California Coastal Horse Rescue

aka California Coastal Horse Rescue, Ojai Valley   |   Oak View, CA   |  www.calcoastalhorserescue.com

Mission

To rescue abandoned, abused, neglected and slaughter-bound horses and to provide them with a second chance for healthy and productive lives.

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Founded in 2000, California Coastal Horse Rescue (CCHR) cares for those horses that no one else will care for.

A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, CCHR's mission is to rescue abandoned, abused, neglected and slaughter-bound horses and to provide them with a second chance for healthy and productive lives.

CCHR horses have been rescued from a wide range of serious situations including: abandonment, neglect and potential slaughter. CCHR also rescues horses whose owners can no longer afford to care for them.

CCHR provides shelter, food, veterinary care, farrier services, rehabilitation and adoption services for the horses in its care. It also offers long-term sanctuary to disabled and elderly horses.

With a combination of specialized care and loving support, all horses rescued by CCHR are given the opportunity to heal, thrive and to lead happy and peaceful lives.

Since its inception, CCHR has given sanctuary to over 150 horses and ponies at its facility and has also placed over 600 equines in new homes through its adoption services.

CCHR relies on the generous support of donors, volunteers, sponsors and grants.

CCHR will always be an advocate for horses in need and will always strive to offer Rescue, Rehabilitation and Refuge to these beautiful and treasured animals.

Ruling year info

2002

President

Adri Howe

Vice President/Secretary

Cathy Cunningham

Main address

P.O. Box 1646

Oak View, CA 93022 USA

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EIN

91-2170457

NTEE code info

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

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CCHR Equine Adoption Program

Population(s) Served

Provide care, physical and emotional rehabilitation and training to rescued horses. This gives them the best chance for adoption. Unadoptable horses receive sanctuary and care for the remainder of their lives.

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California Coastal Horse Rescue’s (CCHR’s) goal is to rescue abandoned, abused, neglected and/or slaughter-bound horses, providing them with a second chance for healthy, productive lives. We believe that all horses deserve the chance to have happy, safe and peaceful lives filled with kindness, care and love. CCHR also takes in horses whose owners can no longer afford to care for them.

CCHR provides shelter, food, veterinary and farrier care, rehabilitation and adoption services for the horses in its care. It also offers long-term sanctuary to disabled and elderly horses.

While at CCHR, horses are engaged for the benefit of public education and related programs. Groups including the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4H, several local schools, the California Youth Authority and other child-related agencies are invited to interact with the horses and learn about their care. CCHR believes that children benefit from interacting with the horses (and animals in general) because it feels that learning about compassion and empathy early in life can help build moral character, reduce violence and build a sense of responsibility. When citizens are more caring toward each other and the animals who live among them, society as a whole reaps the benefits.

An all-volunteer organization funded solely by grants and donations, CCHR strives to remain a viable equine rescue by establishing and nurturing long-term collaborative relationships with a wide variety of community partners. We also offer equine-based programs and services to our neighbors, bringing the joy of horses to both children and adults.

To help more horses, CCHR is building a list of approved foster homes and seeking individuals who are committed to sponsoring an animal in our care by paying for feed, water, veterinary care, etc.

We survive thanks to the generosity of our community and make donating easy by offering a simple “click” on our website, as well as automatic checking, savings or credit card deductions.

Adoption is another important component to saving horses. CCHR matches horses and potential adopters on the basis of the adopter's horsemanship and riding experience levels, horse temperament, horse level of training and the connection between the horse and prospective adopter.

To ensure a horse is placed with his or her perfect person and minimize the chance of the horse returning to the Rescue, our adoption process includes giving the adopter an opportunity to work and bond with the horse before it leaves our property.

Pre-adoption site checks and periodic follow-up visits also help ensure that the adopted horse has a continually safe, caring and healthy living environment.

Since its inception in 2000, CCHR has provided sanctuary to more than 150 horses and ponies at its facility and also has placed more than 700 equines in new homes through its adoption services.

Volunteers are our most valuable resource. In 2013, more than 50 volunteers donated almost 20,000 hours of their time. Volunteers feed, water, clean stalls, groom, train, exercise and love the horses. They also are involved in property maintenance, fund raising, community events, grant writing, education and much more.

CCHR is a member of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and the Homes for Horses Coalition. Although our acreage limits the number of individuals we can bring to our property (18), we actively network for horses throughout our area. We work diligently to find a loving home for as many horses as possible, regardless of whether they reside with us, which adds to our reputation as a valued member of our community.

Our acreage only allows us to house 18 horse units. To address our space limitations and help more horses, we are actively looking for qualified foster homes.

Although we have a beautiful, almost 10-acre property, several areas are currently underutilized. Once funding is in place, we have plans to create more pasture areas where our horses can enjoy grazing, provide better footing for our arena and round pens and get an irrigation system in place.

We also have a training program to make the horses more adoptable. Every horse that is placed opens up a spot for another to be saved. Some of our dedicated volunteers spend their own resources to purchase training material and attend workshops and other programs to learn more about natural horsemanship, then return and teach others.

Of course, financial restraints tie back in to all our plans. We have several new board members who bring a renewed enthusiasm to ramp up our grant-writing and other fund-raising efforts.

We’ve also been reaching out to our community. Volunteers staffed numerous booths and events throughout the spring and summer, and we’ve made several new friends who wish to stand with us in our fight to save horses by sponsoring special fund-raising events.

To further get out the word, CCHR has developed an impressive network of followers and supporters via social networking. Our website also has been rebuilt. It now allows us to add photos and information quickly and easily.

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California Coastal Horse Rescue

Board of directors
as of 06/07/2016
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Board co-chair

Adri Howe


Board co-chair

Cathy Cunningham

Melissa Lapides

John Lowery