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We are an Adoptions Partner with the Ventura County Animal Services, Los Angeles County Dept. of Animal Care & Control, Santa Barbara County Animal Services, and San Bernadino County Animal Services. A select few of our horses come from private party surrender by a boarding stable or abandonment situation. But that is rare. 90% of our horses come from the Animal Shelters we work with. Our horses are placed with us in permanent sanctuary retirement. At this time, we are full and are no longer accepting horses. As space & funds allow, we take in horses over the age of 20 with special needs for sanctuary placement. We also network to place horses in alternate sanctuary settings as space & funds allow.
Our rescue is a 100% non-profit organization for equine welfare. We have no ranch facility of our own and all horses that we take in are either boarded or fostered in foster care homes. This is one of the many expenses we need to cover to give these needy horses all of the care they deserve.
Rescuing the horse can mean paying a bail fee to a slaughter auction or an adoption fee to our out of network shelter & transport to our providers. It means providing initial vaccines, dewormer, hoof care, & teeth float, prior to the horse even coming into our rescue. Rehabilitation means paying boarding feeds, and providing for additional care, such as extra hay, extra pellets, extra rice bran, stall shavings, supplements, medications, 1st aid & grooming supplies, training equipment, fly control, winter blankets, etc. Rehoming a horse means paying for advertising, flyers, paper, ink, fuel in visiting the site with potential adopters, and sometimes transport to the adoptive homes. It also means fuel to perform 2 or more necessary home visits within the first year of adoption, supporting adopters with educational materials, and follow up calls & emails. So, the expenses do not stop when the horse is adopted.
For these 3 critical pieces to come together for each needy homeless animal we take in, we need increased Member Support, Sponsorship, & Donations Monthly to continue to provide optimal quality of care from the day of arrival to 12 months after adoption. All charitable contributions are tax-deductible.
Sponsoring a rescue horse is easy and rewarding. Just fill out our sponsorship form & let us know your desire to help. There are 3 options: 1.) Set up an account at Kahoots Feed Moorpark or Chatsworth and let us know how much you will authorize us to charge each month, 2.) Send a charitable gift donation each month to our P.O. Box or submit by PayPal on our website, or 3.) Order and pay for hay at Kahoots Feed and have them deliver it to our assigned horse each month. Groups of concerned citizens can pool together funds and if each person donates $25/mo. or more, it will go a long way. We currently have only one support pod of group sponsorship at a total of $200. As you can imagine, each horse costs a minimum of $350 a month for care. So we need others to join our group, and to start groups of their own. $25 a month is cheaper than a tank of gas a week, and is fully tax-deductible. It is a cheap and easy way to help adn be involved. Please join a support pod of group sponsorship today!
Full care sponsorship is $350 per month per horse. Everything helps and everything is tax-deductible. If you would like to sponsor or make a donation, please contact us and we'll send you a Horse Sponsorship Form to fill out for your tax-purposes.
We are a Membership-Based Rescue. To become a Member of our organization, you have 3 options:
1.) Bronze Horseshoe Level is $25 per year, one-time donation (includes Rescue TShirt, subscription to our Quarterly Online Newsletter Publication, & Invitation to our special events.).
2.) Silver Horseshoe Level is $50 per year, one-time donation (includes Rescue Tshirt, Rescue Water Bottle, subscription to our Quarterly Online Newsletter Publication, & Invitation to our special events.)
3.) Golden Horseshoe Level is $75 per year, one-time donation (includes Rescue Tshirt, Rescue Water Bottle, Rescue Hat, Subscription to our Quarterly Online Newsletter Publication, & invitation to our special events & annual holiday party / outstanding Members awards ceremony, invitation to meet our rescue horses & take photos with your family once every season).
All donations are tax-deductible and you will receive a Membership Card for the year. We hope that becoming a Member Supporter will drive you to become more involved and perhaps volunteer some time, or think about sponsoring a rescue horse in need. Member Supporters are valued and very appreciated as well!
