Cosmos is a 7 year old Paint who was rescued by a woman who found him lying in the mud in the rain. She took him in and nursed him back to health. He is sweet, proud and a little unpredictable. Abandoned to fend for himself for most of his life, he now has a home at the sanctuary where we will keep him safe, healthy and loved.




Lady Portia came to us as one of 2 Thoroughbreds out of a shelter in Los Angeles.  She is a stunning mare who is only 5 years old.  She ran just one race at the Santa Anita racetrack before she and her companion mare were found abandoned in a riverbed.  We are blessed to have her beauty and grace in our midst.




Delphi is a stunningly beautiful 12 year old Thoroughbred mare who ran many races in her lifetime.  After giving birth, she was found in a riverbed by the LA County Animal Control, abandoned with another Thoroughbred mare.  We took them both, and are grateful to provide a happy-ever-after home.


Horse Pain

Once loved,
Now forgotten,
Left standing in a field.
Once bright eye now dull with pain,
Looks longingly at his old field mate.
The grass is gone and no hay has come
To keep this animal hanging on.
The ribs are showing through its coat.
It only has one last hope,
The fact that someone might notice him
And save him from the dying pain.
He was a lucky one
Safe now in a sanctuary
His coat now shines
And his muscles ripple
He is safe now among lots of people.
And now he can save us all......

-Written by someone after visiting the sanctuary!







Look back at our struggle for freedom.
Trace our present day's strength to its source
And you will find man’s path to glory
Is strewn with the bones of the horse.



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Who is the fairest of them all?

"Somewhere over the rainbow….is Humanity for Horses"


Humanity for Horses was formed by a group of people who have been helping children and adults with emotional awareness and conflict resolution, www.harnessinghappiness.org. However, in 2012, our hearts were completely broken when a law was passed that allows for horses to be slaughtered in the USA. On May 25, 2012, the mandate of Humanity for Horses was birthed. The reason for this name is obvious - humanity must speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Fortunately, in January of 2014 the US Federal Government effectively eliminated horse slaughter permanently. This important action is expected to create a greater need for collaborative equine rescue efforts as many more horses will now survive the horrors of auction and slaughterhouse and will need to be properly cared for.

To date, we have rescued 147 horses - Thoroughbreds, Mustangs, Morgans, Arabians, Quarter Horses, Tennessee Walkers and Minis. In addition we have 29 llamas, 31 donkeys, 41 goats, 36 alpacas, 13 sheep, 3 ponies, 8 minis, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, one chinchilla, one rooster, one hen and one turtle. Another factor in our horse rescue efforts is providing early intervention for caring horse owners who are struggling to afford feed and veterinary care. We love to facilitate horses being able to stay with their families. Our sanctuary has 151 acres of pasture at the base of Mount Shasta in Northern California. In one year, we have built a basic hospital, a quarantine area, and a rehabilitation section. Each horse has their own individual shelter for protection and individual pasture to run in. Our goal for 2014 is to build a rain catchment system on every shelter.

To date, we have constructed shelters and paddocks for the 147 horses, facilities for additional animals rescued with them, and built a treatment center. We have put together a team of equine experts, farriers, and two veterinarians.

We are an accredited sanctuary with Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) and an approved sanctuary for Off-Track Thoroughbreds with CARMA (California Retirement Management Account for Thoroughbreds). We partner with Sheriff and Animal Control Departments as well as Humane Societies to intake seized and surrendered horses. We rescue horses from slaughter, abuse, neglect and abandonment, providing them sanctuary for the rest of their lives. Based on the abuse already inflicted, we do not adopt out. This is a protection against any further risk of mistreatment. For those horses who are healed and willing, humanity will be brought to them through our supervised programs.

We have witnessed a miracle at our sanctuary. People who come, whether that be staff, medical assistants, farriers, veterinarians, visitors or people delivering horses, have all had the same reaction. When they first enter the gate, they have stated that they felt overwhelmed with a sense of peace and hope. It could be the way we have thought out and built the sanctuary, but we suspect that the animals are sending this message. When animals come in we always try to tune into who they would like to be with. We have all felt that families are being reunited.


Humanity for Horses is a 501c3 non-profit organization devoted to rescuing horses from slaughter, abuse, neglect and abandonment providing them sanctuary for the rest of their life. While rescuing horses, we also home all other animals that were abandoned with them. Because the animals have experienced such abuse and neglect from humanity, we do not adopt them out. We are devoted to giving them top quality nutrition, traditional and non-traditional medicine, and endless hours of love and comfort.

We have a specialized Thoroughbred program. We rescue Thoroughbreds from individuals and race tracks. They have their own unique place on the sanctuary and receive an abundance of individualized attention. They also have their own turnout pasture.

In 2014, we will be initiating programs to bring together humanity and horses.


From the beginning of time, horses have been considered heavenly creatures, teaching and guiding us. They have served mankind willingly and devotedly, and now they are being completely threatened. We have much to learn from the horse. Even though they have been abused, trashed and even killed, they still want to be near people and engage in love and service.



Our plans for 2014

1) We will have a program, whereby the elders will come to the sanctuary, have lunch and be ridden around in a horse drawn carriage to see and touch the animals. We believe that elders are in such need of honor and respect. They are often abandoned and in many cases abused.

2) We will have a program, whereby the children will come to the sanctuary and be ridden around in a hay wagon to see and touch the animals. They will be given a course on how to treat animals with respect and love.

3) We will have a program for healing which will involve massaging the horses and walking meditation. This has already begun. 

4) Because we are a place of love and hope, we plan to have programs for families to come and spend quality time together. 



On December 3, 2013, The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) announced that it has accredited Humanity for Horses as an official Thoroughbred aftercare facility. There are only a total of 23 TAA accredited facilities in the United States.  Stated James Hastie, TAA Executive Director: “We’re thrilled to grant accreditation to these worthy organizations in recognition of the great work they’re doing. Each of these facilities has undergone a rigorous review process to ensure that they are providing a uniform level of care for our retired Thoroughbreds.” (read more)