A Sanctuary for Neglected, Abandoned and Abused Horses
Horse Harbor Foundation, Inc. in Kitsap County, Washington State was founded in 1994,, incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1997 under state law, and subsequently earned 501(c)(3) status as a not-for-profit organization under the US Internal Revenue Codes. The Foundation is a forever home and sanctuary for abandoned, neglected, and abused horses, or those facing premature euthanasia or shipping to auction for slaughter. The members of its resident herd of from 25 to 30 horses at any one time are provided the finest possible care and keep to insure that their last years are their very best. Although the organization maintains a small number of its rescue herd in nearby sponsored foster homes, Horse Harbor does not adopt out horses to the general public.
Horse Harbor is operated entirely by volunteers, including its Board and professional staff, and a dedicated group of young student members who gain hands-on experience with horse-related activities such as dietary needs, health maintenance, grooming, handling, equine first aid and stable management. These student members are taught riding in the classic style in which their mount is never kicked, struck, yanked on or yelled at, therefore becoming a willing partner as opposed to a beast of burden. Lessons to people of all ages and abilities are offered and equine assisted therapy is becoming a major role in the Foundation's activities.
The Foundation is funded primarily by membership dues from its student riders and is supplemented by donations, grants and fees from various seasonal educational programs such as summer day camps and Scout badge clinics.
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