It has been ten years since the gates opened at Duchess Sanctuary, and over that decade the center has transformed from an uninhabited, barb-wire laden piece of property to a beautiful, lifetime safe haven for rescued horses and donkeys.
Over the years, the population has ranged from 180 to199. The sanctuary is currently home to 196 equine – 188 horses, 5 donkeys, and 3 ponies. Our oldest residents are in their 30’s, considered elderly in horse years, and our graduated care program follows each animal through all the stages of their life.
The Fund for Animals was founded in 1967 by prominent author and animal advocate Cleveland Amory. For more than 50 years, The Fund for Animals has spearheaded some of the most significant events in the history of the animal protection movement by employing hard-hitting advocacy campaigns and operating world-famous animal care facilities like the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch. The Fund for Animals historic victories have saved thousands of animals from cruelty and suffering.