After seeing a bad and somewhat deceptive review of Dreamchaser I feel the need to respond. After the Susan and her husband ( Dreamchaser founders & director) were each in serious accidents, out of physical necessity, Dreamchaser now focuses on the continuing commitment of offering the finest care available for the lifetimes of those animals that are part of the sanctuary. It is no longer practical for them to actively rescue more horses and still be able to properly care for the horses and donkeys that are permanent sanctuary residents. As a former foster home from when this facility was still in Arizona, I can personally attest to the high level of dedication that these people have to providing these animals a lifetime of happiness & quality care while still continuing their mission of education about the cruelties that happen as a result of the Premarin industry. Many times over, I have witnessed Susan and mike doing without things that they personally need in order to pay for the care of these horses out of their own pockets when enough donations were not available. Additionally, Susan and Mike will always remain active behind the scenes of rescue. I applaud their recognition of the fact that taking in additional animals at this time would adversely affect the quality of life of the animals that Dreamchaser has already committed to. These animals have a long lifespan, especially when they receive this type of outstanding care. Horses are expensive animals to maintain and maintaining the premises where they live is every bit as important as basic feed and veterinary care. Dreamchaser needs and will continue to need donations for many years to come. This organization is very well run. These animals have the best of care and rest assured that the people who run this place are not living extravagantly off of your donations. This organization is not large or high profile but the work that they do is top notch & very deserving of consideration for donations.
I am unable to financially commit to a horse at this time in my life but I wanted to be around horses & help them out. I found Dreamchaser & visited their ranch. What I found there was a lovely facility where all of the animals are happy & get the best of care from a small dedicated group of people on a shoestring budget. I am so very proud to be able to say that I was able to help these fine people in a very small way with some of the animals in their care. Susan & Mike are so very dedicated and always prioritize the needs of the horses over their own personal needs. If you have any extra time, please volunteer to help. If you have any extra money, this is a very worthy cause to donate to and your money will always be well spent, directly on the animals, not a bunch of professional fundraisers and overpaid administrators. Dreamchaser is a truly worthy cause!
The Founder and President uses donated money to pay personal bills such as electricity, heating fuel, and personal repairs this is a violation of tax code. As a former donor I do not agree that this is how the money should be used. Also her fundraising mailers claim the rescue is still rescuing horses, however, it isn't. Beware when donating to this facility.
Dreamchaser of course is an an animal rescue facility but what many do not realize is that many, many hours are also dedicated to Community Service. Children from homeless shelters and foster homes are brought to the ranch to help them forget their troubles for a while and this facility does just that. I have had the privilege to volunteer during some of these visits and have seen the difference in the kids when they arrive and when they leave. Some arrive silent and shut down, mistrustful and afraid. With patience and loving kindness, these children are brought out of their shell and learn what it is to be kids- to play, to care and to be both brave and kind. The animals arrive much the same way and are gentled through love, good food, spotless living conditions and patience. They then regain their dignity and become invaluable partners in helping the community's children. A society is measured by how it treats it's most helpless, by how they treat their children and animals. Dreamchaser exemplifies the best society has to offer and is a testament to love.
I first became aware of Dreamchaser thru an article in our local paper, featuring the "Lean On Me" Program. Dreamchaser rescues and rehabilitates horses that have been abandoned, abused, used in the drug industry or just plain neglected. The animals arrive wild, scared and hurt, many cannot even be touched. With patience, good food, a clean place to live and lots of love, these horses becaome loving, healthy creatures and end up giving back to their community. Dreamchaser brings children from various county programs out to he ranch to learn from the horses. It is a beautiful thing to watch a previously abused horse teach a child to trust again. They are so patient & kind, some will just stand and be quiet if a child is frightened or sad. They let the child make the first move and I have even seen children fingerpaint on these beautiful creatures! The children learn to that it is possible to grow again, that there is someone that loves you and that you are respected and loved simply by virtue of your being. Bravo to Susan Thompson and the Dreamchaser family! From petting zoo events and pony rides at various community functions to the regular day at the childrens library, this organization certainly gives more than they get. Not only are the horses rescued but also other farm animals, pigs, goats, chickens, ducks, peacocks, all rescues from horrible situations amd all are equally loved and cherished at the ranch. Please give what you can to this wonderful organization, every little bit helps. Or stop by the ranch and see for yourselves, the public is always welcome and you will make so many new friends, both 2 and 4 legged!
This is the best organization out there. Susan works harder than anyone I know to take care of those who can't help themselves, whether it be a horse, a goat, or a chicken. Animals aren't the only ones rescued here, children from library groups to foster care absolutely love coming to the ranch to see and learn about the different animals and even get to learn how to ride a horse!
Dreamchaser & Susan are the best thing that has ever happened to these abandon & mistreated animals. Not only does Susan rescue horses, she also saves burros, pigs, dogs, ducks, chickens, and just about anything with 4 legs. Dreamchaser has a summer camp for kids to learn about horses, does petting zoos & birthday parties. I have seen the results of these rescued animals as they go from being skinny with all kinds of health issues as well as being scared of people to healthy trusting animals.
These people are amazing, very hardworking & loving to these poor mistreated animals. They rescue not only horses, but donkeys, burros, dogs, pigs, ducks, geese, chickens & much more. They provide medical care for all the animals & nurse them back to a healthy life. They also work with children running a camp in the summer & having a "Lean of Me" program.
I wish everybody could visit Dreamchaser Ranch and see the love and care and hard work they give to these beautiful, innocent animals. I wish I could get out more often. Susan (the animal whisperer) and all her volunteers work tirelessly to make sure these animals get their proper feeding and vet care. The stables and grounds are always spotless. The animals are happy for the first times in their lives. It brings tears to my eyes every time I visit. They do so much and expect nothing but to see these animals survive and get good homes.
I wish there were more Susan Thompsons in this world. She is the most caring, hard working, loving person I know. She would do anything for her animals, her passion for their well-being is absolutely phenomenal. She is so appreciative of her volunteers and knows them all by name. She tirelessly takes such good care of every animal on the ranch, from the ducks to the horses. She thanks me for volunteering and I in turn thank HER.
Dreamchaser Horse Rescue is an outstanding nonprofit group. The individuals who volunteer give more than time or money. They give their best at all times to the animals, each other, and those who want to join the ranks of their volunteer family. While I contribute to several nonprofits... This is my all-time #1 favorite.
This is an amazing non profit organization that dedicates everything to helping all animals and finding their forever homes.
I found out about this organization through a Groupon I saw &felt compelled to give more than just money. I learned a lot about PMU & everything that goes into taking care of horses. Volunteering at Dreamchaser had a life changing effect on me & I look forward to volunteering at the ranch again soon!