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Paso Robles
Redwings Horse Sanctuary is home for gentle giants
 Horses, ponies, and donkeys find safe haven
Redwings Horse Sanctuary was first founded in Carmel, CA
in 1991 with the mission to end the abuse, neglect, and slaughter
of horses, ponies, donkeys, mules, and burros. Redwings rescued 15 equines that first year. Since then
it has rescued, rehabilitated and provided permanent sanctuary and adoptive homes to hundreds of horses and donkeys.
Thanks to a generous trust bequest, Redwings was able to purchase a 141-acre property
on Union Road in Paso Robles in 2015. A grand opening in
September 2021 officially opened the gates to the new, permanent sanctuary for abused, abandoned and neglected equines. The prop- erty was designed specifically to meet the needs of the rescued horses.
The mission of Redwings Horse Sanctuary is to eliminate the causes of equine suffering through education and com- munity outreach programs, to rescue abused and neglected equines, and to provide perma- nent sanctuary or selected adop- tive homes for those equines. The new permanent location allows for increased educational outreach to local schools and the
potential to build a future horse therapy program.
The need for sanctuary
There are any number of reasons that horses need a place of sanctuary and most of those reasons come down to the reality that horses are much harder to place than dogs and cats. What happens to larger animals des- perately needing a secure place to live, due to abuse, neglect or abandonment? The amount of space a horse needs, the cost involved in feed and care, and often the special handling and attention are not always easy to find.
Redwings is home to all kinds of horses and burros from the smallest miniature horses to the largest draft horses. Visitors can see a herd of burros, mustangs from Montana’s Pryor Mountains or the regal draft horses watching over the ranch from their hilltop. The horses and burros in the care of Redwings include permanent residents who, due to age, illness or injury are not adoptable and will live out their lives at the sanctuary. Others are available for adoption as companions or for adoption for riding.
The adoption program ensures that horses go to ap- proved and loving homes. Those
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