Welcome to Refuge RR

Willy and Mikey Throughout history man has measured a horse's worth by what the horse could do for man. Horses have provided transport, done hard labor, carried soldiers into battle, performed as athletes and entertainers and have provided pleasure to millions. Somewhere along the way man has forgotten the true value of the horse…

As we watch our horses just being horses, we can truly appreciate their intrinsic value. They are awesome creatures to behold. We are often awestruck by their bravery and their loyalty to each other and we are inspired daily by their intelligence, curiosity and playfulness.

We feel we are indebted to these magnificent beings. So, on behalf of mankind, Refuge RR is giving back that which should never have been taken away, their freedom, and providing them with the protection that is owed to them.

 Need to contact us ?  Due to the heavy work schedule to care for a large number of animals , we prefer you contact us via email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  should you need to reach Rose for an emergency only  at 438-837-1155 . You can also reach Lisa  at  613-674-1461 one of our devoted volunteers .

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Our benefit number : 890440068RR0001

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Something SPECIAL for Easter
Written by Sylvie Leboeuf   
Friday, 11 April 2014 16:25

Easter is another Holiday where family and friends gather together. For the occasion, chocolate animals and eggs are distributed to the children.

We invite you TO DO something SPECIAL for Easter by helping Refuge RR for Horses. Refuge RR relies entirely on donation from generous people like you to save and take care of abused, neglected and/or abandoned animals. No help from the government, the city of Alexandria or the county is offered.

Besides our horses, we also have cows, sheep, pigs, rodents, geese, peacock, dogs, cats, and more.

NOTE that there is no salaried employee, only volunteers so, you can be assured your donation will go towards the animals care and needs.

PLEASE make a donation by clicking on the “Canada Help” button above or by cheque (see mailing address at the bottom of the page).

Please, MAKE a Gift of Care!

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Refuge RR Saves two cows
Written by Sylvie Leboeuf   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 20:52

Before the New Year, WE received an emergency call for a 5 year old cow that was headed to her death at the slaughterhouse. Quickly Refuge RR rescued her from a brutal ending to her life. The cow named Abbey with a red paint stripe down her back (to indicate slaughter bound) was brought here to the Refuge to live peacefully for the remainder of her lifetime. Being a dairy cow that had never been outside we kept her indoors almost for a month and a half until we had a break in our frigid temperature. Once the weather was suitable we bought her a winter coat and she finally went outside. She was excited and ran and jumped and sniffed everyone around her. Finally she met Jazz and Boobie our other resident cattle. They gently nuzzled over the fence and when the time was right she entered their field. Smelling, running, following and adventuring all three Cattle became fast friends.

Just after we saved Abbey we were notified about another cow from the same farm that turns out to be Abbeys mother. She was emaciated, lame and blind and was to be shipped to slaughter the following week. Right away Refuge RR worked on negotiations to take her and set out to find her a loving home. Unfortunately we did not have the space with over 300 residents that we already had and we just took in Abbey. WE sent out a plea looking for a home for Sweety and one was found in the USA at a sanctuary that already had a blind cow and was looking for a companion. So right away we went to work to see what was needed to get Sweety over the border. Immediately vets were called to assess and take blood. The first vet that was called said "She will never pass over the border"and left. Discouraged we called one our veterinary clinics and made arrangements to have Sweety brought to their hospital to do anything that was necessary to make sure she passed over the border. Daily baths, good food and a soft quiet stall where she could relax was a terrific remedy for healing. Her foot was now fine and the vets proceeded to take all the necessary blood tests that were required to pass over the border. Constant Calls to the CFIA, Canadian Cattlemans association, US Customs, and the USDA we made. After the required blood tests were passed we needed two vets signature, one having to be a CFIA vet, to allow her to be considered to go through customs. Three weeks passed and after all the preparations and red tape we were finally ready to transport Sweety to her new home. WE left the refuge around 6:30 am went to the veterinary hospital to pick up Sweety then proceeded to transport her to the Kingston border. She was to be inspected by the USDA vet who we had called the week earlier to prepare him for who he was about to see. Skinny and forlorn but passed all her tests we spent over an hour with the USDA vet assuring him that she was going to live in a sanctuary and he finally stamped her papers. Then it was on to see if she would pass at the border guards. We were greeted happily by the border guard who we had also spoken to before. He was glad that all went ell and we finally made it this far and said Sweety was good to pass GO.

