Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) was established in December 2012 by George and Loretta Leavitt to help large animals like horses, donkeys and mules who are ill, malnourished or being mistreated in Jaltemba Bay, Nayarit, Mexico.
The project began when eight starving horses were discovered near La Peñita. George and other volunteers immediately started raising the necessary funds and working with the owners to surrender these unwanted animals. All eight horses were successfully rescued and given emergency medical care and a special diet. Sadly, the strong and gentle leader, appropriately named Chance, passed away five days after the rescue. He was buried on a 3-acre property in La Peñita generously donated by the Leavitts. This parcel is currently being developed into the Hilltop Refugio, a permanent place for rescued equines.