To rescue and rehabilitate special needs equines, conduct equine assisted learning and therapeutic activities, and heal humans and equines alike.
Zeb’s Wish Equine Sanctuary started in 1998 with the rescue of a blind and starving mule named Zebediah.
Over the years of shared trials and triumphs together, Zeb taught many about the power of faith and compassion, trust and forgiveness. He, like all of our herd, has demonstrated that one does NOT need to be rideable to have value. His inspiration has continued even after his crossing at the age of 50. Since Zeb’s arrival, we have provided rescue and sanctuary for over 50 horses, donkeys, and mules coming from dire situations. Some of these souls came off the slaughter trucks destined for slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada, some from horrendous abuse, and some who were starved, beaten or abandoned and some who, through no fault of their own, ended up with few options. All are allowed the time, compassion and space to blossom into the precious beings that they are meant to be, to know unconditional love, to provide healing to others and to die with dignity knowing they were cherished.
Our permanent herd has special needs that render them ‘unadoptable’ in the traditional sense but with appropriate care, they ALL can have happy and healthy lives. Finding other like-minded humans who choose to serve these very special creatures helps us to find loving adoptive homes for many more.
The majority of our herd are in their golden years (as a matter of fact- most are over 20, some over 30 one over 40!) and require special concentrated pelleted diets to help accommodate for lack of teeth and other age-related health challenges.
The herd receives integrated health care; from traditional and homeopathic veterinary care to natural hoof care, Reiki energy work, chiropractic, and massage therapy. Although the need is great, our herd is small, as we never take on more horses than we can afford to give the utmost care to.
As opposed to traditional rescue, rehab and adopt programs, which aim to rescue able-bodied, young and ridable equines, all of our horses, mules, and donkeys require extra love and care and many of our animals stay with us until they cross the rainbow bridge which means that we will never recoup the expenses through adoption fees. It is this model which makes the act of sanctuary an expensive ordeal and our reliance on donors is great.
Some of our special needs equines have gone on to be cherished pasture pals, some have become therapy animals, serving to show the world that to be different is just another beautiful part of being an important player in the world.
We also offer Equine Assisted Learning programs, School field trips, service learning classes, retreats, and monthly volunteer opportunities here at the sanctuary in Sandy, Oregon!
With our greatest thanks for your support.
The staff and Herd at Zeb’s Wish