Frequently Asked Questions
Who are we?
The Ranch is a non profit organization that focuses our services on the communities in El Dorado County and Ventura County.
Our name has changed as we have grown over the last few years. We have opened our doors to much more than just dogs and horses, so we have recently started going by "The Ranch". The registered name of the organization is "Canine & Equine Services by Kate" or "Canine & Equine Ranch".
What do we do?
The Ranch provides an atmosphere for the benefit of animals and wellness of people. We offer animal education services, advocacy, and outreach programs.
How do we benefit animals?
We provide a safe loving home to those in need. Some of our animals are residents and will remain with our organization for education, awareness and the promotion of a compassionate lifestyle. Other animals are rescued from unfortunate situations and promoted for adoption until a qualified and loving home has been found. In addition, we also network and coordinate animal placement for the community.
How do we create wellness for humans?
Animals and humans are not as different as some may think. Empathizing with animals and creating bonds with them is beneficial both emotionally and physically. In a physical aspect, our programs offer a place for people to be active and outdoors. A psychological benefit is that spending time with animals relieves stress and creates happiness. For example, when a child in the foster care system visits with our animals, it gives him or her a chance to forget their troubles and just enjoy being a kid!
What programs do we offer?
The Ranch provides programs for all ages. Please see our Outreach page or Programs page to view the current opportunities.
With regards to the Volunteer Program: Participants ages 12 to 18 years can become a Junior Volunteer. Anyone older than 18 years can become a general Volunteer. Our entire staff and leadership team are non paid volunteer positions. Volunteers interested in becoming a staff member must volunteer continuously for 6 months before entering a staff capacity.
How does the ranch receive financial support?
The ranch is privately funded through donations from the community, program participation fees, fundraising events, and sponsorships. We are a 501c3 organization therefore, all donations are tax deductible. Contributions can be made in person, by mail, on Facebook, and through Paypal. In addition, every item purchased through Cafe Press at our Ranch Shop generates a donation to our facility.
Where are we located?
Unfortunately, we have closed our Ojai facility.
However, the animals have a fabulous new sanctuary in Placerville, California!