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H.O.P.E. Organization, Inc. Located in Olmsted Twp, Ohio

Contact Phone: 330-321-3755

Hours of Operation: By Appointment

H.O.P.E. Organization, Inc.
P.O. Box 3145
Olmsted Twp, OH 44138

Located in: Cuyahoga


Group Background:
Lauren Simna started H.O.P.E. in December of 2003 after years of rescuing horses on her own, one at a time. After coming across a case os starving belgian mares, Lauren decided it was time to start saving more horses at once. Lauren has been working with horses for 30 years and specializes in problem horses and young horses. Combined with the experiences of the H.O.P.E. Excutive Board, there is 40+ years of horse experience at H.O.P.E. Horse Rescue, not including volunteer experience. To date, H.O.P.E. has rescued 48 horses and fostered 3 for a gentleman who was temporarily unable to care for his horses .

How are Horses Acquired:
Horses come to H.O.P.E. from three main areas.
1.) Owner Surrender; H.O.P.E takes in horses through owner surrender and many times, issues facing these unwanted horses have to do with financial issues, behavorial issues, lost of interest, lack of concern etc...
2.)H.O.P.E. goes to auctions in our area and bids against the meat buyers and
3.) H.O.P.E. networks with groups such as APL's and SPCA's that have the legal means to take horses; when these groups need a facility for legally seized horses, H.O.P.E. helps out.

If someone sees a horse in need of care and/or rescue, H.O.P.E. urges you to call your local animal protective league, however, if you contact us first, we will be more than happy to report the call.

How often we get in rescues varies, however, we rarely ever do not have a full horse, and when the weather gets cold, our incoming horse wait list grows.

We can hold max. 24 horses at our facility but network with approved foster homes in our area as well to help take in more.

How the Horses Rehabilitated:
Every horse that comes into H.O.P.E. is given a general health assessment by our board vet. Then, we begin the evaluation process. We allow the horses 30 days or so to get settled and to allow us to learn more about them. At this time, we also start and nutritional and medical needs the horse may have, such as weight gain, corrective hoof trimmings etc.

Once we feel the horse is healty enough, we evalute them under saddle/cart to see what they know. From there, we pick up with the horses training and progress forward, whether that means starting from scratch and teaching basic ground manners or retraining an off the track horse.

Volunteers help participate in all of these areas at H.O.P.E., including daily general care..

Group Specialties:
H.O.P.E. stands for Horse Outreach Program through Education - part of H.O.P.E.'s mission is to educate the public on horses and horse care. We offer monthly learning clinics such as Equine First Aid, Grooming 101, Equine Nutrition, Having a Horse on Your Own Property and many more.

H.O.P.E. also offers an on-site leasing program , 4H leasing program and girl/boy scout badge programs.

We also allow first time horse owners to adopt, but require that they go through our New Horse Ownership Program, which is specially desgined with the first time horse owner in mind.

All those who adopt a horse from H.O.P.E. will always have a 24/7 support system where they can contact us. Many of our adopters keep in touch AND volunteer at our rescue facility!.

H.O.P.E. was chosen as one of six non-profit equine rescues throughout the country for the SmartPak SmartBlu Sponosorship program in 2007.

We are a 501 (c) 3 human, not for profit charity.

We have had numerous local write-ups in area papers on our rescue.

Typical Day at the Facility:
Every day at H.O.P.E., each horse is fed in the am and pm. Each horse is turned out and their stalls are cleaned. Depending on the individual horse, some are excercised or worked through a training routine. Some are pasture pals and simply get hand walked and groomed. All of these activites are performed by volunteers.

Volunteer hours start at 6:30a and end around 9p every day of the week.

Misc. chores are also performed daily, such as cleaning feed buckets and water buckets, maintaining the pasture and barn etc....

Horses Available:
This varies too and there is really no specific # we can give, however, it has been rare thus far that we have less than 8-10 horses available for adoption at any given time.

Adoption Procedures:
Interested adoptee's must fill out and submit and adoption application. Once we receive the application, we will contact the interested party to schedule a visit to our facility.

The interested party is required to have atleast 3 working sessions with the horse of their interest with our president & founder, Lauren Simna. Lauren evalutes the pair and does her best to ensure it is a good match. We do not like to pair up horse and human if we can clearly tell maybe the horse is too much for the human or vice versa. We like to see some kind of compatability.

Once we approve the match and check references, we would inspect the facility where the horse is intended to stay. If the facility is approved, then we sign the adoption contract, which stipulates things such as no resale of the horse, no breeding if it is a mare, HOPE is to be notified before the horse is moved to another facility and HOPE does make periodic check-in's on the horse etc...

Adoption fees vary per horse from $200-$1500. There is a flat $25 adoption app processing fee for everyone which helps cover the cost of background checks.

“The First-time Horse Ownership program offered at H.O.P.E. was the deciding factor in my adoption of LA. Sure I probably could have gone to other rescues or even bought my horse at other places but my lack of knowledge would have put him in a dangerous situation. Even though I have moved my horse to a boarding facility the program hasn’t stopped. They keep in contact with me and even perform site visits to make sure LA is healthy. Having so much knowledge available to someone like me is invaluable. Thanks to H.O.P.E. and their programs I feel more confident that I will have an enjoyable life experience owning a horse and at the same time giving LA a forever home.” ­ Pam Masola, proud new mom of L.A.

“… we absolutely love Barb. I never in a million years thought she and Sarah would be such a great match. She is forever challenging Sarah and they work together amazingly well. Barb needs the gentle touch/voice Lauren taught Sarah…..I think because of her time at HOPE & being turned out in a group, she gets along with other horses.” - Joanne Eames, proud new family to Barbie.

Donations & Local Volunteers:
YES! H.O.P.E. is a 501 (c) 3 and relies solely on the goodness of other people through means of monetary donation. Aside from the profit we make through educational clinics, the rescue is funded by public donation and your donations are tax deductible.

Donations are accepted via paypal on our website, as well as via mail.

We are always looking for volunteers for various day to day barn/horse care chorse. Experience is not required, just a love of horses!.
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