To become a Foster Caregiver, you need to first fill out a Foster Care Home Standards of Care Form and a Foster Care Application. We will perform a home check prior to contracting with Foster Caregivers as often as possible. Once approved, you will fill out a Foster Care Agreement Contract, Liability Release, & Confidentiality Affidavit Form. We will contract with you for 12 months, renewable for up to the lifetime of the horse by mutual agreement.
Foster Caregivers are required to sponsor all hay, feed, pellets, rice bran, stall shavings, basic veterinary care (routine vaccines & dewormer / annual veterinary exam fee), basic farrier care (hoof trims), first aid & grooming supplies. On some occasions, we are able to secure outside sponsors for some of our horses. In such case, these expenditures will be waived from the foster care responsibility on the foster care agreement contract. Fosters are required to provide a well fitting fly mask (and sheet if needed) for summer, and blanket (if needed) for winter. All sponsored care items are tax-deductible. Sponsored training and training items, or any items purchased for use on the foster caregivers' property, or for his/her other equines, is not tax-deductible. Rescue sponsors all extraordinary veterinary care (teeth float, sheath cleaning, colic emergency not caused by due negligence of foster, necessary humane euthanasia, etc.), medication, supplements, extraordinary care (i.e. equine chiropractic, bodywork, therapy boots / shoes, training, etc.) as needed. If the rescue receives donations or a sponsor, this will be offered to the foster caregiver to offset expenses.
Foster caregivers must have prior horse experience & must be willing to hold the fostered horse for vet & farrier appts., and assist in showing the horse to potential adopters as directed by the rescue. Foster caregivers must reside & house their horses within 20 miles (30 min.) of Simi Valley, CA. Exceptions can be made on a case by case basis, but all foster caregivers must be pre-screened and approved.
Fosters must be age 18 or older. Fosters must be available and willing to feed our rescued equines at least 3 or more times per day, for nutritional rehabilitation & weight gain for starvation, and must turn out the horse daily for appropriate exercise & socialization. All details are explained on the foster care agreement contract.
Foster care is the most rewarding job you could provide as a volunteer with our rescue. You are directly promoting equine welfare by helping us save this horse's life, transform the horse into a healthy, whole, happy individual, and helping to desensitize and retrain the horse for permanent adoption. If you are not looking to adopt a horse of your own, or perhaps you are but you are not ready to adopt, providing a loving temporary safe haven is a great way to make a huge difference to an unwanted, homeless shelter horse in need. Fosters are very respected, appreciated, supported, and honored as Honorary Members of our rescue. They do not pay Membership Dues, and are given full privileges to our rescue, including participation in the Forever Foundation Training Program, Plan 4 Progress for the Humane Society of the United States. Providing foster care offsets the costs of boarding our horses, and helps abused and neglected horses learn to love and have human partnership again.
Please consider fostering a horse today.
Animal Guardians Horse Rescue, Inc. is looking for 4 kinds of Volunteers:
1.) Member Supporter - To help with rescue adoptions outreach, social media, educational outreach, anti-horse slaughter legislation, fundraising support, etc. We are forming committees to put together special events in the community and drive our cause into the public's view. Any age & horse experience welcome. Must have knowledge of equine welfare & passion for ending equine abuse, neglect, & abandonment. Administrative experience in grant writing, social welfare, community awareness, advertising, public speaking, web design, publishing is a plus! Leadership & management opportunities. This is a great way to add leadership experience to your resume'!
