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Orphan Acres Inc.

Rating: 4.81 stars   48 reviews 2,509

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  

14 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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17 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 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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person 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  

1 person 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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I volunteer with this organization when I can, and find it to be accomplishing incredible things. Unfortunately, it seems to be constantly in need of long term volunteers to function more autonomously and let the operators of Orphan Acres work without having to constantly tell volunteers what needs done. Regardless, an amazing volunteer organization maintained by truly compassionate people.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I visited Orphan Acres on Sunday, October 25th, 2015. It's an amazing place and doing really important work to save the lives of abused and abandoned horses. They've worked very hard to rehabilitate horses and find loving homes for many of them over the years. I'm making a donation today, and I encourage all people concern with animal welfare to join me in supporting Orphan Acres. Thank you, Brent for the big zucchini which I turned into zucchini bread when I returned home to Issaquah.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I helped brush and interacted with the horses. I cleaned out the food and water bins which made it a good workout. The personnel were very friendly.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Went out to complete required hours for a class but plan on becoming a regular volunteer. You can tell how much Brent cares for these horses and the effort put into their care is amazing. Can't wait to come back and help!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

As a new student orientation leader at the University of Idaho, I took a group of students to volunteer at Orphan Acres as a part of our "Serve Your New Community" project. Myself and my students were amazed to find such a wonderful organization in our small town, the things they do to rehabilitate and find forever homes for horses is so wonderful! It's all done on volunteer time, and they've rehomed over 2000 horses. Everyone who is there full time is so passionate about what they do and it is such an incredible operation!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Every time i have gone i have had a great time helping brent with chores that need to be done. The horses are well taken care of and watching brent interact with them is really amazing especially since he knows all of their names and stories.

 
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