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Wild At Heart Horse Rescue

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Services, Animals

Mission: Wild at Heart Horse Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit horse rescue located in Lancaster, CA. We do not support the Kill Pen buyers or auctions. We primarily take in surrendered horses from people that can no longer afford to care for their horses. This way the horses never go to auction and hence do not end up in the kill pen. We consider this a preemptive strike against the kill pens. Our mission is, where possible, to rehabilitate, train and prepare our rescue horses to become the well-loved family members they are meant to be. If a horse can be saved and live without pain, we are willing to do what it takes to make that happen.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

A friend of mine recommended me to this rescue. I had a horse whom I couldn’t care for anymore. I was feeling extremely guilty and heart broken knowing that I had to say goodbye to my best friend. When I met the owner, Leslie, she didn’t ask any questions or made me feel guilty. She reassured me that I could visit my horse anytime and that I’d made the right decision by surrendering my horse. I knew my horse was going to be very well taken care of after I met Leslie and seeing how happy her horses were, how clean her rescue is, and how much she loves her horses. This is the rescue I would surrender a horse to.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m a volunteer at Wild At Heart. It is a very welcoming environment and a fun place for adults and kids alike. My Kids, ages 3 to 9 have a really great time there. We get to feed carrots to the horses and sometimes we even wash them. The horses are very gentle and they each have a unique personality. Sometimes they’re even funny. The owner and the volunteers are very friendly and knowledgeable. I feel very safe when I take my kids there. I strongly recommend families to visit them and spend a couple hours in the open space. Can’t wait to go back!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After being cooped up for so long we were looking for something to do outdoors with the kids. We found Wild at Heart Horse Rescue and they were amazing. The owner was so friendly and the place was clean. A long term volunteer gave us a tour and took the time to answer all the questions the kids had. I felt really safe with even my little kids feeding the horses. It was just what they needed. The work they are doing is inspiring and we can’t wait to go back to help/play.

Tamara29

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful job Leslie and team does with their horses! I recently visited the ranch to look at available horses. While none were a fit at the time, that is the sign of a great horse rescue- there was no pressure to look at horses that were beyond my comfort zone or preference. There was no misrepresentation of horses. It shows that Leslie is dedicated to making lifetime matches where both horse and owner thrive. The horses are incredibly well cared for, the stalls are immaculate and water fresh. I can’t wait to visit again and volunteer my time there.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I toured Wild at Heart Rescue during covid. They are covid compliant, and I felt super safe visiting. The owner was super friendly and knowledgeable. The horses looked happy and well cared for. Chatterbox is super cute and was my favorite part of the visit.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love this rescue, I donate every month because I know that this rescue runs on donations and I can see Leslie truly cares and takes great care of these horses.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was looking for a particular horse. The owner Leslie helped me find the perfect horse for me. She’s very knowledgeable and all the horses love her. I am so happy with my new horse!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first started volunteering at this rescue, I didn’t know a thing about horses. The owner has been so patient with me and has taught me everything I need to know about horses. I’m not a expert but I know enough to get by. The horses all cherish the owner. It’s as if she’s their God. She takes very good care of them and loves them very much. She will not adopt a horse out to you just to get rid of her horses. If she senses that it’s not the right horse for you, she will definitely let you know. She will hold on to her horses forever until she finds the right home than to give away to just anyone that is willing to pay top dollars.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited this rescue a few times in search of lesson horses. Leslie, who is a very kind and passionate person, showed me several of her awesome horses. They were so kind to let my farm do a 30 trial with three of their horses! So far so good with all three of them. I am very impressed with the rescue and I just about adore them. I am so glad that my mom showed me their Facebook page!! :)

Donor

Rating: 5

I visited this place once after talking to the trainer who works with the horses at this rescue. I got to try out one of the mustangs they had rescued. I was very impressed with the mustang, but I wasn't ready since it was the first horse I had ridden in a while. The mustang soon found a great home with another adopter. The owner is very sweet and takes excellent care of the horses. She is very knowledgeable. The horses are thoroughly evaluated, rehabilitated, and trained before they are considered adoptable. The owner and trainer make sure that potential adopters are a good match for the horse. I have donated to this rescue a few times already and will continue to follow this rescue. I would adopt from this rescue in the future if and when the timing is right.

