Animal related

PENNSYLVANIA EQUINE RESCUE AND RETIREMENT FOUNDATION

Aliquippa, PA   |  www.perrf.org

Mission

Dedication to rescuing & protecting slaughter-bound, abused and neglected horses -- provide rescue, rehabilitation and a permanent loving sanctuary to equines in suffering. Advocate & educate the humane treatment of horses by offering adults and caregivers the opportunity to develop and nurture relationships through activities with horses.

Ruling year info

2010

Founding Director

Kimberly Cannon

President

Nancy Kraemer

Main address

1818 Polk St

Aliquippa, PA 15001 USA

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EIN

25-2595048

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

Other Services (D60)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Equine welfare; over breeding, abuse and neglect, SAFE and Horse Racing Integrity Acts

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Healing Invisible Wounds

Beyond the notable economic impact that horses bring to the community, it has been proven scientifically that horses help humans physically, mentally and emotionally. Until recently, addressing mental health concerns has not been a priority in our country and these important life-changing issues - like PTSD, chronic pain, depression and anxiety are becoming increasingly important. Not only do poor mental health conditions negatively impact the lives of so many people in our community, they can also increase the likelihood of unemployment, poverty, domestic violence, homelessness, child abuse, relationship issues and suicide. Studies have shown that a rescued horse can benefit greatly by working with and bonding with a person who is also dealing with personal trust issues and sometimes disabling symptoms common to both. Our program is based on the concept of living therapy, which involves spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical situations.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$15,000

• Rescue & Rehabilitation – This is the most cost extensive part of our work and the aspect that often requires fast funding so we can act quickly to provide emergency medical care and rescue services. Through negotiation, collaboration, and legal assistance when necessary, we receive horses that were removed from abusive environments and horses bound for slaughter from auctions. Equines rescued from severe abuse and neglect usually have severe health challenges, frequently related to starvation, dehydration and physical abuse. First priority is medical care, medicine if needed, and good nutrition. Our sanctuary is located on 80 acres with ½ of that fenced in for the horses to exercise and run off their stress, if needed. Each horse has their own 14X14 stall where it can feel safe while healing. Horses are encouraged to interact with humans and other horses. This is an important part of the process of relieving trauma – helping them to heal and redevelop social instincts so they can be either adopted or retire at our sanctuary.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$15,000

• Pony Up – Our educational programs include our website, social media outlets, newsletter, adoption events, and community awareness events. Our goal with "Pony Up" is to provide education, awareness and offer solutions for animal cruelty, feral cats and spay/neuter for animal welfare. We, also, by necessity, constantly learn from the most up-to-date methods of health care for equines, most recent legislation for abused, slaughter-bound horses, and …. We act as the clearinghouse for this information and make it readily accessible for the public. As well as provide links to other animal welfare organizations and information. We encourage the public to participate and support this work.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$5,000

This program is targeted to new and prospective horse owners. Information about care and costs associated with equine ownership. We also provide valuable facts concerning the unwanted horse problem so potential buyers understand the ramifications of purchasing an equine.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$2,000

Did you know that many corporations organize programs that match employee donations to eligible non-profit organizations? Donations we receive through employer-employee matching can double, triple, and even quadruple the donations to PERRF! Please check with your employer to see if they have a matching charitable gift program in place, and feel free to call us at (724) 777-4747, if you need help setting up employer matching.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

This is designed to help individuals who want to rescue horses. If you have room in your heart, space in your barn, and experienced with horses; PERRF will provide funds to help you help a horse in need. Become a pre-approved home, so the next time you are at a horse auction, together we can outbid a killbuyer. To become approved email: cannon.kimberly@gmail.com
PERRF is also a proud member of the Equine Rescue Network. (ERN) is an electronic network of equine advocates working together to help slaughter-bound, neglected, abandoned, lost/stolen/missing horses in the USA.
~There are over 160,000 unwanted horses in the United states
~ In 2015, over 140,000 horses were shipped to Canada and Mexico for slaughter
~Rescue facilities in the USA have the capacity to care for roughly 33,000 horses
~ It costs $2,485 per year (average) to care for a horse
PERRF and ERN post high risk horses (slaughter-bound, abandoned, neglected, missing/lost/stolen) on social media platforms to gain exposure and viral visibility to help horses. We provide funds to help horses that are "at-risk" (slaughter-bound, abandoned, neglected). ERN Encourages owners to Microchip and Register their horses. Along with ERN, we at PERRF encourage EVERY Equine Advocate to help combat the systemic problem of unwanted horses!

Population(s) Served
Adults
Budget
$3,000

• Safe Haven - According to Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA), “No one should have to make the choice between leaving an abusive situation and ensuring their pet’s safety.” Victims of domestic violence should not be forced to choose between their own safety and the loss of a beloved companion animal, especially when animals left behind are often injured or killed by the abuser to further control or punish the victim. At PERRF, we view animal housing as a necessary service that should be provided to all victims of domestic violence. We are the first organization to offer this no cost program in Western Pennsylvania.

Population(s) Served
Females
Males
Budget
$10,000

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), community meetings/town halls, suggestion box/email.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to: it is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, it is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, it is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, it is difficult to identify actionable feedback.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/19/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Keywords

Equine Welfare