Founded in 2003, Villa Chardonnay is the largest equine and animal sanctuary in Southern California. Our ranch is a forever home for many of the cats, dogs, horses, donkeys, and other animals. Across the country, Villa Chardonnay is known as “their last hope.” In the 15 years since we were founded, VC has rescued more than 1,000 animals from across the country. VC currently cares for over 270 animals on a daily basis. Our current furry family includes horses, cats, dogs, donkeys, goats, 1 lamb, 2 ducks, 1 turtles and 2 turkeys! As is almost always the case, these animals come to VC emaciated, arthritic, blind, lame, with tumors, cancer, neurological issues, Cushing’s disease or other illnesses. The staff is passionate about saving these abandoned, neglected and abused souls, and providing care as well as preventative programs to improve their quality of life for the rest of their time.
It requires significant financial resources to care for so many animals. The staff and volunteers at VC have learned to do more with less in order to keep the pastures open for so many years. Our team is amazingly dedicated to their jobs and their purpose. For them, this is truly a labor of love and they have sacrificed so that these animals don’t have to.
Being a sanctuary has significantly more challenges than a shelter or adoption agency. The largest one is raising funds from the public. VC does not have the same visibility in the public’s eye that shelters and adoption agencies are accustom to because we are not a department in a municipality or a member of a national association with continual media coverage. In reality almost everyone knows what an animal shelter is, but if you ask the public what an animal sanctuary is they will either describe a shelter or they will respond that they don’t know exactly. Even with our best attempts at fund-raising and public awareness, this lack of knowledge makes it very difficult to raise funds because most people assume we are funded by local government or a large organization like so many shelters are. As mentioned before, the majority of the people who work at the facility are volunteers who love animals. They are not marketing specialist, outreach gurus or fund-raising superstars. They are people with a passion to ensure that our family of animals receives the care and dignity they deserve.
© 2018 Villa Chardonnay
© 2018 Villa Chardonnay