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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The specific charitable purposes of All About Equine Animal Rescue are to rescue and rehabilitate abused, neglected, abandoned, unwanted, and/or slaughter-bound animals, primarily equines; to provide animals with food, shelter, care and handling; and veterinary care, as needed; to utilize a strategic process for matching healthy, rehabilitated animals with compatible, loving, and permanent adoptive homes; to provide long term care for unadoptable animals; and to educate the community about abused, neglected, abandoned, unwanted, and/or slaughter-bound animals, primarily equines; within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

Target demographics: horses in need and our community.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 50 horses and hundreds of humans.

Geographic areas served: El Dorado County and the Greater Sacramento Area

Programs: volunteer programs, community service programs, educational and outreach programs, youth activities, and more.

Community Stories

125 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with All About Equine for over 2 years now! There is NOTHING I do not love about the rescue, the volunteers and of course, the animals. Everyone is so willing to educate those around them with what they've found works, what doesn't work. They allow new volunteers to grow in their confidence and to learn how to "read" the animals. I help on the Grants Team and the success and growth that we have seen is beyond measurable. Just this year we were awarded two large grants from the ASPCA because of the amazing work the rescue and it's volunteers do. I can't believe I waited so long to start volunteering. Greatest experiences of my life have happened at AAE!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a little girl I always dreamed of owning my own horse and riding off into the sunset...well the reality of living in an apartment as a child kind of dashed that dream. As I grew older that dream and desire never diminished. Knowing though that I could not yet financially own a horse I figured I'd work on my horsemanship and learn the ropes of owning a horse.

I researched nonprofits in the area to find those that would satisfy my need to learn and my passion to help. I found All About Equine and I've NEVER been happier. All About Equine's mission is to help rehabilitate and rehome the beautiful animals that they take in. In the 4 months I have been volunteering I have seen horses who have come in wild and fearful - be cared for so deeply that they are now able to be haltered and are on their way to being a less anxious animal. I've seen at least 5 horses go to their forever homes. I've seen kids who were afraid of horses learn enough to know that the horse is a gentle giant who just wants to please but deserves respect. I've seen a baby Barbados Sheep who was abandoned by her mama be taken in and loved by not only the founder and all the volunteers but even the resident Golden Retriever Holli who also "mothered" another baby sheep who needed the love.

All About Equine's volunteer staff and their trainers are amazing. There are no words that can express the impact they've had on my life and my future. I love them all so dearly and I look forward every week to my Saturday morning shift of feeding, mucking and grooming. It's the highlight to my week.

I STRONGLY recommend All About Equine to anyone who is looking to adopt, foster, learn and love. There truly is no better place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering a few hours each week for 2 months now and can tell you that this rescue is awesome. Each and every volunteer is dedicated to the cause and have given their all to make sure each animal is well taken care of. Its a pleasure to arrive at this ranch in the morning and see its residents waiting patiently for their feed, the hugs and never ending gestures of love. AAE is the best in Folsom, CA!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter and I started volunteering and found that it is a wonderful place to work! I love the people and those who run the rescue are kind and caring. It is fun to work there and it provides a level of contentment that is so fulfilling. It helps us as much as we help them!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience here has been wonderful. There are many great volunteers out there that are committed to making sure the horses are taken care of, rain or shine. Dave Fulton and Wendy Digiorno are wonderful people who are dedicated to the health and happiness of these horses. There are not words to describe the peaceful feeling I get from working for the horses at AAE. They are a well run facility, everyone there is working toward the same goal - to care for the horses until the right forever home finds them.

