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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Animal Guardians Horse Rescue Inc. serves as a rescue, rehabilitation, retraining, rehoming & retirement equine sanctuary for unwanted, homeless, abused, abandoned, & impounded equines. Many of our horses are seniors and horses with special needs. We serve as a member of the HSUS Safe Stalls Network Program, The Homes For Horses Coalition, & ASPCA Horse Action Team. We are a Parelli Foundation Natural Horsemanship Education Grant Recipient. We are a local community rescue organization with a state-wide and national networking group of partners. We serve the community through educational outreach & adoptions promotions for the Ventura and Los Angeles County Animal Services Agencies. Our long-term goal is to become an accredited equine retirement sanctuary with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

Results: Over the past 10 years, we have rescued 64 horses; 90% on euthanasia deadline in the county shelter programs. We serve as an Adoptions Partner with the Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, & San Berndadino, County Departments of Animal Services and Animal Care & Control. We have built our organization up to be one with the greatest professionalism and reputation in Southern CA. We are well trusted, respected, and collaborative with others in the Safe Stalls Network. We are very proud of our accomplishments and the difference we make in our community.

Target demographics: homeless, unwanted, & senior horses with special needs

Direct beneficiaries per year: 42 horses with special needs, dozens of people learning to love & own horses, & 5 different County Departments of Animal Care & Control in Southern CA to avoid spending thousands of tax-payer dollars on unnecessary euthanasia of unwanted & homeless horses in need

Geographic areas served: Ventura & Los Angeles County, CA

Programs: equine rescue, rehabilitation, retraining, rehoming, & retirement sanctuary; educational outreach on equine welfare & the rights & responsibilities of equine ownership & care; adoptions outreach & placement for shelter horses in need impounded within the Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Bernadino, & Kern County Departments of Animal Care & Control; educational outreach through The Humane Society of the United States Safe Stalls Network Program, the Homes For Horses Coalition, & the ASPCA Horse Action Team; Volunteer & Horse Training and Education through the Parelli Foundation Parelli Natural Horsemanship Methods, and Educational Outreach through the ASPCA National Help A Horse Home Day

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56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

Animal Guardians Horse Rescue, Inc. is one of the most transparent and stand up rescues I've ever had the privilege to be associated with. From the Founder, to the Board, Foster Care-Givers and Volunteers, this is a rescue to be proud of. Every horse is treated with natural horseman training - a gentle kind way of handing horses; some of whom have had challenging backgrounds; once of afraid of people that now enjoy their human companions. Every person involved with this organization is caring, loving and kind - the horses care is of utmost important. I am proud to have one of the senior citizens of the group to take care of. He's living out the best of his year(s) in peace and love. It's all because of the love of Animal Guardians Horse Rescue. Sharon Hetrick - caregiver, donor and horse lover! (Animal Lover!)

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AGHR1 Thank you Sharon. Your support of our organization means a lot! and your help with one of our most challenging wild horse residents is valued more than words can express!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great work. Impressed with what this rescue does for Equines in need.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Animal Guardians Horse Rescue exemplifies what is best about non-profits when they are guided by the principles of volunteerism, community, and education. This organization shows that acting locally, supporting the community, and encouraging education can truly uplift and create short and long-term change. The president of the organization sets the tone by working tirelessly and collaboratively to not only help the rescue horses, but involve and empower the community when doing so. Collaborations like Dine4Horses promotes rescue while supporting local restaurants. It’s amazing to watch what this organization has accomplished under the guidance of its remarkable founder!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I just want to say that Deborah continues to do an outstanding job with Animal Guardians Horse Rescue. Whenever a horse needs rescuing in or around the area, Deborah steps up to the plate and manages to find sponsors and supporters to rescue the horse. Just this month Animal Guardians was able to adopt out several horses, which is always fantastic news. She continues to work tirelessly to help train and care for the horses. She maintains excellent communication with the volunteers, sponsors and fosters. I will continue to support Animal Guardians and feel blessed to be a part of the organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Deborah who runs the rescue works tirelessly to keep the horses happy and always makes sure they are getting the best care. She is terrific about keeping everyone informed about the horses and all rescues activities. This rescue provides great support and training for its volunteers. If someone wants to volunteer and learn about horses this rescue leads the way!

