EQUINE WELFARE NETWORK PROFILE
Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary, Inc



Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary, Inc
W4985 County Road FF
Elkhart Lake, WI 53020

Mailing Address:
W4985 County Road FF
Elkhart Lake, WI 53020


Phone: 262-627-0582  MAKE AN INQUIRY

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EIN: 26-3776085
Founded: 2009
Profile Last Updated April 24, 2022

Public Charity


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Horse Care Volunteer
Minimum Age: 14
Cleaning up stalls; Brushing and grooming horses; Getting skittish horses used to physical contact; Talking to the horses (giving them attention to make them feel more comfortable in their new environment); Spraying horses with fly repellent.

If you do not already have experience around horses, an orientation session usually takes place on the second Saturday of the month. Volunteers cannot begin prior to orientation.
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AWARDED ANNUALLY
Effective Date
May 2022

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Effective Date: May 2022
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MISSION & PROGRAMS

Mission:
Our sanctuary offers safe care and refuge to all equines who pass through our gates. Some are surrendered by caring owners, some are neglect seizures, and some are purchased at auction to prevent their sale to slaughter. We provide all their needs be it shelter, feed, vet or farrier care, and most of all unconditional love and attention.

Our organization provides programs involved with equine rescue, adoption & retirement
Our organization provides community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses.
Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of equines involved in our programs.
98% of our total programs and services are horse-related.
Our organization uses satellite, overflow, foster, and/or outreach facilities which adhere to all the policies, procedures and practices of our organization
Number of facilities/locations where horses used in our programs are HOUSED AND CARED FOR or were HOUSED AND CARED FOR during 2021: 2
     1. Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary (*Main) Status: 2022 and 2021
     2. Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) (Foster) Status: 2022 and 2021

Summary of organization's goals, strategies to achieve the goals, accomplishments, and capabilities to meet the goals, including its long-term plans to sustain its programs:
Our goals for the future of AGES have not changed significantly from last year although new challenges always await.
     
     We were thrown a wrench in our cog last October when our full time trainer of eight years decided to follow a different path for awhile and she now is a vet tech at our equine vet's office! While she is still able to work one day a week here, the last six months without her barn management and training made for a very long and cold winter for my husband and me who both luckily retired at the same time!
     
     It's taken some getting used to, but we both enjoy getting back to the basics with our horses....feedings, filling water tanks and resolving all the small daily issues we haven't had to deal with for so long! Also in doing so, AGES has been able to save thousands of dollars we used to pay for her services...which we provide free! For the first year ever we have a really nice amount of funds in our savings and checking accounts!
     
     Our goal right now is to find volunteers to work/train our horses. We've had one here and there, but nothing steady. I have challenged myself and am rather proud to say that I have gotten back into working/riding and gaining my confidence to continue to do so! Whenever it gets dry and warm out...my plan is to do more myself to get our horses tuned up for adoption!
     
     One very challenging situation happened in October 2021 when we were called to take in a very injured Appy mare, who is completely blind and was being tormented by cows and other horses who were running her repeatedly into their barbed wire fencing. The owners, an Amish family, did not see any need for a vet and they had no place to move her to so we went and got her. She had an open chest gash at least 12" in diameter. While she recovered, I spent everyday with her. She became my "project"! She began to trust me and depend on me and once finally physically healed, I wondered how she would do bareback. To my surprise, she trusted me that much! It was quite amazing!! After a few weeks of time together in her paddock, I got on her and she took it all in stride! I had a woman who submitted an application for her upon seeing me riding her and she was adopted to a very loving home 2/21/21!
     
     So our goals in that regard, continue to be such. Locate the ones thrown away, neglected, abused or abandoned and do all we can to give them a new life of purpose and respect!
     
     Our former equine vet, Dr. Holly, took a new position at the University of Wisconsin vet school, but asked us to add her to our Board of Directors and we happily agreed! She had earlier, stopped charging for her time, as a donation to us. We are super grateful she is on our team and is now an integral part of our planning and decision making abilities! Adding her to our board was a complete win-win for her and us! She had always admired the work we did her over the years and wanted to be closer to it!
     
     In 2021 we were able to complete phase 1 of our rebuilt granary to become our Mane Office! We are waiting and hoping for Starlink to set us up with internet this summer so we can actually "move" into our new quarters!! We will also be adding propane heat to the office so it can be utilized this next winter!! We did hold our December 2021's Holiday party and Fundraiser in the Mane Office....albeit with jackets on! With a great turnout, the heaters and electric fireplace kept Santa and visitors enjoying hot soups, coffee and cocoa for the entire day! Everyone loved the quaint vintage space and were quite impressed with what we had done with an empty storage granary!!
     
     Although we always try to reduce our herd number through adoptions by autumn, it never fails that that's when most need to come in! We had a major full house all winter at 26! Again our veteran volunteers continued to come out almost every single day to clean shelters and paddocks and keep a visual of each horse daily for any needed meds or injuries etc! We are "over the moon" grateful to all of them!
     
     One of our goals this year is to replant our pastures! We are in the process now, of dragging and leveling them, as they dry, for replanting soon. It's been 13 years, so is way overdue!

