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Dreamcatcher Horse Ranch Rescue Center Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Horse ranch & rescue center

Target demographics: abused and neglected horses

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 50 horses

Geographic areas served: Central Florida

Programs: childrens and adults educational riding clubs and a large program of horse related activities for all ages and abilities, horse rehabilitation services, volunteer hours for community, annual fundraisers with family festivals for the community to enjoy.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Alison24

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

if you love horses and care about their welfare then this is the place to visit! all proceeds from their activities go back into the horses feed and care. staffed mostly with volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure the horses are healthy, happy and well fed - please consider donating to help these wonderful animals and their caretakers!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an absolute out of this world place. I have traveled the world, have swam with whale sharks and hung out with penguins in Cape Town. And out of all these places, the Dreamcatcher has a piece of my heart. The owners, the clients and volunteers all have some truly amazing stories of the wonderful animals they rescue and care for each and every day. The horses​ are so breath taking you feel the shear power they have and see the love in there eyes, is one thing I shall cherish for the rest of my days , Alfie the Alpaca is one heck of a character aswell. A must when ever visiting Florida with out a doubt.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a journey.. who would have known that when my husband and I visited Florida a few years ago, as he ran the Datona 1/2 marathon, my choice was to visit a horse rescue ... we found dreamcatchers! You see, I too rescued ny baby filly December 2012, she was only 7 months old, nobody wanted her... she was supposed to be a paint, she was born a beautiful lil sorrel with a big heart. As a horse kid, my parents did not allow a horse, but I still rode at local stables. Now, well into my 50s ahhh!!! Feeling like in my 20s Brandi, my lil filly, found me. She had a few years of weight gain and growth, but after some pretty intense training in 2016, we have now relocated from northern Michigan to Florida... after all how were we able to keep up our training over the winter in Mich !! When my husband and I first visited Dreamcatchers there was a tranquil peaceful accepting feeling and you know the animals are happy. And appreciate life... In so much, that we moved, and my horse 1200 miles with professional equine movers to dreamcatchers... I will always appreciate how Alli drove me out to meet my girl on the gator, so I could meet her off the truck! Yes. I wad a stressed out mess... Alli understood. My horse is currently boarded at dream catchers, and while there has been a transition from 36 acres of TA grass, to Florida terrain, the winter has been spectacular.. we love the people the volunteers the trail rides and the continued training, and no snow!! The vet the ferrier all fell right into place. Oh, did i mention that Alli as a realistate person? She helped us find our Florida home , with 10 acres near the Ocala forest, so my husband can trail run.. and one day I can bring Brandi home. Yes we have a barn! And grass! Dream catchers is a must see... everyone is welcoming, I must include Brandi, ha ha... she has the same name as my horse!! who manages the barns and feedings for the animals is a very hard worker, call her, or anyone there for a tour, lessons, even if you know little about horses, they will teach you..Allison will help you find the house and horse ..of your dreams.. awesome place! XXOO FOREVER GREATFUL

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dreamcatcher made our dream come true they saved our Fella and we adoped him and he is now in his forever home the surgery on his hoof saved his life and along we came and we all fell in love thanks to Dreamcatcher Rescue Ranch this is a very worth while non_profit they do great work

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering several months ago and it has been life changing!The love, energy and passion from everyone is incredible! I can't get enough !

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in upstate NY and was introduced to Dreamcatcher by a friend 2 years ago when I was there visiting. I have been back to visit several times now and am amazed by the place every time. A visit to Florida is never complete without a visit here. What they do for these animals is truly beyond anything I have ever seen. I recently made a decision to move to Florida and in looking for an apartment, one of the requirements for me was that it had to be within reasonable driving distance to Dreamcatcher. I never had an opportunity to have a horse of my own but certainly hope I am able to donate some time in helping out at Dreamcatcher in the near future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

To kick off Spring Break we decided to head to DreamCatcher Horse Ranch Rescue Center, there we were greeted by several of the staff members and a very loveable dog named Georgie, We proceeded on and were introduced to a beautiful horse named Champ , who by the way was a complete gentleman , Our tour guide for the day was Melodie she gave us some background history on the ranch and told us that each rescue has a unique story and the care and love that each animal gets. My daughter and her friend rode a couple of horses and had just the best time ever. There was quite a crowd that day but we were treated with much attention . I just love what they do here and without them, many horses would not survive. We enjoyed feeding various treats to all the horses and just fell in love with all of them. We will be returning in the near future

