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Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary


Opportunities Available:

LEADER:The Leader is the one to be primarily responsible for the horse before, during and after class (i.e. catch the horse, prepare it for class, maintain safe spacing in the arena and elsewhere, assist the rider during class while maintaining control of the horse, and release the horse when class is over.

SIDEWALKER: The Side Walkers supports the rider during grooming, riding, mounting and dismounting and help the rider guide their horse in following directions of the instructor as necessary.

At the Solace Equine Academy (SEA) program, a program within Black Dawg, assists and supports those who have experienced some of life’s most difficult challenges. This includes extensive combat experiences where it becomes difficult to let go, being the first on scene of a tragic accident, fire or life threatening situation or losing a loved one leaving behind those with the ultimate question "why".

Solace Equine Academy located just a little over 3 miles from the B.D.F.S. facility, making it easy for families and individuals to take participate at both places. By pooling our collective resources, we provide more of these needed services to our community. BDFS through the SEA program, will have the ability to provide equine assisted learning, activities and riding, which bring about therapeutic benefits and increased life skills.

S.E.A.'s beautiful outdoor riding arena is tranquil, helping to make the riders encounter a positive learning experience. Removed from the noise, the everyday hustle and bustle, riders have the opportunity to focus on their feelings collectively with one of the best listeners - The Horse.

Other opportunities include helping to help with horse and facility care.

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About Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary


12020 123rd Ave SE, Rainier, WA 98576, US

Mission Statement

Our goal is to rescue, rehabilitate farm animals and to educate and inspire the public about their care and welfare. We provide a lifelong sanctuary for our adopted animals with veterinary care, proper feeding, environment enrichment and love. At the same time giving people who might not have had contact with farm animals a hand on experience. We offer learning programs for children and teens, helping them to connect and build emotional and mental well-being through the human- animal bond. We also work with mental health providers and their patients, through equine assisted activities and therapies.


Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary started in 2015 with two horses from the kill pen, it has since grown and evolved from there. We are located in Rainier, Washington on 10 beautiful acres of farmland nestled in Thurston County. We are a farm animal sanctuary that provides a lifelong home to the animals in residence.

We do not adopt out any animals.

Many of the animals are not considered adoptable due to age, nature of injuries, psychological and emotional trauma. This is their last chance for a home, where they are loved, cared for and are allowed to be happy individuals.

We receive the animals through other animal rescue agencies, the sheriff's department, abandonment and owners that are no longer able to care for their animals.

We are making a difference in the community through education and awareness. Our Vision and mission guide us in everything we do and how we will continue to proceed in the future.

Besides being a farm animal sanctuary, we are an educational learning center- teaching the public about the social and ethical responsibility of animal ownership. We do this thru educational tours, hands-on-learning, and by hosting professionals who are experts in their field- come and speak. We believe that the human-animal bond is crucial to to mental health and well-being. These animals that were once unwanted are able to teach us about love, empathy and so much more.

People with Disabilities
Veterans & Military Families


We'll work with your schedule.


10338 138th Ave SERainier, WA 98576



  • Family Therapy
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Animal Therapy
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Building
  • Equestrian


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • Volunteer must commit to a minimum of once a week for 8 weeks.Estimated total hours: 2½ to two hours per class (more than one class can be done).
  • Volunteers may assist in multiple lessons. All new volunteers are required to participate as a “sidewalker” for a full 6-week lesson session before they may apply for “leader” training unless otherwise cleared by the instructor.

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