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The EPN in partnership with Stolen Horse International, SHI, distributes through the EPN online announcement only newsletter stolen horse alerts known as "Idaho Alerts" named after SHI's founder Debi and Harold Metcalfe's beloved horse Idaho, who was stolen in 1997. The Metcalfe's utilized the power of the Internet & the volunteer effort of thousands of people from around the world who helped the Metcalfe's in their desperate search for Idaho. Their efforts paid off almost a year to the day of Idaho's theft when a flyer posted in a convenience store led to the discovery of their beloved Idaho in another state. SHI was born out of the Metcalfe's desire to help other horse owners who were also the victims of horse theft.
Today SHI is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that boasts a recovery rate of 51% for stolen horses that have been reported stolen to SHI within one day of being stolen.
SHI also accepts reports of Missing Horses, Stolen Horse Trailer, Stolen Tack & Missing Owners (Found Horse)
Please join the EPN & SHI in helping to bring stolen horses home to their rightful owners!
The Idaho Alert System is the horse world's equivalent to the Amber Alert System for missing children. The Stolen Horse International form below must be filled out and submitted to SHI for an Idaho Alert to be issued.
What do I do when I receive an Idaho Alert?
Please answer all information as fully and accurately as possible.
Can be found at SHI's website.
Idaho Alert Action!
- When you receive an Idaho Alert pass the Alert on to as many of your friends, family & co-workers as you can.
- Print out the Idaho Alert flyer & post it anywhere people may see it. SHI flyers posted in convenience stores, beauty salons, grocery stores & horse auctions have led to the recovery of stolen horses, often several states away from the original theft.
- Contact your state's equine council, state and national horse organizations & ask them to join the Idaho Alert System.
- Make sure to visit SHI's website to view more flyers of stolen horses.
Tips for Owners of Stolen Horses
- Keep a record of every expense incurred in the search & recovery of your horse, you will need it later to recover damages.
- Keep a record of every agency and individual you contact, or who contacts you. Name, address, phone, fax, or e-mail, and the date.
- Keep a stack of flyers in the car with you. The flyer that found Idaho was put up in a convenience store when her owners were on a pleasure trip and took a wrong turn...
Important to Remember!
- Photographs of the horse are a must. Preferably a head shot, and views from the front, rear & both sides. Remember, that without pictures the description could match a thousand horses.
- E-mail contact. (If possible create an e-mail account especially for this purpose using the stolen horse's name, the name becomes known & easy for people to remember.) Example-IdahoNC@aol.com.The email account identifies the horse by name & the state where the theft occured.
- Contact the Media & remember the media wants answers to the following questions;
Who, What, When, Where, & How.
- Keep the webmasters of websites that have listed your stolen horse apprised of the search for Your stolen horse.
- These people graciously volunteer their time, energy, and webspace as a free service to help You, the owner of a stolen horse(s).
- It is not their paid job. Nor is it their responsibility. They volunteer their time and resources. Please show them the courtesy of keeping them updated.
- If you are not willing, or unable to do this, then hire a private investigator to help you locate your horse. As Debi Metcalfe, the owner of Idaho will attest to, recovering your horse involves dedication & a lot of hard work.
What if it was YOUR horse...
Wouldn't you want somebody to print & post a flyer?
Will your local sale barn, tack shop, feed store post flyers of stolen horses?
If not, why not?
Horses and people travel....