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  • HAHS Receives ASPCA Grant
    Posted: 6/20/2016
    HAHS Receives ASPCA Grant

    Six Rescue Horses Currently in Rehabilitation

    Woodstock, IL - The Hooved Animal Humane Society (HAHS) announced today that it is the proud recipient of a $3,250 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to help with the rehabilitation of six horses that were part of a large scale rescue by the ASPCA in North Carolina. Six horses from that rescue are currently recovering at HAHS.

    "All six horses are in need of continued rehabilitation and training," said Jenna Dickson, Adoption Coordinator at HAHS, "This grant from the ASPCA will help support HAHS with feed costs, veterinary care, farrier care, and training expenses."

    "The ASPCA is grateful to HAHS for stepping in to care for six of the more than 40 horses we rescued from a neglectful shelter in January," said Jacque Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. "These horses were living in truly unacceptable conditions, but we know at HAHS they will continue their journey to recovery and eventually find the loving homes they deserve."

    The six horses currently recovering at HAHS come in a variety of ages and personalities. Overall, they were very nervous when they first arrived and it has taken time for them to be comfortable around people. Once the horses have been completely rehabilitated, HAHS hopes to evaluate and train them to find loving, forever homes.

    For more information, please visit www.hahs.org

    About HAHS

    The Hooved Animal Humane Society (HAHS) is a Non-Profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1971 by six caring individuals who were shocked by the deplorable conditions in which horses were living. HAHS was the first humane society established in the United States to focus specifically on large animals, primarily horses. Unlike small animals such as dogs and cats, hooved animals had little representation until the formation of the Hooved Animal Humane Society. We are now in our 45th year. It is HAHS? mission to promote the humane treatment of hooved animals through education, legislation, investigation and if necessary, legal intervention (impoundment). We provide physical rehabilitation to hooved animals that have endured severe neglect and abuse, and then adopt them out to compassionate forever homes. All of our animals come from abuse and neglect investigations and we accept these rescues regardless of age or condition.

  • HAHS Receives ISF Grant
    Posted: 6/15/2016
    HAHS Receives Ian Somerhalder Grant

    Emergency Medical Grant to Help Young Horse

    Woodstock, IL - The Hooved Animal Humane Society (HAHS) announced today that it is the proud recipient of a $300 grant from the Ian Somerhalder Foundation to assist with dental treatments needed for a three month old rescue horse.

    Our rescue horse, Cane, has a severe overbite that will impact the quality of his life unless fixed while he is still young and growing, said Jenna Dickson, Adoption Coordinator at HAHS, This grant from the Ian Somerhalder Foundation will help support HAHS with the cost of Cane's dental surgery and braces to fix the overbite.

    Cane came to HAHS as a rescue horse along with his mother, Candy. Cane was born with a "parrot mouth" or severe overbite which, if left untreated, could cause him significant discomfort and interfere with him being able to eat properly. Cane is currently scheduled for his dental treatment at the University of Wisconsin Madison Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Once Cane has completed all of his dental treatments, HAHS plans to continue his rehabilitation and training so he can be adopted to a loving, forever home.
    For more information, please visit www.hahs.org


    About HAHS

    The Hooved Animal Humane Society (HAHS) is a Non-Profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1971 by six caring individuals who were shocked by the deplorable conditions in which horses were living. HAHS was the first humane society established in the United States to focus specifically on large animals, primarily horses. Unlike small animals such as dogs and cats, hooved animals had little representation until the formation of the Hooved Animal Humane Society. We are now in our 45th year. It is HAHS? mission to promote the humane treatment of hooved animals through education, legislation, investigation and if necessary, legal intervention (impoundment). We provide physical rehabilitation to hooved animals that have endured severe neglect and abuse, and then adopt them out to compassionate forever homes. All of our animals come from abuse and neglect investigations and we accept these rescues regardless of age or condition.

    About the Ian Somerhalder Foundation
    ISF, founded by actor and environmental/animal advocate Ian Somerhalder, is dedicated to empowering, educating and collaborating with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures. ISF focuses on raising awareness about environmental and animal protection issues, supporting initiatives to promote green energy, global conservation and anti-animal cruelty programs, and empowering youth to become a united and spirited force for change.
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  • HAHS Receives One Horse at a Time, Inc. Grant
    Posted: 3/7/2016
    HAHS Receives Grant from One Horse at a Time, Inc.

