By Tania Soussan

Masleña Rescue Foundation Home to Hundreds of Animals

When Jeff Morewood heard about a horse in need of a home back in 1999, he didn’t know it would be the start of a years-long endeavor to rescue horses and other animals. He adopted Sassy, a black and white mare, and took her home to love and care for.

Today, he and Tori Maxey run the nonprofit Masleña Rescue Foundation in Tijeras. About 250 horses, cows, llamas and other animals run free on 22 acres. Alpacas, goats, sheep, turkeys, dogs and cats, roosters, and peacocks also have been rescued by Morewood and Maxey and will live out their lives at the sanctuary.

“Sassy kind of started this whole dream really,” said Morewood, 58. “She was my first rescue. … I just wanted to have a horse to live with me, someone to love.”

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