This is Sam, just one of the blind horses at the sanctuary. Villa Chardonnay Equine and Animal Sanctuary specializes in caring for elderly and special needs animals including over 120 horses, donkeys, goats, dogs and cats. After 7 years in their previous location their lease expired. They had already planned a move to a new larger property in just a few weeks, but were unable to get an extension at their previous home. This has created an urgent situation for hundreds of animals and the clock is ticking.
The cost of moving hundreds of animals in just a few days was over $35,000, the sanctuary could not absorb the additional cost without diverting funds from the pending escrow closing of the new property. Currently they are out of escrow, even though the property is still available to them.
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They were able to evacuate and move to a nearby property which they are able to stay for only 2 months. This means by mid December the Villa Chardonnay Equine and Animal Sanctuary, established in 2003, must have a new long term home. The property must be able to hold over 100 horses and have space for smaller animals as well.