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AGHR1 05/17/2019

Thank you so much for these kind words and your support. They certainly mean a lot to us and we appreciate this!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known Deborah and Animal Guardians Rescue for some time now and I have nothing but good things to say about her and the rescue. She genuinely cares for the horses and does her very best to get them to their forever homes.

I work with LACO Animal Care and Control and in this position I come across horses in horrific situations and I am always looking for someone to help the horses I save and I have found that person in Deborah and Animal Guardians. She has adopted so many of our horses and provided loving homes for them. She routinely sends me updates on them and their new forever homes and I appreciate her hard work and dedication to these animals because without her, some of them would have uncertain endings.

She has the biggest heart for these horses and I thank her with all my heart.

1 Debbie DeSoto M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been part of Animal Guardians Horse Rescue out of Simi Valley for almost a year now. This non profit is one of the best. Deborah Dellvon and her board along with every one who volunteers are top notch. The care they show for these rescue horses is truly a blessing for these animals. I have been blessed to be able to see these rescues first hand because I do the transport from the surrender location to their new rehab home. Then from their rehab home to their forever home. I am fortunate to be able to adopt one of the rescues. She is a 17 yr old Mustang her name is Sunfire aka SUNY and her circumstances prior to coming to me for foster was not good. She is a mare who I definitely believe knows where she came from and now knows the difference. Very smart lil red dun Mustang. I’m truly blessed to have this organization in my life.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Love this rescue! I sponsor particular horses that come in with an intense need for veterinary, farrier and nutritional care. With the love and attention of the volunteers of this amazing rescue, these badly neglected animals are absolutely transformed and often are rehomed with loving families or continue to be fostered in a safe and loving environment throughout the remainder of their lives. Excellent leadership with a high degree of integrity and accountability.

1 Jenny M.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be apart of such a wonderful foundation. Deborah has one of the biggest hearts I’ve ever known. She is so involved, so organized, and truly has the best interest in all her horses.

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Donor

Rating: 5

i began sponsoring Apache with Deborah Dellvon about 3 months ago and am very pleased with the amount of attention and detail that Deborah puts into her updates. She is very responsible in keeping me posted on Apache's progress which I appreciate. No question is too silly for her and you can tell by her words that she truly loves what she is doing, which in turn makes me comfortable that Apache is in good hands.

1 April B.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Animal Guardians Horse Rescue (AGHR) really cares about the horses they rescue, they work hard to find the horses great forever homes or sanctuary. What I think make AGHR stand out from other rescues is their mission of education. They provided their volunteers and fosters various training programs to help teach and practice better horsemanship skills. So that their volunteers can have a better partnership with their horses.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This rescue is made up of the most dedicated and compassionate people that I have ever met. They go above and beyond to rescue the most needy, neglectful, abused and older horses. They help individuals, shelters and at horse auctions. If you want to donate to a most worthy cause, this is the rescue!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Animal Guardians is a 2018 Parelli Foundation Horse Welfare Grant recipient. AGHR does an incredible job marketing their work with interesting content in newsletters, email and social media, making supporters feel truly connected. Their work to help rescue horses and educate the public is surely making a big impact and carrying out the Parelli Foundation's mission: Helping create a better world for horses and humans through Natural Horsemanship education.

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AGHR1 05/17/2019

We are ever-grateful to the Parelli Foundation for their love and support in granting us this natural horsemanship education grant, enabling us to expand our Parelli Training Program and work with one of the premier Parelli Professionals in CA, Susan Nelson Thibault, in June 2019! So exciting! Thank you Parelli Foundation!

1 LoSuzanne78

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Animal Guardians Horse Rescue Inc. is a very dedicated group of people who work tirelessly to help senior horses find a soft place to land and live out their golden years. Even knowing that the majority of these horses need specialized and costly care, AGHR does everything in their power to take them in and get them the help they need, whether it is physical or behavioral. This group of people truly only have the horses best interests at heart.

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AGHR1 05/17/2019

Thank you so much for your great review! We sincerely appreciate your kindness and support!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has helped rescue countless horses from both city and county shlters.

