Equine Aid is one of those rare rescues that "has it all". Not only do they put love, care and dedication into their rescue, but it is steeped in a wealth of knowledge, sound policies and operational decisions. The result is the ability to serve each equine it takes on for the best possible outcome. No corners cut at this rescue and you know EVERYTHING is for the horses and donkeys--spot on!
Geri, Doug and Lennis have been awesome to work with during and after we recently adopted one horse, Gig, and two donkeys, Tonio and Paco. Their communication provided timely responses and addressed all of our questions. We were invited to come out and visit as many times as we needed in order to get to know our new adoptees. Each time we were greeted warmly and made to feel very welcome, and soon realized Equine Aid was a great find and good match for us. Lennis gave us a great tour of Equine Aid's facilities and all of their animals. We also met a few volunteers who also showed a genuine interest in supporting the rescued animals. They assisted us in finding the right companion, Gig, for our older mare, Betsy. The two are getting along very well; just like reunited high school sweethearts.
We originally did not plan on adopting Tonio and Paco, but after our first visit we realized that we'd be very fortunate to offer them a forever home. Geri and Lennis provided us with the necessary information on what type of care and donkeys need, which got us off to a good start. In addition, After Tonio and Paco arrived, Geri offered us access to a donkey class that has provided us with additional insight and understanding on just how special donkeys are.
Doug transported the horses to our home and also made sure we had some of the hay the animals were used to at Equine Aid so we could easily transition them to the local hay near by.
We would really recommend anyone interested in adopting a rescue to make a visit to Equine Aid. We believe you will be matched with the right companion and really appreciate all the care and information they provide as part of their rescue mission.
Equine Aid has been humbly & quietly caring for horses & donkeys for over 10 years. Some equines are rescued, rehabilitated & find forever homes, & some become permanent residents at the sanctuary. All the animals are loved and cared for with respect and dignity.
I adopted a horse 'Danny boy' from Equine aid about 10 years ago. I appreciated how thorough they were in making sure I was a good fit for him and could take of him properly. While I've never been to their facility though it's on my bucket list and I hope to one day (maybe bring home a couple more). I follow their facebook for the excellent info they provide, their care about ALL equines wild and domestic and how the public can help. I trust Equine aid, donate, and they are the first place I'll turn to if I adopt again.
Its been my pleasure,
Geri and her volunteers always take a personal interest in every situation and help many animals. They house them in a safe, happy environment. They have been doing this for a long time and always have the best interest of the animals at heart. Thank you for being there.
I started as a volunteer at Equine Aid this spring. From the first day I went, I was impressed with the wonderful individualized care the animals received. They are very attentive to both the physical and emotional health of every animal. Lovely, clean facility. Geri and Doug and all the volunteers have all been so welcoming.
I am so blessed to work with a group of people who love and care for the equine community as much as this group does. As a volunteer I am treated so well and the animals are cared for with the utmost love and respect. Truly a great non-profit!
After my beloved mare died, my gelding was very depressed. I didn't want to adopt another horse so contacted Equine Aid to foster a companion. The foster rapidly became an adoption as the 2 bonded immediately. So, I now have a matched set of white Arabs! Although as the song goes, "one"s like snow, the other's more like milk". And, to make this situation even more perfect, the adoption contract stipulated that if at any time I could no longer care for them, Equine Aid will take them as a bonded pair. That sets mind at rest, knowing they will always be together.
Equine Aid is a wonderful place, compasionate and very caring. The horses and donkeies are well cared for and loved by Geri and Doug, all their helpers and voluteers.
Equine Aid is a wonderful organization. The all the horses and donkeys are very well taken care of with love and tenderness. Doug, Geri and all the volunteers work very hard to make sure that each and every animal receives the best care possible.
I have been a volunteer at Equine Aid for about 2 years. I have never worked with a more caring and loving group of people. Doug & Geri along with all of the amazing volunteers are so dedicated to doing what is best for the equines. The equines are always willing to watch over the volunteers when we do the cleaning. My 2 favorite buddies are Grady & Whinnie. I always make time to groom them twice a week. The donkeys are so funny when they play together.
