Hooved Animal Humane Society
10804 McConnell Road
woodstock, Illinois 60098
The Hooved Animal Humane Society (HAHS) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1971 by six concerned and committed citizens. HAHS' mission is to promote the humane treatment of hooved animals through education, legislation, investigation and, if necessary, legal intervention (impoundment). In addition, we provide physical rehabilitation to animals that have endured severe neglect and abuse and adopt them to compassionate homes.
Our national headquarters is located in Woodstock, Illinois on a 26-acre facility with five barns, including a hospital facility, and an office and educational center. HAHS receives no Federal or State support. We are totally dependent upon contributions from fund-raising activities, membership donations, grants from foundations and endowment gifts. The Hooved Animal Humane Society's current contributor base is approximately 65,000.
HAHS was the first humane society established in the U.S. to focus specifically on large animals, primarily horses. Unlike small animals (dogs and cats), hooved animals had little representation until the formation of the Hooved Animal Humane Society. In 1973, HAHS was the driving force behind passage of The Humane Care for Animals Act. Through the Illinois Department of Agriculture, this act gives the Hooved Animal Humane Society the legal authority to investigate claims of abuse and neglect and intervene when owners do not comply with notice to remedy the situation. The Illinois Humane Care for Animals Act is recognized as the legislative model when states consider passing similar humane laws.
Since the organization was founded over thirty years ago, it has responded to over 12,000 calls requesting the investigation of primarily residential facilities housing horses in dire need of help. With the assistance and expertise of volunteer state-licensed and apprentice investigators, we are able to respond to calls within a short period of time. In a given year, we will attend to hundreds of animals in Illinois alone, as well as many others throughout the U.S.
In addition to protecting the "backyard" horse, HAHS has played a leading role in national equine issues. We were at the forefront in the national movement to discontinue the excessive use of harmful drugs in racehorses. HAHS initiated an Illinois study on drug abuse in horse racing which was quickly replicated in 22 other states. As documented in our book published in 1979 titled The Misuse of Drugs in Horse Racing, many prominent media reports (including "60 Minutes"), have helped publicize the problem to the extent that major reforms have now been introduced into a variety of the racing states' legislation.
With the 1996 release of the powerful expose Big Lick Walking Horses, HAHS has been instrumental in raising the awareness of the methods used by some trainers in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry. In addition, HAHS' involvement in the controversy surrounding the Bureau of Land Management's Wild Horse and Burro population control methods dates back to 1987. We have continued to offer alternative methods to control and protect this living monument.
One of our key objectives has been to focus on education in order to prevent abuse and neglect of hooved animals. We made great strides toward this goal in 1995, when work was completed on our Educational Center. The Center has become a place where people can learn first-hand how to properly care for hooved animals. Each year we host seminars with equine professionals such as veterinarians, farriers, and resistance-free trainers.
We are committed to assisting every state in the U.S. to work within the guidelines of their humane laws and to help them upgrade their laws as we have done in Illinois. In the past, we have hosted conferences at our facility for individuals from across the country interested in forming similar humane societies in their states. These conferences covered topics such as cruelty investigations, laws governing hooved animal cruelty, and equine and farm animal management.
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