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

Katie (#Cloverdale12)

12 years old Bay Pinto Mare Katie is a darling bay pinto, about 12 years old. We strongly suspect she was born on the property and she has struggled a little bit with the change in geography, relying heavily on the guidance of Shirley in her foster home to feel settled. She’s terribly sweet and...

Amber (#Cloverdale12)

16 years old Chestnut QH Mare with Blaze Amber is a super flashy chestnut Quarter Horse, about 16 years old, and she too has had a hard time with her skin. But when she heals up? She is going to be a true beauty. She’s taken on all of her care like a pro, and she still has a Caslick, testament to a...

Annie (#Cloverdale12)

12 year old Chestnut QH Mare Annie is a small chestnut quarter type mare, 12 years old, with a lot of personality and a lot of heart. She is trots right up to the gate to meet visitors and is curious albeit still a bit unsure about her new world. When encountering questions she doesn’t know the...