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 made possible by generous community donations to the CHANGE Tack and Supply Donation Program.

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


Additional Resources for horse owners:


CHANGE Tack Sale

Saturday May 19, 2018
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dealers and resellers welcome after 11 a.m.
501 Lakeville, Petaluma
A semi-annual fundraiser benefitting neglected and abused horses in Sonoma County, including the 12 horses recently seized from a Cloverdale property.

Cutting Horse Saddles and Tack - Silent Auction to Benefit CHANGE

Saddles & Tack FundraiserSunday June 24, 2018
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Beverages and refreshments served.
Circle Oak Equine: 909 Mustang Court, Petaluma, CA

Ron Malone, 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Champion, is donating his extensive collection of cutting horse tack. See flyer for details.

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Available for Adoption

Lakota (#Cloverdale12)

12 years old Registered Buckskin and White Paint Mare Lakota is a gorgeous 12 yo registered buckskin and white Paint mare. Lakota loaded up easily, but then struggled to figure out how to back out at her foster home, proving she hasn’t had a lot of life experience. But, after only a few days in her...

Shirley (#Cloverdale12)

25 years old Bay QH Mare Shirley is the grandma of the group. At about 25, this bay Quarter Horse mare is still full of life. She has the best manners, and a photo from her past that has surface shows her being ridden by a pile of tiny children. Given her age, she’s looking for a nice, retired life...


For Adoption: Daphne 5 y.o. Welsh Pony Mare Daphne is an adorable Welsh pony mare who had a rough start in life. She grew up without handling or care; this included complete neglect of her feet. Once in the CHANGE program, Daphne received all the care she needed, and she impressed everyone with her...