Horse Rescue, Rehabilitation, Retraining & Re-homing:
Overview of our programs involved with rescue, rehabilitation, retraining, re-homing and/or retirement:
     We accept owner surrenders, neglect/cruelty seizures, and unwanted horses that we purchase. We work with horses providing medical/social/ rehab and training/retraining. Those that can be successfully rehomed are available to highly qualified adopters. Others stay with us for life.

Community Outreach and/or Public Education:
Overview of our programs involved with providing community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses:
     We provide tours for groups, particularly children (schools, 4-H, scouts) focusing on compassion and care for animals. We host monthly visitors' day so everyone can learn about about the work we do. We also invite other animal rescues to be exhibitors at our fund-raiser. We also offer volunteer opportunities to adults, families and special interest groups.
     
     In 2019 and 2021 (but not in 2020 due to covid) we offered a "kids camp" opportunity. Three sessions were offered, each 4 hours long. About 20 kids attended each one so 60 children learned about mucking, cleaning, basics of grooming, and had fun "painting" a horse. This is a great opportunity to get kids interested in the basics of horse care, especially for kids who live in our urban areas. This event is always sponsored so we can keep the cost of attendance very low and we're able to waive even that if necessary. We plan to do the "kids camp" again this year!

Research/Medical Use of Equines:
Our organization has never made, and would not ever consider making, equines available for research studies or medical training that involves invasive procedures and/or that which may cause pain or suffering to the equine. 

Religious Affiliation:
Our organization does not promote religious education or religious purposes or use donations for religious education or religious purposes; require participants to be of a certain faith; require participation in religious, instruction, activities or services; or require participation in prayer, worship, religious instruction or other religious activities as a condition of receiving social or secular services offered. 

Auction Donation:
Our organization has never allowed, or would not consider allowing, an equine to be sold, transferred, released, or otherwise placed into possession of any person or organization that would cause or allow the equine to be sold at auction for slaughter. 

Our Programs/Activities that are not equine-related and/or involving animals other than equines:
 We invite as many local animal rescue groups as are interested to attend and display for free at our annual open house/fund-raiser. They are welcome to do fund-raising activities, show animals for adoption or just to make people aware of their programs.

GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & FINANCIAL REPORTING

Staff & Volunteers:
Chief Staff Officer (CSO):  Erin Kelley-Groth
Employees/Independent Contractors:   Full-Time:  0  Part-Time:  1  Volunteers:  25
Staff Recruitment, Screening and Training processes including employees and independent contractors:
    Prospective staff/independent contractors complete a written application/agreement
    Staff and/or contractors are required to complete a Liability Release/Hold Harmless Agreement
    Staff and/or contractors are required to provide Emergency Medical Information
    Prospective staff/independent contractors are required to undergo a Background Check
    Staff and/or contractors provide parent/guardian information if applicable
    Staff and/or contractors are evaluated on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in their job description
    Staff and/or contractors are updated on all the organization's policies and procedures on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in policy or procedure
    Staff and/or contractors receive training that includes safety guidelines, confidentiality, equine handling, equine identification, and emergency procedures; additional training is job specific
    Staff and/or contractors have a supervisor and is responsible for keeping their supervisor up to date on work related activities
    One or more staff members or contractors are trained in equine first aid
Not Checked:
    Our organization has a practice in place to ensure that the organization has sufficient knowledge of the background of prospective staff and independent contractors that may impact the safety of your clients and your horses, such as whether prospective staff/independent contractors serving in the capacity as staff have been convicted of a sexual offense or convicted for animal cruelty or neglect. Such practices must comply with local, state, and federal mandates.
    Staff and/or contractors are required to sign a Photo Release
    Staff and/or contractors carry current health insurance
    Staff and/or contractors have a written job description
    The organization provides a handbook to every member of the staff, including employees and/or independent contractors serving in staff positions;
    The handbook includes information, such as hours of work, vacation, sick leave, dress code, cell phone usage, and the protocol for dismissal
    The handbook is reviewed annually and updated
    One or more staff members or contractors are trained in CPR and human first aid
    Staff and/or contractors are subject to Random Drug Screening

Volunteer Recruitment, Screening and Training processes:
    Every volunteer is required to complete a Liability Release/Hold Harmless Agreement
    Every volunteer is required to provide Emergency Medical Information
    Every volunteer provides parent/guardian information if applicable
    Every volunteer is evaluated on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in their job description
    Every volunteer is updated on all the organization's policies and procedures on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in policy or procedure
    Every volunteer receives training that includes safety guidelines, confidentiality, equine handling, equine identification, and emergency procedures; additional training is job specific
    The organization records and maintains written attendance information and hours on every volunteer
    The organization holds regular orientation sessions for volunteers and prospective volunteers that includes an overview of the organization, its mission, activities, volunteer responsibilities and expectations, safety guidelines, and a tour of the facility
Not Checked:
    Prospective volunteers complete a written application/agreement
    Our organization has a practice in place to ensure that the organization has sufficient knowledge of the background of prospective volunteers that may impact the safety of your clients and your horses, such as whether prospective volunteers have been convicted of a sexual offense or convicted for animal cruelty or neglect. Such practices must comply with local, state, and federal mandates.
    Every volunteer is required to sign a Photo Release
    Prospective volunteers are required to undergo a Background Check
    Every volunteer carries current health insurance
    Every volunteer has a written job description
    Every volunteer is assigned a supervisor (staff member and/or senior volunteer) and is responsible for keeping their supervisor up to date on work related activities
    The supervisor assesses the volunteer's abilities and assigns specific duties to the volunteer based on their skills
    The organization provides a Volunteer Handbook to every volunteer
    The Volunteer Handbook includes volunteer-related information, such as hours of work, dress code, cell phone usage, and the protocol for dismissal
    The Volunteer Handbook is reviewed annually and updated
    Every volunteer is subject to Random Drug Screening