2.) Direct Horse Care Volunteers - Must be at least 18 years old and have basic horse groundwork handling and grooming experience. Direct Horse Care Volunteers will be assigned to work with our horses for grooming, bathing, hoof picking, desensitizing & ground handling. Many of the horses you will work with come to us in severe starvation with injuries, severe abuse & neglect, and many demonstrate behavior "problems" due to trauma from physical/emotional abuse, neglect, & former mishandling. You need to be experienced with haltering, safely using equipment, tying, grooming, & hoof handling. Some of our horses may present kicking, spooking, bolting, setting back on the leadline, pulling, pushing, or biting. You need to be aware of safe horse handling and participate fully in our training program so that you are safe while visiting the horses and helping with their rehabilitation & retraining. This is not a riding experience. As well, it is not an experience for someone with absolutely no ground handling experience. Foster care & boarding site locations vary. Our foster caregivers & foster care boarding stables are located in Valencia and Simi Valley, CA. Not all sites have horses at them at all times. This level of volunteering requires you to provide a minimum of 6-10 hours per month service time to our horses, & to participate in the HSUS Forever Foundation Plan 4 Progress Virtual Training Program, teaching you safety in basic horse care & handling. You are also required to attend all trainings related to grooming & basic horse skills, as well as assist in 2 or more special events during the year, to promote our sanctuary program & fundraising for our horses.
3.) Pro-Bono Professional Volunteer - Must be at least 18 years old and have professional experience in horse training, farrier work, veterinary care, equine bodywork, social media publishing, newsletter publishing, organizational development, community outreach, grant writing, or Board development. This type of involvement may require 10 to 20+ hours per month service time. It may require that you assist with professional development trainings for our volunteer staff, to share your expertise. Our rescue sites are currently located in Valencia, and Simi Valley, CA, so direct work with horses will be located there at this time. Sites vary and not all sites house horses at the same time.
4.) Voluntary Foster Caregivers - Voluntary Foster Caregivers are PRICELESS. We have an ongoing recruitment for Voluntary Foster Caregivers to serve as Adoptions Ambassadors, to assist us with rehabilitating, retraining, & rehoming our precious rescue horses. This level of involvment will require at least 4 hours per day for feeding, cleaning after, watering, grooming, turning in / out, and handling our rescue horses daily. We prefer our Foster Caregivers to reside no further than 20 miles from Simi Valley, CA, and to have other equines on their property and have horse experience. As a Foster Caregiver Volunteer, you are not obligated to adopt our rescue horses, but you are given the option to do so when they become available for adoption to the public. Foster Caregivers are required to sponsor all hay, feed, pellets, shavings, 1st aid & grooming supplies, basic hoof trims, training equipment, tack, a blanket if you have one to fit our rescue horse, a fly mask & a properly fitted halter & leadline. All supplies donated directly to the horse / rescue are tax-deductible through our 501(c)3 with receipts provided monthly. The rescue covers the expense of veterinary care, training, bodywork, extraordinary hoof care, medications, & supplements. Being a Foster Caregiver is the most rewarding Volunteer position you can hold in our rescue.
All volunteers will be asked to assist with moving horses, moving supplies, stacking hay & shavings, inventory keeping for supplies, and dealing with basic barn care (i.e. grooming & mucking, assisting with barn management duties as assigned). This is heavy work and you should expect to exercise while on the barn sites. Please do not volunteer if you have bodily injuries, physical or mental limitations, or other at risk pre-existing conditions. Horses are large animals and need strong handlers at all times. Thank you.
Volunteers may accompany their children or participants under the age of 18, only if signed on with our liability waiver release form, and only if wearing a safety helmet at all times around the horses. Participants under the age of 18 must be supervised by a parent/guardian over the age of 18 at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.
If you are interested in attending one of our scheduled events, please check out Calendar page on this website. Click on the event and details will come up. You can RSVP for the event on the calendar page, or you can click on Contact Us and send us your information. We will send you details about the event and how to get involved. Rescue Member Supporters will also be emailed regarding events with direct information. Volunteers will be emailed the forms they need to register with our rescue and get started.
Animal Guardians Horse Rescue has participated in this nationwide rescue horse & human training program for 3 years in a row, since 2014. This is a virtual educational training program sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States Fund for Animals & directed by Carter Ranch Horse, in Texas. Members of our rescue; especially Direct Horse Care Volunteers & Foster Caregivers; will enroll in this training program to participate with our rescue. Adopters & pro-bono professional horse care volunteers are encouraged to join also, to learn more.
This is a year-long virtual training program, with access to online video training courses in critical topics such as "Safe Horse Handling Techniques", "Tying / Knots / Tool Handling", "Preparation for Trailer Loading", "Preparation for Vet & Farrier Visits", "Moving Hind-Quarters / Fore-Quarters", "Catching", "Preparation for Saddle Training", "Preparation for Riding", "Handling Horses in a Panic or Emergency Situation", etc. 30 rescues across the United States are participating in this program, with the intention of coming up with a high quality standards method for working with horses who have more significant behavioral needs caused by trauma from abuse & neglect.
We meet regularly with all participating rescues and Carter Ranch Horse by conference call, and we provide our Direct Horse Care Volunteers with 6 Experiential Learning Trainings throughout the program, to practice skills with our rescue horses. The goal is to help our rescue horses become more adoptable and find them loving permanent homes, successfully, smoothly, and more quickly, and to help our rescue members and adopters learn a standardized way of handling our horses safely, effectively, and positively.
This is a fantastic program and we are proud to have won a full scholarship to participate for 2 years straight. It is free of charge for Rescue Members to participate. Full Tuition Scholarship ($1500) is covered for participation when you donate your annual Membership Dues to our rescue ($25, $50, or $75 per year).
The culminating activity is a live hands-on 2 to 3 day clinic in TX, MD, or NM, at a prominent equine sanctuary. Upon completing the annual program, our rescue earns points towards full tuition scholarship for the rescue Director & one Pro-Bono Trainer or Advanced Rehabilitation Horse Care Volunteer to attend. All rescue Members can attend on audit and observe. This is an amazing experience that we have been lucky to attend for 2 years in a row. Travel expenses are not paid, but rescue members who demonstrate outstanding participation & dedication to this program will be offered a $100 travel stipend compliments of AGHR, Inc. as incentive towards attending the live clinic. We also fundraise to cover travel expenses. This is a great opportunity for rescue members who are deeply engaged in the transformation & well-being of rescue horses, and the process of healing them and taking them to the next level of training.
Prior to contacting us, please look at our Resources page on this website and contact all of the rescues and equine sanctuaries listed to see if any of them have space available for your horse. If you do not find something good for you and your horse, then contact us with interest in rehoming your horse with our rescue. We have a limited number of potential adopters on a wait list at any given time. We try to maintain a large networking group of concerned citizens who may be able to help you place your unwanted horse in a permanent home situation.
On a case by case basis, we may be able to take your horse into our limited space foster care program for adoptions purposes. Due to limitations in funding and foster care space, we are currently only able to take horses in that are serviceably sound for riding purposes, gelded, not in foal, and not aggressive (no biters / excessive kicking). We have no specific limitations on horses we are able to accept, but the horse must have no communicable disease, must be current on vaccines, dewormer, and teeth float, and males must be gelded, females not in foal (pregnant).
Contact us with your full name, city location, email address, & phone number. We will contact you by email regarding your horse & your situation. If we are able to accept your horse, we will require that you send your horse with all veterinary & farrier records in writing, your original registry papers, a halter / leadrope, a blanket if you have one, any training records in writing, any remaining hay/feed/supplements/medications that your horse is currently on, and a Horse Owner Surrender Form.
