Texas: Habitat for Horses|
Posted on Sunday, September 18 @ 07:43:31 MST by donna
P.O. Box 213
Hitchcock, TX, 77563
long time ago a friend of mine told me about two horribly thin horses
at a stables in Houston. A visit to the stables and some very heated
words with the stable owners led to the two horses in the back of my
trailer. One of them, an old Shetland, we had to pick up and carry to
the trailer because she couldn't walk.
Once word got out that
we were willing to take in neglected and abused horses, more cases
started showing up. Trying to help those horses, with all the
associated medical cost, convinced us that serious horse rescue and
rehabilitation couldn't be done on a normal family income. After a lot
of effort and the aid of some wonderful supporters, effective October
1998, Habitat For Horses became a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation
chartered by the State of Texas.
the process of becoming a 501(c)(3) we studied the current animal abuse
laws in Texas, contacted the county officials in Galveston and
surrounding counties and did our best to come up with a plan that would
offer some protection to the horses in our area.
philosophy is based on the belief that since we domesticated horses,
must take full responsibility for their life. By using a horse only as
long as it fulfills our needs, then subjecting it to both physical and
mental abuse and eventual death, either in some forgotten pasture or on
the slaughterhouse floor, is an affront to the sanctity of life. In
other words, it's flat out wrong.
Right next to
that is the problem of retired horses, horses that become sick or
injured and unable to work, horses that are very much loved, yet need
to go somewhere else because the owner can no longer take care of them.
All of them need a home, a sanctuary.