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Equine Wellbeing Rescue Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animal Services, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: Providing loving rehabilitation, nursing and hospice care for equine with medical needs and finding homes or sanctuary for others at risk. Supporting the equine community through education and volunteer opportunities.

Results: Since 2006, we have helped rescue, rehab and rehome over 1000 horses, donkeys, mules and minis through our networking, shelter-in-place, sanctuary and adoption programs.

Target demographics: Horses, donkeys, mules and minis in times of need!

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2016 we helped 74 horses, donkeys and mini donkeys onsite finding homes for 67 and more through networking to find homes.

Geographic areas served: Serving the western states with facilities in Snowflake, AZ and southern CA.

Programs: Care for special needs equine, sanctuary of elderly or non-adoptable equine, shelter-in-place and euthanasia funds, assisting families rehome their equine, education and volunteer opportunities for local communities and working with other rescues to assist more horses and donkeys in need. For residents of the AZ White Mountains we have established an emergency equine food fund to help prevent starvation and help families with feed in times of need.

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152 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Doc B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an equine chiropractor with 19 years of experience, I see lots of animals that need a lot of help. Christine's are among the ones that have needed the most help once she found them. Her work is inspiring and her level of caring is beyond the call. Her operation is truly one of Love and rescue.

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Equine WellBeing Rescue We are SO thankful for the TLC you show all our equine when you ease their pains with laser and chiropractor care. Whether you come to the ranch or our foster/adopters homes you have helped so many horses (and dogs) alike. You are a blessing to us all.

1 Patty63

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What inspires people to give to charitable organizations? For me, it started in childhood, with volunteering to help with church and community outreach programs. As an adult, I pledged to various charities through the United Way via payroll deductions for many years. Although I know these things made a small difference in helping the end user, I didn't see tangible results until I discovered my current charity, Equine WellBeing Rescue, Inc. (www.EquineWellBeing.org and on Facebook- Equine WellBeing Rescue Inc.).
Equine WellBeing is a 501c3 public charity (Fed ID# 45-2835562) that provides rehabilitation, sanctuary and hospice services for horses, mules and donkeys in need. This particular rescue was my choice because it is within a couple of miles of my home in northeastern Arizona, in the White Mountains. The charity has almost no administrative costs that would detract from funds doing the most for those in need. Having gone 'horse crazy' in second grade (according to my parents) this association follows a normal progression from 'professional volunteer' to donor/volunteer at an equine rescue.
I have donated funds, goods and volunteered at the rescue for the past 2 years. This includes going to remote locations to transport equine in need with the director, assisting with veterinary procedures (I am a registered nurse with experience in emergency and critical care), feeding and socializing equine at the ranch, and day to day work on the ranch.
My husband and I have adopted two horses and a donkey, and later deciding to foster two yearling horses, again to allow Equine WellBeing room and funds to take in additional equine.
Some of the residents of Equine WellBeing Rescue were neglected and/or tortured prior to coming to the ranch. Malnourishment and chronic wounds are common findings on arrival. Transferring my nursing knowledge and experience towards equine was an easy choice. The director, Christine Griffin, is an Equine Veterinary Technician and Certified Equine Dentist who works with local veterinarians to care for the herds at the rescue. I gladly assist with whatever medical needs the equine have.
Sadly, many people cannot or choose not to care for their equine when they are too old to compete, or ride like they could when they were younger. Many older equine have chronic health and nutrition problems, along with dental problems that do not allow them to chew properly. Although some problems can be overcome with special diets, and some dental problems can be corrected, many require expensive, soaked diets with supplements and pain/anti-inflammatory medications to keep them going. Equine WellBeing is a kind and gentle final home for many unwanted elder horses and donkeys, where they receive love and medications until their end. The decision on when an equine has suffered long enough is a heart wrenching one for Christine, her group of volunteers, and her Board of Directors to face, but they make the right decision for each individual every time.
I am proud to be a donor, a volunteer, adopter/foster parent for Equine WellBeing Rescue Inc. Please make a donation, however small or large, to help them continue their good work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Equine Wellbeing Rescue not only takes in and rehabilitates horses and donkeys in need, they provide compassionate hospice care, and through a great network in several states, help people rehome equine they can no longer care for. My husband and I volunteer at the ranch whenever we have time or they have needs, and have adopted 2 horses and a donkey. We can't say enough good about these fine people.