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AGHR1 05/17/2019

We love being involved and supporting the Adoptions Parnter programs in Los Angeles County & City, Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, and San Bernadino County! We could not accomplish half as much if we did not have the professional collaboration with shelter staff and management with the shelters we serve. We love the senior horses and horses with special needs. We are so glad to pull them and avoid euthanasia. Thank you for trusting and working with us.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My name is George Infante. I have been the farrier for AGHR for more then 6 years now. I have loss count of the horses that went through the program and have found loving homes. Some of these horses have been neglected, left behind, malnourished and forgotten. Some lost their trust with human contact. However with the love, kindness, and patience that Deborah and her team gives them, they learn to trust again. AGHR is the perfect match maker in finding these horses the right owner. It's a beautiful thing seeing these horses pulled out of terrible situations, and then live their remaining years in a caring homes with full bellies. I'm proud to be part of this wonderful organization. AGHR is making the world a better place saving one horse at a time.

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AGHR1 05/17/2019

Thank you so much George! We are ever-grateful for your professionalism and kindness, as well as your knowledge, patience, and time with some of our kickers and fearful horses. If given a choice, we would never use another farrier. Thank you for your friendship and support!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to thank Debra of Animal Guardians Horse Rescue Inc. She was so instrumental in helping me find a safe Sanctuary for 2 abandon thoroughbred horses. I have never met any one that was so caring and devoted to place them. She was up at all hours of the night working on this for me. Debra is truly dedicated to helping. She guided me along the way. If it had not been for her I don't know what I would have done. Debra did not give up, she followed through until they were placed in a wonderful Rescue Sanctuary. Thank God for Debra and all of you who helped me, and are still out there helping. Bless you all.

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AGHR1 05/17/2019

Thank you so much Shirley for this wonderful review. We are so grateful to you that you had the patience and faith in us to wait to find a good placement for the 2 seniors abandoned at your stable. We love to collaborate and help save lives; it's what we do. We are so happy for the happy ending for the 2 TBs recently. Very appreciative that you would take good care of them and not euthanize them or send them to an auction. It shows very good character on your part. We are very happy to help.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This rescue is very honest and decent. They are trustworthy because they are real and don't play games. They post about themselves on GuideStar and maintain transparency. I rate it with 5 stars.

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AGHR1 05/17/2019

Thank you so much for your support, We greatly appreciate it!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of serving as a volunteer, Board Member, trainer, sponsor, and now foster caregiver, with this fantastic organization. I can see it's a labor of love, but the horses we save with special needs, and even the dog saved, all directly reap the rewards of our efforts. This organization is small, but strong, and with such big hearts, we work together to make life better for "throw away" animals that no one else will take a chance on. Animal Guardians Horse Rescue is a great place to call "home". I highly recommend this rescue for sponsorship, donations, volunteering, foster care, & adoption. All around, I give it a 5-star rating for outstanding significance!

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AGHR1 05/12/2018

Thank you for this positive review. We appreciate your input and time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My story unfolds a little more every year. I have served as a Volunteer, Volunteer Trainer, Fundraising Organizer, Director of Development, Foster Caregiver, and Sponsor. I have worn many hats and played many roles. But I could not do any of them well without the help and support of all of the team members involved with this organization. As a Parelli student and practitioner, I am proud to have won a Parelli Foundation Natural Horsemanship Education Grant and help this organization to develop community-wide education programs for horses and humans to better understand each other. I am proud to be involved and encourage others to get involved too. If you can't volunteer, then make a donation, or sponsor a horse. Every bit of help makes a huge difference. The horses this organization serves would not stand a chance without them. I am so proud to work together with the team to change lives, save lives, and bring love and joy to these senior horses' daily.

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AGHR1 05/17/2019

Wow, what an amazing review! Thank you so much!

1 Pam4horses

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be a part of Animal Guardians Horse Rescue. Deborah Delvon, the founder, works harder than anyone I have ever seen to rescue and save the lives of elderly horses. I adopted my first horse from the rescue and I couldn't be happier. These horses deserve to be loved and to be taken care of in their senior years. The horses have so much personality and unconditional love to give back. Adopting a horse is everything and more then I thought it would be.

