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.
The Foundation rehabilitates neglected, abused, or otherwise
mistreated horses, including training those which have not been prepared for a productive role in life. These and others that
are physically able are used in an ongoing education program that emphasizes the training of competent future horse owners,
while those that are elderly or otherwise unsound simply live out their lives with safety, quality care, daily attention and
love. The Foundation also offers free consultation to local horse owners on issues of proper care and keep and is actively
involved in horse protection issues and community outreach. The Foundation also intervenes in situations of horse endangerment.
To date, we have rescued over 60 horses, with the commitment to all that they will live our their lives in dignity. At least
two of our rescued horses reached their forties before passing over to greener pastures and six of the current herd are in
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