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Equine WellBeing Rescue 04/05/2016

We are so glad you are part of the EqWBR family of adopters, not to mention wonderful friends to us and the rescue. We love you both!!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about this wonderful horse rescue! Christine Griffin and her husband Lary are extremely dedicated to helping equine in need. This rescue is well run and genuinely helps animals who come from situations of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. I highly recommend supporting Equine Wellbeing Rescue financially or as a volunteer. Jan F.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Equine Wellbeing provides a wonderful refuge for horses in need. Christine and Lary (the founders) have huge hearts and great skills that are so necessary for helping those horses who need a second chance for a safe and healthy future. I admire their never ending dedication to helping as many horses as their resources allow. I have always known Christine and Lary to be honest and ethical--and they always have the horse's best interest at heart. Your donation will be well used by Equine Wellbeing!!

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Equine WellBeing Rescue 05/20/2015

Thank you SO much for your support of EqWBR! Christine Founder/President

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Katherine49

Donor

Rating: 5

Christine Griffin has the most genuine heart when it comes to horses, mules and donkey's needing human intervention. Even when she knows the odds are not good for a horse, mule or donkey she stays by their side to the end. Many of her rescue efforts has paid off for the equines in getting them help and new homes! Christine's rescue organization is ran straight up in all aspects! Christine also takes the time to help us humans too! God Bless Christine, her rescue organization, horse's, mules and donkeys.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The founder and president of this rescue is incredibly caring, knowledgeable, organized and devoted to improving the lives of the equines under her care. She is patient, "gives them their space" and knows what they need medically and emotionally. Equine Wellbeing is an asset to this region of Arizona and I am proud and honored to be able to help and to see their many "miracles"! (Photos - 2 donkeys playing; next two photos - same sweet gelding in May and August.)

Poppy P.

Donor

Rating: 4

Christine Griffin has a persistent passion for the horses that have been left for dead. She has committed her life to this and has done an amazing job loving and rehabilitating the debilitated and abused. I have witnessed many equine rescues that mean well but cannot deliver. Running a rescue becomes your life 24/7 and can be a heart wrenching journey of loss. Christine has managed to respect these animals and not try to gain unjustly. The animals who have suffered for too long finally find comfort and peace in their end days at Equine Wellbeing. To me that is a bitter sweet sort of beautiful. Thank you Christine.

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Equine WellBeing Rescue 03/12/2017

Thanks Poppy, you have done a lot to educate me to help in our care and help our animals too. We were blessed the day you entered our lives.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have donated my services to a few equine rescues and left them thinking that the horses needed to be rescued from the rescue. Equine Wellbeing takes the animals health seriously and is one of the few rescues that I have known who has professional equine experience, full disclosure of allocated donations, and not animal hoarding. I have the utmost confidence in this nonprofit.

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Equine WellBeing Rescue 04/04/2016

You give so much of yourself to equine and others in need. We were blessed the day you came into our lives and remain blessed. Just wish we were closer because we certainly do miss you!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such heart, dedication, and knowledge!! I can't say enough good things about this rescue. They take in animals headed for slaughter, local animals who are starving, and helped me when a friend was in desperate need for her horse. In addition, Christine makes herself available to help answer questions for regular horse owners, like me!
The most important thing you should know is that your donations are used wisely, she can really stretch a dollar! please give!

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Equine WellBeing Rescue 03/12/2017

We are so glad to be supported by the community and your support and friendship means a LOT!

Donor

Rating: 5

We have always loved animals, especially in the Equine area. Christine & Lary & their volunteers have committed their lives & hearts to saving these special critters. We have donated a couple of times & when able will continue to do so! Were I any animal in need, The Equine Wellbeing Rescue Inc is the only place I'd hope to go to for help & love. The world is truly a better place because this loving facility exists!!

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Equine WellBeing Rescue 03/12/2017

The light is always on and the door is always open my friend! xoxox

Donor

Rating: 5

This is the most amazing group of volunteers, led by the indefatigable Christine Griffin.
The love and care that these donkeys and horses in need receive. Each individual gets the veterinary, farrier and dental care they need.
Everyone in this community, as well as people in other communities, know about Equine Wellbeing Rescue, Inc. and Christine Griffin.

