My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Sea Star Horse Sanctuary, Carmel, CA, USA
Everything about this place is healing, beginning with its location on the spectacular Central Coast of California. Rescued horses regain their health, strength, confidence, and happiness between the silence of evergreen coastal mountains and the crashing of the Pacific Ocean. A full-time grounds manager keeps the barn, property and gardens meticulously clean and beautiful.
Founder Sharon Regan is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of neglected, abused, and abandoned horses. Four were saved from shipment across US borders to slaughter houses. Along with permanent refuge comes excellent nutrition, farrier and veterinary care. Every activity, from grooming to groundwork, carries the intention of strengthening connection and trust. A unique feature is the holistic healing modalities that are brought to the horses by volunteers, including Animal Communication, Medical Qi Gong, Equine Massage, Healing Touch for Animals, and Applied Zoopharmacognosy. In return, they benefit from the love of animals and Sharon’s profound knowledge and experience with horses.
The horses divide their time between several spacious pastures with room to run, maritime chaparral for forage, and sandy areas for rolling. Each has an individual stall in the barn, where feed is served twice daily, in addition to their grazing. The need these social animals have for companionship in a herd is fulfilled and respected. The sense of security and bonding that comes from this is essential to their sense of well-being and security. It is a happily-ever-after ending for the horses who were fortunate to land in this loving, forever home. Visitors and people interested in volunteering are welcome by appointment. It’s a five star, top quality, thoughtful operation in every respect.
Review for Skydog Sanctuary , Malibu, CA, USA
Skydog Sanctuary is a light in the darkness. At a time when wild horses and burros are being abused, imprisoned, and killed by the federal bureau that is mandated to protect them, Skydog offers hope and refuge. As the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) aggressively engages in eradicating wild equines from western public lands, the Skydogs are aggressively engaged in rescuing them. They pull the animals from the pipeline thru which the animals are funneled to kill pens and slaughter houses. They save them from neglect and misery in the BLM’s holding system. The Skydogs restore their health, reunite friends & family, and return their freedom. The horses and burros live essentially free with love, respect, protection, and minimal human intervention on thousands of acres of beautiful, natural habitat in Oregon and California.
The dedicated effort that founder Clare Staples makes to document their arrivals, releases, and daily lives is commendable. On social media, donors and followers can watch the progress of the horses and burros, witness the healing of their bodies and spirits, see the top-level care they receive. We can share the joy of their antics and feel the depth of their relationships while receiving an excellent education on wild equines. Skydog Sanctuary offers a number of ways to support their efforts from sponsoring resident horses and burros to campaigns for protecting horses in general (e.g. The SAFE Act of 2021). As much as they would love to, they can’t save all of them, but they save as many as they can. They cooperate with other sanctuaries to help save even more. It is a labor of love that requires dauntingly hard work, compassion, and commitment, which the Skydogs give in abundance to right a terrible wrong.