102 Horses Surrendered at the 1-Day Open Door Shelter for Horses in California

We held our 4th 1-Day Open Door Shelter on March 5th, this time in California. A staggering number of horses were surrendered, a total of 102!  Horse trailers were lined up waiting to drop off horses whose owners could no longer keep them.  The barns at the fairgrounds began filling up quickly.


We would like to thank our partner the Right Horse Initiative for making this 1-Day Open Door Shelter for Horses possible, without them this event would have never happened. To learn more about the right horse initiative please visit their website – www.therighthorse.org

The goal of the 1-Day Open Door Shelter for Horses is to provide a safe place for horse owners to surrender their horses that they can no longer keep, at no cost, it is completely free. We even offer free transportation for the horses if they do not have a way to bring their horse to the shelter. The 1-Day Open Door Shelter for Horses is extremely crucial to keep horses safe from ending up in the wrong hands or neglected. Many times we find horses that come to our 1-Day Open Door Shelters have suffered extreme neglect. Veterinarians examine each horse and any horse that is found to be suffering is given the last act of kindness.

Our goal is to place every horse that has a good quality of life and is adoptable with adoption partners to be adopted to a new home. All adoptable horses are being placed into adoption programs. If you are interested in adopting one of the adoptable horses, please contact A Grazing Grace Horse Rescue or our California Shelter.

We had a great team of staff, board of directors and volunteers that worked tirelessly to make this event a success. At the end of the day Sarah and Melissa did a video talking about their busy day, to watch the video click here.

Please consider making a donation to help us with this important work. As you can imagine your support is greatly needed and appreciated!


Below are photos of all the horses surrendered  at this event, 102 horses is a lot of horses! The original date for the event was February 19th but had to be rescheduled due to flooding. Not all the photos were taken at the fairgrounds. Some of the photos are of horses that came in on the original date, others were taken when the horse was picked up from its owner.