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ANIMAL GUARDIANS HORSE RESCUE INC

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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, & The HSUS Forever Foundation Plan 4 Progress Training Program. We are a small satellite rescue with a tremendous networking group, and serve the community through educational outreach & adoptions outreach. Our long-term goal is to become an accredited equine retirement sanctuary with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

Results: Over the past 6 years, , we have rescued 55 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, & Kern 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 have made in our community.

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: 25 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 unecessary 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; Volunteer & Horse Training and Education through the Humane Society of the United States Forever Foundation Plan 4 Progress Training Program, and Educational Outreach through the Parelli Foundation

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

LWcatmom

Client Served

Rating: 5

AGHR found an old quarter horse at the Aguora shelter named Donatello. He had been starved and was confiscated with others. He could not be ridden due to a huge arthritic knee. AGHR had been following him and volunteering at the shelter. We had been keeping in touch about how to help him. The day before he was to be put down they said they would help me because he would be my first horse. They found a home who would initially keep him and help me for the first three months. He was the most special, well trained boy and we lucked into a small trail riding barn where boarders not only rode but had horse walks on the trails followed by potlucks. They welcomed us with open arms. He taught me so many things and I loved him for four years. He is now running free over the rainbow bridge.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This group takes excellent care of their horses and makes adopting a good experience. They are very compassionate. I adopted an older horse with a terribly large arthritic front knee. He wasn't being adopted out of the Agora shelter because it was pretty clear he wouldn't be rideable. He is a fantastically well finished horse who is mannerly and kind. They helped me with him before he came to my small boarding stable. We walk the trails with other boarders and even go horse camping.

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.

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!!

Lydia D.1

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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!

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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Over the past 9 years, we have been working with this rescue program, from the ground up. We have dedicated numerous hours and dollars to improving the quality of lives of rescued "unadoptable" equines throughout the state of CA. We are proud to have over 25 adopters who still love us, communicate with us regularly, keep us informed & involved with their adopted equines' lives, and serve as rescue family members. We are proud to have been a part of the very difficult task of placing horses with special needs into forever loving homes, and saving them from unecessary euthanasia, abandonment, & abuse. AGHR has given us inspiration to grow into a community therapy program for battered women and foster children in need. We develop, learn, and expand a little bit each day. Our success is largely due to our fantastic small group of sponsors, volunteers, donors, & boarding stable owners, who help us to help our horses. This organization is a huge task to take on, but it is so worth it. Our horses are better loved & cared for, and because of AGHR, the world is a little bit of a better place.

Donor

Rating: 5

I decided to help out because because they were a smaller rescue with a huge heart. They do what they can to help out the horses, including minis and they work so hard. They manage their network of horses well and they do a lot of events to help raise funds to care for their horses and they take the time to acknowledge their volunteers and they are great about communicating with their group of supporters. They are definitely a five star rescue!!!

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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!

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!