Equine 808 Horse Rescue

By Renée Tillotson

Motivated by compassion, this marvelous non-profit organization located on the westside of Oahu gives sanctuary to unwanted horses in Hawaii who have been abused, injured or neglected. Equine 808 Horse Rescue provides emergency relief, medical treatment, rehab and adoption services.

As a 501c3 non-profit, Equine 808 Horse Rescue has been operating since 2008. With no government aid, the organization relies completely on volunteer labor, community financial support, and love.

Their education programs seek to enlighten community members on responsible care and ownership of horses – in a fun, outdoors setting where they meet resident horses and other farm animals.

Some children get their first exposure to a ranching lifestyle here. Many come to Horse Camp, for birthday parties, or on field trips with Boy or Girl Scouts, etc. The site also boards outside horses as space allows. Riding lessons teach adults and children horse care, riding management and the responsibility of owning a such an animal.

Volunteers carefully record each horse’s information on a clipboard – much like a hospital clipboard for each patient – so that they can track the horses’ recovery. The horses receive unique care according to their individual needs as they are rehabilitated, re-trained and prepared for adoption.

Michelle Blacconiere, Equine Behavioral Specialist, assumed her position as Site Manager about 5 months ago. As the owner of her own business, Honolulu Horse and Carriage, Michelle saw that although there are many dog and cat rescue organizations, Equine 808 is the only horse rescue facility on island. She therefore understands the importance of her role, guiding a team of about 35 volunteers. As she says, these horses cannot feed and care for themselves!  

For those interested in assisting these animals, many more volunteer positions are available – working with the animals, in administration, on ranch maintenance, public awareness, and fundraising. There’s even a rebuild going on that could use helping hands. Volunteer orientations happen the first Saturday of each month at 10 am, the next orientation coming up October 6th.



94-1108 Kunia Road, Lot #21, Kunia, Hawaii




(808) 590-1210


  • By Cherish L Carvelo 08 Dec 2018

    I would like to know how I can volunteer with you folks I would love to learn of the aspects of how to not only care for a horse but also how to train these beautiful loving animals. I want to be able to set an example to my baby girl as she is growing even though she is still a 1 year old baby on how important it is to take care and love innocent animals. I love horse and plan to one day own my own dream ranch. Please contact me at 8084766411. Mahalo

  • By Esme 20 Jun 2019

    Hello, I’m esme.
    I live in Devon, England at the moment, but I want to travel the world staying in different places, I’m wondering how I can be a volunteer here and if there is any accommodation too?
    I have always been around horses, I started riding before I could walk! I’d love to be a part of something amazing and help with all the horses.
    If you have any questions I’m more than happy to answer too.
    Many thanks, esme.

  • By Ronna Weaver 03 Jan 2020

    I am looking for a place for my two horses but also for a place to volunteer please let me know if any opportunities open up


    • By Marta 06 Jan 2020

      Hi, Ronna – Please contact Equine 808 Horse Rescue directly. Mahalo!

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