Equine Aid is a wonderful charity that cares deeply about all the horses and donkeys they rescue. A dedicated team of volunteers work tirelessly to make sure each animal is healthy and rehabilitated and gets the best forever home. I highly recommend them!
We adopted a sweet mare from Equine Aid a few years ago. They take excellent care of all of the animals who live at the sanctuary. We have made a donation to them every year since our adoption of Mae. Equine Aid is one of the best organizations around!
As a former volunteer I have nothing to say but good things about Equine Aid. I loved every minute of the time I spent there. The atmosphere the volunteers and board members have at fostered at EA is one of kindness, education, and fun. It is obvious everyone there is there for the sake of the animals and everyone does their best for each equine no matter where they are in their rescue journey. Equine Aid takes great care in rehabilitating all new residents. This carries into their adoption process which focuses on matching their equines with people and homes that will allow them to thrive. I will always be an advocate for this non profit and encourage any one looking for a place to support with time or donations to consider Equine Aid.
Communication is key for groups of people trying to reach a common goal. Not only is this organization staffed with an incredible group of volunteers and hard workers with their hearts in the right place, they work very hard using all available communication methods and tools to keep everyone on the same page and moving towards helping as many equines as they can. This is not just a group of people who care, they are a family who greet you as if you are one of them even before setting foot on the ranch.
I am so grateful to this organization. When one of our donkeys died and his bonded partner was left without a companion, Equine Aid generously accepted our donkey so she could have a herd and an equine family. She was treated like a prize (we visited her, and she was so happy among her new donkey pack). Equine Aid eventually found a perfect situation for her. I love how well they got to know her and how thoughtful they were about placing her into a situation where she'll be successful. Wonderful, humane, caring, lovely organization.
Equine Aid is fantastic- as caregivers, teachers. I volunteer there.
I volunteer occasionally when extra help is needed. The people are wonderful and equines are well cared for. Very relaxing and enjoyable experience.
I loved volunteering there for about a year, Geri and Doug were kind, helpful and understanding when I had to leave. If ever life changes where I can go volunteer again I definitely will. The other volunteers were that way also. Plus the care and love for the horses made my heart happy!
I've been a donor to Equine Aid for ten years. Not all rescues are alike, and I'm particular about the ones I donate to. Equine Aid does a great job of rehabbing and training its rescue animals, as necessary, and finding them new homes. They also provide sanctuary to any equines not deemed adoptable.
And it's fun seeing all the donkeys and mules, an area of expertise that not all equine rescues have.
I have been volunteering at Equine Aid for over a year now and have enjoyed every bit of it. The people are so kind, warm, and welcoming and we all work as a team to getting things done. The horses are such a pleasure to be around. My time is usually spent mucking stables, stuffing hay nets, filling waters, and grooming the animals. It is important to the owners and staff that the volunteers are happy and have plenty of time to spend with the animals and enjoy themselves. The well-being of there animals are top priority and they take amazing care of each and every one of them. I am honored to be a part of this non-profit!
Equine Aid is a solid, ethically-run rescue and sanctuary for horses and donkeys. They really put everything into making sure each animal gets the care they need. Their adoption process includes a rigorous evaluation that helps to ensure the animals are going to good homes with the facilities needed to keep them safe. I am always in awe at how much work Geri and Doug put into making Equine Aid a great place for the animals that need them.
when you visit equine aid the owners and animals are loving and friendly.
This is a sign of a happy place.
The owners will disclose any physical or behavioral problems about each animal before they considerer allowing you to take away one of their family members to adoption.
Through many years and all kinds of weather.
They doctor,feed,shovel,groom,and love the forgotten . That is dedication
I volunteered with this Equine Adis until my hand could not take it any more. As a previous farmer, I know a well run operation when I see it. This is a well run organization. I still send them money sometimes to help them out and hope they can do this for a long time.
I used to live next door to Geri and Doug and saw first hand what dedicated and caring people they are. Countless hours were spent caring for the animals in their care and that’s why Equine Aid is so successful. I am honored to know them and would highly recommend Equine Aid to anyone needing animal care.
