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Reality's Chance Rescue & Sanctuary

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Started in 2010 and established as a 501(c)3 in 2014, Reality's Chance is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of horses in need, both domestic and American Mustangs. Additionally, we strive to educate and rehabilitate people as well with programs for all ages and abilities.

Target demographics: We work to help people of all ages and abilities discover the healing powers of these amazing animals and help spread the word to help us place them in loving, forever homes.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We connect horses with forever homes and educate the community and visiting groups on the plight of horses in need. We offer a peaceful place for visitors to unwind and forget their cares and worries if only for a short time!

Geographic areas served: Pleasant Lake, Michigan

Programs: We offer gentling, training, riding lessons, event space, horsemanship clinics, community group tours, children's camps, programs for the disabled and more!

Community Stories

37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Denise W.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Reality's Chance is an Amazing Rescue & Sanctuary and they help many animals that don't have much of a chance of landing in a good spot. They are very knowledgeable in the handling, rehabilitation and training of Mustangs and have also designed and built a beautiful facility that can accommodate some of the most at-risk horses in the US. These horses flourish at Reality Chance because of the excellent care, attention, training and LOVE they receive and upon graduation they have a Real Chance to survive and do well in very different world then where they came from. Their dedication to this cause is immeasurable and their commitment to top notch care and handling is next to none! Not only do they help horses they help people too and have one the most amazing volunteer groups I have ever seen! It's tireless work, there are always more horses that need saved and Reality's Chance is always out there fighting for the safety of these horses.

Trevor B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for 4 years now almost 5. This place is amazing. I was able to build up my horsemanship skills and was eventually able to do a mustang TIP challenge and adopt a horse! It is a absolutely beautiful place and great to be apart of making a huge difference. One horse at a time

1

Donor

Rating: 5

wonderful place well cared for horses. very involved with the care and well being of the horses.

Karen F.7

Donor

Rating: 5

I haven't volunteered at Reality's chance, but have donated, following on Facebook, and drive by most days (2 miles away). They have come a long ways in a short amount of time. They have a beautiful sanctuary and is obvious from that and their posts to FB, that all their animals are well cared for and loved very much.

1 Bette F.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love what they do. Always interesting things in the gift shop and fresh veggies in the summer. Love the stories about horses getting a better life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am not sure what, other than the horses, is the best part! I have bought gifts in the gift shop, baked goods and clothing. The people are always friendly and glad to see you and love talking about the animals in their care.

1 Kelly S.15

Client Served

Rating: 5

This has been such an amazing experience. I met a horse here and bought her, it was the best day of my life. I love how Reality’s Chance rescues horses and save them. They also save them, train them and ensure they go to awesome homes. I love it here ❤️

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My favorite place to spend time as a volunteer. The staff is so kind and thoughtful!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is absolutely unbelievable. The amount of love and care they dedicate to each equine is absolutely amazing!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This orgainization truly loves horses and will go over and beyond to rescue and rehabilitate. The grounds are gorgeous and the volunteers are so helpful and amazing! Love this rescue!

1 Lori C.4

Donor

Rating: 5

Incredible place, passionate volunteers and very well loved and cared for horses!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome horses in need, this beautiful facility is a truly peaceful place where all the animals are carefully cared for by a dedicated group of volunteers. They also rescue and gentle American Mustangs to place in loving homes and offer clinics, lessons and tours...I highly recommend visiting and supporting this group!

1 Yvonne W.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I could never thank this Reality's Chance Rescue enough for taking in my 2 burros when I was in desperate need! It brings me peace to know that they are being well cared for and will be together forever!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So I am a volunteer at Reality's Chance Rescue and Sanctuary on every Saturday for 3 hrs. It is the most beautiful place ever. The owners are really trying to rescue all the Horses and donkeys etc. I would donate my whole bank account. They are very appreciative to have volunteers, to scoop up stalls, brush the Donkies and fill up water, feed them nutrients to let the horses gain weight, and just be happy. All the horses are adorable and very gentle. This is a good place to let kids look and pet at the horses. They also do horsemanship classes for kids. But they do fill up very fast. So I would plan as soon as you want to do the classes. There is even a thrift store, Candles are homemade, the shirts are pretty cheap. All the horses are adaptable and even Foster the horses, There are some horses are boarded which means that the owner either has not enough land or just are unable to care for the horses.