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AGHR1 05/17/2019

We are so proud and pleased to have you on board with us Pam! You are such a wonderful person and an asset to our organization; not to mention a good mommy to your adopted horse, Dakota! You get so much back when you give so much of yourself. We love you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with AGHR for about 6 months now and I couldn't be happier. I have always wanted to work with horses but I didn't know where to go or where to start. When the opportunity came to me to work with a rescue I jumped at the chance. Deborah, the founder, is so passionate about her rescue and the horses. I have learned so much from her. She will bend over backwards for anyone or any horse that needs her. I am honored to be a part of this amazing organizatiion.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've read about this charity in the newspaper and decided to join a year and a half ago. I would have never given this much of my time unless I totally believe in their mission and seen the benefit to horses they accomplish. The horses they take in would not be living if animal guardians was not there. I am proud to be a part of saving horses.

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AGHR1 05/17/2019

Thank you so much for this amazing review, Jeff. We are so glad to have you on board in our rescue family. They time and longevity you've put in has made a tremendous difference to our horses and our organization!

1 LWcatmom

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a senior horse Donatello from AGHR. They found a temporary foster home where I could participate in his care and learn about what he needed until I could find my own boarding stable. It was a great experience with plenty of help and support from them.

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AGHR1 05/17/2019

Thank you so much for this wonderful memory. I will be ever-grateful for the love and kindness you gave Donatello and am so blessed to have you in our rescue family. We love you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

AGHR found a lovely older gelding at the animal shelter. He had a big arthritic knee so most likely not rideable and hadn’t been adopted. Deborah had been talking about him with me. On the day before the shelter was to euthanize him I committed to adoption. AGHR found a private home for him to stay. He was my first horse and they helped me through learning about feed etc. until I was able to find a stable near my home. They kept in touch and followed our progress. We had a wonderful life until age took him from me.

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AGHR1 05/12/2018

Thank you for your positive review. We appreciate your input and time. We are very grateful for your love, support, and faith in our organization and faith in the beautiful old horse you had adopted. We miss him dearly and are so very appreciative of the loving home you gave him until the end. We love you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have served as a foster caregiver for two older mares rescued by AGHR for the past six months. Both the mares were underweight due to negligence and one had a permanent lameness-causing injury. AGHR works with the Los Angeles County animal control to rescue and provide foster and permanent homes for horses. When I offered to foster AGHR inspected my ranch and horse facilities and checked with my veterinarian and farrier to make sure I had the ability to care for the horses. AGHR uses supporters' contributions to pay for the cost of feed and supplements for the horses, and I provide the TLC (tender loving care). AGHR staff and volunteers regularly visit the mares to check on their progress and to answer any questions I have about their care. AGHR's foster care program allows me and others to help horses in need, and work together to find them permanent homes.

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AGHR1 05/17/2019

Thank you so much for your kind and excellent review here Jan. We are so appreciative of your time and help with Glory and Eboni. We could not have otherwise saved them from euthanasia last year. Your support is invaluable, as is your friendship and love. We love you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to AGHR for some time now….I am also a good friend of one the sponsors/boarder’s to this fabulous organization. I can attest to the compassion, caring and hard work put in by all members and volunteers. It is truly inspiring what they accomplish for these abused, sick and aging horses.

I do wish I could put in some volunteer work myself, but have a very busy work and personal schedule that prevents it. So, I do the next best thing and donate MONEY, which is very much needed and truly appreciated by everyone involved at AGHR. Keep up the GREAT WORK and THANK YOU for all you do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with AGHR for almost six months now, along with my husband, we spend time with several rescue horses caring for them, grooming and now re-training one of them.

I had relatively little experience in the care of horses prior to volunteering with AGHR, I was an experienced rider, but now thru volunteering and with that came mentoring from the Founder Deborah, who is one of the most “horse-knowledgeable” people I have ever met, and hands on training, videos, and also attending charity events aimed at saving horses, I can honestly say I am comfortable handling, grooming, feeding, and caring for these beautiful horses who have had more than their share of harsh treatment in their lives.

