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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Training, Animals, Equestrian, Sports

Mission: Dreamchaser originally began in 2002 to save mares and foals used in the drug industry from slaughter. We educate the public about the suffering that occurs in order to make the drug Premarin and let them know there are truly natural alternatives. Through the years we have also saved abused and abandoned horses and found them loving, qualified homes whenever possible. We provide sanctuary to a variety of rescued animals including llamas, donkeys, sheep, goats, pigs and peacocks! These animals are used in our educational, USDA licensed petting zoo. Dreamchaser loves children and matches at risk kids with rescued horses in our wonderful Lean on Me program, where they learn about horse care, they groom and then ride a horse. Lean on Me is offered at no cost to the children or associated agencies. We depend on your donations to fund the program.

Target demographics: Dreamchaser saves PMU mares and foals, abused and abandoned horses and those headed for slaughter.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Each year approxminately 160 children go through our Lean on Me program.

Geographic areas served: Arizona and beyond!

Programs: We match our rescued horses with at risk kids on our Lean on Me program. This brings underprivileged children and foster kids to the ranch for a one on one experience with our rescued horses. They learn about horse care, they groom and then ride a horse. Afterward, they have an opportunity to interact with our other rescued animals which make up our USDA petting zoo. These include donkeys, llamas, sheep, goats, pigs, peacocks, ducks and turtles! Lean on Me is offered at no cost to the children or associated agencies and is run during the cooler months in Arizona. We depend on donations to fund the program.

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

49 Rex-Q

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After seeing a bad and somewhat deceptive review of Dreamchaser I feel the need to respond. After the Susan and her husband ( Dreamchaser founders & director) were each in serious accidents, out of physical necessity, Dreamchaser now focuses on the continuing commitment of offering the finest care available for the lifetimes of those animals that are part of the sanctuary. It is no longer practical for them to actively rescue more horses and still be able to properly care for the horses and donkeys that are permanent sanctuary residents. As a former foster home from when this facility was still in Arizona, I can personally attest to the high level of dedication that these people have to providing these animals a lifetime of happiness & quality care while still continuing their mission of education about the cruelties that happen as a result of the Premarin industry. Many times over, I have witnessed Susan and mike doing without things that they personally need in order to pay for the care of these horses out of their own pockets when enough donations were not available. Additionally, Susan and Mike will always remain active behind the scenes of rescue. I applaud their recognition of the fact that taking in additional animals at this time would adversely affect the quality of life of the animals that Dreamchaser has already committed to. These animals have a long lifespan, especially when they receive this type of outstanding care. Horses are expensive animals to maintain and maintaining the premises where they live is every bit as important as basic feed and veterinary care. Dreamchaser needs and will continue to need donations for many years to come. This organization is very well run. These animals have the best of care and rest assured that the people who run this place are not living extravagantly off of your donations. This organization is not large or high profile but the work that they do is top notch & very deserving of consideration for donations.
Frizz Allen

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24

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am unable to financially commit to a horse at this time in my life but I wanted to be around horses & help them out. I found Dreamchaser & visited their ranch. What I found there was a lovely facility where all of the animals are happy & get the best of care from a small dedicated group of people on a shoestring budget. I am so very proud to be able to say that I was able to help these fine people in a very small way with some of the animals in their care. Susan & Mike are so very dedicated and always prioritize the needs of the horses over their own personal needs. If you have any extra time, please volunteer to help. If you have any extra money, this is a very worthy cause to donate to and your money will always be well spent, directly on the animals, not a bunch of professional fundraisers and overpaid administrators. Dreamchaser is a truly worthy cause!

21

Donor

Rating: 1

The Founder and President uses donated money to pay personal bills such as electricity, heating fuel, and personal repairs this is a violation of tax code. As a former donor I do not agree that this is how the money should be used. Also her fundraising mailers claim the rescue is still rescuing horses, however, it isn't. Beware when donating to this facility.

27 Lee_12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dreamchaser of course is an an animal rescue facility but what many do not realize is that many, many hours are also dedicated to Community Service. Children from homeless shelters and foster homes are brought to the ranch to help them forget their troubles for a while and this facility does just that. I have had the privilege to volunteer during some of these visits and have seen the difference in the kids when they arrive and when they leave. Some arrive silent and shut down, mistrustful and afraid. With patience and loving kindness, these children are brought out of their shell and learn what it is to be kids- to play, to care and to be both brave and kind. The animals arrive much the same way and are gentled through love, good food, spotless living conditions and patience. They then regain their dignity and become invaluable partners in helping the community's children. A society is measured by how it treats it's most helpless, by how they treat their children and animals. Dreamchaser exemplifies the best society has to offer and is a testament to love.

