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





9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

501 Lakeville Street, Petaluma, CA. (Next door to Maselli and Sons Hardware Store)

Thanks to the overwhelming and generous support of the horse community, our tack and supply room is full!
Come by to get the very best prices on truck loads of inventory- everthing must go because we will no longer be running the tack donation program after June 1. 

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Available for Adoption

Ethel (#Cloverdale12)

UPDATE: April 2019:  Just 12 years old, Ethel is sweet and built like a brick house. She’s also a good girl when being tied, groomed and having her feet cleaned. She’s a good solid citizen, willing and curious. Some of this barn life doesn’t seem so unfamiliar, although it is unknown if Ethel has...

Wally (#Cloverdale12)

UPDATE May 2019: Go Wally Go!  Wally is excelling in training! Thanks to special donations made to CHANGE, Wally is going to spend 30 to 60 days at a trainer to assess his riding ability.  We have great hopes for him and expect that he will be a star at the trainer's. Wally is a calm, quiet and...

Katie (#Cloverdale12)

UPDATE April 2019:   Katie is working on ground training and the lunge line and learning well!  The foster home reports that she is going to make someone a very lovely horse.   Katie is a darling bay pinto, about 12 years old. She is a feisty but fun little mare who is full of energy and loves...