Orphan Acres Inc.

Rating: 4.78 stars   27 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 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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Rating: 5 stars  

3 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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8 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  

2 people found this review helpful

I volunteered here and I loved it. It is obvious to me that everyone there really cares about the animals. They were also extremely nice to volunteers, showing how greatly appreciated we were. They gave us hot chocolate because it was cold and windy outside while we were working. I helped give the horses de-wormers and brushed their coats. Everyone there was amazing to work with. It's a great place.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I met Brent Glover several years ago as a delivery driver in his area. After researching his organization I find that very few people are as compassionate and knowledgeable about horses as he is. His dedication is understood only after a visit to his rescue. His organization is responsible for saving literally thousands of perfectly good horses. The proof is in the pudding!

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Loved volunteering here! Everyone was so kind and truly showed a passion for what they do! It's easy to tell that their intentions are genuine and that they have a true love for helping others!

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Today was my first time volunteering here! It was such a great experience. Everyone was so friendly and helpful in showing me the ways. It was a great place to help out and spend some time with the horses! All the people at this place are just wonderful and have great ambitions and heart!

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I loved volunteering here. It was my first time and everyone there helped me out and showed me the ropes. The owners were awesome and very helpful! All the horses were friendly. I really enjoyed spending my time here.

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I’m a volunteer at Orphan Acres. I admire Brent’s dedication and respect for the horses, the boundless patience and infinite love he has for them. I love going to Orphan Acres, working there and meeting other volunteers. This is such a noble cause and it is the most rewarding work you can ever do. You can help care for the horses, get to know them and have memorable moments with these wonderful animals. I feel like what you give comes back to you tenfold. It’s an amazing experience. I wish I had known about Orphan Acres many years ago and volunteered a lot sooner.

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have gone to Orphan Acres about 3 times now, and every time I am amazed by the selfless dedication of Brent Glover, the president of the organization. He toils year long through thick and thin with the help of other volunteers to give the horses of the sanctuary the best possible lives. Despite not being what one would call an "animal person," the satisfaction of knowing I did something to help these animals is enough to ensure that I will return.

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been to Orphan Acres about 5 times, in the times i have gone there i have brushed the horses, fed them, and cleaned stalls. Orphan Acres, however, really needs more volunteer help, along with donations. Brent (the president of Orphan Acres) cares for the 80 horses on their property and cares for them 24/7. I wish to see this organization grow to be able to support the current animals and future ones as well. The reason I put 4 stars in stead of 5 is because it needs more support to reach its full potential in the near or far future to come.


P.S. (It also counts for volunteer hours if thats something you need)

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have been volunteering here about once every weekend or other weekend for the past year and I find that Orphan Acres is not only a great place for the horses to go when they need help, but it is also a great learning experience for those that come out to volunteer. Whether its learning how to feed them, haltering, putting blankets on, brushing, walking the blind horses or working on many of the construction projects there you will always learn something. Going out there for over a year, I find that I still learn something new every time, but I also try to teach those that come out for there first or second time. Recently we started putting blankets on for the winter and I learned how to put the blanket on, then showed several people how to catch, halter them, and put blankets on. The horses there are often very friendly because of the care that they get there. This shows that the horses truly are getting rehabilitated, but also allows the volunteers to enjoy the company of the horses as well and helps them become less afraid and more confident around horses. Overall, this is a great organization that Brent has going there and he could definitely use all the help that he can get whether monetary or as volunteer work.

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