Governing Body:
Board meetings per year:  4
Number of Board Members:  8  Number of Voting Board Members:  8

Board Compensation:
Is Board Chair compensated?  No  Is Treasurer compensated?  No
Are there any other Voting Board Members that are compensated?  Yes
If yes, provide the name, title and responsibility of each VOTING Board member who is compensated:
The founder/executive director and her husband (a board member) receive monthly rent for the use of their property by the organization. A board member receives a small stipend for being our volunteer coordinator.

Board/Staff Relationships:
Are any members of the Board, Staff or Program Participants related to each other through family or business relationships? Yes
If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board, Staff member and/or Program Participant.
The executive director of AGES, Erin Kelley-Groth, is married to John Groth, a board member.

Board Affiliations:
Are any Board members or Staff associated with and/or compensated by another organization with a relationship or business affiliation to your organization? Yes
If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member, and the name of the related organization.
The executive director of AGES, Erin Kelley-Groth and her husband John Groth own the property which is leased to the Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary. Another board member recently became an employee in the office of the veterinary practice long used by AGES.

Conflict of Interest:
Does your organization have a written conflict of interest policy that ensures that any compensated board member is a NON-VOTING (Independent) board member or that any compensated board member or any board member related to a compensated staff member, independent contractor, or any related board members, or any individual or organization that might benefit from a board decision, abstains from voting on issues impacting such compensation and requires officers, directors or trustees, and key employees to disclose at least annually in writing interests that could give rise to conflicts?  Yes


Compliance:
Below is a list all local, state and federal licenses held by the organization, and/or accreditations or compliances with the published standards of an accrediting organization, if applicable:  AGES is currently verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, effective December 2019, the first horse shelter in Wisconsin to earn this designation.

Organization documents available on our website:
    Equine Intake Guidelines
    Adoption/Foster Agreement

Organization documents available on request:
    Most recent IRS Form 990
    Equine Intake Guidelines
    Adoption/Foster Agreement

Additional explanation regarding governance, staffing and volunteer practices or further explanation of the answers above.
We do pay for certain contracted services (such as specialized horse training, and accounting).

Budget:  $100K to $500K
Equine Budget:   $50K to $100K
Month Fiscal Year Ends: 01
Type of Financial Reporting (Audit, Review, Compilation): Compilation
Type of IRS Filing (990, 990-EZ, 990-N): 990
Does the uploaded Pro Forma 990/990 represent 2021? No
View The IRS Form 990/Pro Forma 990

POLICIES: ACQUISITION


Our organization acquires horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Donation  
    Auction  
    Kill pen/Feedlot  
    Return  
    Surrender  
    Seizure  
    Abandonment  

Our organization does not acquire horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Lease  
    Purchase/Adoption from Owner  

Our organization will accept the following:
    Geldings
    Mares
    Pregnant Mares
    Foals
    Stallions
    Only Stallions to be castrated

Additional information about our acquisition policies and practices:
Stallions would be limited to colts under 3, to be gelded.


POLICIES: INTAKE, ASSESSMENT & TRAININING

Prior to a horse being accepted and/or arriving at the facility, the organization requires the following with respect to the health status of the horse:
    A current Coggins
    Vaccination records that have been administered within the last 12 months
    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, our veterinarian will administer appropriate vaccinations
Not Checked:
    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, the owner is responsible for having vaccinations administered.

Prior to a horse being accepted and/or arriving at the facility, the organization has the following policies in place:
    The owner completes an application/contract which constitutes the agreement between the owner and our organization
Not Checked:
    The owner of a potential equine is interviewed over the phone or in person prior to seeing the equine
    The equine is evaluated at its place of residence
    The owner is financially responsible for the shipping of the equine to and from the organization
    Equines are not taken on trial
    Equines are on trial for up to 30 days
    Equines are on trial up to 60 days
    Equines are on trial for 60 or more days
    The trial period may be reduced based on the equine's progress
    During the trial period, the organization accepts total financial responsibility for the care of the equine, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care
    During the trial period, the organization accepts financial responsibility for the care of the equine, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care, up to a fixed amount agreed upon by the organization and the owner
    During the trial period, the owner/donor is financially responsible for the care of the equine, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care
    The trial period may be terminated by either the organization or the owner for any reason

