HARPS has a longstanding reputation of being the resource for horse and farm animal rescue. On a daily basis, HARPS receives calls from concerned citizens about possible cases of neglect and starvation. Each call is screened, and if warranted, state certified investigators are sent to the location of the animal(s) in jeopardy. HARPS works closely with animal control, law enforcement, and the Illinois Department of Agriculture to secure justice for abused animals.
HARPS works with animal control, law enforcement and the Illinois Department of Agriculture in securing justice for abused victims.
The Hooved Animal Rescue & Protection Society, (HARPS) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that was founded in 2001 by Donna Ewing, one of the nation's best-known and respected rescuers of abused and neglected horses and other hooved animals.
Donna Ewing, HARPS Fouinder, and HARPS National Chair and Award winning Actress Loretta Swit with Jasmine
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Donna has over forty five years of experience in rescuing hundreds of horses and contributing to the rehabilitation of thousands more. In Illinois, Donna played a key role in the passage of the 1973 "Humane Care For Animals Act" legislation (which was over 150 years old) along with State veterinarian Dr. David Bromwell. They worked diligently with attorneys and state legislators in getting the laws changed so that Illinois then represented the first state in the country to have the best laws governing the protection of hooved animals. Donna also worked with legislators on the recent changes that are part of Senate Bill 629, signed into law in August of 2001.
As in the past, Donna Ewing and her staff work in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Agriculture, as well as a multitude of volunteer investigators, in rescue and protection efforts across the nation. If you have any questions please contact our office 847-382-0503.
Our rescue facility is a safe haven for abused and starving horses where they receive 24-hour care during their initial rehabilitation process. Once restored to health, the horses go through a basic training program and then become available for adoption to responsible owners.
Educating the general public including current and future generations on the proper care of horses preventing the mistreatment before it begins and allows cultivation of protectors who otherwise may have been abusers.