1 debbeyb

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at AAE on and off for several years. I believe in what AAE is doing for the horses, saving one life at a time. I have seen changes in scared horses and debilitated horses . I am honored to be a part of such a wonderful organization. I have adopted a horse from AAE and will continue to speak about their efforts whenever I can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with All About Equine for over 4 years. I have personally witnessed scared and starving horses turn into the beautiful creatures they were intended to be. All the volunteers who spend time with these horses are trying to heal their scars from human errors. It is a great feeling when the horses get adopted and we know we have done the right thing! I am proud of AAE and proud to be a part of the wonderful opportunity to serve these magnificent animals~

1 Colleen47

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AAE is a wonderful example of how a rescue should be run. Wendy and many other dedicated volunteers work tirelessly to meet or exceed each animal's individual needs. Each animal is genuinely cared for and loved (many for the first time). Once they have been rehabilitated and are strong enough to start their new life, they are lovingly placed in their new home. AAE is a slice of heaven on earth!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great group...working hard to help the horses of N. Calif. Recommend them often both to those needing help with rescuing and those looking for a horse.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a former board member of a non-profit horse rescue, I am very impressed with AAE. It is not often that you find an organization that balances both resources and capabilities with the number of animals that they rescue. This is so critical in the success of any non-profit because most keep taking just one more and soon become overwhelmed and fail. Wendy is an amazing and dedicated leader who keeps everything balanced and moving forward. Keep up the excellent work, AAE.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a new volunteer to AAE and I am very impressed with the level of organization and attention to detail. The volunteer program is well run and I appreciate being able to show up and know exactly what needs to be done and where i can help. The horses are all well cared for and their individual needs well met. Everyone at AAE is so kind and helpful. Great group of people to be involved with!

1 Linda244

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at All About Equine Animal Rescue for 5 years. During those 5 years, I've seen over 100 horses be given a second chance to survive and thrive and hopefully, find their forever homes. To date, nearly 75% of the rescued and rehabilitated horses have, indeed, found that opportunity for a new beginning. The many dedicated volunteers are instrumental in the successful adoptions as well as the daily maintenance and care of the young and senior horses who reside at the AAE ranch. Not only is the "hands-on" work rewarding for me but being around so many caring and focused people is down right fun! If you are at a place in your life where you think AAE might be a "fit" for you, please check out this organization: www.allaboutequine.org

Not only will you possibly change the life of a horse, you might change your life, as well :)

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a "senior citizen", I NEVER thought my dream of being with/around horses and calling one my own was ever going to be a reality. Well, dreams do come true. I started volunteering in the summer of 2009. All About Equine Animal Rescue not only rescues and rehabilitates horses, but also creates a positive atmosphere for volunteers who have the desire and passion for the noble equine. As a volunteer, I was welcomed into the organization, mentored on the ways of the barn and horses, and allowed to help do what I had always wanted to do..........make a difference to a horse. Check out All About Equine Animal Rescue.org. Come to the orientation class and see first hand for yourself. See you in a paddock!

1 Jeanne28

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at All About Equine for over a year now and am truly amazed at all the things that have been accomplished. The dedication and professionalism of the group is inspiring. AAE is a great example of what a small but hard working group of people can get done under great leadership. The organization is an excellent example of what a non-profit should be.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

All About Equine is a wonderfully run organization that treasures it's volunteers and provides an invaluable service to the community.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

By far the most impressive non-profit I've ever had the privilege to support, and I've been involved in animal rescue and education, both local and international, for 11 years. The volunteers are simply amazing, and the organization is beyond impressive. There is a quality to their care that is hard to articulate - however their hard work and success is evident with every horse and every animal that has been blessed to find itself given a 2nd chance by AAE. Organized, professional, and compassion-driven, I could not recommend them more highly.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to All About Equine to fulfill my need to be with horses. I soon felt part of a caring community. The first thing that impressed me was how each horse is treated individually according to their health and nutrition needs. I have seen first hand how love and care can turn an animal around. The focus is always the animals first, which leaves volunteers like myself feeling like we really can make a difference.
Then there are the programs for the children, which my grandchildren have benefited from. Kids really do need to see what ranch/farm life is like.
The adoption rate for the horses is also something to be very proud of, and it comes from the dedication of the Director right on down the line to each volunteer.






1 Chaleesy B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AAE is by far the most well kept and professional rescue organization that I have ever volunteered for. I have worked with many organizations in Ohio and none of them approach the caliber of care and support of AAE. They not only care for the animals that they receive; They equally care for their volunteers, supporters, and their adopters. AAE is genuinely in the business of creating an organic space based on compassion, patience, and realism.