Following arrival of the equine at the facility, the following is performed:
    Physical examination by a veterinarian upon arrival and/or prior to quarantine departure
    Physical examination by trained barn staff
    Photographs are taken of each equine upon arrival at the facility and kept with the equine's health records
    A Henneke Body Conditioning Score or other body conditioning score is assigned
    Coggins test
    Fecal test
    Vaccinations
    De-worming
Not Checked:
    Physical examination by a farrier
    Physical examination by a dentist
    Blood work other than Coggins
    The equine is scanned to check for a microchip
    The equine is microchipped if the scan indicates that there is no microchip

Upon intake, the organization has the following quarantine policy in place:
    The equine is confined to a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine at the facility for a prescribed period of time
Not Checked:
    The equine is confined to a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine off-site for a prescribed period of time
    The equine is not quarantined

The typical length of quarantine is:   20 to 30 days

Horses are assessed for following skills and behaviors:
    Retrieval from a pasture/paddock
    Leading with a halter and lead rope
    Temperament, disposition and attitude, such as rated from very calm to very high spirited
    Saddling
    Bridling
    Lunging
    Loading onto and unloading off a trailer
    Mounting and dismounting
    Riding at the walk
    Riding at the trot
    Riding at the canter
    Riding by a beginner and/or unbalanced rider
    Jumping
    Tolerance to unusual objects and loud noises
    Known vices, i.e., cribbing, biting, kicking, weaving, stall walking, etc
    Grooming
    Bathing
    Clipping
    Tolerance to multiple handlers at the same time
Not Checked:
    Driving (Pulling a carriage)

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to the ongoing assessment of horses in its care:
    The Henneke Body Condition score or other body conditioning score is updated at least annually
    Equines at our facility may be treated by an equine chiropractor
    Equines at our facility may be treated by an equine acupuncturist
    Equines at our facility may be treated by an equine massage therapist
    Physical examination by a veterinarian at least annually
Not Checked:
    The Henneke Body Condition score or other body conditioning score is updated at least monthly
    Photographs are taken of each equine monthly and kept with the equine's health records
    Photographs are taken of each equine annually and kept with the equine's health records
    Equines at our facility may be treated by an equine nutritionist
    
    
Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to the weight-carrying or workload capabilities of horses/equines that are ridden in our care:
    Our organization evaluates at least annually and maintains a written record of the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine that is ridden
Not Checked:
    Our organization does not evaluate the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine that is ridden
    No equines are ridden; not applicable

The following variables are considered in determining the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine that is ridden:
    Equine age, weight, breed, body condition, fitness, balance, health and soundness
    Equine conformation to include the top line, length of back, strength and width of loin, bone density (measured by the circumference of the cannon bone just below the knee)
    Size, shape, condition and angle of the hooves
    Participant weight, height, body proportions, balance, fitness and riding skills as well as behavioral issues and safety concerns
    Weight and proper fit of the saddle and other equipment
    Terrain and footing in the working environment
    Duration and frequency of working sessions, as the frequency with which an equine is subjected to maximum weight carrying and/or workload
    Nature and pace of work, repetitive or varied, radius of turns, degree of incline and regularity of footing when equine is subject to maximum weight-carrying capacity
    Temperature and/or weather conditions
    Seasonal impact on the equines' workload and weight-carrying capabilities and limitations
Not Checked:
    Our organization does not evaluate the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine that is ridden
    No equines are ridden; not applicable


Horses provided formal training (groundwork or riding):   Weekly

Additional information about our intake, assessment & training policies and practices:
We quarantine depending on where the horse is coming from and what records are available. If we do quarantine, on-site or off, the length of time is typically 30 days.


POLICIES: BREEDING

The organization has the following policies related to breeding and stallions:
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, does NOT breed equines.
Not Checked:
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, breeds equines
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, are permitted to house stallions


POLICIES: EUTHANASIA

The organization has the following policies related to euthanasia:
    Our organization will never have an equine euthanized for space
    Our organization may have a healthy equine euthanized if it is a threat to itself, other equines, or people and euthanasia is recommended by a veterinarian
    Our organization may have an equine euthanized after all reasonable treatment options have been explored
    Euthanasia is done on site when possible to decrease trauma from transport
    Disposal of the carcass is handled within 24 hours
Not Checked:
    Our organization will never have a healthy equine euthanized under any circumstances
    Euthanasia is done at the veterinarian's facility

The following are authorized to administer the procedure for your organization in accordance with state laws:
    Veterinarian
Not Checked:
    A certified euthanasia technician
    Senior staff with appropriate training
    Employee of animal control shelter or humane society with appropriate training
    Veterinary student under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian
    Not applicable. Our organization prohibits euthanasia under any circumstances


