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Texas: Habitat for Horses
Posted on Sunday, September 18 @ 08:43:31 CDT by donna

Horse Adoption and Rescue P.O. Box 213
Hitchcock, TX, 77563
409.935.0277 ph
409.935.0424 fax

A 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.

During 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.

Our 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.

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