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Our mission is to improve the lives of equines by educating and helping owners, assisting law enforcement agencies, rehabilitating abused and neglected equines, and placing them into safe, permanent homes.

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IRS EIN: 84-1673775
Website: http://www.bluebonnetequine.org
Email: jenn@bluebonnetequine.org
Phone Number: 888-542-5163
Address: PO Box 632
College Station, TX 76655
Our ability to help horses is limited by having the resources to take them in and rehabilitate them. We have many foster homes who would take in an additional horse or two but who cannot afford the cost of rehabilitating horses. In 2016, we started offering a $20/month/horse stipend to help with the costs of feeding the horses. In 2017, we increased the stipend to $40 and took in 107 horses compared to 47 in 2016 due to additional foster home spaces. We increased stipends, we could assist even more horses in 2018.

Impact Statement

Since our inception in 2005, Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society has taken in over 950 horses, donkeys, mules, and ponies. The majority of these animals come from neglect cases, are abandoned, or are found stray. We have placed approximately 800 with adopters, sanctuaries, or other rescues.

Needs Statement

We have three main areas of financial assistance:
1) Veterinary care: Each horse who comes into the organization is seen by a veterinarian and given annual vaccinations, a Coggins test (an annual blood test required by the state), and has his teeth cared for. Any lameness or medical issues are also addressed. All of this is repeated annually, and the cost is about $350-$350 per horse. All stallions, donkey jacks, and colts are gelded (neutered), and this costs approximately $150-$300 per animal.

Additional medical care can range from $100-$1,000 depending on specific needs, and approximately 25% of the horses we take in require additional medical care.

2) Training funds: Horses who are trained to ride and easy to handle are more adoptable than those who are not. We work with kind, compassionate, experienced trainers to get training for horses who need it. Training costs approximately $650 per month. Most horses need approximately 1 1/2 months of training although some may require 2-3 months.

3) Hay/grain funds: We would like to reimburse our foster homes for the costs of hay and grain, this would enable them to foster more horses since they would not be responsible for the costs of their care. A horse in rehabilitation can cost over $200/month to feed, and a horse on a maintenance diet can cost from $50-$100/month to feed.
"It's made my barn fuller, my life richer and I know I have made a difference in some horses lives even if it is one horse at a time." - Donna Sugg, adopter, foster home, and volunteer

"The horses are heart stealers! Tippy helped me mentally and physically through my healing from my broken vertibrea. All three are better behaved than my two personal horses. I learned a lot from all three, anywhere from their different personalities and how to work with them because of their difference in personalities. The best thing about them is they are very therapeutic , get rid of stress messing with them." Vickie Whitaker, adopter
An anonymous funder has offered a $25,000 matching grant to be distributed among all participating animal care and services organizations on Amplify Austin Day. These nonprofit organizations will receive funds on a pro-rata basis. Each nonprofit will receive matching funds based on their total funds raised on Amplify Austin Day.
We need horse people to foster horses throughout Texas. We also need horse enthusiasts to help check up on adopted and fostered horses (need to be familiar with horses but not an expert) and to trailer horses.

We have plenty of volunteer opportunities that do not require horse experience: helping at fundraising events, helping with volunteer management, with fundraisers and grant writing, with marketing, etc. We can find a place for everyone!