A MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDERS
As Anatole France once said, "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." Our mission is to save and care for animals, and be a part of the worldwide push to reconnect humans and animals. The current state of the world has created an imaginary divide between humans and animals - one that we are working to dispel. We believe that in order to progress as a collective, compassionate world, we must take care of the animals. We must acknowledge the beauty and wisdom that lives within each and every creature here on Earth.
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
~ Anatole France
Although Hollywood Hoofbeats was officially formed in March of 2022, the spirit of the organization has been alive and active for decades. Since the 1970s, Connie Griffith, grandmother of Founder and President Gattlin Griffith, was saving animals in need. Whether it was a forgotten horse, malnourished and close to death, or an animal deemed too mean to be around others, Connie made it a life practice of finding, loving, and bringing out the good that is in all animals, everywhere.
While Connie passed away just a few months before her grandson, Founder and President of Hollywood Hoofbeats Gattlin Griffith, was born, the mission of finding, saving & rehabilitating animals lived on. Her son and daughter in-law, Tad & Wendy Griffith, moved to Agua Dulce, California, continuing to take in animals in need, often taking on debt to cover the costs of feed and housing for the ever-expanding herd of adoptees.
Tad and Wendy’s son, Gattlin, grew up working with and helping take care of the many animals on the ranch and recognized from an early age the individuality and sentience in each of them. When he moved away to attend college at UCLA, he experienced severe depression and anxiety. While taking some time off from school and moving back home to the ranch, he realized how big of a role animals played in his life, helping remind him of his connectedness and reliance on the world and beings around him. It was then that he decided to form Hollywood Hoofbeats, so others could experience this same feeling and realization.