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Orphan Acres Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Health, Rehabilitative Care

Mission: The mission of Orphan Acres Equine, Rehabilitation, and Sanctuary, Inc. is to provide care and rehabilitation for abandoned, neglected, abused, and malnourished horses, while educating the public regarding the issues surrounding rescue and rehabilitation including all aspects of horse ownership and care.

Results: We have had over 4,000 abused and neglected equines pass through our gates sense our foundation in 1975. We have placed over half of those and the rest lived out their lives in peace, dignity and love. We have also helped countless individuals who require a four legged therapist, from working with veterans to special needs children all can benefit from the quiet understanding of a horse.

Target demographics: abused and neglected equines

Direct beneficiaries per year: the 83 horses that called our herd home. We placed 4 into forever loving homes and rescued 5.

Geographic areas served: Pacific north west but have had animals placed here from as fare away as Maine

Programs: our permanent herd, for horses to old and abused to be safely transferred again. We also have retraining and gentling of our adoptable herd as well. We are directly beneficial to the community at large through our horse rescue and adoption programs and as an educational facility. In addition the community benefits through the classes and clinics offered to students from the universities, youth, adults and individuals with disabilities from the surrounding communities, all at no cost.

Community Stories

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Rating: 5

I have been donating and volunteering at this organization for almost two years, and I find Brent's (the president of Orphan Acres) dedication and tenacity inspiring. Currently, over 80 horses reside at this wonderful nonprofit, either living out their lives, or waiting to be adopted into a forever and loving home. Some horses are brought from horrific situations, and are then rehabilitated at this sanctuary. Most horses are brought in because the owner could either no longer care or afford the horse, so many of these horses have great potential and would make a great family pet. Going out and volunteering is really a great experience because you get to bond with all different kinds of horses, and help your community. This organization is in great need of help, for both manual labor, and financial expenses. I would definitely recommend this place for anyone.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My name is Dr. John Fudens HMC DVM PH. I use to be a conventional veterinarian but gave up that type of treatment years ago. I am now a Dr. of Classical Homeopathy caring for animals , children and adults with homeopathy and other holistic treatments. I have known Brent and Orphan Acres for 4 years and have lived at the sanctuary for 2 years caring for and treating horses that have been abandoned, abused, mistreated, neglected and more. I did this as I was making a transition from Boise ID area to the CDA Idaho area where i will be living and practicing shortly. For the 53 years I have been treating animals with various methods, having been on many farms and ranches with large animals (started out as a large animal vet) I have never seen anyone so in love and caring for horses as Brent is. Running O.A. is not his job but his life and passion. The over 80+ horses he has at present have better care than a lot of humans on this planet which is a sorry state for humanity. How he drives himself in caring for the horses 24/7 in any type of weather and conditions is nothing short of amazing. I help as best i can besides the medial treatment but he does this by himself and with college volunteers. I believe what he does every day keeps him alive even with his own health issues. What any person(s), organizations, companies can do to help him care for these horses is one of the best and kindest acts that can be done. Please try to help him and the horses as best you can.