POLICIES: RE-HOMING

View Re-homing Agreement
Our organization has the following re-homing (adoption/purchase) policies and procedures in place:
    All potential adopters/purchasers complete a written contract which constitutes the agreement between our organization and the new owner
    Potential adopters/purchasers must visit our organization and be observed with the equine on site
    The distance of a potential adopter/purchaser's home from our facility is a consideration for when re-homing an equine
    Our organization conducts a site visit of the adopter/purchaser's facility before the transfer of the equine to the adopter/purchaser's facility
Not Checked:
    Our organization does NOT re-home an equine to first time equine owners
    Our organization will only re-home an equine to a location where another equine resides
    Potential adopters/purchasers are encouraged to do a short-term, on-site foster with the equine
    Adopters/purchasers are NOT required to provide updates

The uploaded Re-homing agreement includes the following re-homing (adoption/purchase) statements:
    The agreement states that re-homed equines CANNOT be sold, adopted, transferred, auctioned, released, given away, or otherwise placed into the possession of another individual or organization under any circumstances.
    The agreement reflects that any individual or organization in possession of the equine as of the date of the agreement and any time thereafter is bound to not sell the equine at auction for slaughter or allow the equine to be sold, transferred, released, or otherwise placed into possession of any person or organization that will cause or allow the equine to be sold at auction for slaughter.
    The agreement states that re-homed equines cannot be bred
    The agreement states that if there is any breach of contract the equine must be returned to our organization
    The agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make scheduled visits
    The agreement states that adopters/purchasers can return an equine to our organization free of charge
    The agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for three or more years
Not Checked:
    The agreement states that should the adopter decide to re-home the equine, our organization must be notified of the name, address, and telephone number of any individual or organization intending to take possession of the equine for any reason prior to the equine being placed into the possession of such individual or organization.
    The agreement states that should the adopter decide to re-home the equine, our organization must grant approval of any individual or organization intending to take possession of the equine for any reason prior to the equine being placed into the possession of such individual or organization, including being provided written notification of the name, address, and telephone number of any individual or organization intending to take possession of the equine for any reason.
    The agreement states that the terms of our organization's agreement will be binding on any future individual or organization taking and/or in possession of the equine for any reason.
    The agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make unannounced visits
    The agreement states that adopters/purchasers can return an equine to our organization for a fee
    The agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for one year
    The agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for two years
    None of the statements are included.
    The organization does not re-home equines under any circumstances; our organization retains custody of our equines and ensures care of the equines for their lifetimes.
    Our organization does not have the authority to transfer ownership and/or does not own any of the equines involved with our programs.

Our organization requires references from the following:
    Veterinarian
    Farrier
    Personal/Other
Not Checked:
    Not applicable or no references required.

Transfer of ownership occurs:   After three or more years

The average equine re-homing (adoption/purchase) fee received by your organization:
$501 to $750

Our organization has the following policies and procedures related to horses that need to be retired, are no longer useful, or are no longer manageable:
    Equines may remain at our organization for their lifetimes
    Equines may be found suitable homes by our organization
    In the case an equine is unmanageable and demonstrates repeated dangerous behaviors, the equine may be euthanized
    In the case an equine is unsound and/or unhealthy and cannot be treated to relieve suffering, the equine may be euthanized
Not Checked:
    Equines may be returned to their owners
    Equines may be sent to auction
    If a suitable home cannot be located within 12 months, the equine may be euthanized
    If a suitable home cannot be located, and space is not available for the equine to remain at the organization, the organization will secure a suitable home for the equine and accept financial responsibility for the lifetime of the equine

Additional information about our rehoming policies and practices:
Amazing Grace retains ownership for a period of five years.

EQUINE CARE & SHELTER/FACILITY INFORMATION

Total facilities at which our organization cares for and shelters horses used in our programs: 2
Our organization uses satellite, overflow, foster, and/or outreach facilities which adhere to all the policies, procedures and practices of our organization

Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary: *Main
Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS): Foster


MANAGEMENT: Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary: *Main

Does your organization own, lease or use a part of this facility? Lease

Provide the contact information for the individual or organization responsible for investigating abuse in the county where the facility is located, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department Law Enforcement Bldg., 525 N 6th Street, Sheboygan, WI 53081, 920-459-3111, no e-mail available

VETERINARIAN INFORMATION: Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary: *Main
Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary: Vet Assessment conducted on 2022-04-14

Veterinarian: David Baemmert
Clinic Name: Kiel Veterinary Clinic
575 Belitz Dr.
Kiel   WI   53042
Phone: 920-894-3414


GROUNDS: Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary: *Main
Total number of horses involved with your programs at this facility: 24
Total number of horses at this facility INCLUDING those not involved with your programs: 24
Maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 25
Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 15
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 2  Run-in sheds: 7
Pastures: 2  Paddocks/Pens: 9
Uncovered Outdoor Rings: 1  Covered Outdoor Rings: 0  Indoor Rings: 1












