Redwings Horse Sanctuary: home for gentle giants

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021


Horses, ponies, and donkeys find safe haven

Redwings has been rescuing and providing safe haven for equines from burros to retired racing thoroughbreds since 1991. Based in Lockwood, about 38 miles north of Paso Robles since 2000, the organization has been working on moving to Paso Robles since 2015.

Over the years, Redwings has provided permanent sanctuary, rehabilitation and selected foster homes for hundreds of horses, ponies, and donkeys. Thanks to a generous trust bequest, Redwings was able to purchase a 141-acre property on Union Road in Paso Robles in 2015 to begin the dream of building a permanent home for abused, abandoned and neglected equines.

Redwings Horse Sanctuary, an accredited 501(c)3 non-profit horse rescue, is making its permanent home in Paso Robles. Redwings is launching a one-year major capital campaign called, “Paso, Here we Come!” starting Sept. 30, 2020 to raise money to finish building the ranch facility, and to continue providing for the horses in their care.

There are seven Donor and Sponsorship Level opportunities, from Bronze to Palladium, including: the purchase of commemorative brick pavers, horse silhouettes engraved with the name of your choice on an outdoor donor wall, pasture naming, banners displayed on the arena, even sponsoring a signature building. Donations and sponsorships may also be customized to individual or corporate specifications. All donations are welcomed.

The mission of Redwings Horse Sanctuary is to eliminate the causes of equine suffering through education and community outreach programs, to rescue abused and neglected equines, and to provide permanent sanctuary or selected foster homes for those equines.

There are any number of reasons that horses need a place of sanctuary and most of those reasons come down to the reality that horses are much harder to place than dogs and cats. What happens to larger animals desperately needing a secure place to live, largely due to prior abuse, neglect or abandonment? The amount of space a horse needs, the cost involved in feed and care, and often the special handling and attention are not always easy to find. Redwings offers permanent sanctuary for those equines that are “unadoptable” because of age, illness, or injury.

Redwings offers guided public tours, community volunteer opportunities with the horses, horse sponsorship, and a vibrant foster-to-adopt program. The new permanent location will allow for increased educational outreach to local schools, and the potential to build a future horse therapy program.
Redwings Horse Sanctuary is currently open to visitors by appointment only. To make an appointment to visit, make a donation, or for more information email, call (831) 386-0135 or visit


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