Deborah goes out of her way to make sure her “rescues” will find a forever home, I am very happy to be associated with Animal Guardian Horse Rescue, I think I get as much out of it as the horses.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at AGHR. My wife and I joined the rescue several months ago. We had very little horse experience aside from stable riding and attending horse shows. Since volunteering, we have been trained how to handle, feed and groom the horses through mentoring, hands on, video trainings and attending the events.
We have witnessed firsthand the compassion and support the directors, members/volunteers, boarders and donors who provide care and funds for the horses. Everyone one involved with the rescue are very friendly, knowledgeable and show a great concern for the health and well-being of the horses.
AGHR mainly deals in older, abused horses, allowing them to live out their lives being “pampered” so to speak…which I feel makes for a great cause that is definitely needed.
A special thank you to Deborah for her dedication and constant involvement with all aspects of the organization, it couldn’t run this well without you.
I look forward to providing many years of volunteer service to AGHR.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AGHR is a run and operated by people who truly care and care to do their best. Placing elderly and sick horses into loving care, with gentle and safe volunteers is not as easy as it should be but is done so here with tenacity and great passion. As a volunteer I am very impressed with not only the care of the horses, but the interest in the development of the volunteers as well. Highly recommended to anyone wanting to be more involved with horses, either as a volunteer or donor.

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AGHR1 05/20/2018

Thank you very much for your input JK. We sincerely appreciate your time in doing so. Thanks so much for volunteering, and for recognizing the challenges that are faced in dealing with horses with special needs. We really appreciate your support and your help in volunteering with us!

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Donor

Rating: 5

i would like to give a SHOUT OUT to the founders, members and volunteers of Animal Guardians Horse Rescue! They have consistently worked so hard to rescue and protect horses with a variety of special needs. They work non-stop to provide the best for these animals in so many different ways. They always are putting the horses first...above anything else. I am pleased to be involved with such a dedicated team.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Deborah and ANIMAL GUARDIANS HORSE RESCUE have a true concern and a kind heart for all of her rescued horses. She makes sure all of the animals are comfortable and well fed in their new homes. Her dedication for these magnificent animals has given many a new lease on LIFE and can be seen in the demeanor of the horses...THEY KNOW THAT THE ARE LOVED...I have seen this myself as I have cared for them over the years. The change is dramatic! I will continue to be a friend of the Rescue forever......

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a donor to this organization, which does wonderful work with some of the most needy of God's creatures: the sick, the aged, abused, and unwanted horses. AGHR volunteers and donors tirelessly care for and help heal as many as they can, placing them in Forever Homes when possible.

Deborah and her Band of Angels have intervened to rescue many from suffering and death in the short time I have been a donor. I only wish I could give more.

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AGHR1 05/14/2018

Barbara, we love you and you give SO much to our sweet old horses. We appreciate all you do and are so grateful for your friendship and support.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a proud supporter of Animal Guardians Horse Rescue. The entire group works as a team, supporting horses others have given up on. It is a pleasure to see such dedication and care from the group. Each member makes the organization run smoothly, with care and love for the horses they rescue. They are truly a wonderful nonprofit.

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AGHR1 05/14/2018

Thank you so much for your positive review. We appreciate you recognizing our efforts!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering with Animal Guardians Horse Rescue 6 months ago. It is an amazing organization. The trainings are informative even if you are an experienced horse person. The people are generous and kind. These older horses have a lot of love to give. I've witness the miracles that a group of people can do to help a horse that came to the rescue frightened, distrusting and seemingly unmanageable become social and responsive. She even comes to her name when called. This nonprofit tells every contributor/donor where every dollar goes in helping the horses. If you love horses and live in the Simi Valley/Conejo Valley/ San Fernando Valley area, this maybe the organization you want to be a part of whether through volunteering or donations. The horses will be exceedingly grateful, and your life will be enriched tenfold.
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AGHR1 05/14/2018

Thank you Angel. Your help, time, input, and care to our horses is extremely appreciated. We are very grateful for all of your hard work and feel blessed to have you on board!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Animal Guardians Horse Rescue was a wonderful rescue to work with. The other members/volunteers have all been so generous, warm, tender and kind, and so much love and care goes into the horses. The horses are well cared for and loved. My experience was all positive with Animal Guardians Horse Rescue, and I strongly recommend it for anyone who is interested in volunteering with these magnificent creatures, Animal Guardians Horse Rescue is the place. Being a volunteer with this rescue is one of the most amazing, beautiful and rewarding experiences I've ever had.

