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Open House at Duchess Sanctuary

On June 23, take a rare behind-the-scenes tour of our sanctuary in Oregon for abused and abandoned horses

  • Duchess Sanctuary is home to 186 horses, including some draft horses. Jennifer Kunz/The HSUS

  • The original horses at Duchess were rescued from premarin production factories. Jennifer Kunz/The HSUS

  • Today, the horses enjoy the freedom to roam pastures and just live as horses. Jennifer Kunz/The HSUS

  • Bianca, one of the horses who now lives in peace at the Duchess Sanctuary in Oregon. Jennifer Kunz/The HSUS

  • Rumor enjoys a back scratch and a great view from high on a hill. Jennifer Kunz/The HSUS

  • Paloma grooms a friend at the Duchess Sanctuary in Oregon. Jennifer Kunz/The HSUS


Saturday, June 23
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine!


On Saturday, June 23, 2012, Duchess Sanctuary for horses will be open to the public. This opportunity to visit is rare, as the sanctuary is not generally open to the public.

Guests can take a behind-the-scenes tour of the sanctuary and learn more about the horses in residence—animals who have endured unimaginable hardships. Now, nothing is required of these creatures except that they eat well and bask in the sun.

This is your opportunity to meet the 186 horses who call Duchess home. Check out informational displays or win one of our door prizes. We'll be hosting a book signing with author and Duchess supporter Alexandra Gritta. You can also purchase tack at our used tack sale. 

Children of all ages are welcome, but please keep your pets at home as they aren't allowed on site.


Admission to the open house is free, but donations are always appreciated. Because we are a non-profit, donations are tax deductible and are used to provide direct care for the animals.

For more information or to volunteer at the event

Phone: 541.459.9914
Email: jkunz@@humanesociety.org


Duchess Sanctuary is at 1515 Shady Oaks Lane, in Oakland Oregon.

Bring the animals a gift!

Our open house is a great time to give our animals a gift off our wishlist. At Duchess, we are always in need of the following:

  • lead ropes
  • halters
  • feed buckets
  • fly spray
  • brushes/combs

About Duchess Sanctuary

The 1,120 acre Duchess Sanctuary south of Eugene, Oregon was established in 2008 as a safe haven for about 200 abused or abandoned horses. The first residents were mares and their offspring saved from Canadian farms that collect urine from pregnant horses to sell to pharmaceutical companies for estrogen replacement drugs.

Many of the elderly mares had spent six months of the year for decades confined in dark stalls, hooked up to urine collection devices and unable to turn around or lie down. Their foals were taken away at 3 months of age, some destined to join the urine-production line, and others sent to slaughter.

Now, more than 180 horses call the Duchess Sanctuary home. Horses here have left misery behind and now spend their days grazing and running over green pastures, enjoying fresh air, sunlight, and the company of other horses.

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