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Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Provide rescue and care for abandoned horses.

Programs: Rescued abandoned horses, provided food and medical care, arranged for adoptions when possible

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A loving place for our equine friends. There are so many giving and caring people that have dedicated their lives to our beloved 4 legged equines!

Ruthanne P.

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve been involved with Equine Voices for about 25 years off and on. I first visited in the late 90s and became acquainted with Karen. We worked together on an organization that helped people in need of resources for their horses. I’ve called her a few times for help and she’s always been there. One of her staff and I went down with a group of horse people to the Havasupai reservation to help the tribe with their horses. We were able to get one of the horses out of the canyon and he went to EQ to live. About 5 years ago, EQ saved some donkeys that had been stolen from their land. I have sponsored Bindie Sue for all that time. Karen has always been there for me and FOR THE ANIMALS. Equine Voices is a remarkable place for equines and Karen is a very remarkable woman.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I toured the sanctuary with hopes of adopting two horses everything was so well organized so clean the horses looks so healthy and well taken care of volunteers were wonderful everybody was so friendly unfortunately a health issue prevented me from adopting and I do believe in this organization

Donor

Rating: 5

This amazing equine rescue was started many years ago by a girl with a dream. She and her staff love what they do, they work HARD every single day, they deal with unbelievably difficult situations, they witness the worst kinds of abuse and neglect, and they keep right on going with positive minds and hearts. They put so much thoughtfulness, intelligence, and professionalism into every part of their mission. They care about their community and strive to educate people of all ages about the lives they are saving. I am continuously impressed by both the business end and the rescue/rehabilitation end of this group. They treat EVERY animal (and every supporter) like a member of the family!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great place! The ranch and the horses are all lovingly cared for. Karen, the staff and volunteers work very hard and their love of the animals is evident.

Angela M.10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I started volunteering at Equine Voices about eight years ago. We didn't know much about horses and we wanted to decide if we should get some. Equine Voices taught us about safety first. We gradually progressed from working outside of the stalls to being able to work with the horses. At each level, skills were taught and tested. By the time that we decided to adopt two very needy older horses, we felt confident that had been well trained. We now have adopted five special needs horses from Equine Voices. We will always be grateful to Equines Voices for rescuing very needy horses and for letting us adopt them.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a rescue/sanctuary that defines what a rescue/sanctuary should be. There is no doubt about their mission which they live every day and the measures they will go to to help save an animal. In addition, it is a beautiful well-kept and maintained facility. The animals are so well cared for and loved beyond just daily care. We have known the founder, an amazing woman, almost since the beginning of Equine Voices and she still has the dedication, compassion and get it done attitude from that time. She inspires and educates others. Anyone in rescue knows it is a tireless, frustrating but often so rewarding experience. Kudos to Equine Voices!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Living in a retirement community gives people many volunteer opportunities. When my husband and I retired to Green Valley, AZ in 2006, I immediately set out to find something to do with animals. I found Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary! Fifteen years later I am still a volunteer there and a newly elected board member! Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to rescue equines from neglect, abuse, abandonment, use in drug smuggling, and slaughter. Additionally, they rehabilitate, adopt and/or provide a safe and loving sanctuary to those equines who need a forever home. One of my jobs is tour coordinator and guide. I try to educate visitors about the dangers of the drug Premarin. It's made using the urine of pregnant mares whose foals are the byproduct of the industry. Many of the horses used in the making of this drug end up going to slaughter. Equine Voices began in 2004 with four Premarin foals called the foundation herd. Check out their photo. One of them, named Gulliver, on the left in the photo, was chosen to be the mascot because the auctioneer said he was too big and too ugly to be adopted! Equine Voices has rescued more than 1,000 equines over 17 years! Currently they are home to 49 horses and 4 burros. It is an incredible organization! I recommend visiting their website: equinevoices.org for more information and, if you're in the area, schedule a tour.

2 Dale Y.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Great Rescue and Sanctuary, horses are saved from abuse and slaughter. horses are seen by Vets when they need them and a farrier. We have visited the sanctuary and were very impressed. We donate to their shop in Tubac and are really happy the horses are so well taken care of.

