Zuma's Rescue Ranch is the ideal example of a non-profit dedicated to its cause. Its focus on horses and kids is true and honest and they really do put the cause above all else. The horses are taken care of in the best conditions I've ever seen and the programs are for the benefit of all. If you are looking for a place to donate your time or money, definitely check out Zuma's!
As an employee and volunteer I feel very blessed to have Zumas in my life. It truly is a sanctuary for the rescues and me. It is amazing how Jodi and staff take care of each rescue and their individual needs. Hard work, but worth it. Thank you Jodi for giving me the Zumas experience.
Zuma's is the standard for which other animal/horse rescues should be. They are groundbreaking in their knowledge and treatment of the animals. I am so fortunate to volunteer and also sponsor one of their rescue horses. Their whole philosophy allows horses and people to be surrounded in a safe and peaceful environment. The horses and other animals are their first priority. Zuma's Rescue Ranch says they rescue horses, I believe they are in the people saving business too! Children and adults all are healed with the therapy provided there. Please be a part of this amazing rescue.
Jodi at Zuma's is caring, sincere and professional. The mission she has taken upon herself to tackle is one of compassion for animals and foster children. I've seen the positive results of her work with horses and children first hand. Jodi has brought together the important professionals to work with the horses and children enabling both to trust again. She has accepted responsibility for the care, training and overall well being of many types of animals: horses, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, dogs and cats. And each animal is given the opportunity to connect with a child to help both learn to trust again.
I came to know Zuma's Rescue Ranch when I embarked on a quest for horse manure for my garden. Zuma's was the only place which responded to my request with a simple, "We have lots." and their address. Since that time in 2009, I have come to understand the dedication, determination and professionalism of both Paul and Jodi Messinech. They give their whole selves to the cause of saving, reaching and teaching children and horses - one at a time - that there is someone who cares about them. I have seen Paul and Jodi work countless hours to keep a horse with colic comfortable. I have witnessed each of them putting their lives, honor, fortune and family on the line for the cause that they believe in - turning "throw away" kids and horses into partners and productive citizens.
I have been a part of the Zuma family for 3 years and I was the volunteer coordinator for a year. I have seen the kiddos that come to the ranch transform from a shy, sheltered sometimes reserved person to a outgoing kiddo. All because they were paired up with a four legged friend and taught how to take care of these rescued animals. They form relationships that take them into adulthood. The pair begin their healing process together. This is an amazing organization and deserves all rave reviews!!!
Zuma's Rescue Ranch is a sanctuary of hope and healing for horses and humans alike. Upon entering the 146 acre Ranch though the distinctive iron gates, guests are immediately impacted by the visual beauty of the place: gently rolling hills, white fencing, beautiful vistas and perhaps more important, a happy and healthy animal herd consisting of more than 40 horses, three goats, a gaggle of chickens and ducks and Daisy, the pot-belly pig. The secret behind the success of Zuma's is the dedicated staff and cadre of volunteers who care so much about creating an organization of excellence from the care of the animals to the compassion shown to the children and adults who come here seeking a deeper connection to themselves through equine assisted experiential learning. To keep the Ranch going, much is required: volunteers to provide invaluable support to the small but hard-working staff, donors to fund the hay that feeds the animals and medicine to keep them healthy, event participants to visit the Ranch and spread the word about its mission. At a very young age, I lost my father to an untimely death. My horse gave me comfort and an outlet to escape the emotional pain. I found Zuma's 40 years later because I want to support and honor a place that can do the same for others who have experienced personal heartbreak be it physical, emotional or spiritual.
I mentored students for three sessions at Zuma's. Additionally I took riding lessons and have my daughter in riding lessons at Zuma's. The fundamental principles of love and respect are everywhere at this magical place. This is a place where heartbroken, traumatized souls can find love and healing by making life-changing connections in a beautiful setting. The people who run this program have committed everything they have to a cause they believe in, and our world is so much better for it. Anyone can be a part of the Zuma's community- and everyone who does will come away transformed...
Zuma's advocates for those who need a voice in this world. This wonderful organization serves humans and horses, which allows it to make a difference in multiple ways. It has been my pleasure and honor to be a volunteer with the children and to adopt one of the rescue horses. I see how countless children, adults, and horses are healed at Zuma's everyday.
I was looking for a place to learn to ride horses when I stumbled upon a list of lesson places! I printed out the list and the only name that was there was Zuma's! I started riding and fell in love with the horses and so that summer I decided to become a working student! I made so many friends and developed a stronger love for horses. Every day i was so excited to work and couldnt wait until I arrived! After 2 years of being at zumas I still love it and never want to leave! It has been a life changing experience that has taught me fun can go along with responsiblity.
When I first visited Zuma's I instantly wanted to be involved. I visited during the summer of 2008 and instantly fell in love with a little rescue horse that had been saved by Jodi and Paul from a feed lot just a month before. Since then, I have become a regular contributor to Zuma's and their cause. The balance between both rescuing helpless animals and children that have been abused or neglected is incredibly inspiring. I work in a very busy, fast paced environment and every visit to the ranch is nothing short of inspiring.
Zuma's is a beautiful place southwest of Denver where you are greeted with open arms, open hearts and a warm smile. A place that is safe for all people and horses to recover,rest and rejuvenate their spirits. Hard work is always needed and a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of these children and animals is appreciated. Volunteers don't always have the time, just the heart.