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14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first became aware of Dreamchaser thru an article in our local paper, featuring the "Lean On Me" Program. Dreamchaser rescues and rehabilitates horses that have been abandoned, abused, used in the drug industry or just plain neglected. The animals arrive wild, scared and hurt, many cannot even be touched. With patience, good food, a clean place to live and lots of love, these horses becaome loving, healthy creatures and end up giving back to their community. Dreamchaser brings children from various county programs out to he ranch to learn from the horses. It is a beautiful thing to watch a previously abused horse teach a child to trust again. They are so patient & kind, some will just stand and be quiet if a child is frightened or sad. They let the child make the first move and I have even seen children fingerpaint on these beautiful creatures! The children learn to that it is possible to grow again, that there is someone that loves you and that you are respected and loved simply by virtue of your being. Bravo to Susan Thompson and the Dreamchaser family! From petting zoo events and pony rides at various community functions to the regular day at the childrens library, this organization certainly gives more than they get. Not only are the horses rescued but also other farm animals, pigs, goats, chickens, ducks, peacocks, all rescues from horrible situations amd all are equally loved and cherished at the ranch. Please give what you can to this wonderful organization, every little bit helps. Or stop by the ranch and see for yourselves, the public is always welcome and you will make so many new friends, both 2 and 4 legged!

10 Melissa139

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the best organization out there. Susan works harder than anyone I know to take care of those who can't help themselves, whether it be a horse, a goat, or a chicken. Animals aren't the only ones rescued here, children from library groups to foster care absolutely love coming to the ranch to see and learn about the different animals and even get to learn how to ride a horse!

14 Carla8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dreamchaser & Susan are the best thing that has ever happened to these abandon & mistreated animals. Not only does Susan rescue horses, she also saves burros, pigs, dogs, ducks, chickens, and just about anything with 4 legs. Dreamchaser has a summer camp for kids to learn about horses, does petting zoos & birthday parties. I have seen the results of these rescued animals as they go from being skinny with all kinds of health issues as well as being scared of people to healthy trusting animals.

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11

Donor

Rating: 5

These people are amazing, very hardworking & loving to these poor mistreated animals. They rescue not only horses, but donkeys, burros, dogs, pigs, ducks, geese, chickens & much more. They provide medical care for all the animals & nurse them back to a healthy life. They also work with children running a camp in the summer & having a "Lean of Me" program.

16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wish everybody could visit Dreamchaser Ranch and see the love and care and hard work they give to these beautiful, innocent animals. I wish I could get out more often. Susan (the animal whisperer) and all her volunteers work tirelessly to make sure these animals get their proper feeding and vet care. The stables and grounds are always spotless. The animals are happy for the first times in their lives. It brings tears to my eyes every time I visit. They do so much and expect nothing but to see these animals survive and get good homes.

12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wish there were more Susan Thompsons in this world. She is the most caring, hard working, loving person I know. She would do anything for her animals, her passion for their well-being is absolutely phenomenal. She is so appreciative of her volunteers and knows them all by name. She tirelessly takes such good care of every animal on the ranch, from the ducks to the horses. She thanks me for volunteering and I in turn thank HER.

13

Donor

Rating: 5

Dreamchaser Horse Rescue is an outstanding nonprofit group. The individuals who volunteer give more than time or money. They give their best at all times to the animals, each other, and those who want to join the ranks of their volunteer family. While I contribute to several nonprofits... This is my all-time #1 favorite.

9 Natalie41

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing non profit organization that dedicates everything to helping all animals and finding their forever homes.

11 Lindsay17

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about this organization through a Groupon I saw &felt compelled to give more than just money. I learned a lot about PMU & everything that goes into taking care of horses. Volunteering at Dreamchaser had a life changing effect on me & I look forward to volunteering at the ranch again soon!

8 Sandy54

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dreamchaser Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation organization exemplifies ÔÇťoutstanding" rescue work dedicated to rescuing horses and animals. The dedication, love, care and medical attention given goes above and beyond any level of service. Committed volunteers that work tirelessly to rescue and rehabilitate all breeds of horses, ponies, donkeys and animals that have been forgotten, abused or can no longer be cared for by their owners is exemplary. A true dedication for placement into new loving and permanent homes is evident. Dreamchaser is a professional, exceptionally well-run and an effective rescue to the cause.

I encourage people to donate their time and funds, to help with the endless effort to care for those animals that have been physically or psychologically traumatized. To educate the public about the importance of this noble cause.

Dreamchaser Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation is Heaven on Earth for these once abandoned souls.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are so many good things to say about this organization I hardly know where to begin.

I started volunteering at Dreamchaser in the summer of 2010. I was immediately impressed at the amount of love and attention Susan and all the other volunteers had for each and every one of animals there. There were a lot of horses there at the time, not to mention the lamas, chickens, pot bellied pigs, birds, dogs, and even a Sonoran Tortuous! Just a handful of those animals would keep most rescues busy!

The days were long, and the work hard but I did not mind at all. It was literally a labor of love in the truest sense of the word. During my time there I personally witnessed animals that arrived in desperate physical condition and broken in spirit only to see them in the weeks and months ahead become healthy, confident, and happy. When finances were tight, I also witnessed owners giving up many personal conveniences we all take for granted just to keep food & medicine available for the animals.

Dreamchaser also takes an active role in exposing our youth to the care, feeding, and humane treatment of animals. For many children from urban areas, this is their first time experience with animals other than domestic dogs and cats.

