MISSION & PROGRAMSMission:
Idaho Horse Rescue's mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome abused, neglected and abandoned horses. In addition to facilitating their rescue, IHR's mission is to physically and mentally rehabilitate the horses in our care and to coordinate adoptions into permanent homes; to educate our community in order to reduce unnecessary animal suffering and to advocate for harsher penalties to violators of animal protection laws.
Our organization provides programs involved with equine rescue, adoption & retirement
Our organization does not provide community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses.
Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of equines involved in our programs.
100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.
Our organization does not use foster, overflow and/or satellite facilities
Number of facilities/locations where horses used in our programs are HOUSED AND CARED FOR or were HOUSED AND CARED FOR during 2020: 1
1. Idaho Horse Rescue (Main)Horse Rescue, Rehabilitation, Retraining & Re-homing:
Overview of our programs involved with rescue, rehabilitation, retraining, re-homing and/or retirement:
Idaho Horse Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of abused, abandoned and neglected horses. We work with local authorities and our community to identify and report cases of neglect and abuse and we help facilitate their seizures when necessary.
Once horses are in our care, we provide rehabilitative care, including all needed emergency and ongoing veterinary care, training, food, shelter and love. Horses that are not adoptable, either due to health, age or lack of opportunities, are given life-long sanctuary at our rescue.
After rehabilitating horses, we actively try to find them adoptive homes through outreach on social media, equine websites and our newsletter. We have strict adoption policies that ensure that adopted horses have enough space, food and at least one other equine companion. Our adoption contract guarantees our right to check on our horses for one year post adoption to ensure their wellbeing.
Placing our rescued horses in loving and educated forever homes allows us to then rescue more horses.
We also seek to educate the public about responsible horse ownership, and the plight of unwanted horses through our newsletter, social media accounts, and community involvement.
In January 2017, during one of the most severe winters in Idaho history, IHR took on our most intricate rescue to date. JD & Ryat had survived an abusive owner only to be abandoned to the Boulder Mountain wilderness to survive on their own for over 2 years. Of the dozens of original herd members; only 3 were left. We were, unfortunately, unable to locate a 3rd horse which was believed to have succumbed to the elements & wolves. While JD’s rescue was not as involved, Ryat’s required the aid of a helicopter, and was covered by local news outlets.
During the last 10 years we have provided rescue and refuge to over 150 horses. We have been able to fulfill our mission because of the immense dedication of our director, the generosity of local supporters as well as local and national grant opportunities. In order to sustain our organization, we actively seek out funding opportunities and seek to establish excellent relationships with individual and corporate donors.
GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & FINANCIAL REPORTING Staff & Volunteers:
Chief Staff Officer (CSO): Robert Bruno
Employees/Independent Contractors: Full-Time: 1 Part-Time: 2 Volunteers: 4
Staff Recruitment, Screening and Training processes including employees and independent contractors:
Prospective staff/independent contractors complete a written application
Prospective staff/independent contractors must provide in writing if they have ever been convicted of a felony, convicted of a sexual offense, or convicted for animal cruelty or neglect
Staff and/or contractors are evaluated on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in their job description
Staff and/or contractors are updated on all the organization's policies and procedures on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in policy or procedure
Staff and/or contractors are required to complete a Liability Release/Hold Harmless Agreement
Staff and/or contractors are required to provide Emergency Medical Information
Staff and/or contractors are required to sign a Photo Release
Staff and/or contractors are required to undergo a Background Check
Staff and/or contractors provide parent/guardian information if applicable
Staff and/or contractors are carry current health insurance
Staff and/or contractors have a written job description
Staff and/or contractors receive training that includes safety guidelines, confidentiality, horse handling, horse identification, and emergency procedures; additional training is job specific
Staff and/or contractors have a supervisor and is responsible for keeping their supervisor up to date on work related activities
The organization provides a handbook to every member of the staff, including employees and/or independent contractors serving in staff positions;
The handbook includes information, such as hours of work, vacation, sick leave, dress code, cell phone usage, and the protocol for dismissal
The handbook is reviewed annually and updated
One or more staff members or contractors are trained in CPR and human first aid
One or more staff members or contractors are trained in equine first aid
Staff and/or contractors are subject to Random Drug Screening
Volunteer Recruitment, Screening and Training processes:
Prospective volunteers complete a written application
Prospective volunteers must provide in writing if they have ever been convicted of a felony, convicted of a sexual offense, or convicted for animal cruelty or neglect
Every volunteer is required to complete a Liability Release/Hold Harmless Agreement
Every volunteer is required to provide Emergency Medical Information
Every volunteer provides parent/guardian information if applicable
Every volunteer has a written job description
Every volunteer is updated on all the organization's policies and procedures on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in policy or procedure
Every volunteer is assigned a supervisor (staff member and/or senior volunteer) and is responsible for keeping their supervisor up to date on work related activities
The supervisor assesses the volunteer's abilities and assigns specific duties to the volunteer based on their skills
The organization records and maintains written attendance information and hours on every volunteer
The organization holds regular orientation sessions for volunteers and prospective volunteers that includes an overview of the organization, its mission, activities, volunteer responsibilities and expectations, safety guidelines, and a tour of the facility
Every volunteer is required to sign a Photo Release
Every volunteer is required to undergo a Background Check
Every volunteer carries current health insurance
Every volunteer is evaluated on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in their job description
Every volunteer receives training that includes safety guidelines, confidentiality, horse handling, horse identification, and emergency procedures; additional training is job specific
The organization provides a Volunteer Handbook to every volunteer
The Volunteer Handbook includes volunteer-related information, such as hours of work, dress code, cell phone usage, and the protocol for dismissal
The Volunteer Handbook is reviewed annually and updated
Every volunteer is subject to Random Drug Screening
Board meetings per year: 1
Number of Board Members: 3 Number of Voting Board Members: 3
Is Board Chair compensated? No Is Treasurer compensated? No
Are there any other Voting Board Members that are compensated? No
Are any members of the Board or Staff related to each other through family or business relationships? Yes
If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member.