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Equine WellBeing Rescue 03/12/2017

You and your husband have also volunteered and helped in many ways. We are blessed with you in our lives.

1 wini

Donor

Rating: 5

There are so many hard-working, deserving non-profits to choose from. I chose Equine Wellbeing Rescue because not only are they hardworking but because they CARE DEEPLY about what they are doing. Because Equine Wellbeing is their LIFE. They are not amateurs. They have a wealth of knowledge, experience, and expertise. They use your dollars efficiently and with respect. They make every dollar count! There are many well meaning animal lovers out in the world making an effort to help but it really takes places like Equine Wellbeing to be effective.

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Equine WellBeing Rescue 03/11/2017

Thank you for your long time friendship and support. xoxoxo

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Donor

Rating: 5

Christine and her helpers work 24/7 to save as many horses (and now donkeys!) as they can. They put so much skill and knowledge to work nursing some pretty beat up animals. But I think their secret weapon is LOVE. That's why the rescues thrive. I try to send donations several times a year. I wish I could give more -- monthly even.

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Equine WellBeing Rescue 04/02/2016

Wini you have been a friend and supporter for many, many years. It is through your kindness and generosity that we are able to help those we do. xoxoxoxox

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barboot

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following the Equine Wellbeing Rescue, Inc. for about a year now. The amazing things they do with their rescued animals is nothing short of wonderful. The before and after pictures of their rescues just put me in awe of this group. God Bless Christine and her group for their dedication and love for animals in need.

Judy Torgerson - AZ

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

From the postings on the internet, the Equine Wellbeing Rescue, Inc. does everything they can to help horses, donkeys and burros. I love to get their newsletter and see what they have been doing. What a wonderful non-profit this place is. I am hoping someday to perhaps visit Christine, and her beautiful sanctuary.

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Equine WellBeing Rescue 04/04/2016

We can't truly express how much we appreciate your taking the time to write this review, your support and friendship to us and all the horses and donkeys too. Thank you, thank you so very much!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband has loved horses since he was a child. We ran across Equine Wellbeing Rescue Inc.'s website and read about all of the wonderful things they have done and are doing.

We decided to donate to this great cause. Christine always sends out the articles relating to this cause and lets us know what is being done, as well as when additional help is needed.

It takes special people to be able to handle the rescues she receives and be there to help them through their recovery. Christine and her staff fit that "bill" of special people.

We had planned to go and visit Wellbeing last summer when we were in Overgaard and unfortunately were unable to make it. However, this year we will place that phone call and make arrangements to pay a visit.

We will continue our contributions to this wonderful cause. God's creatures need more people like Christine and her staff to keep our animals alive and well.

Thank you Christine.

Phil and Yvonne

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Equine WellBeing Rescue 03/11/2017

We are impatiently waiting your visit. Big hugs till then.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted 2 miniature donkeys from Christine last summer. I had some experience with equines but had never owned one. Christine was wonderful in answering all my questions and helping me with the adoption process. She is a remarkable woman and her passion to help these beautiful creatures is amazing. The world needs more people like her and her volunteers.

1 Pennie W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Christine by chance when I adopted a pony from Texas. The owner of this rescue place was supposed to deliver my pony, but ended up sick half way through the trip. Christine from the Equine Well Being Rescue ended up picking up my pony along with a donkey from New Mexico and brought him to us. When we saw the donkey that traveled with our pony we fell in love with her too. So we ended up with a pony (Stubby) and the donkey (Ophelia). Little did we know that 4 months later Ophelia would give birth to Chloe. These donkeys have brought a lot of joy to our lives. So much so we ended up adopting another donkey from Christine. His name is Rusty. I can't say enough about the Equine Well Being Rescue. Christine and her husband are so dedicated to these animals. When ever I have any questions or need help, Christine is always there for me. These horses and donkeys are very lucky when they end up at the Equine Well Being Ranch. They for sure will be taken care of and loved and eventually go to a good home. We are very blessed to have such a place out here.

