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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To provide a "forever home" to previously abused, neglected, injured or unwanted horses.

Target demographics: previously abused, neglected, injured, or unwanted horses

Geographic areas served: Cave Creek, Arizona

Programs: - a forever home to horses who have outlived their "usefulness" to humans - equine experiential programs to humans in different kinds of recovery - team building and leadership development for groups

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1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

Last December 2011, I walked onto the Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary ranch, and had no idea what transformation would take place in my heart and in my life.

I was merrily greeted by the founder, Jim Gath, who embraced my enthusiasm to learn about horses and tolerated my endless questions. As time passed, I fell in love with each of his 30 rescued horses, and began to learn more than I ever dreamed I would.

This new adventure began as a desire to become involved in a selfless effort, to learn a little about horses and to get a little exercise to boot! Slowly, as I spent more and more time with Jim and the horses, I learned many lessons. I learned to be patient and to put the horse first above all. It was important for me to watch their signals, to be alert to my inner voice, and to accept things wouldn’t happen on my timeline, but on the horse’s.

I also realized I needed to tap into my skill set and do whatever I could to help Jim and the ranch raise more money for the care of the horses, and to help Tierra Madre become a more familiar and recognized name in our community and in Arizona.

It has been a pure pleasure of my heart and my soul to be affiliated with Jim and the horses. I am as proud to be a representative as I am happy to grab a muck rake and do what needs to be done. I feel very blessed to have been embraced so completely by Jim and all the furry faces of Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary.

Review from Guidestar