Nestled in the hills of northern Georgia is a very special place where souls broken by man can come to rest, rehabilitate, and if needed, retire in a safe sanctuary.
Since our official beginning in 2004, hundreds of horses have been rescued, rehabilitated, rehomed, and if their pain is too much to bear... a humane and peaceful passing becomes our mission. The horses teach us so many valuable lessons from life skills to kindness, and they have become an integral part of our work with the more than 50 foster children with special needs who called the farm home since 2006.
Our mission is a simple but important one, Sunkissed Acres exists to provide the rescue and rehabilitation of horses, to offer compassionate sanctuary, and for those who are suffering beyond the hope of recovery, a humane end to their pain surrounded by loving care.
The facilities at Sunkissed Acres include two barns with a total of 24 stalls, 60 acres of land, numerous paddocks and run-in shelters. The facility is designed and maintained to provide safety and to enhance the health and well being of the horses. Our rescue and facility are verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, and we are past, and a current 2017 ASPCA grant recipient.
Since the start of our rescue mission, hundreds of horses have come to the farm, many who have endured unspeakable cruelty and neglect. They come to us unable to stand, unable to trust, and they are given careful attention and veterinary care, and a soft place to land. Others are victims of the economy, and others the victims from loss of interest. Many others are horses that are loved and cared for, but their owners have fallen on hard times, so they will remain in their homes with Sunkissed Acres providing grain, hay and any veterinary care needed until the owner is back on their feet.
No matter how they come to us, they will know kindness, respect, and care. They will be loved.
Throughout the year more than 30 horses will call Sunkissed Acres home on any given day. Their reasons for coming here are different, but most will remain here for the rest of their days due to limitations in their abilities or the specialized care they need. This means that very few will be adoptable, unless a very specialized home can be found. The cost for caring for a senior horse with special needs can be an average of $3500-$6000+ per year, just for their basic health needs, so few homes are able to support them.
When a horse becomes eligible for adoption or foster placement, we work to find the best possible placement. Many factors are considered including age, experience, income, stabling, transportation and more. Our goal is to match the horse with the home best able to meet their needs, in the least stressful way possible for the recovering horse. When a horse reaches a point where it would be beneficial for them to begin their new life in a permanent home, we will make a listing on our very active Facebook page so we can best use the power of social networking to find the best possible outcome. Adoption fees vary, and preference is given to past adopters and established programs that partner horses and humans together for learning, and physical and mental wellness.
How you Can Help
The generousity of others is what makes all of this possible, and in this season of giving we hope we can count on you to help us continue to make life changing experiences possible for these beautiful sentient horses, and the very special children they will guide.
We hope to raise $10,000 to provide direct support to the horses in our care. With the economic and environmental concerns growing, horses face a difficult and challenging future, especially as we head into the winter months. As pasture grows scarce, the calls to our rescue will grow.
Please consider a donation of any amount. 100% of your support will be used to provide direct support for the horses in our care, and those who will need us in the year ahead.