In fact, many people do not even realize horse theft still exists, but it does. And, like many victims across the nation, Nate turned to Stolen Horse International, aka netposse.com for help.
A year after Chief was stolen, NetPosse became immersed in another devastating case of horse theft, when five rodeo horses were stolen from the stables at Southern Arkansas University. One of the victims, Ty Lester, spoke to Angela Kirby, NetPosse Executive Coordinator, and stated he had been at the Chuck Wagon Races a year earlier when Chief had disappeared. He, too, never thought it would happen to him. Yet, it did. How many other horse owners think it cannot happen to them?
How do we keep helping the many victims like Nate, Ty and the other college students? We do so with a little help from our friends. And, friend, more than ever we need you now.
With your help, NetPosse can continue its services to horse owners and to do even more to assist victims. In one week, two horses were recovered as a direct result of the work done by NetPosse and its extensive volunteer network. Within hours of a NetPosse.com alert being issued, Drover in Wyoming, presumed stolen, suddenly reappeared after he’d been gone for two days. Mia, another horse that disappeared at the hands of a trainer in 2009, was recovered six months after being listed on NetPosse.com this past May.
While Chief has yet to be found, four of the five stolen Arkansas Rodeo horses have been recovered. NetPosse and its volunteers will continue to search for Chief and the final missing rodeo horse, Credit Card. But this is where you can do your part. With the help of a great web developer and several volunteer testers, NetPosse was able to launch a new Web site this year! The filing process is now much quicker and more automated, but even better, we have a new online auction form for donations.
It is time for our annual fundraising auction, and we need items to auction! We need help from friends of NetPosse! This is our biggest fundraiser and it sets the pace for the work that we do for the year 2012.
You already know that Stolen Horse International, aka netposse.com , a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, brings forth educational programs like no other organization in the horse industry. You already know that our victim’s service programs have helped change the lives of missing horse victims around the world. We may be small but the need for our services grows more and more each year.
I am asking all of the people who are reading this to find it in their hearts to donate a product, a gift certificate or a service to this year’s auction. We seriously need your help. For more information about this event, auctions or to access an auction donation form, visit online at: http://netposse.com/article.asp?id=94. Or, if you already know you want to donate go directly to our online auction form here: http://netposse.com/article.asp?id=69 (if you do not have a NetPosse account, you will be asked to register first)
This is an excellent opportunity for you to not only help us to continue to help our victims but also a way to introduce your business to a new audience. Last year we raised over $6,500, sent out over 15,000 e-mail notices through our newsletter and Internet networks and the auction was viewed by thousands! This year, the number of exposures to your product/business may even be higher, as we are adding our social networks to our auction promotions, as well!
We need all kinds of equine-related gifts, artwork, leatherwork photographs, horse products, (we really need a saddle) books and DVDs. Our wish is great but a few examples follow: TRAINERS: clothing, DVD’s, tack/equipment, clinic tickets or participation slots. ARTIST: Paintings, sculptures, pottery JEWELERS: Any type of jewelry MISC: Any type of tack or equipment. We will take just about anything!
Already we have been getting e-mails from past bidders asking when our auction will begin. Our first auction items will go up on the auction block this coming week of Thanksgiving with the auction ending around the first of December. The auction is held online using eBay’s nonprofit Misson Fish program.
Help us to make a difference in the lives of countless victims each year. I hope I can count on you to send the most generous gift you can, as soon as possible. If you have any questions please feel free to give me a call at (704) 484-2165 or my cell at (704) 472-4314.
Again, I deeply appreciate your support. Please e-mail me at [email protected] right away, and I will get back with you immediately with more details.
With high hopes,
Debi Metcalfe – President
Stolen Horse International, Inc.