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Equine Welfare Network Messenger

We are a 2017 Messenger!

We are proud to be an EQUUS Foundation Messenger and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

The Messenger Designation is awarded annually. To retain an existing EQUUS Foundation Messenger designation and apply for an EQUUS Foundation grant in 2017, organizations must provide all required information and update their Messenger information on or after January 1, 2017 and not later than April 30, 2017.



Messengers are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations.

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Illinois Equine Humane Center, NFP



Illinois Equine Humane Center, NFP
P.O. Box 337
Big Rock IL 60511
815-761-4937

Tax ID/EIN: 26-3120493
Year Founded: 2008
Last Updated 2017-05-21

Public Charity


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Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Horse Welfare

Our organization operates programs involved with horse rescue, foster care, rehabilitation, adoption and/or retirement.

Our organization's primary activity is equine rescue, adoption & retirement.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care of horses to provide its services.

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.


Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
To provide humane treatment and shelter while working as a clearinghouse to seek adoptive homes for all of Illinois unwanted equines, regardless of breed.

To educate the public and raise awareness for responsible equine ownership so that fewer horses end up in crisis.

Horse-related programs:
ILEHC's primary programs are related to horse rescue, rehabilitation and adoption. ILEHC is often called upon to assist horses that are victims of starvation, neglect or abuse. We also serve the Illinois equine community by accepting horses relinquished by horse owners who are unable or unwilling to continue to care for their horse. ILEHC also holds and attends events in order to educate the public and raise awareness of important issues relative to equine health and welfare.

Non-horse-related programs:
Not applicable, horses only. Although we have a number of cats who have made their way into our barn and were malnourished. We made sure they had veterinary care and were neutered or spayed as necessary.


Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteer Riders/trainers Needed
Minimum Age: 18
ILEHC is in need of experienced riders/trainers to assist in the retraining process of off the track Thoroughbreds in our care. Experience with off the track Thoroughbreds is necessary but if you are experienced with training horses, please reach out to us. Thank you.

Horse Care And Stable Help Volunteer Opportunity.
Minimum Age: 18
ILEHC is in need of additional volunteers to help with feeding, turnout, grooming and other horse care related tasks. We also could use assistance with stall cleaning and general barn maintenance. Morning chores begin around 8:30am and evening chores in the warmer months begin at 4pm. Please use the "contact us" feature at Equus.

Wish List Items


Feed And Hay
We appreciate donations of hay and grain for our horses. The ILEHC feeds the horses "Respond". Every bag of feed or bale of hay donated is greatly appreciated!

Folks wishing to donate hay, please call 815-761-4937.

Tack And Stable Supplies
Tack and stable supply items are always needed and appreciated! We are constantly in need of leather and/or breakaway nylon halters, lead ropes, winter blankets, fly sheets, fly spray, feed tubs, water buckets and water tanks, grooming supplies, dewormer, etc. Did we say fly spray?? Thank you.