My name is Marilyn Crawford. My husband Chuck and I live next door to Equine Aid. We are delighted to help Doug and Geri by letting them use our front pasture as horses and donkey's are transitioned into their pastures. Chuck and I both feel good that we are able to help them in this small way. Neither of us has seen a more caring couple as Doug and Geri. The dedication and compassion they provide the animals in their care, is both amazing and selfless.
Both of us are blessed to have such incredible neighbors and we admire what they do at Equine Aid.
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I've been a friend, volunteer, adoptor and a rater of Equine Aid for about ten years. In every aspect it has been an outstanding organization. Perhaps the most notable experience for me, been helping to coordinate adoptions. On several occasions, Equine Aid has asked me to contact and evaluate prospective adoptors; it has been impressive to me that they will--regretfully--turn down a prospective adoptor if the environment does not satisfy their ex-acting standards. Equine Aid--Geri and Doug--place the well-being of the horses at the top of the priorities for an adoption. They are truly a sanctuary, with the best of integrity.
Equine aid welcomed me with open arms when I volunteered years ago, and treated me like family ever since!! The care, love, and dedication they devote to all of the equines is inspiring. This nonprofit goes above and beyond not only for the furry friends, but the human ones too!
Equine Aid does amazing work for equines in the Puget Sound community. They are a volunteer run organization so all donations go direct to the animals. Not only do they take in equines needing rescue but they also support owners to help them keep their animals. Equine Aid is also active in advocating for kind and humane treatment of horses, donkeys, ponies and other equines worldwide
I am picky about the organizations I volunteer for and Equine Aid is the best of the best. Geri and Doug put the care and well being of the animals first and foremost. The horses/donkeys/ponies/mini horses and hinnies are all well cared for, with lots of room, nutritious food and medical care. I would highly recommend anyone looking to volunteer for/donate to or adopt from a highly qualified animal rescue/sanctuary to check into Equine Aid.
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I am always impressed by the determination at Equine Aid to do what is right for the animals. The animals who reside there as well as animals in the community. They know that they determine the future for animals they accept into their program and take the responsibility seriously. From always welcoming animals back from adopters who cannot keep them, no questions asked, to providing life time sanctuary for those who are found not to be adoptable and always proving the health care each animal requires. I volunteer and I donate, I encourage you to do the same.
Every day I see the determination at Equine Aid to do the right thing: for animals and for people. I am grateful for this experience and opportunity.
The more time I spend at Equine Aid, the more I want to go back & be there even longer!
As soon as I toured the Rescue for my position as a Volunteer, the warmth & welcoming nature of the owners Geri & Doug, plus the happy, healthy nature of the herd, made me a fast believer that this was the place I wanted to be!
The ethical & moral values on which the Rescue is founded & is run & the outstanding care the equines receive make it clear as to why this place has been standing steadily for 20 years!
Geri and Doug love love love their animals. They receive excellent vet care. There is plenty of food for all. The herd has lots of room to roam. A great rescue farm!
I have been a volunteer at Equine Aid for a few years. It is a very welcoming environment that truly has something to offer for everyone--no matter what level of experience you have with equines. I have had the opportunity to learn a tremendous amount about equines and their care and the rescue works with wonderful vets and ferries who are interested in sharing their knowledge. Beyond the horses and donkeys, it is the fellow volunteers who also make this a very special place.
These beautiful and majestic creatures have been part of our existence for centuries. They have been loyal companions, therapy heroes, war heroes and so much more.
Unfortunately, now they are exploited due to greed. They are shipped to Mexico and Canada to be slaughtered.
Equine Aid advocates for these voiceless victims. They have over 30 equines at their rescue. They work non stop providing the best life possible.
Koda saved from Slaughter.
In 2013 a beautiful and amazing horse was rescued from the feed lot. It is without a doubt that he would have been shipped to either Mexico or Canada for slaughter. He was transported to Equine Aid where he received a complete health check and much more. Shortly after his arrival, he managed to hurt himself. It was a long and expensive, and painful road, but Geri never gave up. A sponsor decided to take on the medical costs for this horse. Through conventional medicine and Chinese Herbs, he has made a complete recovery and now hes in training. Like so many horses, Koda is full of spirit and magic.