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AGHR1 05/14/2018

Thank you so much for your kind words and support Lisa. We miss you and feel blessed to have had you in our rescue family for so many years! This photo of our oldy Sienna, with you at her boarding stable really brings tears to my eyes. She was very loved by you and all of the volunteers until the end. Your support and friendship is very meaningful and we sincerely appreciate it!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

God bless this rescue for saving animals in need. We need more people in the world like these people. My rescue is brand new and just starting up here on the east coast. Far too many people sending their horses to slaughter. It's got to stop. Thank God for the small organizations like ours. Not everyone can do what we do. I admire them. Thanks for sharing on this website.

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AGHR1 05/14/2018

Thank you. God bless you for the rescue work you do with the NC slaughter pipeline. We appreciate your support and wholeheartedly send our love to your organization as well. Good luck!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hello readers. I am a professional equine hauler going from northern to southern Cal on a regular basis and I have helped haul rescue horses for this organization on a number of occasions. I have never gone wrong in doing business with these folks. They are very courteous, and have always asked questions, communicated clearly their needs for their horses, and paid with no hassle. Many of the horses this rescue saves are coming from the L.A. County shelters and are going to be put to sleep. They raise funds, pull these horses out, and send them with me, safely to partner sanctuaries in Mt. Shasta, Fresno, and Hemet. I really admire how this rescue does this because not too many others do. These guys really go the extra mile to help horses in need. I've been hired by a lot of people to do a lot of runs. But picking up from Animal Guardians is always one of my favorite things to do. They don't ask me to discount anything and never give me the run around. These folks are top notch and I would never hesitate to haul a horse for them. Thanks for all you do guys! You should be proud. Good to do business with you.

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AGHR1 05/14/2018

Thank you so much for your input and positive review. We love doing business with you too. We wish all trailers were easy to load and people were easy to work with! Thanks for your help with our equine angels!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been dealing directly with this rescue for several years in a professional relationship. I am a hay and feed dealer. I find them to be courteous, professional, always pay on time every time, and want what's in the best interest of their animals. They always say thank you and help promote our business in the community. We appreciate that. This is a great organization to work with.

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AGHR1 05/14/2018

Thank you. We have been so happy working with you guys. We look forward to our next outreach event with you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I find Animal Guardians Horse Rescue, Inc. to be an excellent organization. Protecting the animals is their primary concern and they do everything possible to uphold the belief that the horses deserve all. They are pleasant and easy to work with, I admire the board members and all their efforts.

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AGHR1 05/14/2018

Thank you for your time and input in writing this positive review. We sincerely appreciate it.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I had the worst experience with the founder of the organization. I don't generally seek out places to write bad reviews, but this one is just awful. She's pushy, egotistical, self-centered, and just plain unpleasant to be around. Ahe literally told me I must not be a very generous person simply because I told her I wasnt interested in donating to her rescue at the time. First, she came up to me and interrupted my conversation - I did not petition her for information. Then she proceeded to force her pamphlet onto me, even though I said I wasnt interested. Then she insulted me when I said I was not interested in donating. Awful, miserable woman! If i could give 0 stars I would.

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AGHR1 05/12/2018

We hear that you were displeased with your interaction with the founder of the rescue. We would like to know what event this happened at and would be more than happy to discuss this reported incident with you face to face to resolve your issue. Our founder does not always attend our outreach events, and our volunteers are trained not to solicit funds from the public. Donations are always welcome, but never pushed upon the public. Thank you for expressing your concern about an incident you had with one of our volunteers.

