It is time to tell the whole truth about Adopt-A-Horse.
Adopt-A-Horse has been a 20-year journey to help victims of crimes against children and animals. This is our story.
Adopt-A-Horse has been a 20-year journey to help victims of crimes against children and animals. This is our story.
We are fortunate to receive generous financial and emotional support every day. Sometimes the smallest gestures of good will and support are the greatest gifts to our efforts to help victims of child sex crimes.
Sunshine was a young horse when she joined us 15 years ago. She was a reluctant trainee for two years. Once a generous volunteer trained her to ride the trails, she started learning to drive. She has been the primary cart horse leading our tours for years. She is a great horse in both riding and driving.
007 came to us from a local auction. He was donated by a generous family. We told their young girl that he was doing undercover work before he came to us. He has continued his long history of working undercover to help victims of child sex crimes. He is a talented horse both under saddle and driving a cart.
A family is the sum total of the strength of its members. When one family member falls the others take up the cause. No one member offered excuses or anger when we were tested. We all stood up for our mission helping each other and victims of child sex crimes. We are in mourning for the loss of long-time members of our family. We all came together when we were no longer welcomed in our old circumstances.
Our horses and victims of crime are needed now more than ever. The new Federal law eliminating the statute of limitations for suing child molesters has created new opportunities for justice. We encourage you to follow our efforts to help victims of child sex crimes. The Johnson Crime Family's greed has consequences for our horses and victims of crime.
Our mission has always been to incarcerate every child molester for their crimes. No victim needs to be afraid their rapist is still targeting other children for sexual assault.
Victims need to be financially compensated for the failure of adults to protect children from their rapist. The cost of counseling and addiction needs to be paid for by those who failed in their duty to protect their children. We have always offered survivors of child sex crimes access to our comfort horses.
You can see Dennis Horion's advocacy efforts on his web site www.zorrow.org.
Adopt-A-Horse started as a vision to help public and private organizations help victims of child sex crimes. A reporting victim has to manage conflicting issues between parents, police, forensic therapists, child protective services, county prosecutors, civil attorneys and parole officers. Our goal was to provide a location that helped victims get advice and coordinated support for justice against their abuser.
A young child has no hope of finding justice against their abuser without someone capable of pressuring the process to work for them. The current system has little incentive to convict a child rapist. Convictions rate are 10% or less in most jurisdictions. A child reporting their abuse is treated like the problem in the conversation. Children have virtually no one in the process without a financial incentive to look the other way.
It became clear early in our time in Covington that our chance of being successful would not be helped by the local law enforcement or child welfare organizations. We made a conscious decision early in our existence to refuse any public funds. We did not want to compromise our victims of crime with money to fund our organization.
We have maintained our independence at great cost to our organization. We can look in the mirror with our head held high. Our mission has not been compromised by public officials or taxpayer money. We are proud to represent victims of child sex crimes without compromising our integrity.
The Johnson Family gave our therapy horse's home to hunters to kill wild game. Liars, cheaters, and thieves have stolen our land lease. Rape victims and therapy horses lose their safe haven to these killers. We encourage you to follow this story on our advocacy web site by going to the link below.
Dennis has been working to help rescue horses and child sex crimes victims for 18 years. Coral is entering her 10-year working hard to help the program every day.
A large group of volunteers and supporters donated time or money or both. Adopt-A-Horse was a product of hard manual labor and tours for approximately 8,000 paying clients. Dennis and Coral worked these tours together. We are pa
Our family of horses lived, trained, and worked together as a team for over fifteen years. Our donations were a result of people learning about our mission through our horses.
In addition to their hard work, they helped victims of child sex crimes with emotional support. Our family of horses gave victims a reason to continue seeking support without dwelling on their childhood sexual assault
Our ponies worked with our horses for over fifteen years. They were all cross trained to drive carts. Driving a cart allowed them to help both children and adults.
Our ponies worked trail rides, provided therapy to victims of crime, and hauled all the equipment needed to maintain the 176 acres of our land lease. They were the hardest working horses in the program.
We have continued our prog
Valentino is still MIA!
We offered our services to public agencies across Newton County. The Police Chief of Oxford asked us to work with a 13-year-old boy with behavioral issues. I asked if he was a victim of child sex crimes. I was told he was not a confirmed victim. He was being forced to live with a registered sex offender that was not his biological father. I asked if this was a common practice in the community. I was told there were 23 children being forced to live with sex offenders that were not biological family members.
