Austin Equine is a proud sponsor of LOPE Texas (LoneStar Outreach to Place Ex-Racers), a non-profit partnering with the Texas racing industry to place racehorses in new homes through adoption. The LOPE Ranch in Cedar Creek cares for a large herd of horses that need special rehabilitation before they go to permanent homes, and our practice provides veterinary care for these retired racehorses at the LOPE Ranch. Lynn Reardon, LOPE’s Director and Founder, wrote Beyond the Homestretch, a wonderful book about the LOPE organization which just happens to include a few of Dr. Evans’ and Dr. O’Gan’s shenanigans!
Red Arena is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering individuals with disabilities through equine assisted activities and therapies. From physical and speech therapy to therapeutic riding for visually impaired individuals, Red Arena empowers individuals with opportunities for social, recreational, and life skills. They also house and rehabilitate neglected and abused horses to service individuals with physical and psychological impairments. Austin Equine provides equine veterinary care for the Red Arena equine team, and also contributes general support to their empowering endeavors.
Minis and Friends
Minis and Friends is a non-profit organization committed to bringing miniature horses to people of all ages with hearing, physical, emotional and mental impairment. They frequently visit children with disabilities, at-risk youth, individuals in transition and elderly adults in need of motor skill assistance. Through interaction and play with miniature horses, Minis and Friends fosters the emotional and physical connection of tactile response, and heightened use of the senses and spirits. Austin Equine provides equine veterinary care to their miniature horse team, and sponsors events and programming.
Austin Pets Alive!
Austin Pets Alive! is a non-profit organization providing services and resources to eliminate the euthanasia of animals in the Austin, Texas region. Dr. Damon O’Gan’s wife, Ellen Jefferson, is the Executive Director of Austin Pets Alive! and is also a leader in the national animal rights movement for no-kill policies. Every year, the Austin Equine staff participates in the Pedal for Puppies urban bicycle ride benefitting Austin Pets Alive!, and we encourage you to come join us as the next event! Over the years, we have also adopted several cats through their adoption program. Our most recent and loyal practice feline is Kirk, who came to us in the fall of 2011. He had a difficult time being adopted due to canine aversions, a pre-existing feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) condition, and heartworms. While he’s had a tough go these last few years, we’re quite happy to have Kirk on the Austin Equine team despite his petulant nature and foolhardy trickery!
Spirit Reins improves the lives of children and families through innovative trauma-informed therapy services, training and research. They offer a variety of professional counseling services and specialize in serving children who have experienced abuse, neglect, or other traumatic events by incorporating Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. TF-EAP utilizes the physiology and psychology of horses to help individuals effectively process trauma. Their therapy model is based on the neuroscience of brain development, how trauma affects the brain, and how trauma impacts the ability to form healthy relationships.