The President of the Board is the Founder/Director of Idaho Horse Rescue.
The Secretary is a banker at the bank we use.
The Treasurer is a vet and is compensated for veterinarian services.
Are any Board members or Staff associated with and/or compensated by another organization with a relationship or business affiliation to your organization? Yes
If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member, and the name of the related organization.
The Founder/Director owns the facility where programs are conducted.
Conflict of Interest:
Does your organization have a written conflict of interest policy and regularly and consistently monitor and enforce compliance with the policy, including requiring officers, directors or trustees, and key employees to disclose annually interests that could give rise to conflicts? No
Organization documents available on our website:
Organization documents available on request:
Most recent Financials
Most recent IRS Form 990
Equine Intake Guidelines
Our organization acquires horses/equines from the following source(s):
Our organization does not acquire horses/equines from the following source(s):
Purchase/Adoption from Owner
Our organization will accept the following:
Only Stallions to be castratedIntake, Assessment & Training
Prior to a horse being accepted and/or arriving at the facility, the organization requires the following with respect to the health status of the horse:
If health records are not available or are out-of-date, our veterinarian will administer appropriate vaccinations
A current Coggins
Vaccination records that have been administered within the last 12 months
If health records are not available or are out-of-date, the owner is responsible for having vaccinations administered.
Prior to a horse being accepted and/or arriving at the facility, the organization has the following policies in place:
The horse is evaluated at its place of residence
The owner of a potential horse is interviewed over the phone or in person prior to seeing the horse
The owner completes an application/contract which constitutes the agreement between the owner and our organization
The owner is financially responsible for the shipping of the horse to and from the organization
Horses are not taken on trial
Horses are on trial for up to 30 days
Horses are on trial up to 60 days
Horses are on trial for 60 or more days
The trial period may be reduced based on the horse's progress
During the trial period, the organization accepts total financial responsibility for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care
During the trial period, the organization accepts financial responsibility for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care, up to a fixed amount agreed upon by the organization and the owner
During the trial period, the owner/donor is financially responsible for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care
The trial period may be terminated by either the organization or the owner for any reason
Upon intake, the organization has the following quarantine policy in place:
The horse is confined to a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine at the facility
for a prescribed period of time
The horse is confined to a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine off-site for a prescribed period of time
The horse is not quarantined
The typical length of quarantine is:
20 to 30 days
Following arrival of the equine at the facility, the following is performed:
Physical examination by a veterinarian
Physical examination by trained barn staff
Photographs are taken
A Henneke Body Conditioning Score is assigned
Physical examination by a farrier
Physical examination by a dentist
Blood work other than Coggins
The horse is scanned to check for a microchip
The horse is microchipped if the scan indicates that there is no microchip
Horses are assessed for following skills and behaviors:
Retrieval from a pasture/paddock
Leading with a halter and lead rope
Temperament, disposition and attitude, such as rated from very calm to very high spirited
Loading onto and unloading off a trailer
Tolerance to unusual objects and loud noises
Mounting and dismounting
Riding at the walk
Riding at the trot
Riding at the canter
Riding by a beginner and/or unbalanced rider
Driving (Pulling a carriage)
Known vices, i.e., cribbing, biting, kicking, weaving, stall walking, etc
Tolerance to multiple handlers at the same time
Horses provided formal training (groundwork or riding):
As needed; no set schedule
Additional information about our intake, assessment & training policies and practices:
We are a small organization that focuses on rescuing neglected and abused horses. We often take in horses that are seized by county officials and that are in bad shape. Our goal is to rehabilitate and heal them, both physically and emotionally.Breeding
The organization has the following policies related to breeding and stallions:
The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, does NOT breed horses.
The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, breeds horses
The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, are permitted to house stallions
Our organization prohibits the breeding of horses/equines when re-homed or this statement is not applicable as all horses/equines remain at our organization for their lifetimes and are not re-homed under any circumstances.
