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Refuge Farms, Inc., Horse Rescue & Sanctuary


EIN: 20-2332234
Founded: 2001
Refuge Farms, Inc., Horse Rescue & Sanctuary
3035 Highway 29, P O Box 195
Spring Valley WI 54767
715-505-5626

Physical Address:
3035 Highway 29
Spring Valley,WI 54767


Last Updated 2018-10-04

Public Charity

Equine Welfare Network Guardian
We are proud to be a *2018 Guardian and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

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Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Refuge Farms rescues the dier horses; those that the other horse rescues refuse. These are the old, the diseased, the forgotten, and the crippled horses. We heal as much as the horse directs and re-home whenever possible.

The horse that is terminally ill, heavily burdened with fears from severe abuse, crippled, or that requires significant cares are absorbed into the resident Sanctuary Herd. If a horse is rescued and re-homing is possible, those horses mingle with the Sanctuary Herd but will be re-homed when the appropriate home is located.

Our Sanctuary Horses are utilized in our established "Horses Helping . . ." program of equine ground based mental health therapy. The program works with all humans in need of self-esteem, self-confidence, grief support, or general well-being.


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 operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.

Our organization's primary activity is equine rescue, adoption & retirement.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of horses.

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

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


Volunteer Opportunities


A Life Changing Opportunity, Rescued Horses
A very special horse rescue is in need of compassionate and dedicated humans to support the healing and care of our rescued horses. No previous horse experience required, we will provide training. Help groom the horses and do chores around the barn. A big heart is a great trait. And the rewards are unending and life changing. Age 16 and younger require parent or guardian companionship.

Retail Store Supports Horses
Refuge Farms has an upscale retail store of unique items from collectibles and antiques to kitchen items and home d├ęcor, vintage clothing, and beautiful new and vintage hats. We are looking for volunteers interested in merchandising to help unpack, sort, and display items at the store. Age 16 and younger require parent or guardian companionship.


Wish List Items


Teeth Maintenance
Teeth floating is vital to the overall health of each horse. Total annual sponsorship: $2,400 ($240 per float for 10 head).

Vaccinations Against Disease
Spring booster vaccinations are administered in May with West Nile vaccinations re-administered on September 1. Total annual sponsorship: $1,445 (17 head @ $85 per).

Deworming And Fecal Test
Our veterinarian has created a fecal test to assess the health of the gut and deworming schedule with us to which we strictly adhere. Total annual sponsorship: $3,400 (4 sets of 40 tubes @ $12 each tube plus 20 fecal tests @ $74 per).

Hoof Maintenance
Our farrier visits us every eight weeks. Many of our horses have hoof issues due to the previous abuse or neglect and we have found improvements in even the worst cases with this schedule. Total annual sponsorship: $8,400 (7 visits at $1,200 average/visit).

Annual Hay Fund
Hay is as vital to a horse as air. Refuge Farms has an excellent hay supplier who manufactures 4 feet by 4 feet by 8 feet square bales at 800 pounds per bale. Our consumption with the current population plus accounting for 14 intakes is 200 bales for a typical Wisconsin winter. At $50 per bale, delivered, each bale is vital and critical to support their lives and recovering the lives of those who have been abandoned or starved. Any donation to the Annual Hay Fund is greatly appreciated. Thank you.


*Guardians are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations. The Guardian Designation is awarded annually.