Maria Delfina Shiels M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Leslie and her team never cease to amaze me with their hard work and perseverance with the running of Wild At Heart Horse Rescue. All the rescued horses are so well taken care of and shown so much love , you can tell the horses are happy and healthy ,, WAHHR Is the best last step to their forever home. Forever thankful to Leslie and her wonderful crew for having such good, loving hearts.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

they have a very great atmosphere and are very friendly. They treat their animals very well and do their best job at taking care of them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such an amazing non for profit organization!! You can tell they really put heart and passion into taking great care of their rescued horses. One regular volunteer, Talin Mirzaians, showed me and my friends kids the ropes and we were so amazed. She has so much patience and even gave love to all of the horses she cared for. I cannot wait to go back and volunteer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Leslie is amazing. She has a true heart of gold. She gives everything to these horses and these horses love her. I have volunteered here and I was amazed at the cleanliness of the grounds and the happiness of the horses. Leslie also helped me with an abandoned horse when I had no where else to turn, and limited space at my own property. Without hesitation she said “sure, we can take her!” The horses at Wild at Heart are lucky to have found such an amazing soft place to rest until their forever homes are found.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure to visit Wild at Heart and meet Leslie who I was very impressed with her professionalism and her passion she has for the horses, you can see by the way the horses are taken care of and how much the horses love her.

1 Robin M.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for this rescue for a little over 2 years. This is my happy place. I have not ridden for years, except for occasional guided trail rides when on vacations. Just being here is a release to the tensions and craziness of the world. Helping to care for such amazing animals is rewarding. At first, I was a bit unsure and lacked confidence since it had been almost 40 years since I had my own horse. Under the watchful eye and careful guidance of the owners, I soon gained confidence and even started learning some of the groundwork necessary to help make the rescues adoptable.
Many of the horses arrive sad, neglected, or simply rejected due to no fault of their own. I have witnessed so many transform from underfed and sometimes lame, to beautiful, loving animals ready to be adopted. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty who have passed through because their owners cared enough to want them rehomed when they could not longer care for them. The owners and my fellow volunteers, work diligently to care for all the horses. We clean, muck, and simply love on them all until they are trusting of humans again and ready to find their forever families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

First time I went to volunteer it was the best thing I had done in months. I grabbed a rake and a wheelbarrow and started my day!! The horses were soooo sweet!! I cleaned their stalls and brushed them! They love getting brushed! Finally, the best moment came!! The bags of carrots! So they all stick their heads out the stalls as far as possible!! They love carrots! And let me tell you, hearing them chew is the best sound! They very gently grab the carrots from the palm of your hands! I just love it!!! They thank you from the gracious look in their big eyes!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the most wonderful experience adopting our new horse Scout ( previously Spirit) from Leslie and her team. We spent time together getting to know each horse on her property, the amount of care that each and every horse receives is very inspiring and clearly a labor of love.
I spent as much time with Scout prior to adoption as I felt we needed to make our decision, including my young daughter working with the horse with the guidance of our trainer.
I have nothing but positive experiences to share about adopting from Wild At Heart Horse Rescue

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a friend Isaias that works riding and assess horses when they come in. He called me and told me that they had a mustang there and i need to buy her that she is for me. I went to go look I was impressed with this rescue very clean, waters clean overall i give it a 10. So i bought Sally and i ended up a month later rescuing another mustang Dakota. They go out of there way to make you feel at home. I would rescue from her again if i got another horse both my horses came from a one owner totally broke both of them 15. Thank you Leslie for the wonderful experience and i will send people your way

1 Tina A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last month I took my son to the Wild at Heart Horse Rescue to volunteer some time to take care of horses. He cleaned the stalls, fed the horses carrots, brushed them, hosed them down and had the greatest time doing it. The work they are doing at this rescue, helping these beautiful animals get the love and the care that they need until they can find their forever home is wonderful to see. I love that they allow children to volunteer and help care for these horses. They take horses in all kinds of conditions, no questions asked. Any funding they receive goes straight to caring for these animals and their biggest hope is to find loving homes for them all.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The amount of love and care they give to these horses is absolutely amazing! They are very thorough with their adoption process and don't adopt to just anyone. I came by to adopt a horse and met the owner and the horse, but the owner didn't think I had enough experience to ride such and advanced horse. She said she would let me know when another horse would come that will be a bitter fit.