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Happy Endings Animal Rescue Sanctuary

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: We are passionate about educating children and adults on the care and respect for all animals. To provide refuge to animals that would otherwise be euthanized and to remove those who are in neglectful or abusive situations. Here they will be provided with the best nutrition, housing and love. Having room to roam and play, interact and socialize with other animals, the sanctuary gives a second chance to animals that would have no hope of a decent life, instilling trust in their hearts, so they may feel safe and loved.

Results: We have changed the lives of at risk youth and given them the foundation for being productive members of society, and our rescued horses, who have had the same life experiences, have given them unconditional love, trust and friendship School children have returned to their homes and educated their parents on the proper care and respect for all animals. Fewer animals are being abandoned because of information provided to them that help keep animals in the home and not in the shelters.

Target demographics: educate the public about the homeless, abused and neglected horses in our community

Geographic areas served: Santa Barbara County

Programs: Education, Rehabilitation, Adoption and Sanctuary

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

So many "rescues" take in a very specific sort of animal--usually ones that can be easily rehomed or sold--while letting the animals that truly need a soft place to land are passed over. This is done so that the 'rescue' can flip said animal for either no financial loss or very little loss.
Happy Endings is not one of these 'rescues', but rather a TRUE rescue intent on helping animals in need. Sometimes, this rescue is more of a sanctuary where the very difficult to place stay until they pass. The facilities are clean and well-kept and the animals are all blessed with the very best care, love and groceries.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked with horses at HEARS for many years and can say that CC loves all the animals that come there and works hard to provide them all the best of care. She is full of enthusiasm for what she does and she passes that enthusiasm on to others. HEARS is not only saving the lives of the animals that they have rescued, but is also educating the public to help protect countless other animals. A truly wonderful organization!


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In all my experience working with animal rescue sanctuaries I have never seen more compassion and respect given to the animals than at Happy Endings. I have spent a number of years now working with horses and dogs that have come to H.E. with issues from either being neglected or abused and watched them heal, if it weren't for C.c and her Sanctuary these animals would not be alive today or would possibly never have experienced any kindness in their lives. Happy Endings is truly dedicated to the lives of animals and every cent donated goes their care.

Comments ( 1 )


C.C. 10/21/2013

We don't know what we would do without you!!


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have helped this sanctuary by holding benefits and am thrilled to note that they do an excellent job on all levels. This sanctuary has helped so many animals and has done a fabulous job of matching the animals that are adopted to the people they most need and vice-versa. This organization is extremely honest and trustworthy and I am proud to help them whenever I am able!