Mission: Providing rescue and rehabilitation, adoption or sanctuary for at-risk equines and serving as a voice against all abuse.
On February 14, 1999 Doug Arneson and Geri Vincent purchased 10+ acres with a dilapidated house and barn in Monroe, Washington as their home and a place where they could help equines in need. A new home was in place by June 1999 and they moved onto the property with three dogs, thirteen cats (foster failures...), three horses, two donkeys, Tony Pony and a flock of chickens. Improving the property and working full time was very demanding. In addition, equines in need soon came to live with us.
The following years were very hectic with many animals entering the rescue, the ongoing need to re-build the farm and full time work to pay the bills. We operated as a private rescue until 2010, paying for the animals’ needs with our income and savings. We received our state charity status in 2008 but we were not aware that we could provide tax receipts while our federal 501c3 status was pending. We didn’t publicize our nonprofit status until June 2010 when we received our determination letter from the IRS.
We provide the facility to the rescue for the annual cost of $1, on a ten year lease. Equine Aid is a labor of love and hope. We are thankful for our wonderful Board of Directors and all the volunteers who help us care for the animals. There are many ways to help here. We hope that every person who has assisted us, in any capacity, knows how important they are to the successful rehabilitation, training and placement of our rescued equines.
Knowing that animal abuse and neglect is everywhere, it is difficult to find the words to describe the important and meaningful work that Geri and Doug have committed themselves to.
I spend one day each week feeding and mucking (cleaning up). I find Equine Aid to be a place where I can work hard and at the same time feel like it is no work at all... especially knowing that I would not have the opportunity to be around these magnificent creatures as much as I would like to be, if it were not for the efforts of so many... the owners, board members and volunteers alike.
Not only is this a sanctuary for unwanted/abused/neglected horses and donkeys, but it has also become a sanctuary for me to maintain my 'mental health' and to contribute in a way that is meaningful to me.
I feel so selfish at times because I get so much more out of coming here every week than I can possibly give back. Doug and Geri are terrific to work with and like so many others have stated; this is my happy place, this is therapy to me. The horses and donkeys are amazing and ready to give you nudging hugs and sloppy kisses. Equine Aid is the last hope for most of these animals which takes a lot of work and money. Its such a pleasure to help this amazing organization.
I really respect the mission the founders of this rescue work for every day. I muck stalls, I interact with animals and I volunteer my time in an administrative capacity, too. All of the horses and donkeys are special, the commitment and passion of the volunteers is inspiring, and it is wonderful to contribute and participate here and know how much it matters for theses animals. I think Equine Aid is wonderful.
This place is amazing! The owners are very friendly! I have only started helping out here recently but the other volunteers I have met so far are really nice as well. Everyone really cares about the horses and donkeys and really just want the best for them! This place is my happy place and it's such a calming environment.
by Jenny S.
(Administrator for this Organization)(2016-11-09 04:08:41.0)
This is my happy place. I volunteer at least once a week and I look forward to being there rain or shine. Of course the horses and donkeys were the initial draw, however I’ve come to learn that other volunteers and friends of the rescue are what truly make it a unique and special place to be.