The care that these horses receive is excellent. Feed times are on a tight schedule, medications and supplements are easily tracked so that all volunteers know which horses are receiving attention for which ailment. There is a log book that all volunteers have access to where we note potential issues, concerns, or general comments on the day at the barn.

In closing, AAE is far more than your average rescue program. There is focus, support, and a genuine lack of ego in this barn. I am proud to say that I have been accepted by the AAE family and look forward to many years of volunteering at their barn.

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1 Sherida M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I simply cannot say enough wonderful things about AAE! Not only do they heal horses, they heal humans. The relationships we build with the horses and our volunteers is a gift. I have bee gone for awhile due to an injury and each week I miss, I miss out o. So much magic. Cannot wait to get back!

1 Donna144

Donor

Rating: 5

Although I have donated to quite a few horse rescues on a regular basis AAE is the only one i do not hesitate to donate to when they ask. This organizations utilization of funds, transparency, and ethical standards are beyond reproach. They should be the model for every equine rescue organization.

1 Katie95

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered here as my senior project. I greatly enjoyed every minute of it and had no problem exceeding my hours. Every one is friendly, caring and far more deticated to the life of the animals than I've seen with anyone with anything. Everyone is willing to work no matter what the chore and everyone is also very time efficient. Things get done and its fun with other volunteers and they make it not a chore. Even though my project is over, I can't wait to continue volunteering there. I love this rescue and wish I could be there everyday.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at AAE to learn as much as possible with the intention of adopting. I had no experience with horses aside from a few trail rides in my life, but I have always dreamed of owning my own horse. I was welcomed into the AAE family from the day one and learned so much - so much that I adopted two horses and couldn't be happier to have fulfilled my dream! I have the privilege of seeing their faces every day. What a wonderful organization! They truly care about the horses well-being and finding good homes for them and are very good at it! I wish I had more time to get out there because I love every minute when I do go! I am very thankful for my AAE family! Thank you!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After my husband passed away in 2008 and after back surgery in 2010 I was referred to All About Equine to help with the office and clerical needs by someone who I had worked with previously in a horseback therapeutic non-profit which closed. I wanted to get back to the "up close and personal" contact with horses again although I could no longer perform some of the physical tasks I had done previously. In September 2011 I began clerical/computer/photography work with AAE. It started slowly with the Thank You notes. I now do a lot of the computer work at home, banking and office organization at the barn. During these years I have seen horses come and go, babies born and grown and adoptions. So many adoptions. Primarily success stories of these abused and scared and malnourished horses coming in and being brought back to heath, learning to trust humans again and provide enormous satisfaction in knowing these lives are saved and many by our volunteers themselves. Those tiny steps of progress can bring tears to my eyes knowing that finally one horse has learned to trust again. There are no words to describe the joy and fulfillment I feel every time I go out and see our horses, meet our fantastic volunteers and continue to admire the compassion and dedication that Wendy (CEO) has put into this program. And I feel that I am, too, making a difference in the lives of these equines.

1 Nicole87

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with several other animal welfare organizations in the past 5 years, and I have found AAE to be one of the most well organized and well kept animal welfare organizations that I have had the joy of working for. As a volunteer, I have helped with Pony Pal birthdays that consists of arts and crafts, petting zoos, and occasional riding for children. All of the volunteers at AAE are very polite, hard working, and determined to give the horses and other animals at AAE good lives while the animals are with the organization. All About Equine has one of the best turn around rates of all the equine welfare organizations that I have worked with. All About Equine also has one of the largest support networks that is comprised of individuals who put time and effort into making AAE an organization that is sustainable and welcoming to the El Dorado County community. All About Equine works closely with many of the community organizations, and will continue to expand with programs that will include working with the disabled, abused women, and lessons for children. I would highly recommend individuals to seek out All About Equine for any aspect, from volunteering, sponsoring, fostering, or simply donating because All About Equine has a very friendly, welcoming, and purposeful atmosphere.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I moved to CA in September of 2012 after retiring, primarily to follow the children. Needing to fill our time we decided that volunteering at an animal rescue would be a wonderful fit as we always had dogs and knew that animal people were usually down to earth. Our first AAE experience was in December of 2009.

