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2013 Spring Open House at Duchess

Visit us on June 8 for a rare behind-the-scenes tour and meet-and-greet with our horses

Duchess Sanctuary

  • Duchess Sanctuary is home to almost 200 horses that roam free on 1,120 acres. 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

  • 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 8, 2013
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine!


You are invited to Duchess Sanctuary's Spring Open House and Five Year Anniversary Celebration! This is a rare opportunity for members of the public to tour Duchess, the largest horse sanctuary in the Pacific Northwest, since the sanctuary is not regularly open to visitors.

Attend the open house to gain special insight into the accomplishments of the past five years and to witness the day-to-day operations at the sanctuary. Meet the more than 180 horses who call Duchess home, and pick your favorite horse to sponsor!

During your visit you will have a chance to win one of many great door prizes, observe equine chiropractic and massage demonstrations, and learn about Duchess Sanctuary's volunteer program at a variety of informational displays.

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.


Please email Duchess Sanctuary Director Jennifer Kunz at jkunz@humanesociety.org

Then, visit the Duchess Sanctuary Open House event page on Facebook and invite your friends to join you!


Duchess Sanctuary
1515 Shady Oaks Lane
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
  • Home Depot gift cards
  • apples
  • fly spray
  • DC co-op gift cards

About Duchess Sanctuary

The 1,120 acre Duchess Sanctuary was established in 2008 as a safe haven for abused, neglected, or abandoned horses. The first residents were mares and their offspring saved from Pregnant Mare Urine 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.

Mustangs, Thoroughbreds, and other breeds of horses from across the country that were rescued from various situations of neglect, abuse, or from the slaughter pipeline have also joined the equine population at Duchess.

Now, more than 180 horses call the Duchess Sanctuary home. Horses at Duchess 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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