Somewhere in time's own space
There must be some sweet pastured place
Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow
A paradise where horses go…
Care, Kindness, Peace, Dignity
Since 2001, the ranch has provided a last refuge for numerous senior horses who've been used up and left behind. Some current Hector Hill residents include:
Zelda, a coal-black Thoroughbred mare with beautiful eyes and very long legs, rescued several years ago from a vacant lot along with two equine companions... All had physical injuries and only the weeds to eat. Nobody knows how long they'd been there.
Kody, a beautiful senior Appy gelding who was dropped off at a rescue with owner instructions to "just euthanize him"...Today, handsome, feisty Kody is very much alive and kicking and the "boss horse" at Hector Hill.
Heidi, a lovely, sweet Quarter Horse mare who was in skin-and-bones condition when she was confiscated by animal control officers...She had salmonella, advanced arthritis in one leg, and physical signs of having been bred multiple times. Today, Heidi is healthy and has her own pasture, a quality diet, equine friends, and all the human-provided "t-l-c" she needs.
All horses, especially discarded, abused and neglected senior horses, deserve care, kindness, peace and dignity. At Hector Hill, horses long given up by those once charged with caring for them can graze, amble, make friends and just be themselves till the end of their days.
A Haven for Senior Horses
Hector Hill Animal Sanctuary (HHAS) offers a safe haven for senior horses who've been victims of abuse, neglect or abandonment. Hector Hill partners with independent rescuers, animal protection/rescue organizations, and municipal shelters to care for aging horses and other animals in need.
What We Do
Hector Hill in the springtime!
Zelda's racing days are now far behind.
Love is in the air...
"Last Chance Ranch"
For nearly two decades, the Hector Hill property near Auburn, California, has been a place where senior horses have been able to quietly live out their days with the individualized care they require. Every equine resident at the sanctuary receives routine health evaluations, foot care, dental checks, quality feed, and medications as needed. All have spacious, shaded areas to move around in, and frequently share their pastures with deer, wild turkeys, quail, rabbits and guinea fowl.
Once at Hector Hill, the horses are "home." They become permanent sanctuary residents and are never re-homed. Hector Hill has been nicknamed a "last chance ranch" for aging horses.
‘Hands on’ with the horses
Hector Hill recently initiated a student volunteer program to offer both pre-vet students and those working or planning to work in the animal care field opportunities to gain “hands-on” large animal experience. Volunteers learn the basics of equine behavior, care, feeding and ranch maintenance as they groom, exercise (no riding) and interact one-on-one with our senior horses. Volunteer opportunities are made available by appointment only; to participate contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Support for Animals
Extending A Hand
Who We Are
HHAS is guided by an all-volunteer board of directors with combined experience in law/consumer issues, communications/media, grant management, municipal animal shelter operations and business:
Carol Gage, Chair - A longtime animal advocate, adopter and independent horse rescuer, Carol owned a communications/design firm for many years. She is a co-founder and former board member of TEAM – Teaching Everyone Animals Matter – and for several years co-organized community spay/neuter and health clinics for the pets of low-income residents. She also coordinated media campaigns on the importance of spay/neuter and pet identification. Today, when not hauling feed bags, scrubbing buckets and cleaning pastures at Hector Hill, she’s likely spending time with her kids, rescue pups Boomer and Dharma.
Kathy Wilkinson, Vice-Chair - Kathy works for a large local school district, and is a gold-star volunteer and "chicken whisperer" at a county animal shelter --where she spends every waking moment when not on the job. She's a card-carrying tree-hugger (horticulture degree) and the proud mom of two sweet pitbull mixes, Billy and Otis.
Bill Gage, Treasurer - A 30-year staffer with the state legislature, Bill is the go-to guy for many of the animal protection bills moving through the California Senate. He's also the sanctuary's planner-in-chief and idea man behind HHAS.
Barb Schor, Secretary - After 40 years in the fast-paced world of communications and marketing, Barb recently jumped off the merry-go-round and headed south of the border. Now retired, she and her husband, Marcos, live in Baja California, where they're a bit like fish out of water, but settling in nonetheless. A self-described “cat person,” and a lover of all of our four-legged friends, Barb is excited to be a HHAS charter board member.