Wildhorse Ranch Rescue

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Arts & Culture


11811 S Lindsay RoadGilbert, AZ 85296 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

To save animals from abuse, neglect, slaughter and premature death and provide a safe place for them to live for the remainder of their lives.


Wildhorse Ranch Rescue was started in 1995 by Kim Meagher (pronounced Ma-her), an employee of Intel Corporation. She and her two young children, Nick and McKay, accidentally found out about the plight of homeless horses in the United States. Once they knew that over 60,000 horses in this country are sent to horrible deaths each year, they knew they had to do something to help. They rescued horses privately from 1995 until 2000. But even with their efforts, they could not save very many horses. Kim applied for, and received non-profit status for Wildhorse Ranch Rescue (WRR) and with the help of many people, WRR has been able to help save many horses from death, abuse and neglect.

Wildhorse Ranch Rescue also takes in retired United States Government horses and mules from the Payson Forest Service, Alpine Forest Service and the United States Cavalry. WRR provides an opportunity for these hardworking animals to live in peace and comfort in their golden years.

WHRR is a registered 501(c)3 organization with the Federal Government and in the State of Arizona. All donations are tax deductible as allowed by the IRS.


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by Nick S. from AZ (July 1, 2015)
Wildhorse Ranch Rescue has been rescuing horses for over 20 years now! They are a fantastic organization and are always looking for fresh new talent! Please take a day to check them out and get your muckin' boots on! (To muck-out some stalls that is). Not to mention, they have a plethora of wild burros and many domesticated equine who need hands-on attention! Have fun!
by Sheyenne D. from Gilbert, AZ (January 29, 2015)
I have been a part of Wildhorse Ranch Rescue for 7 years. Recruiting volunteers /raising funds is not an easy task, spend more than one day with us and you will see how a rescue really works. We do have a tough adoption process because we want to make sure that the animal is truly going to a good home (not stay on site), be loved and well taken care of. Most of the animals that come to WHRR were abused, neglected, retired from the forest service or rescued from the auction. WHRR tries to rehabilitate these animals and if they can’t be adopted out, the animal becomes a sanctuary animal where they are allowed to live the rest of their life in peace. In a perfect world, there wouldn’t be a need to have places like WHRR but this is not a perfect world. WHRR helps as many animals as we can. We rescue horses, dogs, cats, peacocks and every animal you can think of. Just like Wildhorse Ranch Rescue, I am there for the animals. This place is great therapy for me. I love it!
by Laurie G. (January 29, 2015)
I've been volunteering at Wildhorse Ranch Rescue for six years now. There's nothing more peaceful than having the opportunity to hang out with the equines. Like all rescues, WHRR has its share of struggles emotionally, financially and physically but when all the volunteers join together we work through. I love having the opportunity to work with this organization.
by McKay S. (January 28, 2015)
Wildhorse Ranch Rescue has been doing good for animals in Arizona for two decades. I'd challenge someone who goes to a volunteer orientation ONE time (and decides the organization doesn't have enough money) not to simply stop volunteering, but to step up and help with fundraising. It's easy to criticize but takes work to bring a nonprofit charity income. As most people in the rescue world know, there's never enough money to attack all the goals on the list. But there's a lot of heart and a lot of hard workers who stick around, even though it's not the most glamorous job. WHRR is an old ranch that, through the kindness, generosity and VERY hard work of its board, volunteers and donors, has seen many improvements like the new barn, Kitty City facilities and volunteer restrooms. I challenge new volunteers to find a way to help the organization, just like everyone else is doing every day. Lots of room for good people to join the ranks. Cheers to WHRR.
by Shannon A. from Gilbert, AZ (January 28, 2015)
Wildhorse Ranch has been rescuing animals for almost 20 years; I have been a volunteer for this organization for 9 of those years. It is easy for a novice to come in with big opinions and big ideas, but it is the follow-through, the hard work that is important--ACTUALLY raising funds versus planning to raise them, REPLACING old fencing versus complaining about it, finding PERMANENT homes for companion animals so they don’t end up in a slaughter house. I assume this is why the previous reviewer (Chelsea L.) is not a volunteer with us. We have over 80 volunteers and supporters who have dedicated thousands of hours of their time and put their blood, sweat and tears in every literal sense of those words into this rescue. Reviews with erroneous information completely devalue the amazing progress this organization has made as well as the dedication and effort made by our volunteers. I give this organization 5 stars, not because it is perfect, but because it strives to be.

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