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The Messenger Designation is awarded annually. To retain an existing EQUUS Foundation Messenger designation and apply for an EQUUS Foundation grant in 2017, organizations must provide all required information and update their Messenger information on or after January 1, 2017 and not later than April 30, 2017.

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Horses of Tir Na Nog

Horses of Tir Na Nog
P.O. Box 19131
San Diego CA 92159

Tax ID/EIN: 20-3681634
Year Founded: 2005
Last Updated 2017-08-10

Public Charity

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Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Horse Welfare

Our organization operates programs involved with horse rescue, foster care, rehabilitation, adoption and/or retirement.

Our organization's primary activity is equine retirement.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care of horses to provide its services.

97%% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.

Our organization operates programs involved with horses and other animals.

Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Our Mission

Our goal is to create a safe-haven for horses that have few options remaining, thereby ensuring them a better quality of life. At Horses of Tir Na Nog, we help build connections between people and horses in the San Diego community, increasing awareness about responsible horse ownership and care through education.

Horse-related programs:
Horses of Tir Na Nog is the longest operating non-profit horse sanctuary in San Diego County. We are currently caring for 50 equines (including a herd of mustangs and eight burros), 23 sheep, one llama, one alpaca, four dogs, and four goats). We provide life-long care. Our horses are placed in our care by the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services. We became an Adoption Partner with Animal Services in 2008. Since that time, Animal Services has not euthanized a single medically manageable equine. Horses are placed in our care due to age, arthritis or other chronic medical conditions.

Non-horse-related programs:
We have worked with Animal Services to provide a forever home to a variety of livestock, including sheep and goats. We have also taken in several dogs that thrive in a ranch environment but were otherwise considered adoptable.

Volunteer Opportunities

Horse Care Volunteers
Minimum Age: 16
Our Horse Care Team helps us to provide the best life possible for the horses in our care. These volunteers spend an hour cleaning corrals. The remainder of your shift might be spent grooming or bathing horses, turning them out or taking them for a walk. While this opportunity is perfect for people with previous horse experience, if you lack experience but are willing to make a regular commitment to our horses, we will provide on-going training.

Shift: 9:00 a.m. until Noon on Sundays.

Wish List Items

If Horses Had Wishes
Grooming Supplies
Veterinary Supplies
Pest Control
Toys/Enrichment Items
Corral Maintenance Items