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AGHR1 05/12/2018

As always, we encourage public supporters to come and meet us for themselves and make an opinion about our organization before making a donation or becoming involved. We always encourage people to meet with us face to face in the community and come to meet our horses. All complaints are welcomed face to face and dealt with constructively and productively. We encourage countrygrl to speak with our Board of Directors at our next meeting on June 24. The general public is encouraged to develop an opinion about and rapport with our rescue staff by personally meeting us and expressing concerns. We have addressed our founder about this and there is no recollection of meeting anyone at a public event, interrupting a conversation and pushing for a donation. That is simply not our rescue's style. This post seems to be written by a disgruntled former volunteer or someone not in agreement with our rescue, for personal vengance or some other reason unknown to our organization. Thank you.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This "non-profit" is completely bogus! The person in charge is dishonest - using funds from the non-profit for personal use and claiming a personal horse as a rescue to get donations for their cost of their death. Her "training" techniques are closer to abuse: whipping, throwing halters at their faces, and backing horses into oncoming traffic when they dont want to load. Volunteers get no training to actually deal with the horses and are expected to hold her personal horse/mini horse at events she attends while she annoys the general public and forces the rescue onto them. She refuses to accept no for an answer when asking for donations, instead insulting people saying they're not true animal lovers for not donating. She abuses volunteers, promising them one thing and then renigging on the agreed upon deal. She is constantly searching for the least expensive way to do things instead of the right way, often causing the horses to panic and/or be injured. She abuses her vendors, again often backing out of an agreed upon price for services AFTER the service has already been performed. Public beware of this organization!!

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AGHR1 05/12/2018

We are sorry to hear that this post writer is so disgruntled and angry. We are happy to discuss issues from the public face to face. None of the report in this review is true. We consider this post to be uncalled for slander and libel.

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AGHR1 05/12/2018

As always, we encourage members of the public to form their own personal opinion about our rescue organization and Directors by personally meeting with us face to face. Anonymous207 and countrygrl are encouraged to attend our next Board Meeting and express their concerns to have our Board members hear their complaints and resolve their issues. These posts are publishing false and slanderous information, and are not true by any means. The public and our supporters are encouraged to attend our outreach events and see for themselves how we interact with the public and how we demonstrate horse husbandry skills using our miniature horse mascot, Dream Catcher, for petting zoo displays, and sometimes demonstrate other rescue horses and BLM Mustangs for educational outreach. The public and our supporters are more than welcome to speak with our Directors face to face about any questions or concerns they may have.

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AGHR1 05/14/2018

This publisher has no basis for this post. The founder of this organization does not own a personal horse. The miniature horse used by this organization is a ranch horse, and is taken to events for educational outreach purposes. No volunteers are ever forced to do anything in this organization. The founder of this organization does not solicit funds from the public. This can be directly accounted for by multiple witnesses at outreach & fundraising events. Volunteers are given extensive training using the Forever Foundation Training program, as is documented on our website and facebook page, and on www.hsusforeverfoundation.org. No member of this organization has ever, nor will ever, abuse, hit, or injure a rescue horse for any reason whatsoever, as is cause for dismissal from the organization and may be just cause for due negligence. The person who posted this review was paid $200 to haul a rescue mule, Zoey, who refused to load, so the rescue hired another pro hauler with a larger rig

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Rating: 5

I learned about or got introduced to Animal Guardians Horse Rescue (AGHR) through an article in our Bridlepath Newsletter. I have several dog and cat rescue pets myself and thought it would even neater to expand that to the horse world.

I went to the Bridlepath event and met the Director/Founder, Deborah Greene-Dellvon and found out more information. I signed up on the Volunteer clipboard and wondered how long it would be before I truly became “active.” Less than 24 hrs later, I received a call from Deborah regarding an abandoned mare who was blind.

I met the mare and arrangements were made to transport this horse to my barn. Taking care of a horse with special needs taught my kids and myself a lot about compassion, caring,and love. It was rewarding to give this horse a good life and home before her passing.

I have helped AGHR with other horses that had different backgrounds and stories: a paint mare who had suffered a nail in the hoof and was nervous about her feet being handled and another Senior Mare who had skin issues. My experience with AGHR has been phenomenal both with horses on my property as well as off. I would highly recommend working with them. Any donations and contributed funds would help them rescue more horses and take care of their needs which is often a challenging job time wise, emotionally, and financially.

Thank-you.

