So Cal Mini Horse Sanctuary
Who are we?
So Cal Mini Horse Sanctuary is one of the largest mini horse rescues and sanctuaries in the nation. We’ve been fortunate enough to rescue over 100 minis from slaughter, abuse, and neglect. These wonderful minis deserve a chance at a loving, safe home and we will do everything in our power to make that happen.
Find out who we are and what we do
So Cal Mini Horse Rescue and Sanctuary began as a private family venture a decade ago by Jeanne and Carlos Candelario after Jeanne was injured in a riding accident. Although no longer able to ride, her love for horses remained. She was introduced to minis and the sanctuary followed shortly after when she realized the extent of neglect and abuse these little horses endure. Miniature horses, although smaller than ponies and full-sized horses, require the same amount of care. Jeanne saw that minis are often given as presents to children. “Similar to Easter bunnies, minis are cute at first, then neglected, abused or taken to auction and dumped for money. We happily rescue the malnourished and abandoned from questionable fates and those on their way to a merciless end at the slaughterhouse. We even cross state lines, literally saving some from death’s door”.
At any one time, the sanctuary is home to upwards of 60 minis, all rescued from abuse or neglect. Along with the Candelario family, the sanctuary’s volunteers work tirelessly to rehabilitate those that can overcome their sad history with humans and find them loving, forever homes. Those that have suffered too much at the hand of man, will be allowed to live out their lives in the safety of the sanctuary.
So Cal Mini Horse Sanctuary exists as a 501(c)3 nonprofit to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome neglected and abused miniature horses. 100% of all donations go directly to the minis in our care.
So Cal Mini’s focus is to rescue minis from any situations of neglect, abuse, or abandonment and bring them to our sanctuary for rehabilitation. Through love and nourishment, we work heal to the mental, physical and emotional health of each mini in hopes that they will one day find wonderful “forever homes”.
There is a wonderful network of angels that raise funds and pool resources to save as many of these horses as possible in hopes of offering them a new start in life where fear and neglect is left behind and replaced with love and trust. Our sanctuary is grateful to be chosen as the new home for many of the rescued minis, giving them the second chance they all deserve.