why don't you adopt out your horses? The answer is simple, there aren't enough sanctuaries available to help special needs horses. There are many adoption rescues in California, but how many true sanctuaries are there? Not many. This is the key difference ask; an adoption rescue what they do with a 27 year old horse with severe arthritis, or Cushing's disease or neurological disorders? Most adoption rescues cannot and should not accept this type of animal. As they should NEVER be adopted out for riding. But what do they do? We partner with several adoption rescues with excellent reputations and will take the worst cases that they receive, as they know this type of horse does not have any hope of being adopted. On the same note, of the mutiple requests we get each week to take in a horse, if the horse is younger and in good health we will not accept the horse and steer them to one of our "Adoption Rescue" partners, like Red Bucket in Chino HIlls, where the horse can have a successful riding career.
We started out like most other rescues, with an adoption program, and over time we saw that this is not our mission. However, as we are celebrating 10 years this year, we have seen the urgent need for sanctuaries to care for horses that have no other options. Villa Chardonnay is truly their last chance at survival.