The organization has the following policies related to euthanasia:
Our organization will never have a horse euthanized for space
Our organization may have a healthy horse euthanized if it is a threat to itself, other horses, or people
Our organization may have a horse euthanized after all reasonable treatment options have been explored
Euthanasia is done on site when possible to decrease trauma from transport
Disposal of the carcass is handled within 24 hours
Our organization will never have a healthy horse euthanized under any circumstances
Euthanasia is done at the veterinarian's facility
The following are authorized to administer the procedure for your organization in accordance with state laws:
Senior staff with appropriate training
A certified euthanasia technician
Employee of animal control shelter or humane society with appropriate training
Veterinary student under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian
Not applicable. Our organization prohibits euthanasia under any circumstances
Our organization has the following re-homing (adoption/purchase) policies and procedures in place:
All potential adopters/purchasers complete a contract which constitutes the agreement between our organization and the new owner
Our organization will only re-home a horse to a location where another horse resides
Potential adopters/purchasers must visit our organization and be observed with the horse on site
The distance of a potential adopter/purchaser's home from our facility is a consideration for when re-homing a horse
Our organization conducts a site visit of the adopter/purchaser's facility before the transfer of the horse to the adopter/purchaser's facility
Adopters/purchasers are NOT required to provide updates
Our organization does NOT re-home a horse to first time horse owners
Potential adopters/purchasers are encouraged to do a short-term, on-site foster with the horse
Our organization does not re-home horses under any circumstances; our organization retains custody of our horses and ensures care of the horses for their lifetimes.
The uploaded Re-homing agreement includes the following re-homing (adoption/purchase) statements:
Our agreement states that if there is any breach of contract the horse must be returned to our organization
Our agreement states that re-homed horses CANNOT be sold, auctioned, or given away under any circumstances
Our agreement states that re-homed horses CANNOT be sold, auctioned, or given away without prior written approval of our organization
Our agreement states that re-homed horses cannot be bred
Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make unannounced visits
Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make scheduled visits
Our agreement states that adopters/purchasers can return a horse to our organization free of charge
Our agreement states that adopters/purchasers can return a horse to our organization for a fee
Our agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for one year
Our agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for two years
Our agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for three or more years
None of the statements are included.
Our organization requires references from the following:
Not applicable or no references required.
Transfer of ownership occurs:
Immediately (at the time of adoption/purchase)
The average equine re-homing (adoption/purchase) fee received by your organization:
$501 to $750
Our organization has the following policies and procedures related to horses that need to be retired, are no longer useful, or are no longer manageable:
Horses remain at our organization for their lifetimes
Horses may be found suitable homes by our organization
Horses may be returned to their owners
Horses may be sent to auction
In the case a horse is unmanageable and demonstrates repeated dangerous behaviors, the horse may be euthanized
In the case a horse is unsound and/or unhealthy and cannot be treated to relieve suffering, the horse may be euthanized
If a suitable home cannot be located within 12 months, the horse may be euthanized
Additional information about our rehoming policies and practices:
Our agreement states:
Adopter will be allowed to retain the equine and all right, title and interest and control of the equine will be released to Adopter after the end of this one-year period.
During this one-year period, Adopter may not sell, give away, lend, lease, sell for slaughter, or remove from Adopters personal supervision and control or move the equine from the address described herein, except for emergencies, shows, trail rides and other situations, without the written approval of the Idaho Horse Rescue, Inc. If Adopter does not notify Idaho Horse Rescue, Inc. of change of residence, phone number, mailing address, or location of horse within (thirty) 30 days by phone and mail, Idaho Horse Rescue, Inc. can terminate the Adoption Agreement at any time.View Re-homing Agreement
EQUINE CARE & SHELTER/FACILITY INFORMATION
Total facilities at which our organization cares for and shelters horses used in our programs: 1
Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to foster, overflow and/or satellite facilities:
Our organization does not use foster, overflow and/or satellite facilities
Donation: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent utilizing a donation document.
Lease: The ownership of the equine is maintained by the owner/trainer/responsible agent; the custody and responsibility for the shelter and care of the equine is transferred to the organization utilizing a lease document.
Owner Purchase: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent utilizing a purchase or adoption document.
Auction: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization by acquiring the equine at an auction.
Kill Pen: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization by acquiring the equine from a kill pen.
Surrender (Hardship): The ownership and custody of the equine is relinquished to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent with or without the use of an intake document.
Seizure: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization as a result of the equine being seized by law enforcement or another agency and removed from the owner.
Abandonment: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization as a result of the equine being abandoned by the owner or the owner was unable to be located.
Return: The equine was previously a part of the organization, was adopted, and ownership and custody of the equine has been transferred back to the organization.
Transfer: The custody of the equine is transferred within an organization or from one organization to another non-profit or foster organization to provide retirement, retraining, rehabilitation and/or adoption services with no change in ownership.
Born: The equine was born at the facility.
Adoption: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization by an organization specializing in the re-homing of equines in transition utilizing a purchase or adoption document.
Foal: An equine up to one year old; a colt is a male foal and a filly is a female foal.
Mare: A female equine.
Stallion: A male equine that has not been castrated.
Gelding: A castrated male equine.