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Equine WellBeing Rescue 03/11/2017

Thank you for giving all the fur babies such a great home and for your friendship. Ask away anytime you have a question....always.

Rebecca202

Client Served

Rating: 5

when my Cushing's horse was in desperate need of updated bloodwork to adjust his life saving medication and my resources were low, Equine Wellbeing contributed so my sweet boy could get relief. they were never judgmental, but very keen in screening. I am so happy they rehab and rehome,unlike so many so called rescues turned hoarders.

Dana64

Client Served

Rating: 3

Over the last 6 years, this rescue has held many roles, helping owners with financial difficulties manage to keep their horse and tiding them over during a rough spot , rescuing horses in desperate need , providing sanctuary for horses that are seniors or companion only, providing excellent around-the-clock nursing to sick foals, networking and finding the perfect families for the equines under their care and when necessary, providing a compassionate end and burial for these beloved animals.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Equine Well-being, Inc. Is an amazing rescue! They rescue horses as well as other equines when asked by animal control agencies, private individuals and many other ways. The equines vary in age from newborns to 30+ year olds, some there for sanctuary, retirement, nursing care Christine provides and some to find new homes. They are very transparent in all they do, truly love their equines. They also do outreach to help people in need of temporary assistance whether it be dental, vet care, help rehoming their horses or feed to get them through a crisis.

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Equine WellBeing Rescue 04/04/2016

Thank you for your review. We welcome your input and suggestions to better our organization and bring it to a 5 star rating from your four. We always strive to do the best we can for all. Thank you so much.

Jennifer636

Client Served

Rating: 5

Equine Wellbeing is by far the most beautiful property I have seen for rescued animals. The animals are healthy, happy and by their disposition well taken care of.

We had the privilege to adopt our loving donkey Bambi from Equine Wellbeing. The process was a little frightening because I knew nothing about donkeys but, Christine walked me through the process and educated me the whole way. She still takes my calls and emails regarding any questions or concerns I may have regarding Bambi and her well being. I am so glad I found a reputable rescue who truly cares about the animals and the process.

Darlene45

Client Served

Rating: 5

Equine Wellbeing is a warm, loving, dedicated home to all that is lucky enough to get rescued to this place. Christine goes above and beyond to take care of all her rescues. They receive the very best care and most importantly LOVE ❤️. It is always clean and maintained and she can put weight on these critters faster than a speeding bullet!!!!!

Donna247

Donor

Rating: 5

Equine Wellbeing Rescue is managed by very special people, the dedication is amazing. All animals that pass through their gates are very lucky to receive the loving care they give. Amazing place I donate funds when I can, I only wish I lived closer so I can donate time as well.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve only been following Christine and EWR for several months now, the work (love) she provides for horses and donkeys whether it be rehabilitation or hospice care is wonderful. Christine and her group of volunteers are very special people, any equine would be lucky to arrive here and get the care they deserve.

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Equine WellBeing Rescue 04/06/2016

Thank you so much for being our supporter and taking the time to post a comment for us. We appreciate you very much!

1 Ginger9

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've had a great time volunteering for Equine Wellbeing Rescue. It's rewarding and the people I've met are wonderful. It's added a dimension to my life - that opportunity to give and share, to help. Christine has created a beautiful environment for everyone (whether they are furry or not :-)

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Board Member

Rating: 5

So much of my life is spent in my own space trying to get everything done in my day. Being a part of EqWBR gives me time to step outside of myself and help with the mission.

It’s a special thing, knowing that creatures found in desperate circumstances are being helped and saved from misery. This opportunity to work with Christine and the circle of people she surrounds herself with; the wonderful veterinarians, volunteers and new owners, this is a chance to make a difference.

Equine WellBeing Rescue truly cares for each animal, attends to their specific needs and works to create a safe and happy life for them. So many lives are enriched in the rescue and adoption process. We thank each of our caring donors, our hardworking volunteers and our loving adoptive owners and look forward to continuing our mission for many years. I thank you, Christine, for having the vision, creativity, energy and passion to carry on this wonderful work!

Connie Braun
Board Member
Secretary/Treasurer

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Equine WellBeing Rescue 06/27/2014

Your support and generosity with your time to be on our board makes such a huge difference. We couldn't, wouldn't do it without you! You are a treasure!