Regarding structures at this facility where horses are stalled:
Do horses have assigned stalls in the structure(s)?    No    
Do all stalls/enclosures allow horses to lie down, stand up and turn around?    Yes    
Is there adequate ceiling & beam height (a minimum of 12 inches above the tip of the horse's ear) when standing in all stalls/enclosures?    Yes    
How often are the stalls/enclosures cleaned? 4-5 Days a Week
Are floors constructed and maintained for both good drainage and traction?    Yes    
Is there a ventilation and circulation system in place to control temperature and prevent buildup of toxic gases?    Yes    
Is wiring inaccessible to horses and maintained for safety?    Yes    
Are fire prevention/protection measures (fire alarms, extinguishers and sprinkler systems) maintained and in good working order?     Yes    
Is there adequate lighting to ensure safety in all areas of facility?     Yes    
Are emergency contacts, including veterinarian contact information, conspicuously posted in easily accessible locations?    Yes    
Are human and equine first aid kits easily accessible?     Yes    

How many hours per day, on average, are horses stalled? 0-3;
How many hours per day, on average, are horses turned out:
    Equines are out 24/7 except they are brought in if there is inclement weather
    Equines are out 24/7 except when they are being trained

The following describes the pastures at this facility:
    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for pasture management
    All pastures are fenced to prevent escape or injury
    Fencing checks, such as broken or missing planks, loose fence posts, exposed or loose nails, detached wires, etc., are done regularly
    Pastures are rotated
    Pastures have man-made protection for equines (i.e., shelters)
Not Checked:
    This facility does not have pastures where equines can graze on pasture grass
    This facility has a written plan in place for pasture management, which includes guidelines for seeding, fertilizing, irrigation, mowing, dragging, harrowing, manure removal, removal of debris, the control of poisonous plants, and a schedule for cleaning
    Barbed wire is used for fencing
    Electric fencing is used; electric wires or tape fence are visibly marked
    Pastures have natural protection for equines (i.e., trees)

The following describes the turnout areas other than pastures at this facility:
    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for the maintenance of turnout areas
    All turnout areas are fenced to prevent escape or injury
    Turnout areas have man-made protection for equines (i.e., shelters)
    Fencing checks, such as broken or missing planks, loose fence posts, exposed or loose nails, detached wires, etc., are done regularly
Not Checked:
    This facility does not have turnout areas
    This facility has a written plan in place for the maintenance of turnout areas, which includes a schedule for cleaning, manure removal, and dragging
    Barbed wire is used for fencing
    Electric fencing is used; electric wires or tape fence are visibly marked

The following policies and procedures are in place at the facility to restrict public access and to keep horses safe:
    The property owner, staff member or caretaker lives on the premises and ensures that public access is restricted and is responsible for the security of the facility and equines
    No Trespassing signs are posted
    Hold Harmless signs are posted
    Authorized Personnel Only signs are posted
    Visitors are only permitted at specific times
    Visitors are only permitted in specific areas
    The property is fitted with a security system that is monitored internally by staff (or the property owner)
Not Checked:
    A security guard is present at night
    Equines are checked overnight
    By Appointment Only signs are posted.
    Entrance gates are locked at night
    Visitors are always accompanied by staff (or volunteers)
    The property is fitted with motion lights
    The property is fitted with a security system monitored by police or a professional service
    The perimeter of the property is fully fenced


EQUINE CARE: Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary: *Main
Horse Health Care/Barn Management Records: What system is used to collect and store health/horse care records?
    Onsite computer with onsite backup storage system
    Our organization utilizes a software application to maintain records

The following items are consistent with our feed management plan and practices:
    Equines are provided with individualized feeding plans, including supplements, according to age and any health issues
    Feed plans are determined in consultation with a veterinarian
    Supplement plans are determined in consultation with a veterinarian
    Equines are fed in groups
    Staff and volunteers are trained in proper feed measurements and protocols and observed periodically to ensure they are feeding correctly
    The feed chart is centrally located and updated as needed
    The area(s) where hay, feed, grain, and supplements are stored are kept clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals in rodent-proof and mold-proof containers and grain bins
    Feed, supplements and hay types are clearly labeled
    Water sources, i.e., buckets, troughs, automatic waterers, etc. are kept clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals
Not Checked:
    Equines are fed in individual stalls
    Medications are kept in a locked, climate-controlled area

Do horses have access to clean drinking water at all times?     Yes    

Hoof Care: How often is hoof care provided for each horse? Every 4-8 weeks and when an issue arises

Dental Care: How often is dental care provided for each horse? Annually and when an issue arises

Horse checks: How often are horses visually and physically checked by personnel at the facility? Every day or 6 days a week

Parasite Control: Our organization has the following worming protocols in place: (Check all that apply
    Fecal testing is performed prior to the use of a de-wormer.
Not Checked:
    The protocol for each equine is determined in consultation with a veterinarian
    A de-wormer is used without fecal testing

Fly/Insect Control: What remedies are used to control flies and insects?
    Premise Sprays/Insecticides
    Fly Spray Repellent
    Fly Masks
    Fans

