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October 16, 2012

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January 24, 2012

I came to know Zuma's Rescue Ranch when I embarked on a quest for horse manure for my garden. Zuma's was the only place which responded to my request with a simple, "We have lots." and their address.... more

October 16, 2012

Jodi at Zuma's is caring, sincere and professional. The mission she has taken upon herself to tackle is one of compassion for animals and foster children. I've seen the positive results of her work with horses and children first hand. Jodi has brought together the important professionals to work with the horses and children enabling both to trust again. She has accepted responsibility for the care, training and overall well being of many types of animals: horses, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, dogs and cats. And each animal is given the opportunity to connect with a child to help both learn to trust again.

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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?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

January 24, 2012

I came to know Zuma's Rescue Ranch when I embarked on a quest for horse manure for my garden. Zuma's was the only place which responded to my request with a simple, "We have lots." and their address. Since that time in 2009, I have come to understand the dedication, determination and professionalism of both Paul and Jodi Messinech. They give their whole selves to the cause of saving, reaching and teaching children and horses - one at a time - that there is someone who cares about them. I have seen Paul and Jodi work countless hours to keep a horse with colic comfortable. I have witnessed each of them putting their lives, honor, fortune and family on the line for the cause that they believe in - turning "throw away" kids and horses into partners and productive citizens.

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

Their kindness and friendship knows no bounds. The organization that Paul and Jodi have created is amazing in the good that they do for animals and people.

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

I'd duplicate their passion and spread it thickly over the hurting places in this world in order to change the world in a positive way.

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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?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I wish that I lived closer to their ranch.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, the impact was the knowledge that I had found genuine and incredible people when I first moved to the state of CO. I knew so few people of quality, honest, genuine and sincere. Paul and Jodi are amazing. They attract amazing people to their organization and they give hope to many who have given up hope. God Bless them.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I feel that I am valued, honored and respected whenever I go to Zuma's Rescue Ranch.

January 2, 2010
1 person found this review helpful

When looking for something to enrich the soil in my garden, I came upon an oasis in Littleton CO run by two extraordinary people who have given so much of their time, talents and personal finances!! Their ability to reach out to both horses and humans is a wonderful story and testament to the caring, natural link between "throw away" horses and "throw away" kids. When Jodi and Paul tell the Zuma story, it takes your breath away.

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

the caring, passionate people who come to the ranch to help, regardless of the weather. These people have a passion for giving of themselves to care for and reach out to the emotionally and physically battered humans and animals.

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

make a difference in the lives of many kids in the foster care program of Colorado and other states. The equine assisted psychotherapy program is ground breaking in its results and could be replicated elsewhere causing a ripple effect to reduce violence.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 16, 2012

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October 16, 2012

I have been a part of the Zuma family for 3 years and I was the volunteer coordinator for a year. I have seen the kiddos that come to the ranch transform from a shy, sheltered sometimes reserved person to a outgoing kiddo. All because they were paired up with a four legged friend and taught how to take care of these rescued animals. They form relationships that take them into adulthood. The pair begin their healing process together. This is an amazing organization and deserves all rave reviews!!!

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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?

2012

September 27, 2012
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September 27, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

Zuma's Rescue Ranch is a sanctuary of hope and healing for horses and humans alike. Upon entering the 146 acre Ranch though the distinctive iron gates, guests are immediately impacted by the visual beauty of the place: gently rolling hills, white fencing, beautiful vistas and perhaps more important, a happy and healthy animal herd consisting of more than 40 horses, three goats, a gaggle of chickens and ducks and Daisy, the pot-belly pig. The secret behind the success of Zuma's is the dedicated staff and cadre of volunteers who care so much about creating an organization of excellence from the care of the animals to the compassion shown to the children and adults who come here seeking a deeper connection to themselves through equine assisted experiential learning. To keep the Ranch going, much is required: volunteers to provide invaluable support to the small but hard-working staff, donors to fund the hay that feeds the animals and medicine to keep them healthy, event participants to visit the Ranch and spread the word about its mission. At a very young age, I lost my father to an untimely death. My horse gave me comfort and an outlet to escape the emotional pain. I found Zuma's 40 years later because I want to support and honor a place that can do the same for others who have experienced personal heartbreak be it physical, emotional or spiritual.

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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?

2012

August 28, 2012
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August 28, 2012
2 people found this review helpful

I mentored students for three sessions at Zuma's. Additionally I took riding lessons and have my daughter in riding lessons at Zuma's. The fundamental principles of love and respect are everywhere at this magical place. This is a place where heartbroken, traumatized souls can find love and healing by making life-changing connections in a beautiful setting. The people who run this program have committed everything they have to a cause they believe in, and our world is so much better for it. Anyone can be a part of the Zuma's community- and everyone who does will come away transformed...

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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?

2012

March 23, 2012
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March 23, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

Zuma's advocates for those who need a voice in this world. This wonderful organization serves humans and horses, which allows it to make a difference in multiple ways. It has been my pleasure and honor to be a volunteer with the children and to adopt one of the rescue horses. I see how countless children, adults, and horses are healed at Zuma's everyday.

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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?

2012

January 24, 2012
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January 24, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

I was looking for a place to learn to ride horses when I stumbled upon a list of lesson places! I printed out the list and the only name that was there was Zuma's! I started riding and fell in love with the horses and so that summer I decided to become a working student! I made so many friends and developed a stronger love for horses. Every day i was so excited to work and couldnt wait until I arrived! After 2 years of being at zumas I still love it and never want to leave! It has been a life changing experience that has taught me fun can go along with responsiblity.

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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?

2012

January 4, 2010

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January 4, 2010

When I first visited Zuma's I instantly wanted to be involved. I visited during the summer of 2008 and instantly fell in love with a little rescue horse that had been saved by Jodi and Paul from a feed lot just a month before. Since then, I have become a regular contributor to Zuma's and their cause. The balance between both rescuing helpless animals and children that have been abused or neglected is incredibly inspiring. I work in a very busy, fast paced environment and every visit to the ranch is nothing short of inspiring.

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

Having the opportunity to visit regularly and see the growth in the horses and children.

Ways to make it better...

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

I wouldn't.

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

The openness and willingness to let everyone get involved and get their hands dirty.

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

Always incredible

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

Continue rescuing horses and children for years to come.

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of a thing that would make it any beter.

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

It's incredibly expensive to rescue and care for horses and the property associated with maintaining the property in such a way that will allow for them to continue to support the animals and therapy of the children.

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

I,in many ways, have been saved by this orgnaization and will continue supporting them and spreading their message.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 24, 2009

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December 24, 2009

Zuma's is a beautiful place southwest of Denver where you are greeted with open arms, open hearts and a warm smile. A place that is safe for all people and horses to recover,rest and rejuvenate their spirits. Hard work is always needed and a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of these children and animals is appreciated. Volunteers don't always have the time, just the heart.

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

change the lives of hundreds of abused children and horses. They could move mountains!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Help feed the Equine Therapy Horse, saving the organization money on staff costs.
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Repair fencing on the ranch to keep the horses safe and the veterinary bills low.
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Decorate Zuma's Horse Shoes for the Zuma's Luck program.

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