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  • Valley View Ranch Equine Rescue

    Valley View Ranch Equine Rescue is a 501c3 organization that specializes in Rescuing Horses that are being held at Slaughter Company owned Feedlots. We provide assessment, training, placement, therapy, rehab and most of all LOVE for these amazing creatures.

    Valley View Ranch Equine Rescue is Founded and run by Marlene Dodge, a 22–year Professional Firefighter/Police Officer with the State Of California. Since 1988 when she was hired, she has been the only female in her position in the state Of California. The Ranch is located in a sleepy little town on the central coast of California called King City, where she cares for up to 75 horses at any given time.

    These horses are pulled out of the feedlot with the help of Shirley Puga, who has been involved with well over 1200 rescued horses from this one feedlot alone. They have been a formidable team and have never known the word quit, even when the odds were defiantly stacked against them.

    Rescueing Horses

    Valley View Ranch Equine Rescue has been a private rescue until 2009 when we filed for 501(c)3 exemption. That status is pending at this time. All care, feed, supplies, has been supplied by the ranch with the help of many volunteers. We certainly couldn't do it without them.

    Valley View Ranch Equine Rescue has adopted horses to adopters in Germany, Maine, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah, not to mention many in California. There is a daunting adoption process and the horses well being is at the forefront of our mind when screening adopters. We stand behind our adopters and do not release information on them unless we are asked to by that adopter. Horses remain at the ranch until they are adopted and no horse is "voted off the island" so to speak.

    Marlene has been actively rescuing horses for at least 20 years and has a 30–year history in the horse industry. She has trained and shown, worked on cattle ranches, worked on Thourobred ranches, managed Arabian horse ranches, competed in most of the Western US, basically lived and breathed horses most of her life. Her concept of "training" horses comes from many years of observing the basic horse instincts and interactions.

    We likes to say that our pasture is like a "Junior High". There is the "Jock," he is the one that has such charisma and natural athletic ability but is just such a good guy that all of the others respect him. He has the "Cheerleaders" that hang out with him and hang on his every word and movement. There is always the "Bully," he is the one that pushes the ones around that don't push back. The "Loner," she is such a pretty mare but has NO social skills and so, has no friends. This list goes on and on and the personalities change when someone gets adopted and new ones come in.