteer-based organization. Our volunteers include adults and middle to high school-aged children. They are involved in every aspect of our rescue, from the care and rehabilitation of the horses, transport, event planning and execution, and fundraising. Many of our volunteers are working for the first time and are learning job skills and gaining experience which will benefit them in the future.
We are a certified volunteer Student Service Learning opportunity with Montgomery County, MD.
We also have military servicemembers and Veterans who volunteer to help with the care of our horses.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents
Veterans
Military personnel

Based on the Eagala Model of Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy, we currently offer subsidized equine-assisted therapy to veterans and military servicemembers. We also work with other groups in a therapeutic setting. We have 2 Eagala-certified Equine Specialists and 1 Eagala-certified Mental Health Specialist on our staff. Our program is an Eagala Military Designated Program.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel
Adults
Children and youth
Family relationships

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
Related Program

Equine rescue and rehabilitation

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of animal adoptions

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

Equine rescue and rehabilitation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of therapy hours provided to clients

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

LETS (Lifeline Equine Therapy Services)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

EAGALA model equine-assisted psychotherapy

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.

The primary goal of Lifeline Horse Rescue is to rescue horses who have been abused, neglected, or are unwanted, and to rehabilitate them with aim of rehoming each rescue to a safe, appropriate forever home. Each horse in our care is given the time and care needed to recover from physical and/or mental injuries. They are given professional veterinary care and training is guided by a professional.
Our secondary goal is to include rescued horses in our EAGALA-model equine-assisted psychotherapy program--Lifeline Equine Therapy Services (LETS). The horses are respected members of the therapy team and have purpose in servicing as such. Our target population served is the veteran and military community. Our mission is to prevent veteran suicide.

Our LETS Program promotes sustainable good health and wellbeing. We use the EAGALA model of equine-assisted services (which includes psychotherapy as well as growth and learning) to promote ultimate wellness in our clients.
Our team consists of a licensed and EAGALA-certified mental health counselor with 17 years of experience working with the military population. Our equine specialists are certified by EAGALA and have many years of experience working with horses. Our LETS Program is designated by EAGALA as a Military Services Program.
In 2022 we conducted approximately 70 equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) sessions for veterans and military personnel; we conducted 7 demonstrations of EAP; and participated in 11 outreach events. The Military Branches we served in 2022 include: Army, Navy, National Guard, Air Force, and Marines.

Financials

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

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Lifeline Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Inc

Board of directors
as of 11/08/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Leila Hertzberg

Greystoke Farm, LLC

Term: 2017 - 2022

John Spencer Dean

Greystoke Farm, LLC

Leila Hertzberg

Greystoke Farm, LLC

Svetlana Iazvovskaia

National Center for Biotechnology Information

Julia Grafstein

Student, University of Maryland

Nick Reinhold

Sea Captain

Dawn Loubier Frattarelli

Town & Country Movers 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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/8/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability