Guardian Oak Growth by Giving Association


Located on Guardian Oak Farm near Moberly, MO, Guardian Oak Growth by Giving Association (GO) is a 501c3 with a mission to serve and heal at-risk and under-served animals and people through experiential and creative individualized and recreational activities. Our current programs include community cat rescue, Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program, horse lessons, and a horse rescue operation. Future goals include community garden, therapy sessions, and summer camp. 

Where it all began...

Guardian Oak (GO) was born in 2012 after observing the connection and healing that took place between animals and special needs people. Founder Sherri Crider was inspired by those interactions. She began to seek out and build opportunities for people to experience similarly profound human-animal interactions.

While Sherri and her family had long been involved with horses, rescue came into the mix when a group of horses in need found sanctuary on their farm. GO began with the dual purpose of saving horses in peril and bringing those horses special needs to the attention of humans who could help them. 

Since then, GO has worked to combine the needs of the rescued horses with the needs of humans through rehabilitation, re-homing, riding, and other activities, with a strong focus on the healthful benefits of volunteerism and horsemanship. GO works each day to reduce the number of abandoned, neglected, or forgotten animals, and to reduce the number of horses being needlessly sent to slaughter in the United States.

During 2014, due to health issues, GO moved to a new location which meant rebuilding and starting all over again. Although the move gifted the horses with 67 acres of horse heaven, transitions are never easy, therefore a break was taken to regroup and heal for all.  In 2015, GO began work in their new home, rehomed 27 horses, and gained 501(c)3 Nonprofit status.  

GO is very excited to be able to expand programs- horses and cats, accept tax-exempt donations, and provide more opportunities for volunteering and community service in the years to come.

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