The Horse Protection League

A nonprofit organization

The Horse Protection League is a 501(c)(3) community-based organization whose objectives are the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of equines, including horses, donkeys and mules.


I have been with the Horse Protection league for 10 plus years. I have never owned my own horse but I have always wanted one. HPL gives me my horse fix.

I continue to stay with HPL because I love the horses and the people that I have met are amazing, We are all there for the same reason and that is to keep the horses happy , give them a good home until we can hopefully find them a permanent home if not we will love them forever.

Mary Ann Molnar, Volunteer

Does it seem strange to look forward to going to The Horse Protection League each Wednesday to muck pens-especially after already cleaning stalls for your own horses? No! And if you have spent any time at HPL, you understand why. It is not just being around, and helping care for these beautiful horses, some of whom having suffered such abuse at the hands of humans, but who are still able to greet you with a nicker and ask for a rub. It is also the community of volunteers that show up on Wednesdays and Saturdays, rain or heat, bitter cold or snow. Whether you spend an hour or five hours, you leave the ranch feeling good-not just about the work you have accomplished, but because of the friendship and truly positive feel of HPL.

Jory W., Volunteer

I have been a volunteer at HPL for almost 10 years now. I just happened to see a Horse Protection League flyer and booth at National Western Stock Show. I went there on a Saturday and never left. Very rewarding for myself and many others. I love all the horses out there and have learned many things in life from them.
Thanks a lot - have gained a inner peace for being out at the ranch.

Judy Davis, Volunteer


HPL is a 5(c)3 organization, located at the historic Churches Ranch in Arvada, Colorado at 17999 W 60th Ave; 80403. Founded in 1994, HPL provides a home for horses, donkeys and mules whose owners have surrendered them, as well as those seized by court orders or humane societies. The Horse Protection League provides equines with a balanced diet, medical and farrier care, training, a social life, and opportunities to graze in open pasture.

Our mission at The HPL is to provide a safe haven for equines in need, and to work towards ending the mistreatment and neglect of horses and other equines. We are dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming equines that have been abused, abandoned or neglected, and to provide them with the necessary care, love and attention they need to thrive.

We believe that building a strong community through education and advocacy is key to protecting these magnificent animals. We are committed to educating the public about responsible equine ownership, and to advocating for equine welfare at the local, state, and national levels.

Background Statement

Founded in 1994, The Horse Protection League will celebrate 30 years dedicated to the noble cause rescue equine animals of all types from abuse and neglect. A few of our animals have come from slaughter auctions, some have been confiscated from their owners by law enforcement and some have been abandoned or found at large. Most come to our stables as owner surrenders for a variety of reasons.

Thanks to private contributions from the 2023 Colorado Gives Day, the HPL has been able to achieve monumental improvements to both facilities and organizational growth. There is still much work to be done. The HPL is currently reviewing nominations for new board members. The HPL's goals for 2024 include repairs to existing stalls, the building of new ones and implementation of a rebranding campaign designed in part by students at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design.

Through the auspices of the City of Arvada, The Horse Protection League occupies the 1868 ranch house and barn built by John Churches, a legendary Colorado character. The property has been added to the National Historic Register as a rural historic district. The Long Lake Park Master Plan calls for compatible reuse of the homestead and outbuildings by tenants committed to sustaining agricultural activities on the site.

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Organization Data


Organization name

The Horse Protection League

other names


Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Animal-Related, Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Education, Environment, Health Care, Housing & Shelter, Public & Societal Benefit, Youth Development

Organization Size

Medium Organization


17999 W. 60th Ave.
Arvada, CO 80403

Service areas

Jefferson County, CO, US


303 216 0141



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