Hope’s Legacy Equine Rescue was founded in 2008 when we took in our first horse. Since then, we’ve operated as a foster-based rescue, taking in over 150 horses, ponies, and donkeys. Most come to us from Animal Control seizures, or from owners no longer financially or physically able to care for them. Some of our horses are in sanctuary, however most are available for adoption!

Two of the most dramatic cases we have been involved in occurred recently:
In October of 2015, we were called in by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to assist after a massive farm raid: 101 starving and severely neglected horses, donkeys, and mules were being removed from Peaceable Farm. Hope’s worked closely with officers and Animal Control to take in 29 of these souls.
Then in 2016, just as we were starting to regain our footing, we were contacted about a seizure in Nottoway County. They were seizing 40 horses and needed our help. Hope’s took in 19, two of which were pregnant. These horses arrived in varying levels of emaciation, many with chemical burns.

Some of the horses we take in have to be euthanized immediately, while others fight valiantly but are too compromised by starvation, neglect, and abuse. Many though, with the tremendous dedication and love from our amazing volunteers, make full recoveries and live out the rest of their lives in sanctuary, or are adopted into happy new homes. As difficult and painful as some of the cases we see can be, we get through by knowing that, even the ones we have to say goodbye to only days after their arrival, finally knew love. It is our great honor and privilege to provide comfort to all of these noble animals and give them back the dignity they rightly deserve.

Today, Hope’s Legacy has two foals, one pregnant mare (from an Animal Control assisted owner surrender in Shenandoah County), three donkeys, and other horses ranging from 3 - 34 years old. We are bursting at the seams! And as we continue to grow and respond to the great need in our community, we’ve been searching for a large piece of land to purchase… and recently we found it!

Now we are working to raise the $680,000 needed to buy a 172-acre parcel in western Albemarle County, build a barn, and fence in the land. Purchasing this property will allow Hope’s Legacy to finally have a forever home, providing security for all of our horses... past, present and future.

We are so incredibly grateful to all of our friends and supporters- we could not do this work without you.

Hope's Legacy Equine Rescue, Inc. was founded in 2008 by Executive Director Maya Proulx and is a foster-based all-breed rescue located in Central Virginia.  Please keep in mind that our address is a mailing address only so if you are interested in visiting any of our rescue horses please be sure to call or email to set up an appointment.




(434) 531-5688


Mailing address

5145 Taylor Creek Road
Afton, VA 22920