Finally just after 5 pm we arrived at her new home. In her cozy stall Sweety could hear her new friend to be across the hall. How exciting was it that she, "Sweety" who was as expendable as an old pair of shoes would find love and friendship forever. They said it couldn't be done but we did it. A 21 hour drive and 1200 kilometers for us was worth it. The border is no barrier when it comes to making sure all animals have a safe and loving home. Sweety is the first rescued cow ever to have been able to pass over the US/Can border.

Like all dairy cows, Sweety and Abbey endured an unrelenting cycle of insemination, pregnancy, and birth. All of their babies were taken from them just moments after they were born. Because they are of no use to the dairy industry, their sons were sold for veal or cheap beef. Their daughters were raised as replacements for the dairy herd, but none were ever allowed to remain with their mother. They lived on concrete floors with no bedding and  never able to even go outside. Usually cows are sent to slaughter around the age of 4 on large farms because they have been so used up and unable to produce as much as they used to and are not considered profitable anymore.

Now at least 2 cows are safe and will know what its like to be loved and cared for instead of institutionalized as slaves for a brutal industry in the name of money

The Story of Sweety was covered by the associated press and her story has since been told by hundreds of thousands of news outlets around the world...

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Abbey,Jazz and Boobie's first meeting


Abbey made friends with Jazz


Abbey best buddies with Boobie


Sweety doomed to be shipped to slaughter


Sweety rescued and brought to veterinary hospital


Sweety en route to the USA being brought to her new home


Sweety meeting Tricia another blind cow who will is now her loving companion

Some of the local media stories about Sweety

Please consider making a donation so Refuge RR can carry on its vital work to continue helping all animals in need. Abbey is also looking for a sponsor to help cover her daily expenses.

Zola story
Written by Sylvie Leboeuf   
Sunday, 02 March 2014 13:04

Zola was a bottle fed baby and had never been socialized with other horses.  She was sent to auction, purchased by a dealer and sold to a Riding school but did not fit in with the other horses.   She was then sold to another dealer and resold to an individual who starved her.  A person contacted Refuge RR asking to urgently save a severely neglected and emaciated 2 year old mare.   At Refuge RR, Zola received all the care and love she needed.  Six months later, she is now of normal weight and has bonded with the other horses; Zola is finally enjoying life !


Written by Sylvie Leboeuf   
Wednesday, 01 January 2014 15:13

To everyone, we would like to wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR, health, happiness and prosperity for 2014 and invite you to click HERE to read the latest news about Refuge RR.


Refuge RR, the animals and the volunteer team.

Express your love another way for Valentine's Day
Written by Sylvie Leboeuf   
Monday, 10 February 2014 06:50

Let your heart speak another way... with this great gift idea for Valentin's Day!


Written by Sylvie Leboeuf   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 20:29
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Sweety the blind cow is out of danger
Written by Sylvie Leboeuf   
Thursday, 16 January 2014 21:46
Refuge RR for horses has rescued a blind cow from being sent to the slaughter house. After two weeks of stress and negotiations, Sweety's life is  safe and sound at the veterinary hospital where they have already given her two warm baths, medication to help her increase her appetite and supplements to help her get stronger. She is blind, extremely thin and weak from years of neglect while she was expected to have babies and produce unnatural amounts of milk. Once Sweety is feeling better and has passed all the necessary testing she will be on her way to an amazing home at the Farm Sanctuary in NY, USA.

We are asking for donations to help cover the veterinary and transport bills to ~HELP GET SWEETY TO HER NEW HOME~

Donations can be made by credit card through Canada Helps or by sending a cheque to Refuge RR for Horses (see mailing address at the bottom of the page)



Sweety at the dairy farm

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Sweet at the veterinary hospital

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