We are a small rescue organization that provides loving care, but with limited funds and no staff, we are run 100% by volunteers. We donate our personal time to care for the equines and we aim to continue as long as we can.
Donations graciously given by our supporters pay for the horses and donkeys’ needs, and we could not do this without such wonderful generosity and great discretion on how funds are spent. We have few but fabulous volunteers since we are very rural, but all volunteers are very appreciated for the time they freely give to help these sweet equines.
Though the horses and donkeys enjoy relaxed pasture life in a herd, we have limited space with no free grazing. Because of this, hay and/or feed and supplements must be purchased or donated and fed to every horse and donkey everyday by the volunteers.
If you need to find a new home for your equine, please consider all of the above and how what you can do to assist in the rehoming of your equines. In doing so, here are some things you might want to consider:
Have you advertised your equine on social media, Craigslist, or equine ads to find and 'approve' someone to purchase or take your equine yourself? If so, we will be glad to share your listing and have those interested contact you directly. We will help you network your equine so you can interview, approve, and choose its future owner and keep in touch with them and your equine over the years.
We can discuss questions you should ask interested parties in your process of finding a new home to avoid kill buyers, horse traders, and bad homes.
If we have space and you want your equine to come here, can you provide for the horse's ongoing feed and health care needs? If not, will your friends and family donate to us to help support your equine? Can you raise funds for us to provide for your horse or donkey in other ways? Do you have an asset or items you can sell to raise such funds or donate to us so that we can sell it to raise those funds? Any assistance and donations are always a huge help.
Is your horse or donkey untrained or untamable? Please realize we are not a training facility, but we will be glad to recommend a trainer if we know any in your area. We have to be very thoughtful of our volunteers capabilities with unhandled equines, or lack there of when considering any equines coming to the rescue.
If you are rehoming your equine because it is lame, disabled, in poor health, elderly, or a 'companion only', have you considered all options including humane euthanasia? We can discuss options with you and, if appropriate, refer you to financial resources available for humane euthanasia.
Do not tell us you don't want your equine to go to an auction and that is why you are contacting us. What that tells me is that you are willing to get rid of it or you are using that as leverage so that we will jump in to save the equine. I find that very dishonest. If you take your equines to an auction and a kill buyer purchases it—that is on you, not me.
The well-being of horses and donkeys in our care is our number one priority. They are loved, and if not adoptable, will peacefully live out their days here. We do not take this huge responsibility lightly. We cannot put those presently in our care at risk by taking on more than we are able to realistically provide for, nor will we adopt out without great scrutiny just to move an equine along so we can take in more. We will help if we can.
I get calls, emails, and messages almost daily for horses and donkeys in need. I wish we could help everyone but we simply cannot. That weighs very heavy on my heart and can be overwhelming at times. I wish we had an endless stream of donations coming in but we do not.
We have wonderful supporters who believe in our mission and donate to help us take care of horses and donkeys. We respect their hard-earned donations and deeply appreciate all the support we receive, so we are very careful to not overextend our needs.
If you need to find a new home for your equine, please consider what you are asking of any rescue. If you are told “no” or “we cannot help,” understand that those words are just as painful for us to say as they are for you to hear.
If you have an emergency or urgent need that falls within our mission statement, please contact me and we will do our very best to help you. Christine Griffin, Founder, President and Health Care Manager
For a state by state list of rescues and sanctuaries please check out the Homes For Horses Coalition website and also the United Horse Coalition.