We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Williams, PhD and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennifer, what’s the most important think you’ve done for your children?
I have a six year old daughter, and I think growing up with a mom who runs a nonprofit horse rescue teachs her several important lessons: 1) About social responsibility: She is learning that we have to help each other out and that we have to take care of those who cannot advocate for themselves. 2) Responsibility: She is learning to help care for the horses who come to us. She has chores and helps with the horses. 3) Kindness: We teach her that kindness is the most important thing we can have: to be kind to each other, to take care of others, and to treat others well.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society is one of the biggest and most successful equine welfare organizations in the state of Texas. We’ve spent the last fifteen years building an organization that not only helps horses through several programs, but we also help horse owners. We help horses by assisting law enforcement agencies with neglect, abuse, abandonment, and estray equine (horses, donkeys, mules, ponies, miniatures) cases. We rehabilitate formerly abused or neglected horses, we get them the training they need to be good partners, and we help them find new families to love and care for them. We provide a safety net for these horses for life: they can always come back to us, at any time, if their adopter is unable to keep them. We help horse owners through several horse owner assistance programs that provide low-cost euthanasia for owners whose horses are suffering but who cannot afford the cost of euthanasia, gelding (neutering) for owners who have stallions or colts but who cannot afford the cost of gelding, and hay/feed assistance to owners who have been impacted by COVID-19 and are temporarily unable to afford to feed their horses. We also help local communities throughout Texas. When we help law enforcement investigate reports of neglect/abuse, testify in court, and/or take horses and other equines into our rehabilitation and rehoming programs, we do not charge the communities for those services. That enables their tax dollars to go further and helps law enforcement agencies provide animal control services to their citizens.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to everyone who supports Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society. No one can run a horse rescue of this size alone, and I’m fortunate to have so many volunteers, donors, and supporters who make everything we do at Bluebonnet possible.