1 Catherine R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter takes riding lessons. Wonderful organization with awesome mission! Love them!!!

1 Cynthia Lawson G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We absolutely love Reality's Chance. They are knowledgeable, helpful and passionate about the horses they take in and adopt out.

1 Gary K.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The fact there are such amazing people who are willing to help these horse and care for them is amazing. I just started volunteering there about a month ago and it’s amazing working with such beautiful animals. It’s a great to see so many people have such big hearts to help the horses out.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Incredible place. Neat & clean. Caring group of people that love what they do.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Absolutely amazing place. This crew is absolutely amazing and takes exceptional care of there animals

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is absolutely awesome! Laura and her crew sacrifices so much of there time to help these beautiful horses. My 6 year old niece and 7 year old nephew has been taking riding lessons there for about 2 months now and have learned so much about horse safety and the amazing American mustang.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter Mia and I love this place. You can feel how much the love every animal that the rescue!!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

The team @ this Sanctuary is outstanding! The dedication is obvious & the love of equine is as well. Truly in it for all the right reasons.

2 Kelsie G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful place to volunteer your time, awesome people and animals that will make your time worth it! Love this place!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted 5 beautiful horses from Reality's Chance. Each one has a touching story and given a new life because they cared! Such an amazing group of men and women!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Reality’s Chance is an incredible Rescue/Sanctuary! Their mission & vision is inspiring! Truly an exceptional organization.

2 Pam S.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This non-profit animal rescue group is in my neighborhood (Pleasant Lake, Mi) and they do great work. They're able to do more and more every year. Not only do they rescue horses and as far away as Colorado but they have other animals on site to help. Reality's Chance. And their work never stops. Every day rain or shine or freezing or snow they are out there.

2 Kelse Ranee B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have never been happier when stepping foot on this property! The people are so warm and inviting. The horses are happy. The birds are a fun addition. And the donkeys. The sweet, sweet donkeys. My favorite :) There has been so much done here to make it warm and inviting, it's amazing. I could go on and on all day, but then I'd be rambling and nobody wants to read that. All I can say is, if you want a healthy and happy addition to your farm and pasture, look here first.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at the rescue for some time now. It was built for a worthy cause and I have met some wonderful volunteers along the way. Good hearts, good souls, good people, and good medicine. Peacefulness and serenity is what you find there. If you were ever to come visit you would understand why...

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’ve been out to this Sanctuary several times. The horses are all loved and well taken care of. It’s so heartwarming that many end up finding great forever homes do to the hard work by Laura and her team gearing each horse ready aand then pairing up the right family with the right horse. Any horse who ends up at this address is one lucky pony!!

1 Suzanne S.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I rescued a mustang and couldn't have been more pleased with the help and encouragement I recieved during the process. Great place, even better people!

1 Michelle S.9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at this Rescue the past few years has been such a positive experience.The people there are so nice and helpful. The animals are all so happy and very well taken care.
I would definitely recommend this facility to anyone looking to to volunteer, adopt or take riding lessons. It is a beautiful place.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful place! My daughter and I always look forward to our visits here. The setting is amazing, the people are friendly and helpful, and the horses are pretty special, too. We are so thankful that we found this place and are able to spend time here. It's definitely the highlight of my daughter's weekend!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My home away from home!! The love, patience, kindness of the people who make this mission possible are absolutely top notch. This place has helped my daughter and I connect, and also helped me thru the darkest time after I lost my mother. Full of zen and tranquility. We also have just adopted our own mustang!! Love, love, love the horses, property and people!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Reality’s Sanctuary is an amazing place! My sister and I just recently volunteered there. Everyone there is extremely nice, and they all have full hearts for the horses. The horses are given the care they need, and are all more than happy. I have never seen a more beautiful place, or more beautiful horses!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have adopted 2 wild American mustangs from this great non-profit as well as taken other horses up for help with training or other services. They really are a “barn family” and provide such a wonderful service to both equine and their partners alike.

1 pattiredmond

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Reality’s Chance is an AMAZING place!!
I have loved spending time with the beautiful horses and the awesome volunteers!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Reality’s chance is a great place very welcoming and everyone is nice. Best place to be to get away from everything. Voulenterring there is a great experience to help out horses in need.