Abandoned By Owners

The reasons for abandonment are many: People can no longer afford to maintain, feed, or offer basic health care for their horses. Many horse owners have lost their homes and property, or their jobs and can no longer afford to take care of their horses. Monthly feed costs, which are higher in Southern California than for most of the country, can run to about $150- $250 per horse. Alfalfa prices have skyrocket in the last 2 years. Elderly horses can be especially costly, as they often require the more expensive feed for seniors.

We hear about dogs and cats being left behind when people move out. The exact same thing can happen with horses, donkeys and goats. No matter the reason, there is no excuse for leaving a defenseless animal behind to starve and die. We have been called by animal control as well as neighbors who see an animal left behind and we immediately go into action to get them picked up and to receive medical care.

Horse abandonment can come in several forms: Little Hope was tied to a fence post in Perris, alone, starving to death. We rescued her after receiving a phone call from a resident in Perris. Little Blackie was tied to a fence post for days in Apple Valley, starving without food. Lucky Lady, most likely a former racehorse because of the number tattooed inside her lip, was found wandering the streets of LA 400-500 underweight and sick.

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  • LIttle Blackie 3LITTLE BLACKIE
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"In their eyes shine stars of wisdom and courage to guide men to the heavens." - Jodie Mitchell

Villa Chardonnay, Horses with Wings, is a sanctuary dedicated to the compassionate care of animals, primarily horses. We provide love, a home and critical care for abused, neglected, slaughter bound and abandoned creatures.