December 1st - 31st, 2019
Second Chance Ranch was founded in 1985 and received its tax exempt status in 1999. As the Pacific Northwest’s first no-kill animal rescue for both dogs and horses, they pioneered the now popular trend of a cage-and kennel-free environment for dogs.
In 2004, SCR concentrated its focus on a Thoroughbred horse program and became the Northwest’s only 501c3 rehabilitation and transitional facility exclusive to Thoroughbreds. For the next nine years, SCR made an impact on the lives of horses and their owners in the community through direct intervention, education, and community outreach. Their specialization was the rehabilitation, transition training and adoption services of Thoroughbred race horses from the racetrack into second careers.
Chance Ranch serves as a sanctuary for a special collection of retired
sport horses offering an innovative animal assisted platform in
collaboration with mental health professionals. Leading With Horses
(LWH) is an Equine Facilitated psychotherapy (EFP) program that delivers
a unique non-riding alternative to conventional talk therapy. This
program serves any person(s) of the community who is being treated by a
licensed healthcare professional. By utilizing the unique capacity of horses to demonstrate their teaching and healing, Leading With Horses provides an environment that fosters emotional growth and healing to those who are moving forward from some of the critical issues society faces today; substance abuse, suicide prevention, anger management and anti-bullying.
Special Horses, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) 2015, 2016 and 2017 Great NonProfit organization and a GuideStar Platinum Participant. Since 2009, our mission has been to provide outstanding registered 501(c)(3) equine rescue organizations with fundraising opportunities, marketing assistance, educational opportunities, and community outreach. The organizations we support are dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming horses in need, and are carefully screened and selected based on their trustworthy reputation, dedication, and excellent service to the animals in their care. Rescuing horses leaves these organizations little time to plan, organize, and execute fundraisers and outreach, and it is the mission of Special Horses to help them help equines in need.