He truly got his second chance thanks to Geri and Doug. These two extraordinary people are both a asset to humanity, they continue to restore my faith everyday by their kindness and compassion.
I have volunteered for Equine Aid as well as have served on the board. Now, I continue my support by donating monthly to help provide care for the rescue herd as well as extend the mission of this wonderful organization. Equine Aid is run with incredible compassion and integrity and is a strong force for the community. Fabulous nonprofit!
EA provides rescue and sanctuary for equines in need, and serves as a voice against abuse. Through the duration of my involvement, I have witnessed so many amazing creatures pass through the sanctuary gates, all of which have been offered another shot at life. I am grateful for the opportunity to be involved with an organization with as much integrity as Equine Aid.
I have been contributing to Equine Aid for many years. This group truly cares about the animals and treats all animals and humans with dignity and respect. I am blessed to be able to donate to this organization.
This is a truly wonderful rescue that puts their hearts into providing for the animals in their care!
Equine Aid truly cares about all of the animals in their care as well as the people that support them.
I have volunteered at Equine Aid nearly 4-months and cannot imagine not doing so. It is an incredibly positive experience. Geri and Doug really love and care for all the animals and volunteers. The facility is organized to garner the most happiness per square foot for all the animals. The horses have at a minimum 10 acres of pasture to roam. Their pasture also includes various shelters, stalls, feeding stations, watering stations, grassy areas, dry lots, wooded areas, shady areas, and sunny areas. The animals are able to browse 24 hours. Hay is always available in hay nets. Their grain is also made fresh twice a day including many herbal remedies and special oils or additives depending on age or ailment. Equine Aid is a place of happiness for animals and people.
This is an outstanding rescue with caring people from the owners all the way down to the volunteers.
I have been here as a volunteer for about 4 years now and i must say it has been a wonderfull experience.
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Equine Aid does an amazing job! Their horses and donkeys are very well cared for and great care is taken in their placement, when suitable. They also take back all animals who can not stay with the home they were placed in. This is a very transparent organization and you can be assured that any money you donate will be used to look after the animals. They also provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for many local community members. This is my organization of choice when I think of donating!
Equine Aid is a very special place. Geri and Doug are two incredibly dedicated people who truly love and care about every animal they have rescued. This love comes through in the transformation of the horses, donkeys and ponies. They have a great team of veterinarians, acupuncturists, farriers and trainers. All of these services are done with gentle hands. They want to animals to want to do things, not be forced.
I am blessed to know this place and hope to be volunteering at Equine Aid for a long time!
I have observed the flow and function of this rescue for several years. I am gratified at their commitment to the animals in their care. The animals in sanctuary have full care for life. The rescue animals are rehabilitated physically, mentally and with further training.
No one here takes a salary. This operation is about love and dedication.
This is such a great place. It's spacious and clean, and you can tell all of the critters are happy to be there. The caring staff does a great job working to rehab the animals who have had a rough previous life. Some are available for adoption, some have a permanent home at Equine Aid. If you visit, be sure to see Petey the Donkey - he gives kisses!
By far one of the most fulfilling and caring organizations I have ever had the privilege of working with. I am in school to become a veterinarian and started volunteering there to add volunteer hours to my resume; but it has become so much more. I look forward to going there every week. A great environment and great people! It seems like there are always groups from the community coming out to see whats happening at Equine Aid and I feel that awareness is spreading fairly well! I cannot say enough about this organization. Helping give these wonderful animals a home where they are cared for and loved is, to me, so important, and this organization does exactly that. They feel (and impress on others as well) the importance of caring for these magnificent animals and having that lifelong responsibility to them and the world around us. One of the best nonprofit organizations around, hands down!!!
Equine Aid helped us in our quest to find the perfect donkey to join our family as a companion to our other donkey, and for my son. His best friend, a wonderful horse, had recently moved out of state with his owner, and he was very sad.
I contacted Geri and let her know we were looking for a new donkey, and she asked us a lot of questions about our experience, what our living situation was, and matched us up with Codi. He has been the perfect addition to our home, and we love him dearly.
