Tulsa Police Horse Adoption Aided by Community

Using community resources, the Tulsa, Okla., Police Department successfully placed eight laid off police horses with five non-profit organizations. The horses will continue to work in therapeutic programs.

Due to dropping revenues and a struggling economy, Tulsa announced it would be laying off 37 employees, including 21 police officers and their eight mounts, Tulsa World reported. The horses, Roscoe, Jack, Ned, Otis, Amigo, Bob, Willie, and Buddy faced a grim future until the entire community provided a solution.

Laid off police horse

Officer Lori Mullin and Roscoe

Led by Hillcrest Medical Center CEO Steve Dobbs, the unique approach to saving the horses from an uncertain future started when the Hillcrest Foundation made a donation to the Tulsa Community Foundation specifically to aid the horse adoption process.

Laura Chalus, donor service administrator with the Tulsa Community Foundation, said it was an unusual project for the group, but they would "absolutely" work with equine rescue again. A former horse owner, Chalus said the effort "was something close to my heart."

Working within an established philanthropic system allowed a wide range of citizens to contribute to the former police mounts' appropriate placement. News coverage also helped, telling horse lovers where to send donations to aid the non-profit organizations selected to care for the police horses.

About the Author

Marsha Hayes

Marsha Hayes has been covering endurance, trail, and other equine topics since 2005. She believes every horse has a story.

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