The following represent the biosecurity practices in place at facility:
    Our organization follows the AAEP's Biosecurity Guidelines, the UC Davis Biosecurity Guidelines, and/or the biosecurity guidelines of our veterinarian
    The organization has a written biosecurity plan
    All staff are trained in best practices related to biosecurity
    All volunteers are trained in best practices related to biosecurity
    A specific individual is assigned to care for sick, affected and/or quarantined equines
    Sick, affected and/or quarantined equines are cared for last if the caretaker must also care for healthy equines
    Sick, affected and/or quarantined equines do not have contact with other equines or other animals
    Restricted access signs are posted at primary points of access to sick, affected and/or quarantined equines
    Hand sanitizers and footbaths are available at all primary points of access to sick, affected and/or quarantined equines
    Manure and bedding from sick, affected and/or quarantined equines is disposed of in specific areas designated for infectious materials - not put in open air piles, and not spread on pastures
    Stalls, aisle ways, and common areas are disinfected after conclusion of the quarantine
    Trailers/vans used by sick, affected and/or quarantined equines are cleaned and disinfected after each use and cleaning takes place away from where equines are sheltered
    Equipment used by sick, affected and/or quarantined equines is not shared and is clearly labeled
    Shared equipment used by sick, affected and/or quarantined equines is cleaned of organic debris and disinfected after each use
    Latex gloves are worn when working with sick, affected and/or quarantined equines
    Personnel are required to leave the facility (or shower and change clothing) after working with quarantined equines
Not Checked:
    Equines are not quarantined on arrival.

The following represent the manure removal practices in place at facility:
    Manure is piled in an area where equines are not located
    Manure is hauled, sold or given away
    Our organization adheres to the manure management guidelines set by state and/or local authorities
Not Checked:
    Manure is stored in dumpster(s)
    Manure piles are covered
    Manure piles are composted or spread on pastures

The following steps are taken to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property:
    A notebook or binder with photos and information on each equine is easily accessible
    Equine photos and profiles are available on the website
    Team leaders work with new staff/volunteers until they are able to identify the equines
Not Checked:
    Equines are assigned the same stall/location each day
    Name plates are located on the stall
    Photos are located on the stall
    Equines wear halters with nametags
    A map/diagram is posted showing the location of each equine with equine names and photos
    Staff and volunteers are provided with an information packet with equine profiles, including photos and detailed descriptions
    Staff/volunteers are provided training on conformation, markings, colors, and breeds

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to tack, apparel and equipment:
    Saddles are shared
    Saddle pads are shared
    Bridles are shared
    Bits are shared
    Blankets are shared
    Blankets, sheets and turn out apparel are fitted and utilized for each equine appropriate to the equine's needs and the weather conditions
    Blankets, sheets and turn out apparel are cleaned regularly as needed
     Halters are shared
    Tack is cleaned only when needed
    Tack is inspected for overall working condition before each use by trained personnel
    Tack is assessed for fit before each use by trained personnel
    Tack is assessed for fit by trained personnel when an equine's body condition changes
    Assigned tack is clearly labeled
    Helmets are shared
    Helmets are replaced after a fall
    Helmets are replaced at least every five years.
Not Checked:
     All equines have specifically assigned tack, apparel and equipment that is not shared
    Sheets are shared
    Turnout apparel is shared
    Tack is cleaned after each use
    Tack is cleaned weekly
    Tack is assessed for fit by trained personnel when an equine's disposition changes
    This facility enlists the services of a professional saddle fitter at least once a year
    Tack is stored in a climate-controlled location
    Helmets are cleaned/disinfected after each use
    No equines are ridden; not applicable.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary: *Main
The following plans, policies, and procedures are in place at the facility to handle emergencies and address weather related issues, fire safety procedures, and/or any additional hazardous scenarios the facility could potentially experience:
    Emergency procedures are posted prominently
    Emergency phone numbers are posted prominently
    The facility owns or has access to a generator
    The facility maintains at least two weeks of hay, feed, shavings and medications
    The facility maintains appropriate liability and/or workers' compensation insurance
    All staff/volunteers are briefed regularly on emergency preparedness/safety procedures
    The organization has a written emergency preparedness/safety plan (EPP)
Not Checked:
    The facility collects and maintains medical information from staff, volunteers, and clients

The written EPP addresses the following areas:
    Local fire department and/or the state's emergency planning department procedures
    Medical emergencies for clients, staff, and volunteers
    Medical emergencies for equines
Not Checked:
    Evacuation plans
    Power outages
    Fire
    Natural Disasters - thunderstorm, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, etc
    Terrorist attacks
    Protocols to notify emergency personnel
    Building/facility exit plans


The facility follows the specific procedures to help PREVENT emergency situations:
    Smoking is strictly prohibited
    NO SMOKING signs are posted prominently
    Hay is stored away from permanent or temporary structures where equines are stalled
    Permanent or temporary structures where equines are stalled are kept free of dust, cobwebs, trash, cleaning rags, and other flammable items
    Aisles and doorways are kept clear
    Heaters with automatic shutoff settings are used
Not Checked:

How often are the following checked or performed?
Fire Extinguishers are checked: Annually
Smoke detectors are checked: Not at all/NA
Electrical Systems are checked: Daily
Fence lines are checked: Daily
Turnout Areas are checked: Daily
Sprinkler systems are checked: Not at all/NA
Fire drills are conducted: Not at all/NA
Review of safety protocols with staff are conducted: Annually
Review of safety protocols with volunteers are conducted: Annually
The Emergency Preparedness Plan is reviewed and updated: Annually

