Horse Rescues & Sanctuaries

It's only with your help that these organizations can make a difference in the lives of horses. Please consider adopting or sponsoring one of these majestic equines, or find out how you can volunteer at one of these Minnesota rescue sanctuaries.

Northwoods Animal Rehabilitation Sanctuary & Adoption Center, Inc. "NARS", A Non-Profit Minnesota Corporation, is primarily an equine care facility, (however we do care for a variety of animals in need), whose mission is to bring awareness of the plight of the rescued animal through hands-on education in general animal care and gentle horsemanship. Treating each animal as an individual, with compassion and respect.

Where second chances begin...

Broken Roads Ranch was created to rescue and give sanctuary to abused/neglected and unwanted farm animals. Many farm animals come from homes where they can no longer care for an animal; that is what we are here for. Each year thousands of unwanted farm animals and hobby farm animals die from neglect. We opened our sanctuary to give people the option to have a safe caring place to surrender their animal. We strive to provide a safe haven for all animals and create the human/animal bond.

At Farmaste Animal Sanctuary our mission is to change the lives of farmed animals by removing them from abusive situations, changing the perception the public has about them, and encouraging compassionate vegan living. We offer rescue, rehabilitation and a safe haven to abused, injured, and unwanted farmed animals. We educate the community about the cruelty farmed animals face. We allow them to see our residents as individuals with unique personalities such that people will value them and treat them with respect and kindness. We offer a variety of community outreach programs and camps to promote mindfulness and compassionate living, inspiring change in the way society views and treats farmed animals.

Since 1994, the Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation in Zimmerman, Minnesota, has been rescuing, rehabilitating, retraining and re-homing horses and other animals in distress. Just as dozens of humane societies offer dogs and cats a second chance at a loving home, our foundation finds permanent, caring adoptive homes for horses and other animals. Some of our horses and other animals are young and sound. Others are injured, ill due to extreme neglect, starved, or simply very old.

The Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition (MHWC) is an organization created to benefit horses in need. It is a group of organizations, attorneys, horse rescues, humane agents and individuals working to prevent equine neglect, abandonment, and abuse. The Coalition is comprised of teams dedicated to solving different aspects of the problem through its castration program, the Minnesota Hay Bank, assisting and providing resources to law enforcement in criminal prosecutions of horse crimes, assisting with temporary foster care, veterinary assistance and euthanasia.​

Misfit Acres is a 501c3 sanctuary and rescue which provides a permanent home where formerly "unlucky" horses can live out their remaining years safe from abuse and neglect. Horses that arrive at Misfit Acres will live out their remaining years here.  We believe they enjoy being here as much as we enjoy having them. They seem to know that they are the “stars” here and most of the cars that drive in are visitors for them.  

Refuge Ranch is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that was founded in 2014 to fulfill a community need to provide a place of refuge for rescued equines and at-risk youth.  In the past five years, RRM has witnessed countless miracles of horses bringing healing and growth to children and children to horses.  Among our goals is to facilitate horses to reduce the likeliness of youth using drugs and alcohol, high school dropout rates, teenage pregnancies, suicidal attempts, and/or incarceration.  Another goal of our organization is to provide a home for equines that (against no fault of their own) end up in dire situations, such as being destined for the slaughterhouse or with an unknowledgeable owner who is putting the horse at-risk of painful and unnecessary death.  

Resthaven Horse Rescue

Resthaven Horse Rescue, located in Cannon Falls, MN was founded in December 2015 by three ordinary horsewomen whose love of horses led them to an extraordinary mission: To turn what some would call ‘worthless’ horses into loved and valued equine partners, to be compassionate champions of neglected and abused horses and to do everything in their power to save as many of these majestic, gentle creatures as humanly possible. They further benefit horses of all shapes and sizes by giving them a second chance at life as well as a future. Their goal is to improve the life of equines by educating, networking and offering assistance to owners, rehabilitating abused and neglected equines, working with law enforcement and most importantly placing them into safe, loving permanent homes where they can live their years in peace while bringing love and companionship to those who care for them.

Spring Farm Sanctuary rescues and provides a home for abused and neglected farm animals. We seek to educate the local community to raise awareness of the horrible conditions animals face in industrial animal agriculture, as well as the dangerous effects animal agriculture has on our health and the environment. Through our events and tours, we encourage the community to connect with our animals and realize how sensitive, emotional and caring they are. Also, we work with local and state governmental organizations and agencies to advocate for laws and policies that prevent animal suffering and promote the fair and compassionate treatment of animals. 

When the difficult decision is made to part with a horse due to hardship or other circumstances Sundown will offer hope as an alternative to euthanasia or sending a horse to the slaughterhouse by finding temporary and then permanent homes. Sundown can also assist in finding solutions and alternatives to slaughter such as free stallion castration, hay assistance, and temporary foster care if you are unable to keep your horse or want to find a new home yourself. We also find, rescue and re-home unwanted horses from inhumane and unhealthy situations.

This Old Horse is a community of kind and compassionate horse lovers working together to create a sanctuary where all horses and the people who support them are respected, honored and nurtured. We practice kindness--by word and deed. We strive for an environment where kind things are said and done on behalf of the horses and each other.​ Whether our horses are retired from prominent careers, recovering from injuries or hardship, or rescued from crisis situations, we stand with them and give them safe harbor.

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