H.O.R.S.E was established in 1981 and moved to its permanent home in 1995. It is staffed by a team of volunteers who share dedication and love of the beautiful horse. H.O.R.S.E. volunteers intervene on behalf of suffering equines by providing relief, recovery, shelter, and rehabilitation. Once a horse is physically and mentally rehabilitated, the process of seeking an adoptive home begins. All prospective homes are carefully screened, and adopters are required to sign a contract which guarantees that the horse shall not be bred or sold. It is a lifetime commitment.
H.O.R.S.E. receives no town, state or federal funding. Funds are raised through memberships, sponsorships, charitable contributions, and fundraising activities. All donations go directly to the horses.
H.O.R.S.E. investigates all cruelty complaints (which are kept strictly confidential). If a problem exists, cooperation is first sought from the owner. Prosecution is pursued only when there is no other recourse. Horses placed in our custody are provided with immediate veterinary and farrier care before adoptive homes that meet policy standards are sought.
In addition, representatives from H.O.R.S.E. are available to speak to interested groups in order to raise public awareness of the mission of H.O.R.S.E.