How We Got Started

Photo of Stacy Just with her rescued dog, Bear.

Stacy Just and her rescued dog, Bear hiking to Mt. Beljikah.

Our founder, Stacy Just, lost her first horse as a child due to his kidney failure which was caused by his previous owner keeping him in a large herd that chased him away from his food over a long period of time. Stacy was not able to save him.  She wishes to prevent her experience from happening to others.

From the time she was a young child, she wanted to have horses and use her horses to help others.  Now, as an experienced teacher and parent, she has started Just Another Chance Ranch, and with our 501(c)(3) status being granted in the early fall of 2014, her deep heart’s desire is being realized.

The Just family moved to the Walla Walla Valley in order to buy a property to use in the establishing of this ranch in the late summer of 2011.  It took them many months to find the right property, and over a year to purchase it.  Then the real work began:  fences to be built,  house repairs made,  property cleaned up,  research done,  an office established and organized, 1023 federal forms filled out, more fences to repair….

But we’re finally here!  We did it!  We have started rescuing horses and we celebrated our grand opening June, 2015! Now, our annual Family-Fun-Day kick starts our youth and horse summer program.  In 2016, we built a new paddock, two new shelters, doubled the size of our youth program, and took on rescuing a sickly little calf we named Ferdinand. In 2017, we welcomed 2 new board members to our leadership team.

We still have lots of work to do, but thanks to our volunteers who have put in countless hours, we are able to do what we do.  Thank you volunteers, you are awesome!  Not a horse person?  No problem! We could still use help in many different ways.  See our Get Envolved page for some ideas how you might be able to help. If you would like to join our team of passionate volunteers, please contact us and see our Printables page for a volunteer application form. Would you consider shouldering with us in some way?