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Strawberry Mountain Rescue & Rehabilitation Center
Strawberry Mountain Rehabilitation Center operates under Strawberry Mountain Mustangs, Inc., a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization, and is dedicated to all breeds of equines. Donations are tax deductible.
Strawberry Mountain was founded in 2005 after rescuing dozens of wild horses from the Sheldon National Antelope Refuge in Nevada. These incredible animals were slipping through a government loophole and being sent to slaughter by the semi load. A passion was born and still burns brightly today.
Throughout the last several years, SMM has been instrumental in developing owner assistance programs, founding the Oregon Hay Bank, sponsoring equine health fairs, educational opportunities for law enforcement, and we were active in the successful passage of a law that made equine abandonment a crime in our state. We continue to work with wonderful organizations such as the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and the Oregon Animal Control Council (OACC) to pass the first Aggravated Neglect statute, making repeat offenders and crimes of neglect in the presence of a child a felony offense.
Our successful rehabilitation program is unsurpassed and we are supported by our local veterinarians, law enforcement and district attorney's office. Together, we are working to end equine abuse and neglect within our community.
Strawberry Mountain Mustangs has been recognized by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, making it the first rescue and rehabilitation facility to be acknowledged by the organization in Southern Oregon. The GFAS process can be lengthy, but aims to promote donor confidence in organizations that choose to pursue the status. Any organization that applies for verification or accreditation is carefully reviewed and a site visit is done to ensure that proper animal husbandry is in place, animals are well cared for, and that donor funds are being used as represented by the organization. Click here for the official press release.
In February, Strawberry Mountain Mustangs was part of a Marion County seizure where SMM took 5 emaciated horses. The caretaker to these horses is now in jail. All 5 horses are making good progress so far. Click here for article from the Statesman Journal.
Grace, a mare that may have been Douglas County's worst neglect case in history, came to us in August of 2010 weighing a mere 560 pounds and with a body score of 1. Grace recovered fully in just a few months time, eventually weighing as much as 1100 lbs and needing to be put on a diet!