February 2015 - Villa Chardonnay

Temecula rescue seeks more land to accommodate more horses and other animals.

by Alex Lynch • photos by Abram Goglanian

In an effort to support even more neglected horses, Villa Chardonnay in Temecula is urgently trying to gather funds to move their animal sanctuary to a self-sustaining facility in Southern California, where they will continue to help animals in need, grow their own hay and preserve land.

“Every day, neglected horses need a way out and we have run out of space to take in more animals,” explains CFO Louise Gardner. “We have created a new fundraising campaign in hopes to move to a larger facility to give horses the life they deserve. We need help to help them.”

Founded in 2004, Villa Chardonnay is one of the largest and most reputable sanctuaries on the West Coast. It has saved 312 animals from a bitter end and provides a loving home to over 200 animals today.

Despite the increasing demand for relocation of rescue horses, donations present an ongoing challenge for Villa Chardonnay and equine rescues across the United States. Even through financial obstacles, Villa Chardonnay’s hearts are always open to horses with no other options.

“We are so honored to dedicate our lives to providing love and shelter to horses that no longer have the care they deserve,” says Villa Chardonnay President, Monika Kerber. “We hope to save even more horses that have run out of options, which could become a reality with a larger facility.”

Although many abused and abandoned horses are rehabbed and adopted, many horses and other animals have such physical ailments that they are unable to be ridden again, often increasing their chances of being sent to slaughter or continuing to be neglected. At Villa Chardonnay, founders Kerber and Gardner have established an equine rescue center that provides these animals with forever homes, where they can retire and live peacefully.

Donations made during the holiday season were boosted by a matching campaign on Indeigogo, which may still be running through the early new year. Villa Chardonnay also makes it easy to help by operating a pet supply business to help subsidize the cost. Villa Chardonnay Pet Supplies Inc. has over 10,000 items and features national brands. With each purchase made, 100 percent of the profits go to housing, feed and other supplies for the animals at Villa Chardonnay, emphasizing their motto “Pets Saving Pets.”

Villa Chardonnay, Horses with Wings, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. All donations made are tax deductible. Items purchased from Villa Chardonnay Pet Supplies are not tax deductible.


Press release provided by Villa Chardonnay, Horses with Wings, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. To help and/or get more information, visit www.villachardonnay.org or follow the rescue on Facebook and Twitter.