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Red Clay Ranch Equine Rescue & Sanctuary Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Target demographics: abused, neglected, abandoned and unwanted horses

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 100 horses

Geographic areas served: nationally

Programs: medical care, farrier care, rehabilitation and sanctuary

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Red Clay does a wonderful job of rehabilitating horses that have been abused or starved. The owners take great care of the horses that are in their care.

Joye D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In 2012 I had the opportunity to rescue a horse from a kill lot I had the funds to purchase a horse however I did not have a place to keep it so I let the person who was overseeing the rescue attempt of 90 horses that I would gladly purchase a horse if she could find somewhere for it to go and unbeknownst to me the owner of Red Clay had offered to take
horses that were rescued with nowhere to go. So keep in mind this was all being done over Facebook, I didn't know the person who was trying to save the horses and I had never seen any of the horses but I knew it was something I needed to. So sight unseen I sent my money and purchased a horse. After the horse was rescued I asked where it would be going and to speak to the owner of the rescue to make sure everything was on the up-and-up. I was given Lee's phone number and from the moment I heard her voice I knew I had met an angel and that call began my eternal love for Red Clay. I was given the opportunity to visit the ranch and to meet the horse that I had rescued and I fell in love, I fell in love with the ranch I fell in love with Lee, Phil, their dogs, cats and all the horses. Red Clay has not only been a safe haven for horses, goats and chickens it has been a safe haven for me as well. The love and care that is extended to these wonderful creatures is beyond measure. I have had the opportunity to see total heartache and despair in these magnificent creatures when they arrive and then within a few months of being at RCR they blossom mentally physically and spiritually and it's all due to the love, care and dedication of the people at Red Clay Ranch. There is no better place on this Earth then Red Clay Ranch.

Callie W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RCR is an amazing place. When I went to volunteer for the first time it was a lot to take in. So many horses that have been abused and mistreated. RCR is doing a wonderful job taking care of these horses. I'm looking forward to going back to volunteer.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've never met such dedicated people as the owners of Red Clay. It takes a good heart to care for these horse and give them sanctuary for the rest of their life. I have seen 1st hand the dedication and love. Please donate. You will be helping horses live the life they deserve.

Carol H.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Lee and Phil run one of the best and most caring horse rescues in the country. They treat each horse like royalty and care for them like everyone else cares for a child. If a horse in their care needs anything...and I mean anything, small or large...he gets it. This rescue is clean and inviting, with rolling well-cared-for pastures and ponds, and they are constantly doing things to improve the welfare of their furbabies, whether it be new fencing, new pastures, or whatever else is needed. Their patience and love is the stuff legends are made of! When I die, I want to come back as a horse who lives at Red Clay Ranch Equine Rescue & Sanctuary!

Erica C.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my Pony Willow from Red Clay Ranch Equine Rescue and Sanctuary and I was amazed by their beautiful place! They pour their heart into each and every rescue and sanctuary Horse they have there! Any time I have visited I feel like family! I love following the stories of all the horses at the rescue and can’t wait to adopt my next pony Tinkerbelle from them!

Donor

Rating: 5

Red Clay Ranch keeps us informed about their work with abused and neglected horses. They have created a wonderful haven for them.

Susan Clegg B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

With a lifetime of experience in the equine industry, we have come to know that passion and commitment for the best well-being of the horse is what makes for a successful endeavor in any area of the equine community. That is particularly so, when it comes to horses that require attention, often for which there is no financial reward or pay back. It has to be a labor of love, or the endeavor falters. Phil and Lee do NOT have a passing fancy to be involved with horses. We have never met two more committed individuals who want to contribute to the equine industry by providing rescue, rehabilitation, re-homing, and retirement to these wonderful creatures. Their facilities are superb, as is their care. We are button-busting proud to know them, and to be associated with them in any way. Dave & Susan Bruder, Owners - Captive Winds Arabians, Dahlonega, Georgia

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband & I run the feed store in Lyerly, Ga. Red Clay is one of our biggest customers. They feed the horses high quality feed & they hold back nothing when it comes to caring for these animals. It's amazing to see the before & after photos & see what this wonderful rescue is doing. Lee, Phil, Donna & the volunteers truly have a heart for helping animals.

Donor

Rating: 5

These folks are amazing! The work they do is so important, helping horses in great need with such compassion, love and care. You can see your hard earned dollars making a difference in these animals lives.

Board Member

Rating: 5

You only have to listen to the stories of owners, Lee and Phil Rast, to know that these majestic horses are truly loved. The care of these beautiful creatures is individualized to the specific need(s) of each one.

The ranch is beautifully maintained with the horses as a magnificent backdrop to the acreage. The horse rescue world is fortunate to have RCR as a model facility providing forever homes for such animals.

Cecilia Rowe W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I visited Red Clay Ranch , their mission statement was clearly in operation. The Rasts, owners and founders of RCR take their jobs seriously by demonstrating their passion in providing a safe haven for horses in need. What a lovely sanctuary for these precious animals. It is important for me as a donor and Board Member to know that 100% of my contributions are used wisely in directly benefiting the horses. I feel blessed by this well run organization to take an active role.

Brook S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

RCR took in my childhood horse who was in dire need of a new home. He had a lot of special needs, and he required a home with a high level of experience and standard of care. Having been in the performance horse industry for 2 decades, I can personally say that RCR not only meets but exceeds all standards when it comes to the environment and care of their horses. I visited RCR prior to his arrival, and I was astounded by the level of attention to detail to each individual animal's specific needs. With passion, skill, and professionalism, they keep their eyes closely on each horse- assessing its weight, gate, personality, habits, health, etc. I could not imagine a group of people or facility more qualified for their cause.

Tia J.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer Board Member for RCR and absolutely LOVE going to the ranch. Lee and Phil Rast are the CEOs and they dedicate every living breath to the horses they care for. Donna and Hensleigh are paid employees that feed, water and maintain the grounds. There are 162 acres of cross fenced pastures for the 90+ horses to live their lives fancy free. Some are brought to the ranch to live out their final years due to illness, lameness, blindness or just being “useless” to their previous owners. The Rast’s are also angels that provide emergency shelter for horses that are neglected, abused, malnourished, etc. The horses receive amazing Veternarian and Ferrier care. The staff at RCR provide incredible TLC to each horse...there is no place better. They are always in need of funding and volunteer manpower.

Becki Johnson W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After years of following Red Clay ' s success stories, I finally got to visit in person. What a BEAUTIFUL ranch with a caring staff. It's evident how each horses' individual needs are met and their care is first priority.