    The Hooved Animal Humane Society is proud to announce that it is the recipient of a $250 grant from One Horse at a Time, Inc. to cover the castration cost of our miniature pony stallion, PonyBoy.

    PonyBoy came to HAHS with severely overgrown hooves and in need of dental care. Now that PonyBoy is in rehabilitation with an excellent prognosis, the grant from One Horse at a Time, Inc. allowed us to castrate PonyBoy and took us one step closer to finding his forever home. Now that PonyBoy is a gelding, he can be turned out with the other horses and enjoy spending time outside with the herd. We know he will find his forever home soon!

    www.onehorseatatime.org
  • HAHS Receives ASPCA Grant
    Posted: 2/29/2016
    HAHS Receives ASPCA Grant

    Grant to fund the rehabilitation of 14 rescue miniature horses

    Woodstock, IL?The Hooved Animal Humane Society announced today that it is the proud recipient of a $7,000 grant to help with the continued care and rehabilitation of 14 rescued miniature horses.

    ?These miniature horses came to HAHS with severely overgrown hooves and were in desperate need of care,? states Adoption Coordinator Jenna Dickson, ?Not only will these funds provide continued health care and feed for all of the horses, it will assist us with our main goal of adopting out these miniature horses to loving, forever homes.?

    ?The ASPCA Equine Fund awards life-saving grants and resources to nonprofit equine welfare organizations across the country,? said Jacque Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. ?We are pleased to award this grant to the Hooved Animal Humane Society to help cover some of the costs associated with the care of these horses and we thank them for their commitment to equine protection.?
    In early December 2015, HAHS rescued 14 miniature horses who were in desperate need of help. HAHS received a phone call about the deteriorating conditions of these minis and mobilized to help them. One owner had suddenly died, and the other had serious health problems preventing continued care of them. HAHS staff and investigators traveled several hours south with a large trailer and discovered 14 miniature horses in need of immediate farrier care. HAHS immediately took eight of the most critical cases and brought them back to HAHS to begin rehabilitation. The next week, HAHS returned to rescue the remaining six miniature horses. They too were loaded onto the trailer and brought to HAHS, where they, like the other eight, received farrier care and a veterinary exam including blood work. Some of the ponies with very long hooves also received x-rays before the farrier could start with corrective trimmings. Our vet also checked their teeth and noted that they all are in need of dental care.

    They have all been making great progress and all seem to be walking more comfortably. Most of the minis will have to undergo several more treatments by the farrier before their hooves, leg muscles and bones have healed and returned to normal, however, their prognosis is excellent!

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  • Stateline Equine Education Program
    Posted: 2/18/2016
    Please Join HAHS' Executive Director, Tracy McGonigle, Esq., and the University of Wisconsin's- Cooperative Extension for their Stateline Equine Education Program on Saturday, March 5th! The event will be held in Bristol, Wisconsin at the Kenosha County Center.

    Here is a link to the program flyer-

    http://files.ctctcdn.com/4d28c99f001/8db1df97-a40c-40ee-9d4a-b6c3cddd3666.pdf?ver=1455817228000

  • HAHS Celebrates ASPCA Help a Horse Day
    Posted: 2/18/2016


    MEDIA ADVISORY

    February 18, 2016

    CONTACT:
    Jenna Dickson
    Adoption Coordinator, HAHS
    815-337-5563
    jenna@hahs.org

    HAHS Celebrates ASPCA Help A Horse Day

    Community support needed for chance to win up to $25,000 ASPCA grant to
    help save more horses

    WHAT: The Hooved Animal Humane Society (HAHS) will be taking part in the national celebration of ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) Help A Horse Day on April 22-24 and competing for a chance to win up to $25,000 in grant prizes to assist with their efforts to protect horses. To celebrate the day, HAHS will be attending the Minnesota Horse Expo with their ?famous? rescue miniature horse, Dino, and giving away free autographs and information the weekend of April 22-24, 2016. In honor of the ASPCA?s 150th Anniversary celebration this year, the contest has been expanded to include a total of $100,000 in grant prizes, including a grand prize of $25,000.

    This nationwide competition is for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about the lifesaving work they do year-round to care for at-risk horses in their community who have often been abused or neglected. Horses have been central to the ASPCA?s work since its founding 150 years ago, when Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for the mistreatment of a horse on April 26, 1866.

