Times have certainly changed we set out to do with equine. After adopting our first BLM mustang in 2006 and spending a year as a BLM Wild Horse and Burro volunteer in San Diego County, I became a Trainer Incentive Program (TIP) trainer for the Mustang Heritage Foundation to help promote the adoption of BLM Mustangs by gentling and then adopting out one mustang at a time.
In October 2007, the Witch Creek fire burned much of San Diego County, including many ranches and homes in Ramona. This disaster changed everything. As a family, we stepped in to help horses of all breeds needing new homes for families who lost theirs. We also learned about horse slaughter and started saving horses from kill buyers and auctions, then went on finding good adoptive homes for them.
In 2008, the economy hit horse owners hard, it has continued and exists now. Knowing of our ability to find good homes for horses, we started to get calls from people losing their homes or desperately trying to hang on to them and needing to give up their horses. Heart-wrenching as it is to lose everything, knowing that your horses are going to loving homes makes a huge difference.
In 2011, hay prices skyrocketed. We could no longer afford to house horses at our ranch while helping find new homes for them. We started to create a wonderful network of loving horse owners and other rescuers to help us find homes.
Our 501c3 nonprofit status was effective on July 1, 2011. Unlike the prior five years where, as a private rescue, we paid the bills out of our own pockets, Equine WellBeing Rescue, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation that can accept the donations of people and businesses that support our mission and what we do.
All donations received are deeply appreciated and will help us help more horses from abuse, neglect, or other situations of need. Whether in form of monetary, goods, or services, your donations to the rescue are tax deductible.
In late 2012, my husband accepted a position for a company in Arizona. The following year, we purchased a 20-acre ranch in Snowflake, AZ. The cost of living is more affordable and allows me to dedicate myself full time to the needs of the rescues horses without taking any salary. We maintain our status with the California’s Registry of Charitable Trusts.
In 2015, we rescued our first donkey and have rescued many since. GuideStar USA, Inc. also awarded us Gold Participant Status.
In 2016, we helped in the rescue of 24 donkeys and 29 mini donkeys; only two of those remain at the rescue as permanent residents with Ricci and Ramey. We took in five emaciation cases and helped 15 other horses for a total of 74 intakes, 51 adoptions or fosters, and 14 going to a fellow rescue. At year-end, we had 20 on-site and one in training off-site.
In 2017, we rescue our first mules and mini mules, all having found wonderful homes. We also created Hope's Legacy Emergency Equine Food Fund after the starvation deaths of two local horses. For the 5th year in a row, we received the "Top-Rated charity" award by GreatNonprofits.
In 2018 we achieved GuideStar’s ‘Platinum’ status, the highest status one can obtain.
I am a veterinary technician with additional equine certification through the American Association of Equine Vet Technicians and Assistants (AAEVT), a sister organization of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). I am able to give each horse brought to the ranch a thorough intake exam and, if tests are needed, a veterinary exam is scheduled.
We follow the equine rescue standards of the AAEP. For emaciated horses, we follow the refeeding guidelines from University of California, Davis and have great relationships with veterinarians throughout many states where we rescue, have fosters and adopters.
We have built working relationships with equine rescues and organizations throughout the country, in an effort to deal with the unwanted horse issues we are all facing. I do not like the term "unwanted" because, in many cases, the horses are wanted but the families are unable to provide for them due to the economy and other personal situations.
If you can volunteer your time or your services to help the rescue at our Snowflake facility, it is greatly appreciated by. It is also a great opportunity for people to spend time with horses that truly enjoy a gentle hand and kind heart. Foster homes are also needed from time to time. If you would like to help the rescue, please contact me at 760-703-4860 or via email at Christine@EquineWellBeing.com.
Horse rescue requires such a huge team effort from caring people who contribute in so many different ways. We welcome you to be a part of our team. Thank you very much for your love and support for horses.
Christine Griffin, Founder and President