About Us

Oregon Horse Rescue was started by Jane and David Kelly; our first horse was rescued in November of 2012. Since then, we have assisted more than 100 horses in some way or other.

Our primary focus has been on horses needing a new home who are elderly, disabled, blind, or injured (or all of the above) – we are not breed-specific and we don’t just pick the pretty, adoptable horses. Many of these horses will live out their lives on our property. Others, who are younger and able-bodied, will be rehabilitated and ultimately be available for adoption into responsible, compassionate and approved homes.

Our horses have come from a variety of sources – surrender by owner, auction yard, referrals from Lane County Animal Services, veterinarians or other rescue operations.

The sanctuary property is 70 gently sloping acres west of Eugene, Oregon. It is subdivided into a number of smaller pastures to allow compatible horses to be placed together in smaller groups. Multiple structures provide stalls and shelters.

We rely on donations from our founders and the public for our expenses. We were registered as an Oregon non-profit corporation on April 8, 2013. We have received tax exempt 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service retroactive to that date. Thus, all donations made to OHR are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Our Mission: 

The mission of Oregon Horse Rescue is to provide a safe and supportive home for horses and other animals that have been neglected, abandoned, or otherwise mistreated. We rehabilitate horses to the best health possible, and selectively place some rehabilitated horses in new homes that can provide them a safe, supportive, and forever home. We aim to educate the public about the problem of mistreated horses and inform them about solutions to the problem. 

Our Board:

  • David Kelly (president)

  • Jane Kelly (vice-president)

  • Julie Alonzo (secretary) – Owner of Emerald Valley Equestrian Center;
    President of International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association

  • Monika Janczuk (treasurer) – Journalist; co-owner of Milpawkee Pet Photography

  • Lea Brayton - Writer, OHR Programs Director, and USEA Area VII three-day eventer