    WHO: Jenna Dickson, Hooved Animal Humane Society, Adoption Coordinator

    WHEN: April 22-24, 2016

    WHERE: Minnesota Horse Expo
    Minnesota State Fairgrounds
    1265 Snelling Ave North
    St. Paul, MN 55108
  • Help HAHS Help the Minis Raffle
    Posted: 2/3/2016

    HAHS has rescued 14 miniature horses that are in need of continued care, feed, and corrective farrier care - and they want to send YOU on a luxurious vacation for all your support!

    Through generous donations from all of our supporters, enough money was raised to cover the intake costs of ALL 14 miniature horses! As a way to say thank you, HAHS is offering you the chance to win a 7 night vacation for only $50! (airfare not included). This raffle will go towards the continued care and support of the 14 miniature horses. The winner of this Raffle will get to choose from 4 great vacations: Maui, Lake Tahoe, Steamboat Springs, or Sedona.

    Only 100 tickets will be sold. If a minimum of 50 tickets are not sold, the raffle will become a 50/50 raffle instead.

    The raffle will end at 7pm on February 16, 2016.

    https://rafflecreator.com/pages/9728/help-hahs-help-the-minis-raffle
  • 14 Rescue Miniature Horses in Need of Support
    Posted: 1/14/2016
    Early December 2015, HAHS rescued 14 miniature horses who were in desperate need of help. HAHS received a phone call about the deteriorating conditions of these minis and mobilized to help them. One owner had suddenly died, and the other had serious health problems preventing continued care of them. HAHS staff and investigators traveled several hours south with a large trailer and discovered 14 miniature horses in need of immediate farrier care. HAHS immediately took eight of the most critical cases and brought them back to HAHS to begin rehabilitation. The next week, HAHS returned to rescue the remaining six miniature horses. They too were loaded onto the trailer and brought to HAHS, where they, like the other eight, received farrier care and a veterinary exam including blood work. Some of the ponies with very long hooves also received x-rays before the farrier could start with corrective trimmings. Our vet also checked their teeth and noted that they all are in need of dental care.

    They have all been making great progress and all seem to be walking more comfortably. Most of the minis will have to undergo several more treatments by the farrier before their hooves, leg muscles and bones have healed and returned to normal, however, their prognosis is excellent!

    With such a large rescue, our initial intake costs are extremely high. The farrier charges $60/pony for their first corrective trim and several trims will be necessary to restore their hooves to a healthy condition. A dental treatment (with sedation) is $175/pony. Blood work and a coggins test is $35/pony. With all this in mind, it costs HAHS $270/pony just for initial intake and care! Our total cost to initially triage the 14 ponies and geld the one stallion totals $4,080. This does not even take into condiseration the cost of stabling and feed.

    Some of the ponies have long feet, but with corrective trimmings, will recover quite well. Others, like the stallion, have a long road ahead of them with a slow recovery process.
    All fourteen ponies are curious and friendly, although some of them are nervous about being handled. We are excited to continue working with them and gain their trust!

    If you would like to donate, please follow this link https://www.generosity.com/animal-pet-fundraising/14-rescue-miniature-horses-in-need-of-support
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  • HAHS ONLINE AUCTION JULY 26 - AUG. 2, 2015 !!!!
    Posted: 7/22/2015
    GET READY FOR HAHS' FANTASTIC ONLINE AUCTION FEATURING DISCOUNTED TRIPS SUCH AS IRELAND, SOUTH AFRICA, MAUI, AND BRANSON, MO! AWESOME BLACKHAWKS AND OTHER SPORTS MEMORABILIA, GREAT ITEMS FOR HORSE LOVERS AND NON-HORSEY PEOPLE ALIKE. GIFT CERTIFICATES AND HAHS FUND A NEED ITEMS TO SUPPORT THE REHABILITATION OF OUR RESCUE ANIMALS!
    http://hahs.maestroweb.com/
  • HAHS 5th Annual Dinner and Auction
    Posted: 6/28/2015
    HAHS is hosting our 5th Annual Dinner and Auction at Donnley's Wild West Town in Union, IL on June 28th 2015 from 3-7pm. There will be great food and drinks, as well as great silent and live auction items! Tickets are $70/person and includes dinner and a free drink! Call the office at 815-337-5563.

