-- A Look Back at 20 Years of Bringing Horses Home™ -- A Look Back at 20 Years of Bringing Horses Home™

26 September 2017

Press Release -- A Look Back at 20 Years of Bringing Horses Home™

It all started with the theft of a horse named Idaho

SHELBY, NC September 26, 2017:  Founded by Harold and Debi Metcalfe, Stolen Horse International is celebrating its 20th anniversary as a leader in equine identification and all things associated with missing and stolen horses in the equine industry.

Stolen Horse International, Inc. ™, also known as NetPosse, has grown tremendously over two decades of helping people find their missing or stolen horses! Founded on September 26, 1997, the organization has evolved from one couple’s search for their own missing horse to a volunteer donation-based organization that has helped thousands of people reunite with their missing or stolen horses. 

The 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization has a large network of equine organizations, volunteers and horse owners joined together to educate the horse industry about the problem of missing and stolen horses, disaster situations and much more. NetPosse also provides information for horse owners and organizations regarding long-term responsibilities for equine protection, as well as focusing on bringing horses home™. Lear more about NetPosse on the website,

 The NetPosse network can round up support for a victim after a report is filed on An alert and call to action goes out to a network of organizations, individuals, businesses, law enforcement, multiple social media formats, the NetPosse News newsletter and recovery specialists bent on returning a missing horse. 

“I cannot believe it has been 20 years since our horse Idaho was stolen,” says Debi. “We never planned on doing all the things we are doing today. We’ve introduced new features to our Victim’s Services and Educational Outreach Programs, welcomed many horses home, and updated our national NetPosse Identification Program, an all equine ID registry as well as adding a free national disaster database for all animals lost and found during disasters. 

Today the NetPosse website, is number one in all of the search engines for stolen and missing horses. There are over 5,000 horses in the current database and the organization has serviced thousands more behind the scenes. 

Catherine Girard, interviewed its founder, Debi Metcalfe, of Shelby, North Carolina, some of her core volunteers and the people they serve to reflect on how the organization has grown over the past two decades. The three part series tells us where it is now, and the changes NetPosse now needs to make in order to continue helping the people and horses it was created to serve. 

We hope you enjoy the interviews and share them with your followers and news outlets. The first can be found at . Don't forget to Like our page on Facebook, Stolen Horse International, Inc., aka and invite your followers to do the same. There can never be enough eyes and fingers on keyboards when disaster strikes in our horse community.

For Release September 26, 2017
Contact: Debi Metcalfe
Stolen Horse International, Inc.™
Phone 704-484-2165

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