2 Pete F.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Karen Pomeroy and the staff and volunteers at Equine Voices are wonderful "animal people" dedicated to their equine and assinine (donkeys, that is) residents. The facility is beautiful, spacious and kept in tip top condition at all times. There are corrals, shade structures, barns, pens for animals with special needs and diets, and Karen matches animals with similar dispositions and special bonds. Volunteers are well trained with frequent orientation sessions. Needed veterinary care is promptly provided. Karen is always available for consultation. She placed a lovely pair of donkeys and goats with us. They have been a joy to own. It seems like all staff members and volunteers know every animal by name and the mutual affection between animals and humans is obvious and heartwarming. There is a warm, special feeling every time I visit that lovely place known as Equine Voices. We enthusiastically support animals there, knowing they are happy and receiving the best of knowledgeable attention and lots of love.

2 Cheryl P.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have only been down to Equine Voices one time, and was taken aback by the awful situations (stories posted on their stalls) in which these horses were barely surviving before rescued by this wonderful organization. Having loved horses from an early age, but never getting that pony in the back yard for Christmas, I always rode friend's horses. We certainly didn't have the means to take care of one when I was growing up! Thanks goodness Equine Voices exists. I can only donate to their thrift store and support their fundraisers at this time, but who knows, maybe some day I will find myself filling water stations and mucking stalls! SO glad you are all there for horses!

2 Charlotte Brower P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Although I've never been able to visit in person, I keep up with Karen Pomroy's rescue group via FB. I live on a limited income but donate what I can, when I can. She steps in to rescue horses that otherwise would be bound for the killers. She rehomes when she can. Her horses are clean, healthy, well cared for. She and her group of volunteers show what a difference a little love and care can make. More people should follow her lead and show the kindness and compassion she does.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Equine Voices is an amazing place. There are many horses there that wouldn’t be alive today if not for the love and care they receive from the owner and the volunteers. The horses range from some found abandoned in the desert after being used by drug smugglers to horses whose owner’s either died or were no longer able to care for them. I was raised on a ranch and volunteering here lets me spend time with these amazing animals. A nuzzle, otherwise known as a horse kiss, makes my day!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became aware of Equine Voices from following other horse sites. It was through them that I found out about the horrible plight of Premarin mares. So when I was looking to volunteer and really wanted to work with horses I signed up. It is a great place. Karen the owner cares so much about all of her horses and works tirelessly to help them get the best life possible. I have worked side by side with her so the person who said she doesn't work the ranch is making things up. It is not easy work but it is so rewarding to help such a great cause. Spending time with the horses is so wonderful. I leave feeling tired but so fulfilled.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While looking for a non-profit a couple of years ago to volunteer my time and efforts I came upon Equine Voices. After checking it out, learning the story of how it came to be, taking a tour of the facility and meeting the woman behind the creation and learning from her, I picked Equine Voices as the non-profit to get behind. It hit my heart. It was a great decision and I will continue to support and volunteer for this worthy cause.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had grown up with horses and after raising my family wanted to get back to it. But I didnt want to just buy a horse. I wanted to do something with horses that helped! Equine Voices was just that place. After I met them and saw what incredible things they were doing to save abused , abandoned and Premarin horses I knew this was the place. Thru them I adopted a mare who they saved from slaughter and and a very special pony. The two were bonded and a perfect pair. Karen and Ali made me feel part of the family every visit and I could tell the whole staff loved their work. My babies are healthy and happy with me today because of the wonderful work at Equine Voices. My experience with the ranch and team was wonderful and Im proud to have been chosen for the adoption of these loved horses.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was a kid I wanted to be a cowgirl. It didn’t quite work out like that, but Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary has given me an even better opportunity. This is me with Montana, one of our Devils Garden mustangs that was rescued from slaughter. I couldn’t touch her for a month, but now I can brush her, halter and lead her. It is so rewarding for both of us.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking to volunteer with horses so I did some research, plus my due diligence with Charity Navigator, and found Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary. I toured the sanctuary first to see what it was all about and how the horses were treated. It was great! The horses were well loved, well cared for, and very content.

I decided to attend Equine Voices' volunteer orientation and became a volunteer the following month. They have a three-level training program and as you put in the hours doing the work, you're eligible to test to move up to the next level, and then allowed more interaction with the horses. They're not a riding stable. Equine Voices is a sanctuary for horses and donkeys that were rescued from neglect, abuse, abandonment, and slaughter. They are truly a first-rate organization and I'm proud to be involved with them.

