The CHANGE Program

The CHANGE Program was formed in 2007 to support local law enforcement in managing equine humane cases including neglect, abuse and abandonment.

CHANGE is a state and federally accredited non-profit organization. It is not a county agency and is supported entirely by private donations.

24/7 Emergency Support

CHANGE provides 24/7 emergency transportation and foster care to horses in the custody of local law enforcement.

All horses in the program receive complete veterinary care, hoof care, specialized nutritional support, and their own set of care supplies.

Once rehabilitated, horses are then adopted by permanent loving families.

Education and Outreach

CHANGE also serves the community through education and outreach events such as law enforcement training seminars on equine-related subjects and low-cost castration clinics for the public.

CHANGE also has served as a subsidiary in several courtroom cases by providing expert witness testimony.

Some of the cases set legal precedent and garnered national media attention.

CHANGE is pleased to announce an educational  video mini- series in English and Spanish covering basic horse care, per California law requirements. Check us out on Youtube or click the links below!

Vet Care / English       Vet Care / Spanish 

Shelter / English           Shelter / Spanish 

Water/ English              Water / Spanish

Food / English               Food / Spanish

A summary of our video series "Good horse care is the law" is provided in our new brochures in both English and Spanish. Good Horse Care is the Law (PDF)

Vision Statement

To improve the acceptable standard of care for horses by being an agency of social change.

Mission Statement

To support local law enforcement as a subsidiary in equine cases through humane education, logistical and financial avenues.

Core Values

  • Transparency
  • Accountability
  • Professionalism
  • Support of law enforcement
  • Education
  • Advocacy for horses
  • Ethical leadership
  • Service to the community through a novel approach


  • To be a transformative agency; to reach beyond business as usual
  • To be a sustainable and secure organization


Available for Adoption

Ethel (#Cloverdale12)

UPDATE: July 2019:  Ethel got a bath as well as a mane and tail deep scrub! She's starting to relax with the hose and enjoy the pampering. Ethel is working regularly in the round pen and on the lunge line. Her foster mom is focused on giving Ethel the basic life skills she needs to be a solid...

Wally (#Cloverdale12)

UPDATE June 2019: Thanks to special donations made to CHANGE, Wally has spent the past 90 days at a trainer's barn, learning groundwork and being started under saddle. Wally is sweet and eager to learn, but a sensitive fella. Wally spent his formative years as a young stallion confined to a small...

Katie (#Cloverdale12)

UPDATE June 2019:   Katie is off at boot camp at a trainer in Modesto. She is working in the round pen and is learning about having tack put on. We hope to see her under saddle in the next 30 days!  The foster home reports that she is going to make someone a very lovely horse.   Katie is a darling...