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AGHR1 05/12/2018

Thank you for this positive review. We appreciate your input and time.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thanks to animal gaurdians horse rescue I have the pleasure of owning an amazing horse! Without them she probably wouldn't have made it. They worked very hard on getting her healthy and saw the potential and life she had. They take exceptional care of all the animals and are very thorough with the adoption process.

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AGHR1 05/12/2018

Thank you for your positive review. We appreciate your input and your time. We miss Gitana and are so grateful that you had faith in our rescue and faith in this beautiful filly to give her a forever loving home. We love you and appreciate all you have done for our organization and this horse.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This rescue organization does so much to help our equine companions. They work tirelessly to raise awareness about all of the horses in need. Most people have no idea how many horses are sold to slaughter daily! It's heart breaking and this rescue is their voice and sometimes only hope. We need more people like this in the world!!

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AGHR1 05/12/2018

Thank you for your positive review. We appreciate your time and input. We are very grateful for you undying support and love of the horses (and dog) we serve. Can't do it without you.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The owner of Animal Guardians Rescue is so dedicated to her charity work & truly loves horses. I'm so grateful to her for the love, time & sacrifice she makes every day for these horses. She works hard caring for them, helping them prosper & find loving homes. With the widespread issues of neglect, abuse, & slaughter in the horse world, we need more people like her.

To Animal Guardians, Thank you for everything you do. You're truly are Angels.

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AGHR1 05/12/2018

Thank you very much for your positive review. We appreciate your time and input. We appreciate your support!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with this group, and was impressed by the sincerity of the founders, and the compassion of the volunteers.

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AGHR1 05/12/2018

Thank you for your positive review. We appreciate your time and input. We are very grateful for your volunteer time and are glad that you enjoyed your experience with us.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A small, but dedicated charity. If you want to help build something really fine....volunteer here!

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AGHR1 05/12/2018

Thank you for your positive review. We appreciate your time and input. We are grateful for your support.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I helped this organization to pull a horse out of the local shelter who had a bone infection really bad and the shelter was going to put it to sleep. This rescue busted a move and got this gelding out of West Valley Animal Shelter and raised funds to send him to a sanctuary for necessary surgery and to save his life. I commend this organization for it's diligence and persistence in saving horses that no one else will. Thank you Animal Guardians!

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AGHR1 05/12/2018

Yes, we do remember Braveheart, that boy had it BAD. Thank you for your good review and for helping us that day when he desperately needed to get out of the shelter and get the medical care required to save his life. Thank you for your help that day. And thank you for your review!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a friend of the rescue who helps out with networking and pro bono horse care & transport. It has been a pleasure working with this organization over the past several years. They have always treated their animals with kindness, and their supporters with respect. They go above and beyond to try to help in desperate situations for unwanted horses. It's a great nonprofit and deserves this title! I nominate Animal Guardians Horse Rescue, Inc. for this Great Nonprofits Top Award for 2017. You should too!

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AGHR1 05/12/2018

Thank you so much Richard! Your review means a lot here. We really appreciate your help in pulling horses from Kern County, Fresno, and other far away places. You're a great guy and a great friend, both to the horses and to our organization. We look forward to continuing our collaborative relationship with you for the welfare of the horses we serve! Thank you for your review!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful rescue organization. They are truly in for the benefit of the horses! They saved a horse at 11th hour and found a great forever home for him. The horse was severely underweight and malnourished. He would have died if Animal Guardians didn't step.

Their dedication in saving horses in need is in deed extraordinary!

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AGHR1 05/12/2018

Thank you so much Helen for your help and support of our former boy, Stetson (Dip). We could not have saved his life and gotten him an amazing adoptive home had it not been for your efforts to collaborate with us and help with the process. We truly appreciate your support and help with our rescue endeavors. We love you,

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization which couples educational outreach & safe/savvy horse handling experience, with individualized care for equines with special needs. What a great place to learn, share, network, and grow!

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AGHR1 05/12/2018

Thank you very much for your positive review and time. We appreciate you just as much as you appreciate us. As a Board Member, we realize that we all play many different roles. We are all important and need to be recognized for our efforts. Thank you for this review!