Karuna Horse Rescue, Inc. is a small non-use, non-riding horse rescue and rehabilitation organization based in Tucson, Arizona. We are a non-profit corporation, with 501(c)3 tax exempt status. Join our free Facebook Community, Horses at Liberty with Candice Kratzer - follow our rescue stories and learn with us about liberating the Horse Within.
It is our mission to rescue horses to Liberty and Well-Being through compassionate care and natural environments.
THE KARUNA PROMISE
We specialize in the rescue of horses from cruelty, abandonment and neglect, most are pulled from "kill pens" bound for slaughter. Our rehabilitation philosophy is horse-centered and nurtures the Horse Within to return to a natural state of Liberty and Well-Being. We provide forever sanctuary for the Karuna Herd, Dolly, Ella, Floyd and Sawyer are our partners in rescue, rehabilitation and sanctuary. They are our primary teachers in what Horses at Liberty means for human beings. Karuna works in the greater community with sanctuaries, animal advocates, forever families and local businesses who share our core belief that horses deserve a compassionate, natural environment.
MEET OUR RESCUES
OUR RESCUES IN SANCTUARY
Claire de Lune
Co-Founder and Director
Candice grew up in Bombay, India in a large family. She moved to Hong Kong with an airline company and met her husband, Paul. They moved to California and began raising their children, Kyle, Shannon and Meagan. Later, the Kratzer’s moved to Tucson, Arizona where their lives would be forever altered by happenstance meeting between Candice and Dolly. Their story can be found in our “About Us” section. Today, Candice is a stylist at Halo Hair Studio and full-time director of Karuna Horse Rescue.
Co-Founder and Director
Paul hails from Atlanta, Georgia and spent his early career as a fighter pilot for the U.S. Navy based in Asia where he met his wife, Candice. His love for flight continued in a second career as a United Airlines pilot. Today, Paul is an engineer and team manager at Raytheon in Tucson, Arizona and spends most of his spare time working with the Karuna horses, maintaining their natural environment and co-directing the mission.
Sally teaches English at Ironwood Ridge High School and is a Tucson native. Plants, animals and the outdoors are her passions, and she enjoys Sand Meditations (aka: shoveling and raking the paddocks).
Carrie Foote is the Chief Operating Officer for a local non-profit agency that offers mental health and substance abuse services to adults. She grew up riding, competing, and training horses. Her passion for horses now is firmly rooted in creating a place where they can be at liberty and receive the love and care from those who share the Karuna mission.
SACRED SPIRIT SANCTUARY
Sacred Spirit Horse and Burro Sanctuary is located in Northern California and is situated on 200 acres. Our friend and barefoot trimmer, Jamie Joling does and incredible job running the place and caring for all the residents. We are so grateful that we can send our rehabilitated rescues to this beautiful piece of land to live our the rest of their lives in liberty. Want to learn more about Sacred Spirit? Click here!
brian halbach photography
Many of our photos are taken by our friend Brian! He is a great photographer, you can check him out here!
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BENEFIT MOBILE APP
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To use Benefit:
Download the app and choose Karuna Horse Rescue as your beneficiary.
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