Equine Transportation
Owned onsite: 1 3-horse van/trailer with truck
Access onsite but not owned: 1 3-horse van/trailer with truck
Access offsite: 1 2-horse van/trailer with truck



MANAGEMENT: Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS): Foster

Does your organization own, lease or use a part of this facility? Use

Provide the contact information for the individual or organization responsible for investigating abuse in the county where the facility is located, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     The Division of Environmental Health of Waukesha County Humane Officer humaneofficer@waukeshacounty.gov 262-896-8300

VETERINARIAN INFORMATION: Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS): Foster
Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS): Vet Assessment conducted on 2022-04-07

Veterinarian: Shannon Roska
Clinic Name: Johnson Equine Veterinary Service
517 Madison Ave.
Sullivan   WI   53178
Phone: 414-704-3460


GROUNDS: Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS): Foster
This section is not required for this facility because this facility adheres to all the policies, procedures and practices of our organization.

EQUINE CARE: Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS): Foster
This section is not required for this facility because this facility adheres to all the policies, procedures and practices of our organization.

EMERGENCY PREPARENDESS: Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS): Foster
This section is not required for this foster facility because this facility adheres to all the policies, procedures and practices of our organization.

EQUINE CENSUS SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 2
Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary: 2021 - Yes
Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS): 2021 - Yes

17 Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2021
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2021
0 Donated
0 Lease
0 Purchase from Owner
0 Auction
4 Kill Pen/Feedlot
4 Surrendered
3 Seized
0 Abandoned
7 Returned
0 Transfer
0 Born at facility
0 Adoption from Rescue
18 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2021
11 Horses adopted/sold:
0 Horses transferred/returned
0 Horses deceased
2 Horses euthanized
13 Total departures
22 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2021
13 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
9 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: 17 on 1/1/2021+ 18 Intakes - 13 Departures = 22 on 12/31/2021

Total days that equines were in the care of Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary, Inc during 2021: 7844


     Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary (*Main) Status: 2021 only
2021 Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary Equine Census
17 Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2021
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2021
0 Donated
0 Lease
0 Purchase from Owner
0 Auction
4 Kill Pen/Feedlot
4 Surrendered
3 Seized
0 Abandoned
5 Returned
0 Transfer
0 Born at facility
0 Adoption from rescue
16 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2021
11 Horses adopted/sold:
0 Horses transferred/returned
0 Horses deceased
2 Horses euthanized
13 Total departures
20 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2021
11 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
9 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: 17 on 1/1/2021+ 16 Intakes - 13 Departures = 20 on 12/31/2021


16 Horse Intake Detail during 2021 0
0 Donated 0
0 Leased 0
0 Purchased from Owner 0
0 Auction 0
4 Kill Pen/Feedlot 0
4Standardbred4 Aged 15-20  2 Geldings  2 Mares
4 Surrendered 0
1American Saddlebred1 Aged Over 20  1 Mares
1Morgan1 Aged 15-20  1 Mares
1Quarter Horse1 Aged 10-14  1 Mares
1Tennessee Walking Horse1 Aged Over 20  1 Geldings
3 Seized 0
1Appaloosa1 Aged 10-14  1 Mares
1Morgan1 Aged Over 20  1 Mares
1Quarter Horse1 Aged Over 20  1 Geldings
0 Abandoned 0
5 Returned 0
1Arabian1 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings
1Quarter Horse1 Aged 15-20  1 Mares
2Standardbred2 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings  1 Mares
1Thoroughbred1 Aged 10-14  1 Mares
0 Transferred 0
0 Born at facility 0
0 Adoption from rescue 0

11 Re-homing Detail Horses adopted/sold by breed, age & gender during 2021:  
1Arabian1 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings
7Standardbred7 Aged 15-20  3 Geldings  4 Mares
1Tennessee Walking Horse1 Aged Over 20  1 Geldings
2Thoroughbred1 Aged 6-9  1 Geldings1 Aged 10-14  1 Mares


     Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) (Foster) Status: 2021 only
2021 Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) Equine Census
0 Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2021
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2021
0 Donated
0 Lease
0 Purchase from Owner
0 Auction
0 Kill Pen/Feedlot
0 Surrendered
0 Seized
0 Abandoned
2 Returned
0 Transfer
0 Born at facility
0 Adoption from rescue
2 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2021
0 Horses adopted/sold:
0 Horses transferred/returned
0 Horses deceased
0 Horses euthanized
0 Total departures
2 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2021
2 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
0 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: 0 on 1/1/2021+ 2 Intakes - 0 Departures = 2 on 12/31/2021


2 Horse Intake Detail during 2021 0
0 Donated 0
0 Leased 0
0 Purchased from Owner 0
0 Auction 0
0 Kill Pen/Feedlot 0
0 Surrendered 0
0 Seized 0
0 Abandoned 0
2 Returned 0
1Standardbred1 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings
1Warm Blood1 Aged 15-20  1 Geldings
0 Transferred 0
0 Born at facility 0
0 Adoption from rescue 0



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