It was obvious that he would probably disclose some active abuse once he was with us. I began going to each of the appropriate public agencies to identify services offered to young men in his circumstances. My questions were deeply troubling, and the answers were either vague or not answered at all.
It became obvious we were targeted for asking the hard questions. Our fence lines were cut, and horses were on the street 36 times over the next two years. Valentino (pictured above) was eventually stolen on the fourth attempt to steal a horse. Netposse.com located him In Florida. The Sheriff Department purposely refused to bring him back. He was moved under very suspicious circumstances.
All three Atlanta television stations featured his theft for an entire week. The entire episode was the community's way of deterring our efforts on behalf of victims of child sex crimes. We never stopped representing victims with aggressive advocacy efforts at no cost to the people we represented. We are still offering our help to this day.
No Justice / No Peace
We arrived in Covington with a vision to help victims of child sex crimes. Our efforts were appreciated since the community was receiving services without any contributions from local government agencies. Our efforts presented services without consequences or financial support.
Twenty years ago, I decided to come out against my second cousin, Father Francis Talbot, for his seven-year effort to abuse me as a boy from the age of 7-12 years old. I told my story to help one of his victims who was seeking financial compensation from Francis. In addition, he was working to get Francis incarcerated for his crimes against him. I came forward to testify about his history as a child molester.
I contacted the victim's lawyer to confirm my willingness to testify on his behalf. I contacted the Manchester, NH Police Department to file an official criminal case against Franics, and I contacted the New Hampshire Catholic Diocese to confirm that he was a child molester. The New Hampshire Diocese had suspended him as a priest even though multiple victims had come forward with allegations of child rape.
When I was a college student, I worked as a Transportation Officer at the Juvenile Detention facility for the State of New Hampshire. At the end of this job, I saw Francis on the property. When he saw me, he ran from me for fear of consequences from his abusive behavior. I asked the administration about his role at the institution. I confirmed he was the chaplain for the incarcerated children. I said nothing and his behavior continued due to my silence. I became deeply depressed knowing my silence was responsible for his abusing young boys for the next thirty years.
The penance I gave myself for this silence was the decision to help victims of crime with the skills I acquired as a public administrator in the criminal justice system. I wanted to create a safe place where victims would find an advocate along with the help of therapy horses. My extensive experience with horses and the criminal justice system led to the start of a twenty-year journey called Adopt-A-Horse.
Horses and victims of crime suffer in silence. Horses came to us from homes where they were no longer welcomed. Survivors of child sex crimes suffer their history in silence. A safe place for horses and survivors to help each other has been an amazing place for helping people and horses. Adopt-A-Horse.org has been the story of horses and dogs helping victims of crime. Zorrow.org is the story of Dennis Horion's advocacy efforts for victims seeking justice. Zorrow was the hidden role needed against a system of abusive politicians and bureaucrats failing child molestation victims at every turn. Please press the link below to find out more about our advocacy role for the last twenty years.
During the course of 2003, I received a financial settlement from both my cousin and the NH Diocese. These funds gave me the seed money needed to set up a physical location and setup my nonprofit Foundation.
After extensive negotiations, The Johnson family signed a thirty-year lease for 176 acres of land. The lease included land on both sides of Johnson Terrace in Covington, Georgia. Approximately 30 acres of the land was weeds with the balance being recently logged woodland. Most of the property was impassable due to the debris while the balance was a large poorly maintained cut area. The property had very little fencing, no water or utilities, and no fire breaks. The property had no plan to meet the conservation tax break being claimed by the Johnson family.
Over the last 18 years, we created a rape crisis program that was self-sustaining with a combination of riding tours and donations. We were hiding our real work for victims by offering riding tours on the renovated property. No one knew which visitors were rape victims and which were paying clients. We encouraged rape victims and their families to tell anyone asking about their association with us to tell people that they were volunteering to help the rescue horses. It proved to be a reliable cover story for all involved.
We managed the property for the first fifteen years. We got the DNR to make a formal plan to get the property in compliance with the conservancy tax break. We installed over 6500 feet of fence lines. We installed utilities including water, electricity, and internet with a camping trailer and storage buildings for our horse operation. We built a herd of ponies and horses with equipment for riding and driving over the years. All the horses received training, a job, and the stability of a good family with loving handlers. The horses lived at the property until their death mainly of old age in their thirties.
You can contribute your support for our horses feed fund here.