About Us

Willow River Equine Rescue’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and train horses from the wild and domestic neglect and provide them with the best opportunity for a permanent home and a lifetime of safety.

Willow River Equine Rescue was established in December 2019. However, it’s Co-Founders were working to save and re-home horses for years prior to having been accepted as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. It all started in 2014 with the adoption of River, a Pierce County seized mare. She had been saved by animal control when so many others in the seizure were euthanized.

Following River was Whistler, a yearling paint mare. Whistler was saved from the slaughter pipeline and re-homed to one of the Co-Founders. After River and Whistler brought the Co-Founders together, their love of equines expanded to become Willow River Equine Rescue (WRER).

WRER has saved dozens of horses both domestic and wild. They have participated in the adoption incentive program with the Bureau of Land Management and their wild Mustangs as well as the Yakima Reservation Mustangs. Whether they are receiving surrendered horses or helping other equestrians with their training and progression, WRER has always put the needs of their horses first. Due to their tireless dedication, they have provided an invaluable service to the equine community.









Interested In Volunteering?

Willow River Equine Rescue is in search of responsible and interested volunteers to help achieve our mission of rescuing horses. No prior horse experience is required. We will train you on how to help care for these precious horses. We encourage you to reach out to see how you can volunteer at Willow River Equine Rescue!