I can only give the highest marks to Dreamchaser for their outstanding commitment to the animals in their care and for taking an active role in the educating the public on the proper and humane treatment of those animals lucky enough to find a home in their organization.

6 Terri Keegan P.

Donor

Rating: 5

We first got involved with Dreamchaser when I saw a picture of a small horse that was rescued by Dreamchaser. We went up to visit to check out the place and saw the wonderful work that Susan and her volunteers do. She sat with that little guy day and night nursing him and loving him. We got to meet all the other horses, goats, llamas, etc that they rescued and fell in love with the place. I wish they were closer, I would be up there more to help. Susan has such a love in her heart for animals of all kinds. She even has turtles. The work is hard and I don't know how she does it, feeding over 40 horses and all the other animals. I believe the horses get fed three times a day. I watched two horses that she rescued, Journey and Promise, go from being so neglected to looking beautiful and healthy. They also offer summer camp for children and a program for foster children to teach them how to care for the animals so she also reaches out to the children. Such a fun and wonderful place to visit. I encourage others to get involved, you won't be sorry.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

I feel that Dreamchaser gives 100% plus to neglected and abused animals. I wish I was rich so that I could donate alot more than I do.
Some of the stories are heartbreaking but it feels good to know that Susan is their to help these animals.
Susan has earned her wings in heaven. Animals that have never known a kind hand will heal under her love and dedication.
Thank you for renewing my faith in people.
Jan

4 Susanne5

Donor

Rating: 5

My Daughter volunteered and so I drove her out there and sometimes picked her up. It is amazing, what people can do with love for these abused and neglected animals. I only wish the road would be better to the Ranch.

4 Jean31

Donor

Rating: 5

Visited this ranch of help and healing for the first time last Oct. (fall fest) It is a great place to take the whole family. Saw first hand the wonderful work they are doing for these beautiful animals. Hope they have another fall fest. so we can go, and invite more people out.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family adopted two horses from Dreamchaser in 2010. These horses were very special, as they came from a herd of 27 horses that was destined to be slaughtered. These two very young horses were terrified of humans when they first came to Dreamchaser. Through very diligent and patient training, Susan Thompson was able to gentle the horses to the point where they are loving and respectful to their human family. We have maintained a strong bond with Dreamchaser ever since we adopted our two horses. There is no other rescue organization in Arizona that takes in all animals discarded by human beings and gives them a loving environment to enjoy their precious lives.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with the ranch for quite a while now. I love working there because of all the love and good spirits that surround the place. I am inspired each day I go by Susan the ranch owner. She alone can and has worked the entire ranch, from early morning, to lunch, to late at night! I have put myself into over drive mode and mucked every horse stall and corral as well as take care of all other animals and let me tell you, doing that 3 times a day would kill a person! The amount of love and effort Susan alone puts into the ranch is amazing! Those who come to volunteer can see the family like friendly aura about the place and how much everyone there loves the animals they work with! As for the animals? How many are there? ITS A ZOO! They got pigs, chickens, ducks, horse's, dogs, cats, and goats for your normal animals. Not so normal are the Llama's, the Peacocks and Peahens, the turtles, bunnies, and rescued exotic birds. Did I mention most every animal is a rescue of some sort? Susan takes in the beaten and the damned only to raise them back up, provide the most amount of love, and then...if possible, send that animal to another loving home that can take care of it for a long time to come. I have seen horses, ducks, and much more come into the ranch beaten and broken, and then over time recover oh so well! It truly is a rehabilitation rescue of pure love! When you know your boss is working beside you, can witness where any money goes (straight to the animals), can and has done all the work you do by herself, never complains, and does it almost each day of her life, well if that's not enough to convince you to work than I don't wanna know you! My name is Brendan and I think Susan deserves all the help in the world to keep her rescue open. Its a life changing place that offers a second chance for animals that would be dead without her. They are not mean, it was humans that were mean to them, and its humans there that make up for those wrongs done to those animals. It is we that love them back into living happy lives surrounded by a place to call home. Let the rescue be known throughout AZ and the world!

6 Pam_45

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Susan Thompson and her rescue is the most amazing place one could visit. Susan allows students from veterinary technology classes to come out and use all her animals so that these students can gain experience with all large animals. Susan gives these rescued animal her heart and soul. She never gets a day of, nor does she ever really want one. Susan allows children of every age to come out and experience life with the adoring animals. Special needs children are welcome too! Susan takes her petting zoo out to special events so that people can experience life with animals. Susan tries to find homes for all her rescues, but is also very aware that some of these animals may never be able to be adopted and she gives these animal forever homes. Susan is amazing and she is a voice for animals and the world of animals is lucky to have someone like her in their corner.

5 Sasparilla S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization not only rescues animals, it provides so much more by assisting all ages to reconnect through animal encounters, training, educating, and comforting. Many do not appreciate the incredible financial expenditures of an operation like this, nor do they realize the "back-breaking" hours of work required to keep a safe, clean and nourishing large animal rescue in operation. Susan Thompson works tirelessly and the animals pass on all the love and caring they have been shown.