Geri does a great job with the animals she rescues, and gives them the best care and evaluation, making sure they are appropriately matched if and when they go to their new homes. She allows for a trial period to ensure they are a good match. We are so thrilled we were allowed to adopt Codi, and thankful he was rescued by her. He was in poor shape, but was given proper vet and hoof care and came to us a healthy animal. His future was bleak, but he will now live out his days being loved and pampered.
I chose this rescue when adopting based on recommendations from many friends in the horse community, and I understand why it is so highly regarded!
I found Equine Aid through LinkedIn last year, and started volunteering in March of this year. It was founded in 2010 by Doug Arneson and Geri Vincent, though unofficially it started in 1999 when the couple bought a farm and started saving animals (3 horses, 2 donkeys) out of the goodness of their hearts. They now have 29 equines (19 horses, 3 ponies and 7 donkeys – there are also chickens, ducks, cats and dogs); some are sanctuary animals (they have their "forever home" at the Rescue, due to having high-cost medical needs), some are in-training, and some are potential adoptees.
"Equine Aid is a labor of love and hope," says Geri. And, to this volunteer, that's what comes across. The entire organization is volunteer-run (the founders don't draw a salary, and financially fill in the gaps when funding is short), and any volunteer you ask would freely say they do it for the love of the animals. I would agree: there is a deep love of these creatures, and a desire to give them a happy home for their remaining days, no matter what condition they come in.
Equine Aid is a truly wonderful organization, committed 100% to the animals in their care. The folks who run it are dedicated and kind, absolutely wonderful to work with. I have nothing but glowing reviews for this organization.
Aside from fundamental excellence of this equine rescue, I can say that it is clear funding is desperately needed. The property is gorgeous, but the facility needs upgrading. The paddocks and corrals need repairs, new fencing and materials. There is also only 1 small uncovered round pen for training, which is challenging during the winter months and when working with the animals. More funding would take the facility from functional to fabulous!!
FOR PROVIDING THIS SANCTUARY AND YOUR ADVOCACY FOR EQUINES IN NEED EVERYWHERE, THANK YOU, EQUINE AID!!
Review from Guidestar
Such an amazing place to volunteer.
Everyone is so friendly.
The animals are very loved.
Barn is very clean and well kept
I always feel very welcome, they make you feel like family.
I give them a five
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Volunteering at Equine Aid has been my first experience of working around and with animals who have been neglected and/or abused. Although many of the individual stories are heartbreaking, I have been heart-warmed over and over again by participating in the welfare of each and every creature at the sanctuary. The proprietors, Doug and Geri, are one of the finest examples of giving from the heart and showing unconditional love to all, that I have ever witnessed.
Although I have owned horses in the past, I have learned a great deal more about working with them! Equine Aid has become my sanctuary too - a great source for exercise, fun and relaxation! I also truly appreciate the camaraderie and support from all of the other volunteers I have come in contact with.
I have donated to Equine Aid for the past six years and I'm pleased to see that my entire donation serves these animals. This organization is so grateful for every gift and uses all donations carefully and conscientiously.
Nice people, too. They are very inclusive and open to everyone. And they clearly care deeply about the welfare of all species.
Equine Aid is a truly caring place. Geri & Doug have put their hearts and souls into caring for these "unwanted" equines. All the animals are well cared for and greatly loved. I have had the privilege of helping with and attending their Open Barn each summer for the past few years. Always fun, safe and informative.
Amazing place for animals and people alike! A warm and friendly atmosphere where people of any age, background or ability are treated like family. I cannot express how wonderful the rescue has been for our whole family! The horses, ponies and donkeys (and ducks, dogs, cats and chickens) are obviously well loved and cared for, as are the volunteers who will tell you how much they love it there every chance they get (myself included). What a blessing Equine Aid has been for us!
I have donated to Equine Aid for over 5 years. I am so impressed with the care given to each animal. This rescue is a very special place and is full of love!
Equine Aid is both a sanctuary and rescue to Equines in need. 100% of donations go directly to the rescue to help pay for feed and vet bills. Equine Aid is unique in that it also offers sanctuary to donkeys in need. A fabulous nonprofit, and well worth a donation!
