Find out who we are and what we do
On February 14, 1999 Doug Arneson and Geri Vincent purchased 10+ acres with a dilapidated house and barn in Monroe, Washington as their home and a place where they could help equines in need. A new home was in place by June 1999 and they moved onto the property with three dogs, thirteen cats (foster failures…), three horses, two donkeys, Tony Pony and a flock of chickens. Improving the property and working full time was very demanding. In addition, equines in need soon came to live with us.
The following years were very hectic with many animals entering the rescue, the ongoing need to re-build the farm and full time work to pay the bills. We operated as a private rescue until 2010, paying for the animals’ needs with our income and savings. We received our state charity status in 2008 but we were not aware that we could provide tax receipts while our federal 501c3 status was pending. We didn’t publicize our nonprofit status until June 2010 when we received our determination letter from the IRS.
We provide the facility to the rescue for the annual cost of $1, on a ten year lease. Equine Aid is a labor of love and hope. We are thankful for our wonderful Board of Directors and all the volunteers who help us care for the animals. There are many ways to help here. We hope that every person who has assisted us, in any capacity, knows how important they are to the successful rehabilitation, training and placement of our rescued equines.
Meet The Team
Doug Arneson: Founder
Doug’s business cards read ‘Facility Manager’ which translates into ‘any job that needs doing, he’s on it’! Since retiring from driving big rigs in 2014, Doug has taken full charge of the maintenance and barn work at Equine Aid. He also keeps the feeders filled with hay and maintains our supply of hay, feed and bedding. Quite a change from living on his sailboat! He is a big softie for any animal in need, his flock of chickens, our herd of cats and two dogs, wild birds and his ducks, Marley and Dora.
One fine day in the spring of 2007, our Petey arrived along with his beautiful family: two standard jennets and their jack foals. He was a parasite infested jack, seized by Skagit County animal control. In spite of all the his sudden life changes he remained charming and self confident. After quarantine he was gelded and was soon adopted by our neighbors. He proved to be too much of a busy-body for their farm and returned after a couple weeks. Because he is so social with everyone and comfortable indoors and out, we decided he would stay as our mascot. He is an expert at donkey kisses and a great ambassador for all donkeys.
The individuals listed below all serve without payment as Equine Aid is entirely volunteer operated. Your donations go to the animals, not for administration.
Geri Vincent: Founder/President
The work I have done over the years has given me an odd assortment of skills which come together well for my role with Equine Aid. I have worked as a vet assistant, a farrier, spawned salmon, a cook, worked in fisheries research, a zoo keeper, managed a boarding stable, worked at an Arabian breeding farm and managed a warehouse. Although I am not proud of some of this work, I am grateful for what I learned from every experience and for the enlightenment they brought. Our goal at Equine Aid is sharing respect for every species in our rescue work. I am proud that every one of us wants to improve the lives of animals and people through our outreach.
Jacinda Guenthner: Board Member; Volunteer Events & Fundraising Coordinator
I have been riding and working with horses for 20 years, starting in Snohomish County 4H and continuing to show in performance. I have worked with adults with developmental disabilities in numerous capacities and with nonprofits for eight years. I have a BA in community psychology from the UW Bothell. Horses are my passion and I began rescuing in 2014. I currently have four wonderful horses. My picture is myself and Joy, my very first horse we purchased when I was nine. She crossed the rainbow bridge three years ago.
Kristie Howard – Secretary/Treasurer of Board, volunteer
Over the years my interest in, and concern for, animal welfare has grown. Most of my adult life has been spent working in corporate environments; primarily in the healthcare sector. This kept me very busy and therefore afforded me little time to engage with animals other than my own rescued dogs and cats. I had the good fortune to visit an animal sanctuary here in Washington and one in California. Those experiences made a strong impression on me. Seeing innocent animals, whether neglected, abused, surrendered, aging or just misunderstood, given the opportunity to be safe, feel safe, and receive consistent, loving care resonated with me. I have the opportunity to be a part of providing care like that for the donkeys and horses here at Equine Aid. I am both grateful and extremely fulfilled.
Jenny Sullenger – Board Member and volunteer
Lisa Neuberger- Advisory Board