We were seduced from day one. The people, the enthusiasm, the personal sacrifice, and the loving that encourages us to find any excuse to visit the AAE property and the wonderful horses as well as other volunteers have made us complete. It's called "All About Equine", but it's so much more. Yes the horses are receiving a benefit, but everyone we encounter in the organization also seem to benefit from the interaction with the horses and the caretakers.

Thanks for rescuing us after we retired.

1 Dina Mazick

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ALL ABOUT EQUINE HORSE RESCUE changed my own personal life in so many positive ways that I don't know how to put it down in few words. I have always had a very deep passion for horses & all of God's creatures. It's been a calling to me from a very young child to protect & love them. I crossed paths with ALL ABOUT EQUINE HORSE RESCUE in late July 2012 where I became a volunteer & fell in love with this awesome organization and the wonders it does for the horses who otherwise would not be walking this planet as I speak. The horses I worked with were tortured,put through pure hell & some so sick it was literally touch & go, yet others completely untouchable. Through this organization many beautiful horses turned around in health,able trust in man again & found their forever homes. My story really began when I helped along side many other volunteers to rehabilitate two horses that I ended up falling madly in love with & couldn't bear to be with out so I adopted them for myself in Dec 2012... Mr. Tank/OTTB gelding & Miss Star/Arabian mare. Wow, I can't even imagine life with out them & life with out all the wonderful volunteers who have became my friends & dear to my heart. I truly love ALL ABOUT EQUINE ANIMAL RESCUE for who they are ,what they do, and the unwavering passion to see that each & every single horse on that ranch is loved, healed & the ultimate goal of finding each of them a forever loving home to never know abuse or hunger again. Guess I better stop here cause I can blather on & on. GOD BLESS ALL ABOUT EQUINE HORSE RESCUE!!!

1 lisavphotog

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are not enough words to describe the positive and powerful impact All About Equine (AAE) is making in its community, both for horses and humans. In my first year's experience as a volunteer I have learned so much about horses and about myself in the process. I've never owned a horse, nor did I grow up around them, but the opportunities this organization provides its volunteers are to learn, grow, and expand their individual skills all while providing horses with much needed help is to me priceless. As for the horses, I've seen so many that came from horrendous and heart-braking backgrounds that appeared to me unknown until their story was shared with me because of the amount of time of care already provided by AAE. In addition, this organization has some incredibly dedicated and emotionally invested people working its day-to-day operations in what I see to be in a very responsible and compassionate manner. I am truly grateful to be a part of it and looking forward to assisting this organization as it continues to grow in its community and with its programs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love AAE!! I came to them about two years ago without any horse knowledge, and they just took me right in. They have taught me so much and I am so thankful for their kindness and their generous hearts. and the horses are amazing! I wish i could volunteer a lot more.

1 Sophia A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

All About Equine is a wonderful place and I'm so thankful for their existence so horses can have second chance, and sometimes a third a fourth. I've seen first hand what a difference AAE makes in the lives of horses and volunteers. There is something magical that happens between a horse and a human when a horse is learning to trust again and it is a beautiful thing to witness. AAE has a wonderful track record of doing what they set out to do and that is finding horses their forever homes. I've worked for other non-profits and they are the real deal and they never stray from their "vision". I have the upmost respect for the founders of this organization who give so tirelessly of their time and resources and strive to keep it going no matter the challenges. This is sacrifice and service at it's best. I am proud to be a part of an outstanding organization full of volunteers who work to make a difference in the lives of horses and though they may not be saving the world, they are making a difference in the life of a horse.

1 Tammy65

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The mission at All About Equine is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome the horses it takes into its care. In the 2 years I have volunteered at AAE I have seen horses recover mentally and physically from unspeakable neglect and abuse. I have seen more than 40 horses find a new life as they are adopted into their forever homes. This organization takes every dollar earned and puts it back into caring for its horses. It is a privilege to be able to volunteer my time at a non profit who puts the animals first and foremost.