Havasupai horse rescued, finds forever home at Sunrise Horse rescue!

In April 2016, sisters Katie Migliavacca and Michelle Grinnell were on a hiking trip to legendary Havasupi Falls in the Grand Canyon. What they saw shocked them: it was the sight of several badly abused pack horses. One horse in particular caught their attention.  He was clearly starving, suffering from severe malnutrition, and part of his spine was exposed due to open saddle sores.  The two sisters worked hard to bring light to what they had seen, taking to social media and contacting multiple government agencies and animal rights groups, including the SAVE Foundation.  The horse "Pace" was rescued and subsequently cared for at the Coconino County Humane Association in Flagstaff (AZ) where he quickly began his road to recovery. As long time volunteers with Sunrise Horse Rescue, Katie and Michelle asked for our help, and on September 3, 2016, Pace arrived at Sunrise Horse Rescue where he is being given the love, respect, and attention he so richly deserves!  

A video and news article about Pace's rescue are below.  Please help Sunrise continue our work by donating today!

Abused pack horse finds a quiet pace at Calistoga's Sunrise Horse Rescue

Matt & Chelsea Cain Issue Challenge Grant to Sunrise Horse Rescue!

San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain and his wife Chelsea Cain, an accomplished equestrian, have issued a $50,000 matching challenge grant to Sunrise Horse Rescue!

If you donate to Sunrise Horse Rescue between May 12 and June 12, the Cains will match your contribution, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000! 

As a supporter of Sunrise, we are hoping that you will seriously consider meeting the Cains’ challenge at whatever level you are comfortable.

Every dollar counts...and now it will count double! 

“During the Valley Fire in Northern California last year, we saw photos of owners releasing their horses into the wild in an attempt to save their lives, and, at that moment, we knew we had to get involved,” said Matt Cain.  “We believe so deeply in the incredible work that Sunrise Horse Rescue does every day to rehabilitate abused and neglected horses and are proud to support their efforts.”

A Message From Our Executive Director, Jeff Hoelsken

This incredibly generous challenge grant comes at an important time for Sunrise. The funds will support our mission in several ways, and allow us to direct resources where they are needed most, including feed, veterinary care, and program development. This grant, and all of the matching funds received, will help us continue to deliver the high quality horse care and programs our community needs while we complete our temporary move to Tamber Bey and redouble our efforts to find a permanent home in the Napa Valley. 
I urge everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to double your investment in Sunrise, and I thank you in advance for your support.

Please visit our website to donate today!

Napa Valley's Sunrise Horse Rescue to move

Temporary relocation to Tamber Beys Sundance Ranch  

St. Helena, CA, April 2016 --- Sunrise Horse Rescue, a St. Helena non-profit horse rescue and sanctuary, will relocate to Tamber Bey Winery's Sundance Ranch in Calistoga beginning May 1, 2016.  Sunrise Horse Rescue will move its herd of rescued horses, as well as its equipment and operations.  This will be a temporary move while the organization searches for its permanent home. 


Tamber Bey Winery owners Barry and Jennifer Waitte are delighted that they could offer much needed temporary assistance to Sunrise.  Barry and I are both honored and excited that the horses of Sunrise Horse Rescue will be making their new home at Sundance Ranch.  As horse owners ourselves, we understand the special needs of sanctuary horses, and we think the ranch will be an excellent environment for them,” the Waittes explained.  Sunrise Horse Rescues Board President Lisa OConnor also thinks this will be a good match, saying: Moving to Tamber Bey will be a positive thing for us, it is a great location and we are so thankful to Barry and Jennifer Waitte for their generosity.” 


For the long term, Sunrise is committed to finding a permanent home in the Napa Valley.  The Sunrise Board of Directors has contacted many key realtors and community leaders to ensure that they have the proper resources deployed to identify the right property.  The Board, in parallel, is launching a capital campaign to fund the acquisition of the property and projected improvements.  “This is a thrilling time for Sunrise Horse Rescue and the energy around finding our forever home in the Napa Valley is palpable.  With the support of community leaders and our strong donor base we know this campaign will be a success,” explains O’Connor.


There has been broad community support for Sunrise Horse Rescue since it was founded in 2007 and Sunrise certainly demonstrated its key capacities during and after the devastating Valley Fire in 2015.  “It’s organizations like Sunrise Horse Rescue that make me so proud to represent our district in Congress,” said U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson. “Since opening in 2007 Sunrise Horse Rescue has given 75 horses, most of whom would have otherwise been euthanized, a second chance at a good life. And when the Valley Fire tore through our community, Sunrise Horse Rescue sprang into action, deploying search and rescue teams immediately after the fire and providing shelter and care for 20 horses, and even 2 goats. The Valley Fire was one of the worst fires to ever hit our state, but it brought out the very best in us, and the good folks at Sunrise Horse Rescue are a prime example.”


Sunrise Horse Rescue is proud to be a part of the Napa Valley community and we are committed to making our permanent home here for the benefit of our horses in need, our volunteers and our growing program base,” explains Jeff Hoelsken, Sunrise’s Executive Director. 


For the near term, the group has launched an online fundraising campaign with a goal of raising $50,000 to cover its moving costs as well as the increased expenses associated with operating at the new location. 


The most effective way to help Sunrise is by contributing to the operating and moving fund through its GoFundMe campaign:  https://www.gofundme.com/xbxvtrhg


Tax deductible donations can also be made at: www.sunrishorserescue.org, or by checks mailed to P.O. Box 143, St. Helena, CA 94574.