The rescue will accept non-aggressive, rideable, healthy horses mares or geldings age 4 to 18, with a one-time tax-deductible donation of $600 (equivalent of 2 months full sponsorship or 3 months partial sponsorship), and all required records & items. Otherwise, if your horse requires permanent retirement sanctuary, because it is over the age of 18 and not rideable, our rescue will accept privately owned gelding / mare horses age 18 to 30, with a $300/mo. sponsorship fund paid directly to the boarding stable in Simi Valley where we retire our horses for life. Boarding sponsorship is tax-deductible, and your horse will receive alfalfa hay twice a day, and be looked after well until it crosses the rainbow bridge. Private owners will sign a lifetime sponsorship agreement contract with the rescue to sponsor retirement sanctuary boarding, and the rescue will support the expenses of hoof care, veterinary care, supplements, & additional pellets / feed required for the welfare of your retired horse. The rescue will support aftercare and will sponsor any necessary humane euthanasia for horses in need. But horse owners will be required to provide full sponsorship for the basic boarding expenses unless we find an alternate sponsor or foster care home for the horse being surrendered.
Please understand, Animal Guardians Horse Rescue, Inc. is a Shelter Rescue Adoptions Partner. We are limited in funds & space, and a majority of our horses come directly from the County Shelter programs when horses are slated for euthanasia. These horses are our first priority. We sometimes have a wait list of adopters looking for a horse and can make connections with horse owners needing to place their horse. But it is encouraged that horse owners consider sponsoring their horse in safe-keeping for permanent retirement sanctuary with our program prior to giving the horse away "free to a good home", or taking their senior horse to a shelter or auction for rehoming. Especially those of you whom are boarding your senior horse and paying for boarding anyway. In doing this, you are providing your senior horse with a loving and caring, safe and peaceful environment, with stability and knowing that the horse will not be adopted out or sent away again. And the cost of your regular "boarding" will likely be cheaper, and will be tax-deductible monthly. So, your horse will be safe and you will be sure and feel secure about your decision to retire your beloved partner for life with AGHR, Inc. Contact us to tour the facility where we will retire your equine partner. We'll be happy to show you where the horse will stay until he / she crosses the rainbow bridge.
We encourage horse owners to transport their own horses to our rescue foster care homes, but understand that this is not always possible. We can assist you in referrals to reputable professional horse haulers as needed.
Please do your research on our site first to see if you can find a good placement for your 4-legged loved one. If you cannot, then please contact us with interest in donating your horse to our adoptions program. All charitable donations which come with your horse are fully tax-deductible and you will be given a donation receipt at the time of relinquishment of your horse & supplies.
For horse owners considering sending their unwanted horses to an auction for resale, there are several factors to consider. Please be responsible for your actions, and do your research before sending your horse to an auction. Many auctions can be safe and reputable places to sell your horse, but you need to be aware of who is frequenting the auction you are going to, and what are the repercussions for selling your horse to a kill buyer. You can see a long list of known kill buyers who send auction horses to slaughter houses for meat on Horses Need Homes websiter. Please be aware of the auction sales practices of people on this list, as well as anyone who has had an infraction or cruelty complaint filed against them with the Animal Services agency local to your area. We realize that auctions & "free to a good home" ads are a desperate last resort. But we encourage horse owners to begin planning for rehoming their horses WELL in advance, prior to getting a horse, and prior to retiring a horse. The auction & the "free to a good home" horses are at high risk for resale for meat & for abuse, abandonment, and neglect. The "rule of thumb" we encourage horse owners to follow is, "if you don't have $500 plus one penny in a savings account that you don't need to use on yourself ever", then you have NO BUSINESS owning a horse. You need at least $500 to have your horse humanely euthanized and disposed of. This is not a critical judgement on people who fall into hard times and can no longer afford to keep their horses. It is a caution to pre-plan what you will do for your horse if something ever happened and it was no longer rideable. Given a choice of auction / "free to a good home" vs. euthanasia, it is always better to consider permanent retirement in a reputable equine sanctuary or humane euthanasia, rather than sending your horse to an auction or giving it away "free" to a stranger. DO YOUR HOMEWORK before rehoming your horse. Some people may take good care of your horse. But many will not. AVOID the known kill buyers in CA at all costs. Do not promote their business by sending your horse into a torturous and suffering drawn out death at the hands of these people. Please do right by your horse, as he/she has tried to do for you. Thank you.