MISFIT ACRES

Rating: 4.91 stars   22 reviews

Issues: Animals, Environment

Location: 12480 550th Ave Amboy MN 56010 USA

Mission: Misfit Acres addresses the problem of “no longer wanted horses” and provides the animals a sanctuary.
Results: Forever home to change the lives of horses in need
Target demographics: horses!
Direct beneficiaries per year: currently housing 12 horses and 2 dogs
Programs: Saving one horse may not make a difference in the whole world, but it will make a world of difference to that one horse ~ Unknown author

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Rating: 4 stars  

Misfit Acres lives by their wish list..... That no horse would ever be slaughtered again People would treat all animals with kindness People would understand about the dangers horses and all animals face as we integrate them into our lives. I found Misfit Acres when I was working with a group of 5th, 6th, and 7th graders and we were looking into ways we could help out in the community. Misfit Acres welcomed the help with open arms. We have raised money for them, collected recycleables, cleaned barns, painted fences, and visited the horses. Jody and Bruce have dedicated all they have and spent more time and money than they have to give these horses the best lives possible. Even though they do ongoing fund raising they cater to the special needs of each horse which may require a special diet or special vet visits. I will continue to help out Jody and Bruce as best as I can for as long as they need it and you can help them by supporting them. Thank you !!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I work for the local school district and on several occasions have taken a group of children out to see the horses. It is a valuable experience since many of these kids never get to see a horse that close and are in awe of them when they do. They have always been very welcoming to the children and explain why each horse is there. The children have fed the horses through the fence and loved the experience. I hope to keep returning to Misfit for many years.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching the kids faces as we pull up and they yell...Look at the horses and go running to the nearest pen.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

AWESOME!!!!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be the best money could buy...and they deserve it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was with my daughter's girl scout troop and we went and helped care for the horses a couple of times and also helped fundraise for the horses. The couple that runs Misfit Acres are truly wonderful people that love the horses they care for.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

A place where otherwise unwanted/neglected horses go to find the love and care that they so deserve. I have know Jody and Bruce for years and have followed their growth over the years. They have put their blood, sweat and tears into the rescue of horses. They have given themselves to the horses at Misfit Acres. Horses and ponies that have had their share of terrible circumstances in life. Some have required more care than others and have been gently, lovingly, cared for by Jody and Bruce. Each one lives out it's final years at the farm. A hole is left in your heart, and many tears shed when one goes over the "Rainbow Bridge." Knowing that they have been cared for so wonderfully before that time is a true tribute to the wonderful people that Jody and Bruce are.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Misfit acres was there when two aging, starved arabian mares needed them immediately. There wasn't any time to find other options, they needed to be removed the day I found out about it. Misfit acres was there. Even though at the time they weren't set up for two more hungry horses they knew the timing of the rescue was top priority for these two horses. The body score on the one mare was maybe 1.5 and the other 2.5 and I might be generous here. Jodi made room for the two mares and took great care of them. She found a great home for the younger of the two and kept the oldest one to live out her days there. Without Misfit acres these horses would not have lasted another week without suffering permenant damage. Their horses always look good and happy. These are great people who put forth more than they will ever get in return. Honest, Humble and Hardworking is how I would describe them. Value of their service cannot be measured for the lives of the horses they have helped.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing them spur to action when two starving horses needed a safe place

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to get them more money so they can do more good for the horses

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how down to earth they are and how big their hearts can be

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I did not meet any of the volunteers

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build more shelters, have the security to know that the horse would never be hungry again, do more rescues to offer more forever homes.

Ways to make it better...

I could have gotten the pony out too...we only had the legal right to remove the two mares

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

keeping the money coming in at a steady pace for feed and the constant need for repairs that goes with housing livestock

One thing I'd also say is that...

When you meet Jodi and her husband you will see that they have been putting these horse first for a very long time. You will see the genuine nature and character and know that the donations are going all back to the health and safety of the horses.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I think that Misfit Acres is a wonderful non-profit that helps not only the animals it rescues but also serves the community as well. I have had a very positive experience with this organization as a donor. I love animals but am not in a postition to be able to rescue as many as I would like. Misfit Acres provides many opportunities for people to help through either direct donations or recycling programs.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Wonderful people with great goals.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Save so many more abused horses.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have known Bruce & Jody for years. I have never met anyone with such focus. They have opened their hearts and home to horses (and other animals) that wouldn't have a chance for survival. I takes more than belief and dedication to do this. There are special people in this world that do thankless work. I am glad that I have the oportunity to meet these two and can consider them my friends. Keep up the good work! The horses that you have givin a home to very much appreicate everything you do. It would be great if more people/companies could find it in their heart to help out anyway they could.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Give the care to the animals that they are intitled to. Weather it be food, vet care, shelter. Have enough room to save more animals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

The dedication Bruce and Jody have to their horses is inspiring. They put the animals first and do a wonderful job providing for all their special needs. Their operation is well run. They are very nice people too!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to help some of the horses that Bruce and Jody help every day.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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Thank you Sharon! We always enjoy working with you and learning from you! Bruce & Jody Thisted Misfit Acres Inc www.misfitacres.com Saving one horse may not make a difference in the whole world, but it will make a world of difference to that one horse ~ Unknown author

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

It was a pleasure working with Jody and Bruce on this rescue. The owners were not exactly

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

rescue of a mini horse who was slated to go to auction. This small horse had not been handled much and was very afraid of people. She would have gone to a meat buyer at auction had it not been for the efforts of Misfit Acres.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that the rescue was successful-Jody and Bruce did not give up when things got complicated-they were determined to get this pony out of a bad living situation and into a good home.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

concerned, committed and a pleasure to work with...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the lives of numerous horses who will go to slaughter and suffer horribly. Horses are a "throw-away" item in these difficult financial times-we need rescue them before they are shipped to Canada or Mexico.

Ways to make it better...

Misfit Acres had the funds for a truck and trailer to facilitate rescue efforts.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the costs of giving rescued horses the care that they need and a forever home.

One thing I'd also say is that...

if I were a horse in need of a home, Misfit Acres would be my first choice!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Ihave rescued horses for years now, from abuse, mistreatment, pmu farm, and starvation.When I got my first senior horse age 28 & starved, Jody and Bruce were an invaluable resource for planning feeding care for this old horse, A second 31 yr old soon followed. With the vast knowledge they gave me, along with my local vets, I was able to keep both horses from dying, and recover back to as healthy as could be. both lived 3 more years, healthy pampered and loved!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

knowing there are other great people who care abou the welfare of mistreated , unwanted horses. And the knowledge they can help with is invaluable!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the geniune concern for others who help horses, and the ideas they have to help them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

have not met any of the staff, but have spoken to Jody and Bruce over the phone and email.Jody and Bruce set a high standard of care for others who plan to help animals.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a big differnce in the lives of a whole lot of horses!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Bruce and Jody of MisFit Acres have opened up their hearts to many critters that would have otherwise found themselves in a desperate situation. Beyond the many horses who have found MisFit Acres to be their saving sanctuary, there are numerous cats who are very well cared for and welcomed, and dogs who have special needs. MisFit Acres has been a last resort for many as well as a dream come true for many more. Thank you MisFit Acres for making this world a better place to live!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help so many critters who so desperately need a helping hand!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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