Welcome to Sunkissed Acres…
Sunkissed Acres is an Equine Rescue and Retirement facility. Our goals:
- To rehabilitate and re-home those who are able to still be of service to others
- to offer a quality, safe, lifetime home for the aged and infirm
- to end the suffering of those whom it is deemed necessary
Several of the horses spend their time as therapeutic riding horses while they await loving homes, as do some of our permanent residents. They enjoy their work as therapeutic partners while remaining safe with Sunkissed Acres. We have found homes for hundreds of horses over the years, we have lost others to and old age, and we have euthanized those who were beyond our help.
Horses that find their refuge at Sunkissed Acres remain part of our mission for the rest of their days. While most go on to find loving homes, should the circumstances arise that they can no longer be cared for, arrangements are made for their return to Sunkissed Acres.
Sunkissed Acres is a registered 501(c)(3) IRS tax deductible organization. Tax receipts can be issued for all donations.
Lori Yonts is the founder and manager of the rescue operation. Born and raised in Western Canada, Lori has always had a love of animals. Her experience includes working as an ASPCA inspector in Canada and the USA for over 10 years. With this background she was never able to ignore an animal in need. Lori has 3 grown children and many foster children. Also, several dogs and cats.
Sunkissed Acres (named after Sunkissed Angel) was started in 2002 with the goal of being a retirement boarding facility. Because retirement and rescue go “hand-in-hand” the facility expanded to a rescue operation working with Animal Control and the Department of Agriculture seizures. Sunkissed Acres became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2004.
This is Ivanessa when she arrived in the fall of 2012. She was covered in lice and rain rot, starved and in foal. and this is Iva in June of 2013, six months after her arrival. Sadly, she lost her foal. But she has rebounded beautifully and is a favorite on the farm.
The animals that need this type of facility far exceed the resources available. Sunkissed Acres tries to rehabilitate and re-home as many horses as possible. Some of these equine are not adoptable because of age or health restrictions . Because these horses have long served the human race and deserve this to be there last home when there is no other, they must rely on your generous donations and sponsorship. Many of our permanent residents have caring people who help sponsor their retirement and are involved in the life of their cherished friend.
The facilities at Sunkissed Acres include two barns with a total of 16 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.
While rescue is our first priority. We must always leave a space open to help those who can’t help themselves. Often, people will surrender their horses to the rescue believing they are being given to us for retirement reasons, as that is what they wish for them.
If you are unable to financially care for your horse, we will do our utmost to help in all ways, but, if it is in the best interest of the horse to be adopted, we shall do so.
All adopters are carefully screened, references required and horses are adopted with a contract. No horse who could not benefit from another home shall be adopted and retired by this facility.