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Hooved Animal Humane Society


The Hooved Animal Humane Society (HAHS) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1971 by six concerned and committed citizens. It is HAHS’ mission 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 recovering from severe neglect and abuse and adopt them out to loving homes.

HAHS was the first humane society established in the United States 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 the passage of “The Humane Care for Animals Act.” Through the Illinois Department of Agriculture, this Act gives HAHS the legal authority to investigate claims of abuse and neglect and intervene when owners do not comply with a notice to remedy a situation. The Illinois Humane Care for Animals Act is recognized as the legislative model for other states when drafting similar laws.

Since our organization was founded over 50 years ago, we have received thousands of calls requesting investigations of facilities housing horses in dire need of help. With the assistance and expertise of volunteer state-licensed investigators, we can respond to calls within a short period of time.

Our farm is in Woodstock, Illinois, on 35 acres with five barns, including a rehabilitation barn, and an education center, which also houses our office. HAHS receives no federal or state support. We are totally dependent upon contributions from fundraising, memberships, donations, grants, and endowment gifts.

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