I look forward to seeing all "my" horses every time I volunteer. I'm now two weeks away from my second volunteer anniversary. The time has just flown by!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visit Equine Voices periodically and see the wonderful work being done there to care for horses and burros. And now and then a goat or two. The grounds are pristine. The feeding program individualized for each animals need. Large living spaces provide great exercise and freedom of movement. It’s a very beautiful ranch.

7

Board Member

Rating: 5

I attended the first Equine Voices new volunteer orientation in 2004 and currently serve as a Board member (a volunteer position). Karen Pomroy, President/Founder, has an unbelievable passion for saving these noble creatures and does it from her heart, not expecting accolades, laser focused on helping the equines. I recall the early days when, in addition to keeping the business side of Equine Voices afloat and raising funds, she also worked at the ranch all day (7 days a week) feeding, mucking, grooming, administering meds, etc. And in the evening she would waitress at night to make ends meet. She never asks her staff to do anything she would not do, and expects nothing less of her staff than she expects of herself.
The horses are loved and well cared for. Horses that have the potential to be adopted to a loving home receive training. Our "herd" is aging and many, due to past abuse, have permanent physical or emotional scars that will never heal. They will always have a home, a place of peace at Equine Voices until it is their time to "cross the rainbow bridge."

Review from Guidestar

11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have visited this Sanctuary several times. The horses were well fed and well cared for. Many people would be fortunate if they had the quality of care these horses are given.

I am concerned about "volunteers" who give their time to this organization, not for the horses, but for their own ego satisfaction. The organization has only one primary goal - to rescue and care for horses. If volunteers are not prepared to do their share of grooming, feeding and yes - mucking -- than do the organization a favour and do not volunteer. Not every job that needs doing has glamour or prestige - so, if that's what you're looking for, there are likely other organizations who can satisfy that --maybe try joining the Junior League and donating your $10,000 annual requirement for the prestige of being a part of their group.

I volunteer for several organizations and can say honestly, Equine Voices is one of the best and one where I can truly feel good about the work I do.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I received a mailing about this org. I looked into the sanctuary. The x volunteer who wrote the ego driven statement that she could not volunteer any longer because of a personality clash with the owner is TOTALLY missing the point. Who is suffering here? The horses of course!

So~you put your ego above the needs of the suffering horses? Hopefully, some day this person will grow up.

14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I am just doing research on 501(c)(3) organizations and read that comment re "don't donate to this organization." All because the president is weird? A lot of dedicated animal people are weird. They'd rather spend time with animals than people. Can't say I blame them either. Ok. So her life isn't perfect and she complains about her job. Don't we all?? I say let's focus more on the abused animals and helping them get to a better place and less on weird people who don't play well with others. Hey, in volunteer work, we meet all kinds. keep your eye on the goal and move forward. It's about the horses and burros who can't help themselves. God bless you.

Review from Guidestar

10

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I used to volunteer & work here. Ever since I left, I miss the horses and volunteers badly. But as long as the owner lives on the property & controls this organization, I will never go back. She treated me, my friends, and my family terribly. She was very unwelcoming when I brought new volunteers & is never grateful for the hard work put in. The owner shows no interest in bettering the lives of the horses she "saved" and even says being out working on the ranch is "not her job". In my professional opionion, EVERY good ranch owner works the ranch they own. My advice: donate to a deserving facility & don't waste your time here.

36 Patty Finch

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the sole purpose of strengthening and supporting the work of animal sanctuaries in the United States and abroad. GFAS was founded in 2007 by animal protection leaders representing top leadership from Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, World Society for the Protection of Animals, American Anti-Vivisection Society, and International Fund for Animal Welfare, now joined by National Anti-Vivisection Society. These founding leaders sit on the GFAS Board of Directors to continue guiding the organization’s work in a collaborative manner. I serve as executive director.

One of the main focuses of GFAS is accrediting animal sanctuaries/rescues. To become accredited, each organization has to meet operational standards covering governing authority, finance, guidelines, education and outreach, staffing, physical facilities, security/safety, and the veterinary medical program. In addition, the sanctuary/rescue must meet rigorous standards regarding animal care, confirmed in a site visit. It is a demanding process, but in the end, it is a highly meaningful stamp of approval to guide donors and those with animals in need.

Equine Voices Rescue and Sanctuary was one of the first equine sanctuaries to become accredited. We set the bar high, and our expectations were met and exceeded! I am extremely proud to state that Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary is fully accredited by GFAS and one our shining stars.