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!
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.
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.
Ethics are at the center of Equine Aid's philosophy: from using donations responsibly to providing the animals with a natural a life. Only 5% of funding was used for administration in 2015 at this all volunteer rescue. Your donations are not used to solicit more donors or fund personal interests of the board. The horses, ponies, mule, donkeys and hinnys are free to roam the acreage or choose shelter as they prefer, have access to hay 24/7 and receive health care on a regular basis. The animals not chosen for adoption have lifetime sanctuary. All training is done thoughtfully and kindly, working with the animals, never forcing them. This organization respects all animals-you won't be served hot dogs, or any other meat products, but you will be well-fed at their events. They are not perfect. But they strive to provide an animal-friendly, safe environment for every animal on the farm while they promote respect for all animals.
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!!
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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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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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I have been volunteering at this rescue for a few months now, so I can see the ins and outs of how it is run and what they do there. Equine Aid is a wonderful and special organization. Many times in the animal rescue business, one sees waste and neglect. This is a really well run org, and the people there are extremely caring about the animals. The horses and donkeys there are actually allowed to organize themselves as a real herd on a huge tract of land. This is really uncommon - most rescues have their animals separated. It is amazing to watch all these horses roaming around socializing, eating, playing, grooming, running with each other. Ailing horses are, of course, separated out from the antics, but are really well socialized with each other and very well looked after. Every effort is made to rehab and train to adopt out. Luckily, there is a very good network in the area of caring vets, trainers and other help who give discounted services or volunteer. This is a great organization - small and grass roots, but very effective. Highly recommend donating to anyone caring about the care and adoption of happy equines. Every cent is utilized for the rescue!
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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!
Equine Aid truly cares about all of the animals in their care as well as the people that support them.
Equine Aid is a great rescue that is truly dedicated to the equines in their care. All equines are loved and valued here as well as their human care takes.
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.