    Put on your best cowboy hat and join us for food and fun in support of animals everywhere!
  • Valley View Acres Benefit
    Posted: 12/13/2014
    The Hooved Animal Humane Society cannot accept monetary or tack donations for Valley View Acres (owners or boarders) or disburse such donations to Valley View Acres (owners or boarders), as this may conflict with our 501(c)(3) status. However, Offsides Sports Bar and Grill will still be hosting the benefit for Valley View Acres tomorrow, Saturday, December 13th 11am-10pm.
  • HOOVED ANIMAL HUMANE SOCIETY OFFERS ON-SITE AND CONTINUING AID TO VICTIMS OF VAL
    Posted: 11/24/2014
    Valley View Acres Fire Press Release

    HAHS staff member, Brittany Olson, found out about the stable fire at Valley View Acres, on Mt. Thabor Rd in Woodstock, via a Facebook post around 1:20am, early Sunday morning. Realizing that professional equine rescue help would be needed, she immediately mobilized the HAHS team. HAHS staff members Dawn Van Wazer, Jenna Letzter, and Brittany Olson loaded rescue equipment into two trucks and horse trailers and headed to the scene of the barn fire. Around 2am, upon arrival, staff members unfortunately found the barn completely demolished by the fire, having already taken the lives of 32 beautiful horses. HAHS staff offered Valley View Acres barn owner, Amber Bauman, every available resource, offering to load the 5 surviving horses into the HAHS trailers, and transport them to the Hooved Animal Humane Society, until suitable boarding was found. Amber, under the advice of a visiting veterinarian, decided to leave the 5 remaining horses in an adjacent pasture for the night, in the hopes that it would prevent further stressing the equines. Realizing that Mrs. Bauman had lost all of her tack, including her horse handling gear, HAHS left several lead ropes and halters for the surviving horses. HAHS will be collecting donations for Valley View Acres starting immediately. We will accept any donations, such as hay, tack, or monetary. We are located at 10804 McConnell Rd. in Woodstock, IL, and our phone number is (815) 337-5563. Our facility will be open for donation drop offs between 9am and 4pm. Please make note when donating that the items are for Valley View Acres. Offsides Sports Bar & Grill in Woodstock has offered to host a fundraiser with HAHS, to benefit Valley View Acres. Please stay tuned for further details.
  • HAHS Winter Celebration and Tack Sale
    Posted: 11/3/2014
    On December 6th 2014, HAHS is hosting our annual Winter Celebration with food, games, tours of the farm, and the chance to meet HAHS staff and animals! A fun family event!!

    Arbonne will be set up with free hand treatments using their sea salt scrub and vanilla Shea butter hand cream. There will also be a raffle to win an item from their new holiday line! Miniatures of some of Arbonne's best selling products will also be available. Arbonne is a cutting edge skin care and wellness company that is botanically based. They are vegan certified, gluten free, and never use petroleum products. They never use animal products or test on animals.

    Also this year is the HAHS Tack Sale! Most items are only $1. Bridles, boots, jackets, and breeches are $5 and saddles are $10 off! Come browse for gift ideas, horse products, and more!

    HAHS Tack Sale: 10am-4pm
    Winter Celebration: noon - 4pm
    Entry donation fee is $2

    10804 McConnell Road
    Woodstock, IL 60098


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  • HAHS Picnic and Horseshow
    Posted: 10/4/2014
    On October 4, 2014 HAHS is hosting our annual picnic and horseshow! The event will be fun for the whole family and features a horseshow, good food, wagon rides, a variety of vendors, games, and music by Music Makers for Life.

    Tickets are $5 and kids 10 & under are FREE. The event runs from 9am - 4pm with demonstrations during lunch by the Midwest Renegades and featured adoptable HAHS horses!

    If interested in entering the horseshow, competitors can arrive with their horses anytime after 8am. Classes are $5 each and there is a $2 office fee per rider.

    Rain or shine! Come out and have some fun!
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  • RK Dixon Make My Non Profit Run Better Contest!
    Posted: 8/22/2014
    Thank you to everyone who voted for us in the contest! You helped us get into the final round, but we did not have the votes needed to win. Still, we appreciate your time and effort in voting. Next year!
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