History of Our Organization

It Started in Texas

Founded by Vivian Grant (later Farrell), the Fund for Horses has its roots in a grassroots citizen advocacy group called Texans for Horses, formed in the early part of 2001. Its mission was to shut down the State’s two foreign-owned horse slaughter plants.

Success in Texas caught national attention and began to attract horse lovers and activists across the country.

The Fund for Horses

The group incorporated as a not for profit 501(c)(4) horse protection organization in October, 2003 as the Fund for Horses, setting up headquarters in Houston, Texas. In recent years people have come to call us simply — the Horse Fund.

Int’l Fund for Horses

As the group’s influence and reputation began to grow, and extending beyond the United States, the Fund for Horses filed to do business as the Int’l Fund for Horses in June, 2004, operating chiefly out of Brussels.

In 2007, the Int’l Fund for Horses received accreditation as a Member League of the OIPA, Organisation Internationale pour la Protection des Animaux (International League for the Protection of Animals).

A Shift in Focus

During the past 12 years, the main focus of the Fund for Horses has shifted from predominantly lobbying U.S. State and Federal governments for new and stronger horse protection laws, to employing citizen action and social media campaigns as a means of confronting and eradicating the cruelty, suffering and death of horses.

The Fund for Horses therefore decided to dissolve as a 501(c)(4) not for profit charitable organization, and reorganize as a 501(c)(3) not for profit charitable organization, to be headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Fund for Horses also continues to work as the Int’l Fund for Horses.

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