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer whenever possible at Dreamcatcher's, this sanctuary for horses is like no other! Adrian and Alison Wheatley have gone above and beyond in providing a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment for their horses. Every horse at Dreamcatcher's is given special attention, from grooming and having a clean stall, to seeing a Veterinarian and Farrier on a regular basis. Nutritional needs are also addressed for each horse. The Wheatley family are the kindest, most gracious 'horse people' you will ever meet. I am grateful to have found Dreamcatcher's and enjoy spending as much time as possible with such a wonderful organization, where there is truly hope for horses! Sandy B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Me and my daughter found this place online and we have been visiting there every tuesday for groom a horse. We are in so much love with the horses. They are all great and well taken care of. The trail rides are so much fun for any age. Theres also alot of other animals on the ranch to see too

Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome staff and the animals are so well taken care of.

Volunteer

Rating: 5


Not only does DreamCatcher rescue, rehabilitate and heal our equine friends they also train those horses that are able to be valuable members of the ranch while bringing much joy to both children and adults. Through DreamCatcher’s riding lessons, camps, Horse Clubs and other riding programs the rehabilitated horses are given a purpose and a job which besides the love, kisses and treats they absolutely love! I have two adopted beauties and would never move them from DreamCatcher because it feels like home, and, I know my guys are taken care of wonderfully!

Yamilet A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found this place for my daughter to attend summer camp and she loved it. Everyone was really friendly. She has been taking horseback riding lessons there since and advanced a lot.
She loves all the horses there. All the work they do to rehabilitate the horses is amazing!

Doug42

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter bounced from one equestrian center to another... Once we found Dreamcatcher we have never left.

This is a family place with a great staff.

My daughter has progressed with her equestrian training and her skills with the animals increase with each lesson and camps.

We recommend this facility to anyone that is new to horses or experience equestrians who are looking for a new riding center.

The work with their rescues is out of this world. They have taken in horses on the brink of death and are now on their way to recovery.

The one that always gets me is the horse that was saved from the butcher auction. The horse was being sold for meat and was thankfully saved and rehabilitated by the staff at Dreamcatcher.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

While staying in FL for the winter I was lucky enough to discover DreamCatcher. I partipated in the Love & Groom a horse activity they offer on Tuesdays. Juliette worked with me and she is a sweetheart. I took my daughter and grandaughter back for a fun festival the following Saturday. Everyone is super friendly, the horses are beautiful. The care shown to these lucky rescue horses, by Allison and all the volunteers, is so heart warming. Any visit to the ranch is a great hands on experience. If you get a chance to visit I highly recommend it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of doing some community service work at the Dreamcatcher Horse ranch a few months back, I was pleased to have been able to work at the ranch and saw how they treated they're animals. The family that runs this ranch are very knowledgeable of the animals and spend a lot of time and effort to rehab abused and injured horses. They also have volunteers that are also knowledgeable of horses training and upkeep of the ranch. I would recommend this ranch to anyone that wants to learn how and about riding horses. I do know that it takes a very dedicated people to do what this ranch does. Most of the horses on the ranch are rescue animals, some worse than others but all are treated very well.
Thank You
Tom Daniels

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found Dream Catchers when looking for a place to have a birthday party for my then 8 year old. We had an amazing time, we had a lot of children, the service and friendliness we got was truly a joy. For the large number of children we had, they all still got to ride and have a ton of fun.

I've also vol. for an event they had and enjoyed being there. We are actually moving back to Clermont next month and will be quite close to the facilities, we are planning on doing some more vol. work. What great work they do. The horses look amazing after all the love and care they receive from the time they arrive. Very heart warming...

Jaime Z.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I signed my daughter up for DreamCatchers summer program years ago, and she still talks about it to this day! The staff and volunteers are so patient and kind with the children who participate, and their love for the animals and desire to care for them is apparent in everything they do. I would recommend Dreamcatcher Horse Ranch and Rescue 100%, absolutely wonderful place and an awesome experience for children!

Donor

Rating: 5

These people do wonderful things for horses and the people who are associated with these grateful equines.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A great rescue and sanctuary that has the experience and competence to serve the animals that they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ally at Deamcatchwer made my 30 year dream of owning my own horse a reality. They are always so helpful with any question or concern I may have and have seen their amazing work they do first hand with their rescue horses giving many a second chance at a life they deserve!