Who We Are & What We Do
Never Forgotten Ranch is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, tax ID #84-2141190, providing hope and a promising future for dogs and horses in need in Edgewood and Manzano, New Mexico.
*(due to 2020-based limitations beyond our control, our Virginia-based operations are temporarily on hold)*
The mission of Never Forgotten Ranch is to serve dogs and and horses who are at risk of being “forgotten” by humans who have failed them. We accomplish this mission of rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming through several specific means.
First, we are strongly devoted to standing against the dark and deceptive horse meat buyer industry by frequenting the same auctions as the "kill buyers," and bringing as many horses as possible safely into our program before they end up in the wrong hands and face an unimaginable fate. We also strive to expand this safety net for America's forgotten horses by educating the equine community about the increasingly common kill buyer scam, encouraging others to help us block the path of this very ugly industry, rather than supporting it through false "rescue."
Secondly, Never Forgotten Ranch strives to assist in the growth of adoptions of the wild horses who have been removed from their homelands up by the Bureau of Land Management due to overpopulation and the resulting degradation of the range lands, and are now awaiting adoption in BLM holding pens, by gentling them, training them, and placing them in good homes. The Ranch also aims to educate others about the plight of these wild horses, their uncertain future as their population increases and the range lands can no longer sustain them, and the mustangs' unmatched strength, hardiness, intelligence, and dependability as faithful equine partners.
Third, Never Forgotten Ranch provides lifelong sanctuary care to a number of senior and special needs dogs. Each of these dogs came to the Ranch from a city or county shelter, after either finding themselves alone on the streets or surrendered by their "owners," usually during their golden years of life.
Fourth, Never Forgotten Ranch helps dogs of a variety of working farm breeds find homes in which they can thrive. At the forefront of this aspect of the Ranch's mission is our goal to help educate the public about the unique needs of working farm dog breeds, with a focus on livestock guardian breeds, the invaluable services they provide to the agricultural community and the joy they experience in doing so, and the critical importance of ensuring that dogs of these working breeds are placed only in home environments that meet their unique needs based on their genetic instincts. Never Forgotten Ranch serves to connect rural adopters living on ranches, farms, and small homesteads with livestock guardian and other working farm dogs looking for new positions, and occasionally puppies born of such working dogs. It is our goal to facilitate lifelong adoptions of working farm breed dogs, in the environments in which they thrive, therefore limiting the number of dogs of working farm breeds ending up at risk in shelters.
As part of this endeavor, the Ranch operates a livestock guardian rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption program serving dogs of livestock guardian breeds who have experienced failed adoptions in urban pet home settings that are inappropriate for the breed, or failed positions as livestock guardians, generally due to inadequate or improper training. These dogs are fully assessed for any existing behavioral challenges, re-trained accordingly, and then placed with responsible adopters who can provide the environment in which the individual dog can thrive, whether it be protecting the specific types of livestock with which he or she has proven successful, or living as a faithful family companion in a rural home setting.
Finally, Never Forgotten Ranch rescues dogs of numerous farm and working dog breeds, both purebred and mixes, who find themselves at risk of euthanasia at one of the many high-kill-rate city and county shelters. The dogs are all fully assessed for behavioral traits in order to place them in the best and most fitting adoptive homes possible. Never Forgotten Ranch does not place farm dog breeds in urban homes, since due to their unique instincts and genetic traits they generally do best in rural environments where they can have a "job" and a focus for their highly active minds. Even if this "job" is not working with livestock, we aim to place our dogs in homes situated in rural environments where their energy, personalities, protective instincts and sometimes vocal tendencies will not only be accepted but will be welcomed and appreciated.
*On occasion, we do bring in rescue dogs who may be suitable for an urban lifestyle. So if you live in a city home and are interested in adopting a dog through our organization, please do not hesitate to reach out and see if we have a dog available who might be a good match for your home and family. However, please be aware that priority is always given to rural home placements, in line with our organization's mission.
**All dogs adopted through Never Forgotten Ranch are fully examined by our trusted veterinarians, de-wormed, immunized, and spayed/neutered in accordance with the laws of both the State of New Mexico and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Never Forgotten Ranch's “Cross Country” Rescue & Rehoming
Never Forgotten Ranch's primary rescue operations are in Edgewood and Manzano, New Mexico, with limited operations in central Virginia. The Ranch's founders travel between the two states twice per year, enabling the organization to rescue and transport dogs and horses across a large portion of the country, as well as offering transport to adopters residing throughout our adoption area.