Equine Aid Horse and Donkey Rescue is truly home for the equines that which reside on the sanctuary grounds. At Equine Aid, donkeys, ponies, horses, and even a hinny, are given the chance to live the social and natural lives they deserve. The animals live in herds; something extremely important to the horse psyche. The caretakers are exceptionally compassionate and attention to the animals' needs. The ethics of Equine Aid Horse and Donkey Rescue are solid. I am so enthusiastic about this place!
I volunteer at Equine Aid 2-3 days each week. It is extremely rewarding to be a part of a community of people who are so interested in the animal's well-being. The horses and donkeys receive the necessary vet, farrier, and trainer care, as well as the right food and attention to ensure they thrive. It is a teaching environment. I had no real equine knowledge before I started volunteering six months ago. I've learned so much. This organization has given so many animals a better life or saved them from a life that was going to be cut short. I tell all my friends about Equine Aid because a place this special needs to be recognized.
This is an extremely awesome rescue. Everyone loves and cares for the animals very well. The horses and donkeys are all amazing and I wouldn't go anywhere else.
Equine Rescue is not easy. It's hard work and very expensive, and extremely expensive when Horses become sick or injured. This is exactly what happened to Koda. He was rescued as a stray and managed to hurt himself within the month. His prognosis was bleak. Geri and Doug never gave up on him, he received the best treatment possible thanks to a sponsorship. You should see him now, what a handsome guy!
I contacted Equine Aid in regards two donkeys that were at a local slaughterhouse. Even though the slaughter is not permitted in the US, equines are shipped to Canada and Mexico. Within days everything was organized to rescue these two donkeys. I love visiting the property, so much great energy there.
This is a wonderful organization, run by wonderful people and volunteers.
For the past four years I have volunteered at Equine Aid. The animals always come first here because the founders are active participants and make sure that is the case. In every situation I have seen the board act to make sure that the animals have what they need and to keep them safe. Once an animal joins this rescue, they keep track of it for life. If an adopter cannot keep an animal, they bring it back to ensure that the next home is a good one. Funds are always tight. Please donate if you can.
My equine friend referred me to Geri & Doug's organization when I found myself and my donkey abruptly homeless. Fortunately Riva was welcomed to partner up with another rescue donkey. The two bonded immediately and after a year at the santurary were placed together in a loving home.. Don't you love happy endings! I couldn't be more grateful to this wonderful dedicated couple!
I have been volunteering at Equine Aid for over a year and have seen, consistently, how well cared for and loved of all the horses and donkeys. This is truly a heaven for these equine.
I began volunteering at Equine Aid last fall. This reserve is outstanding in all respects. These horses and donkeys are all well loved and well cared for. All the stalls and paddocks are cleaned daily. Clearly these animals are happy by virtue of their trust and friendliness when interacting with them. I love working there, it's sheer happiness for me!
Equine Aid is a truly wonderful rescue. They take exceptionally good care of all equines that come into their care. The donkeys and horses get much needed veterinary care, food, patience and lots of love. This organization is well run with compassion, experience, and fiscal responsibility.
Doug and Geri have high standards for the care and feeding of the animals at their rescue. They also work right along with the volunteers and on occasion are up all night with a vet called in for an animal in distress. what a wonderful place for these neglected and abused equines to live out their lives in peace and security.
I have been donating to Equine Aid for about 6 years. I visit them at least once a year (minimum) to check on how they are doing. Geri and Doug love the animals, take extra special care of every one of them and give their lives to caring and protecting them. I am amazed at their dedication and long term commitment to caring for abused animals.
I love contributing to this group! It is so obvious these animals are loved.
I am always a little suspicious of "rescue" organizations, but Geri and her group are the real deal. I owned 2 mini donkeys and Geri helped me with their care, and eventually re-homing. Some people have a true passion in life, and clearly Geri and her husband have found theirs. I admire how they have single handedly taken on this mission to rescue donkeys and horses and provide the best care for these unwanted animals. Their dedication is often at the expense of their own personal life. I strongly recommend this rescue organization without any hesitation or misgivings. Thank you Geri for all of your help.