Happy Dog Ranch needs your support
August 2017 update: Thanks for all past support. It looks like it might be a hard fall getting hay, so if you can donate something to help us out with rising prices, we'd appreciate it.
Last month Happy Dog was the winner of the HorseLoverZ.com holiday makeover in recognition of our work!
HAPPY DOG RANCH OVERVIEW
Happy Dog Ranch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit horse rescue, educational, and therapeutic facility in Littleton, Colorado. We work with children and adults with a range of emotional and developmental disabilities from groups and schools in the Denver metro area such as The Joshua School, Binning Family Foundation , Serenity Education, 4 Our Kids, and Garden Colorado.
Our Transitions program allows "transitioning" teens with Autism or Special Needs who are leaving the school environment, the opportunity to learn basic job and social skills while helping us with our small animal work. We also host monthly 1st Wednesdays/Saturdays at Happy Dog summer playdates that provide the Autism community with fun, sensory-based and kinetic activities.
Other groups we provide services to include a “younger onset” Alzheimer’s group from Out and About Colorado, as well as breast cancer survivors through Hope Held By a Horse . There are outreach visits to local seasonal festivals, schools, and local businesses, and grants through our therapists that allow us to interact with DOVE (Deaf Overcoming Violence Through Empowerment) ; do nature-connection programming with LGBTQ+ young adults through Queer Nature ; and work with at-risk youth through CityWILD.
DETAILS: Happy Dog Ranch is home to:
(click here to see our herd!)
1 miniature Steer
3 Full Time Staff (not including executive directors who work as volunteers)
WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?
1 year of:
$60,000 - Hay, feed, and supplements
$20,000 - Veterinarians, Dentist, and Farrier
$12,000 - Equipment and supplies
$8,000 - Insurance
RECOGNITION / PRESS
Winner of HorseLoverZ.com (world's largest online tack shop) holiday makeover in recognition of our great work! Aired on RFD-TV's Equestrian Nation on December 18th, 2016. For full video click here !
Featured in the Columbine Courier
Forging Stable Bonds by Deborah Swearingen
Featured in Fort Collins Magazine
Life Lessons From a Horse by Rachel Walker, Pg. 60
Featured on Horse Radio Network's "Horses in the Morning " 1/7/2017 podcast
Featured on Horse Radio Network's "Stable Scoop" 2/2/2017 podcast
from John and Bernadette Spillane, and all of us at Happy Dog Ranch!!
John and Bernadette Spillane
Some of our volunteers!
Wilbur the pig