Red Clay Ranch Equine Rescue and Sanctuary, Inc. happened by accident, by luck, or by Divine Providence. It was not the original plan for our retirement. That said, we are enormously grateful that fate directed us into this mission. Having horses was initially intended as a retirement activity, but the overwhelming need for a rescue facility in our area became abundantly apparent. Starting with our four personal horses, we accepted two retirees from a local University equitation program. Being blessed with acreage, we continued to accept old horses for sanctuary.
We soon discovered that neglect and abuse were prevalent all over the country, and Georgia was no exception. We could not turn a blind eye and soon found ourselves with ever-increasing numbers of equine in need. RCR’s current population holds at about 80 with some being trained for re-homing. We have adopted certain areas of our property to accommodate those with special requirements such as our blind horse population.
We are thrilled that we have found our mission in our retirement! What could be better than offering love and care to these, the most beautiful of God’s creatures?
RCR is a fully licensed, 501c3 non-profit organization designed to offer rehabilitation and sanctuary to equines in need. We are internationally accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. We accept abused, neglected, starved horses as well as elderly horses who are living out the remainder of their days in green pastures. Also in residence are younger horses that are not otherwise adoptable due to infirmity or injury.
Owned and operated by Lee and Phil Rast, RCR is unique in that all property is privately owned. There are no rental fees. Thus, donations are directed to the care of the horses.
Board of Directors
Cecilia and Allen Wright
Krist and Ben Voyles
Lee and Phil Rast
Melissa Oellerich Butler