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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: We are passionate about educating children and adults on the care and respect for all animals. To provide refuge to animals that would otherwise be euthanized and to remove those who are in neglectful or abusive situations. Here they will be provided with the best nutrition, housing and love. Having room to roam and play, interact and socialize with other animals, the sanctuary gives a second chance to animals that would have no hope of a decent life, instilling trust in their hearts, so they may feel safe and loved.

Results: We have changed the lives of at risk youth and given them the foundation for being productive members of society, and our rescued horses, who have had the same life experiences, have given them unconditional love, trust and friendship School children have returned to their homes and educated their parents on the proper care and respect for all animals. Fewer animals are being abandoned because of information provided to them that help keep animals in the home and not in the shelters.

Target demographics: educate the public about the homeless, abused and neglected horses in our community

Geographic areas served: Santa Barbara County

Programs: Education, Rehabilitation, Adoption and Sanctuary

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

So many "rescues" take in a very specific sort of animal--usually ones that can be easily rehomed or sold--while letting the animals that truly need a soft place to land are passed over. This is done so that the 'rescue' can flip said animal for either no financial loss or very little loss.
Happy Endings is not one of these 'rescues', but rather a TRUE rescue intent on helping animals in need. Sometimes, this rescue is more of a sanctuary where the very difficult to place stay until they pass. The facilities are clean and well-kept and the animals are all blessed with the very best care, love and groceries.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked with horses at HEARS for many years and can say that CC loves all the animals that come there and works hard to provide them all the best of care. She is full of enthusiasm for what she does and she passes that enthusiasm on to others. HEARS is not only saving the lives of the animals that they have rescued, but is also educating the public to help protect countless other animals. A truly wonderful organization!



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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After an extremely stressful divorce I found myself unable to care for my ponies who were full brother & sister. Happy Endings Animal Rescue Sanctuary came to my rescue. My ponies were loved by me, however, had been abused in my previous situation and CC came to our rescue and offered a safe and loving home for them. I don't know what I would have done without this wonderful program coming to our aide.
Thank you to CC and all the volunteers at Happy Endings Animal Rescue Sanctuary.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Happy Endings Animal Rescue Sanctuary has been a Blessing to me and my ponies. They were taken in and loved when I could no longer provide for them. I have helped whenever I can with fund raising for Happy Endings and I pray that they will be able to provide a loving home to all the rescued animals and find loving homes for them to live out their lives. Thank you C.C.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the kind of place I dream of helping at! To be any part of this wonderful group would be fulfilling part of my dreams! I dream of a world where all animals have a safe & loving place to be. In a perfect world, this would all be true! I have a friend who has volunteered here several times & loves it! She has seen all the things I want to do, more than anything I can think of! Thank You for being there for these sweet, defenseless & voiceless beings!

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C.C. 10/21/2013

Thanks Debbie! Come anytime!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated and helped with fundraising for this wonderful organization. The people involved are so good with the animals. The founder is amazing she works tirelessly to help the animals and educate the community. This is a great asset to our community. I am happy to donate because I know the money goes to the care of abused animals to give them a new start.

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C.C. 10/20/2013

Thank you David!

1 Karen108

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is filled with love and compassion. I have been a volunteer for three years and have witnessed miracles. Animals who have been abandoned and neglected learn to trust humans and find their forever home. CC Wellman the founder gives the most loving care I have ever seen. She always helps when any animal is in need.

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C.C. 10/21/2013

Thanks Karen! You are always an inspiration!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for this group every chance I get because the founder is a true animal advocate. I have learned so much being a part of this wonderful organization. I am the volunteer dog trainer and I am an author I wrote a book called "Dogs are gifts from God" I donate proceeds from my book sales to help the animals. It is an honor to be helping HEARS they are amazing!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have known C.C. for 25 years and have never seen anyone more knowledgable and caring with animals. She has dedicated her whole life to the care and comfort of hurting and neglected animals. The sanctuary is a wonderful place where the animals are taken care of as family. Whenever I have a question about animals, she is who I call. She truly has a special gift!

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C.C. 10/21/2013

You are truly an angel to our animals!

Tammy48

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In all my experience working with animal rescue sanctuaries I have never seen more compassion and respect given to the animals than at Happy Endings. I have spent a number of years now working with horses and dogs that have come to H.E. with issues from either being neglected or abused and watched them heal, if it weren't for C.c and her Sanctuary these animals would not be alive today or would possibly never have experienced any kindness in their lives. Happy Endings is truly dedicated to the lives of animals and every cent donated goes their care.

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C.C. 10/21/2013

We don't know what we would do without you!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Recently, this organization was involved in the rescue of a group of badly neglected horses, and when I say "involved" I mean boots on the ground: Locating the herd, convincing the owner to relinquish the animals, trailering them to where they would be safe and caring for them until they could get their health back and be placed in loving homes. All this was done on faith because like most grassroots non-profits, Happy Endings does its crucial work for animals on the faith that the funds needed will appear. On my 60th birthday, I had my friends donate to Happy Endings in lieu of buying me a gift, and knowing their donations were going to such a fine organization was the best gift I could receive. Happy Endings is a Godsend for animals in need and deserve all the support they can get.

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C.C. 10/21/2013

Thank you Jayne! We are so grateful you are on our team!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a truly wonderful organization...it's great that every penny goes to the animals, AND, I have never seen such dedication by so many fantastic people to our furry friends. Keep up the superb work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you have ever had a pet you then know what good things that Happy Endings does. Taking in the pets that people can no longer care for and finding them new homes takes a lot of time and energy. C.C. is wonderful in both areas. Not only does the animal have a great home to come to while waiting for an adoption but C.C. and all the workers make sure the animal is loved and cared for and goes to a good home. This is a great organization that is kept going with lots of love and good old fashioned hard work. Lots of love is the key to keeping the animals happy. This is one place where working with the animals makes the people as happy as the animals.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have helped this sanctuary by holding benefits and am thrilled to note that they do an excellent job on all levels. This sanctuary has helped so many animals and has done a fabulous job of matching the animals that are adopted to the people they most need and vice-versa. This organization is extremely honest and trustworthy and I am proud to help them whenever I am able!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Happy Endings is rightly named by C.C. Wellman Bueadette the President. This extradinary women is very knowledgeable about animals, their needs and behaviors. I have observed the care at Happy Endings close hand and was so amazed at the dedication of all the people invloved in the day to day care and exercising of the aninals. What impressed me the most was the dedication to make sure each rescued aninal went to the right home so it would truely be a happy ending. I am a happy receipant of a parrot from Happy Endings.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work off and on as a volunteer at Happy Endings. Their dedication, love and passion for these animals is a moving experience for me. The animals are treated like family members and are always put first in every situation. Renovations to the sanctuary are being made regularly to help keep the safety and comfort of the animals at its best. The animals are friendly and well cared for and I couldn't think of anywhere I would rather volunteer.

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2 YACHTMAN

Volunteer

Rating: 5

THE MOST CARING ANIMAL SANCTURAY I HAVE EVER KNOWN

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