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Orphan Acres Inc.

Rating: 4.83 stars   54 reviews 2,799

Address:

1183 Rothfork Rd Viola ID 83872 USA

Mission:

The mission of Orphan Acres Equine, Rehabilitation, and Sanctuary, Inc. is to provide care and rehabilitation for abandoned, neglected, abused, and malnourished horses, while educating the public regarding the issues surrounding rescue and rehabilitation including all aspects of horse ownership and care.

Results:

We have had over 4,000 abused and neglected equines pass through our gates sense our foundation in 1975. We have placed over half of those and the rest lived out their lives in peace, dignity and love. We have also helped countless individuals who require a four legged therapist, from working with veterans to special needs children all can benefit from the quiet understanding of a horse.

Target demographics:

abused and neglected equines

Direct beneficiaries per year:

the 83 horses that called our herd home. We placed 4 into forever loving homes and rescued 5.

Geographic areas served:

Pacific north west but have had animals placed here from as fare away as Maine

Programs:

our permanent herd, for horses to old and abused to be safely transferred again. We also have retraining and gentling of our adoptable herd as well. We are directly beneficial to the community at large through our horse rescue and adoption programs and as an educational facility. In addition the community benefits through the classes and clinics offered to students from the universities, youth, adults and individuals with disabilities from the surrounding communities, all at no cost.

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208-882-9293
community.palouse.net/orphanacres

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Reviews for Orphan Acres Inc.

Rating: 5 stars  

19 people found this review helpful

I am both a volunteer and donor at this fabulous organization. I know that every cent goes to the cause, which is why I have been donating and fundraising to Orphan Acres Inc. for several years now. I did a lot of fundraising such as yard sales, snow-shoveling driveways, and going to the local Farmer's Market to inform others of this amazing rescue in need of help. Financial stability is key for a successful rescue, especially when horses are involved since they tend to be very expensive to care for. I wish to see more efforts to help this organization and their life-saving work. More community involvement needs to take place for this non-profit to grow. Orphan Acres Inc. has been life-changing for me, because several years ago, I had a horse sponsored under my name, and was able to care for her myself. We went on walks, I brushed and fed her, and she had the most beautiful last years. Sponsoring a mare there was nothing short of a fantasy come true, since I had always wanted a horse to 'call my own'. She was the most beautiful thing that has come into my life, and I am so thankful that Orphan Acres Inc. made her senior years golden. If it weren't for Orphan Acres Inc., my sweet, sweet Cassidy wouldn't have had the life she so much deserved. Along with every other horse that has come through those gates, there is a story untold, a companion waiting for his/her new adoptive owner, and an individual unlike any other. Knowing that my fundraising and money goes to such a great cause makes my heart rise.

 
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19 people found this review helpful

I have been donating and volunteering at this organization for almost two years, and I find Brent's (the president of Orphan Acres) dedication and tenacity inspiring. Currently, over 80 horses reside at this wonderful nonprofit, either living out their lives, or waiting to be adopted into a forever and loving home. Some horses are brought from horrific situations, and are then rehabilitated at this sanctuary. Most horses are brought in because the owner could either no longer care or afford the horse, so many of these horses have great potential and would make a great family pet. Going out and volunteering is really a great experience because you get to bond with all different kinds of horses, and help your community. This organization is in great need of help, for both manual labor, and financial expenses. I would definitely recommend this place for anyone.

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

try to get more people involved, by getting more volunteers, donors, and fundraisers going. Also, there is a huge misconception about this organization. Many individuals have been spreading rumors about this place that are false. This individual (s) has gone to every review of this organization to try to spread false information, like that there's a private breeding stock, animals are abused, and other garbage to try to hurt this nonprofit. All these rumors are false, and I want to clarify that.

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?

Life-changing

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?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I had my first experience at Orphan Acres last week and it was absolutely wonderful. The horses are happy and well loved, the area is beautiful and the volunteers are amazing and compassionate. What a great place!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Had a wonderful time volunteering. Everyone was friendly and helpful. The animals were very sweet and gentle, couldn't have asked for anything better.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I had the chance to volunteer with this great organization through my sorority. I had a fantastic time meeting Brent as he is so passionate about the care that these horses receive. I had the opportunity to walk one of the blind horses Misty May and was impressed by her sweet heart. This organization is fantastic and I look forward to volunteering here again!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I began volunteering at Orphan Acres in April of 2016. It has been an invaluable experience and I have learned so much. This organization provides a safe space for community members to volunteer at any commitment level and prior horse experience. I started volunteering with very little horse experience, and have learned more and more with each visit. This organization is backed by dedicated volunteers, a selfless owner, and generous donors. My life has been profoundly impacted through this organization and the interactions I have had with the horses.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I have been volunteering at Orphan Acres for about a year now. I had never been around horses before and was unsure at first to enter such a large herd. It turns out they are very gentle and fun to be around! Now I have learned not just how to brush horses and clean stalls, but also how to interact with horses, train them, and read their personalities. The owner, Brent, is always willing teach if you want to learn more about horses. Orphan Acres is a great place to volunteer if you like to get outside and hang out with animals like I do.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

It is an amazing place! We were welcomed with open arms to go reach out to all of the horses. He even invited us to help out when the hay was coming in. The owner knows every horse by name, age and condition. All 80 of them.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I started Volunteering at Orphan Acres in January, and am extremely impressed with the operation. I have never met someone with a more giving heart than the president, Brent. He has a unique relationship with each one of his animals and it is easy to see they all love him very much. With Brent no horse is a bad horse, and every horse is worth saving. When at OA, you are surrounded by success stories from this philosophy. Volunteering has become a part of my weekly (and sometimes daily) schedule and while I try to do everything I can to help Brent and the horses, I am unable to repay them for the invaluable experience and horse therapy they give to me.

In an effort to help raise money for Orphan Acres, I have designed some home decor and accessories using photos of the horses. These items are for sale on Etsy and can be found with a simple search of "orphan acres" All proceeds from sales of these items will be donated to OA.

 
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4 people found this review helpful

I recently volunteered at Orphan Acres Inc. and was blown away by the dedication of all the volunteers and Brent. He truly cares for the welfare of these horses as well as making them as comfortable as possible. I thoroughly enjoyed helping plant trees and brush horses. I cannot wait until I have the opportunity to go back and help some more. This is a one-of-a-kind experience no person should pass up.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I visited Orphan Acres twice and each time the experience left me with a memory that will last forever. I find beauty in the outdoors and in the life of animals so spending time helping the farmers of this ranch was a pleasure!

 
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