Contact us with any questions or concerns you may have:
We are located in South-East Texas.
Our Mailing Address:
Habitat for Horses, Inc.
P.O. Box 213
Hitchcock, TX 77563
Phone: Local: 409-935-0277
Toll Free: 866-434-5737
Fax: 409-515-0657 866-434-5737
Our Office Hours: 8:00am – 4:00pm CDT Monday – Friday
Or Fill Out Our Contact Form Below.
If you know of a horse needing rescue, please contact your local law enforcement right away
It seems like it was back in the Dark Ages when Habitat for Horses was first started, although it was only in 1997 when we took in our first horses in response to a plea from a local family that simply couldn’t handle seeing a skinny horse a few houses down the street from them. In 1998 we applied for and received our non-profit status, took a number of Equine Cruelty Investigation courses and starting applying to local law enforcement agencies to let us help them handle their horse cases.
During those times most local law enforcement agencies didn’t touch large animals. Excuses of, “he’s old, that’s why he’s skinny,” and “I’m about to buy feed and hay,” were generally accepted and neglected horses were left alone to starve. While we met with some resistance, most officers accepted us with open arms. All we required from them was to have an officer at the scene and have the same officer appear in court. We did the rest, from transportation, housing, feeding, medical workup, farrier work, court appearance and testimony to finding an adopter.
Word circulated quickly and soon we had officers calling us, “just to take a look at some horses.” From those first few months of becoming established and being professional in everything we did, the calls for assistance seemed to explode. The reputation of Habitat for Horses continued to grow as an organization that was more than willing to assist law enforcement not just in the legal aspects of enforcement, but in providing education to horse owners who wanted to keep their horses healthy but did not have the knowledge of equine husbandry necessary.