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We train cooperative care behaviors. Least intrusive, most effective is our policy!

NEWS! May 2022

With limited resources and increasing financial hardships we are caring for 39 horses, 11 dogs, 15 cats, and 9 reptiles in our sanctuary for life program with an additional 6 horses and 4 dogs in other programs. We are also home to Behavior Education and their family of snakes doing groundbreaking work in snake behavior and training and working with our resident animals to teach them cooperative care behaviors. We began as an equine sanctuary to provide a soft landing spot for special needs and at-risk horses but as all animal rescues do, we got tasked with helping more species and at one time cared for goats, pigs, ducks, chickens, llamas, ferrets, guinea pigs, rats, mice, chinchillas, rabbits, donkeys, a parrot, and other animals with special needs. Our work with these other species has generated more support than our work with horses despite equines being our original focus and our primary mission. With the exception of literally 6 donors who routinely support our work with horses, the equine community has not stepped up to support our mission. We are thankful to the grants we have obtained for our canine and reptiles programs and feel that it is time to progress our branding to align with what we do, which is care for any special needs or at-risk animal within our capacity to help. We are still Spirit Keeper EQUINE Sanctuary but may now legally do business as Spirit Keeper ANIMAL Sanctuary reflecting that we do care for more than horses here. This will broaden our grant possibilities and make additional supporters and potential donors aware of us and the important work we do here to improve the lives of animals. Our partnership with Behavior Education and their behavior and training services has not only improved the welfare of animals here it has opened up doors for us within animal circles, increasing awareness of our mission to help special needs equines and other species who land here in need of our services. That partnership will continue to remain in place and grow as we work together to optimize animal welfare one animal at a time.

Pictured above with Waylon is founding board member Jim Barrentine who puts in endless hours of physical labor at the ranch in addition to working full-time outside the ranch to financially support the non-profit which at this time is not recieving support or sufficient donations to be self-sustaining. 

Pictured above with our mascot Babbie Royale Nymeris is Lori Torrini, founding board member. She is a credentialed animal trainer and behavioist with an applied science degree in zookeeping. She is a Fear Free Certified Trainer and completed the Fear Free Shelters program.  100% of money she earns through her training and behavior goes into the non-profit. Consider supportuing her Patreon at:

"Rapture" 24 February 1982 - 26 October 2020

Our longest-lived resident, Arabian gelding. 

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Featured Article

Check out our Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary YouTube channel!

  On our channel we introduce you to individual horses; and, we also post videos about our daily operations, interviews, equine educational topics, details about hay/feed, fundraising, and any current news! Like our videos and be sure to SUBSCRIBE to our channel so you don't miss out on anything! Our goal is to reach the 1000 subscriber mark which is when our non-profit can start earning revenue for ads that run before and after our videos. THANK YOU!

Featured Video: Equine Enrichment at Spirit Keeper

Latest News: 2022 Resident Animals and Services

We are happy to continue supporting Pikes Peak Community College by offering internship opportunities to students in the Zoo Keeping Technology program. We accept working interns Monday through Thursdays, evening and night shifts; and on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays for all shifts. 

Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary is unable to admit horses into our sanctuary program at this time due to limited resources and lack of sufficient funding. Current resources and funds are being used to provide hay/feed, veterinary services, dental and hoof care to maintain our population horses and other animals. We ARE still providing special needs boarding, re-homing assistance, and training. 

Although started in 2014 to be a sanctuary for special needs and at-risk equines we have been accepting other species on a case by case basis. As of March 3, 2022 our current population of animals includes 46 horses, 14 dogs, 15 cats, and 106 snakes. Sadly we lost our last chickens, goats, and pigs over the last two years to normal age-related causes; Cordelia, our last pot-belly pig was 19 years old. 

If you would like to help we accept donations of equipment, shelters/loafing sheds, storage sheds, feed, hay, and services. Please check with us to find out about our greatest needs prior to donating. Financial donations may be made via PayPal Giving, Facebook, GoFundMe, Benevity, or direct mail. You may also choose us as your eBay, Good Search, or Amazon Smile charity! 

Please consider monthly donations, if we could get 1000 people to give just $5 a month the horse's feed and hay would be covered, leaving us able to focus on dentals, additional veterinary diagnostics, facility maintenance and improvements, and equipment. 

Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary, where we help elderly and special needs horses THRIVE!

Pictured at left in August 2018: Brownie, age 29 

Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary is committed to caring for special needs equines and other species at risk of being abandoned, neglected, sold at auction, sold into the slaughter industry, or euthanized needlessly. We provide these horses and other animals with a safe place to live out the rest of their lives. 

Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary provides the veterinary care, dental care, hoof care, individualized nutrition, enrichment, cooperative care training, and psychological support needed to ensure animals experience optimal welfare. 

We offer remote and virtual education classes, workshops, and clinics in science-based animal husbandry, general animal behavior, training, basic equine behavior and handling, and animal emergency preparedness. 

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At-Risk Equines

Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary provides a safe environment and comprehensive care for at-risk equines. These are horses in danger of slaughter, euthanasia, abandonment, abuse, and neglect. Resident equines include those that are elderly, have special nutritional requirements, chronic medical conditions, physical disabilities, psychological trauma, or behavioral issues. Their conditions typically prevent them from "wanted" by certain individuals and make them poor candidates for adoption. These animals may still enjoy an excellent quality of life when properly loved and cared for. 

Other Species

Spirit Keeper Equine provides special needs care, training, rehabilitation, and sanctuary for other animal species on a case by case basis. We are a Rocky Mountain Collie-Sheltie Rescue approved foster home. We assist by providing transport for collies and occasionally other animals from their current location to an approved rescue facility. 

We currently provide for or have provided for ferrets, guinea pigs, ducks, goats, llamas, sheep, chinchillas, potbelly pigs, dogs, cats, snakes and other reptiles, chickens, parrots and other birds, fish, hamsters, gerbils, mice, rats, rabbits, and burros. 

Education & Conservation

Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary strongly supports science-based medicine, training, animal care, husbandry, rehabilitation, behavioral research, and conservation. We are dedicated to educating our staff and volunteers, board, community members, the general public, emergency responders, and anyone working with animals. 

We require all working interns and staff to complete the Fear Free Shelters program and the Animal Welfare Professional Program through SDZGA.