I was introduced to Arabian Rescue Mission when my beloved Arabian horse Banner my companion while I was growing up and during my military service passed away 3 January 2013. We had adopted a rescued horse from Longmeadow Rescue Ranch Michelle Banner did have a buddy and we could all take turns riding and Duncan and I were lost when we lost Banner. Friends of mine emailed me different links to different rescues. I emailed & called Terry from Arabian Rescue Mission. She responded quickly with empathy, compassion, understanding, & help. Now, 4 years later, not only did ARM help Duncan & me rebuild a little of our herd, heal the impacting loss of Banner, & help a rescued horse have a forever home, I am honored to be able to have help Foster transport rehabilitate rehome other horses for Arabian Rescue Mission as well as adults a couple of other horses to have a forever home with us. Arabian Rescue Mission not only helps with saving the Arabian Horses, their bloodlines, & protecting their heritage & ancestry, but the organization & various members rally to different states even to help horses in bad situations, like from abuse & neglect & seizure from breeder / owners to get to safe places. ARM has networked across the country so there are a few people, volunteers like me, that help foster horses to be able to help each other in various situations. Whether a foster horse is having a difficult time in particular foster home we network & find a different foster home, sometimes "trading" foster horses. Several times, the fostered horses found their forever home within days of being moved to a new foster fARMly. I am so grateful to be able to help ARM with helping transport & foster horses. In loving Memory of Banner.
I lost my equine companion of 25 years 3 January 2013. We had adopted a rescued horse from another wonderful rescue organization August 2012 to be Banner's companion and additional riding partner for our family. Duncan and I were devastated and lost with the loss of Banner. Duncan refused to move from the Banner's stall or paddock to eat; I moped, wandered, cried, and often Duncan and I would stand together in sorrow by Banner's empty stall. It took me a few weeks to even be able to clean the stall and reorganize. Duncan and I went for long walks. as I posted my sorrow on facebook, several friends very gently offered me a couple websites for adopting horses, one of them being the Arabian Rescue Mission. I started opening the website, and kept seeing a horse named Maksymiliian the 1st one to pop up needing a halo, and a new home. My husband, over dinner one day, very gently said he noticed Duncan seems to lost, and I am still so sad; wondering about getting another horse for Duncan...
So after discussion and contemplation, I was able to contact Terry Figueroa at the Arabian Rescue Mission. She was so understanding, personable, up front, & honest. She was able & willing to work with me, and eventually, a month later, 2 March 2013, I picked up Maks as well as another horse Isaak who was attached to Maks and in desperate need of fostering and retraining from the Ky farm of Arabian Rescue Mission. I was able to stay in contact with Terry, via email, facebook, texts, and phone calls. She offered help, advice, and contacts in trying to help Isaak getting his new forever home. Presently, I am proud to say, I am able to help transport and foster a couple other rescues at a time to help out ARM. I am grateful to be able to be a trusted person in their huge ongoing endeavor to help horses and owners in desperate situations all over the country. Over the past 2 years, I have seen this rescue organization go the 2nd, 3rd, 4th mile; above and beyond trying to help horses of any breed, not just Arabians, from seizures, slaughter, abandonment, or owner surrenders and finding foster or forever homes for them, helping desperate owners, even traveling states away to pick up horses and move them to safe havens.
Arabian Rescue Mission also works so hard to match horses to prospective owners. A detailed, thorough adoption request with pictures is required and thoroughly evaluated before any horse gets adopted out to hopefully prevent recurrence of negative situations. Discussion of how the horse will be managed, housed, fed, vetted, used, etc. Potential contingency plans as well in case something were to happen. Continued correspondence with many new owners.
I have no qualms with adopting another horse from Arabian Rescue Mission or being able to help with any that need transportation or fostering, because I know I have their support and the horse' s best interest in mind.
There are not enough words to share what a wonderful rescue this is and how impressed we are with the dedication, hardwork, resourcefulness and compassion that Terry continues to demonstrate. We have fostered 3 horses through ARMS and her support and knowledge in this exhausting, never-ending and sometimes heartbreaking industry has been inspiring and has saved many lives. Our experience has been excellent and we hope to continue a long term relationship. We currently are fostering the stunning yearling filly Yasmine. ❤
If it wasn't for Terry, we never would have found ARM. A recent heartbreaking loss sent us on the quest for another quality Arabian. To be completely honest, we weren't looking for a "rescue" horse. We were a bit prejudiced…rescued Arabs surely need loads of work from years of neglect and abuse, or their conformation must be horrible for anyone to give them up, right?
That night surfing online changed our minds and our lives for the good permanently. For whatever reason, we decided to google Arabian rescue and the rest is history as they say. The email, led to a call which eventually led to the arrival of this absolutely wonderful youngster. He is everything we could ever have asked for, which proves that there is the right horse for someone out there. We just need to open our minds and hearts. Any unfortunate circumstance can place a person in a situation wherein they need to re-home their horse(s).
Terry has been absolutely amazing to deal with. She has taken time out of her busy life to talk on the phone and through countless emails. She is an absolute blessing to the Arabian and those of us desiring a horse that needs a loving forever home.
I originally approached Terry after suffering the personal loss of a beloved Arabian horse and, in wanting to preserve his memory by making a donation to a good, horse-related cause, I discovered the Arabian Rescue Mission (A.R.M.) A.R.M. is a wonderful organization that not only directly rescues horses, but helps horse lovers and communities become aware of the plight of these truly deserving animals, and offers solutions to this ever-growing issue with novel ideas and programs. Terry herself has dedicated her life to this goal; the amount of time she spends networking with individuals and other rescue organizations, fundraising, answering questions, coordinating shipments, arranging care for the rescued horses, manning the phone and social media, as well as the care of the rescued horses in her charge, is nothing short of extraordinary. I know of very few people who would be willing to sacrifice so much in the service of others for as long as Terry has done. Her unswerving commitment to making ethical and moral decisions for each horse, day in and day out, and with so much care/compassion, is truly inspiring. In this day and age of mistrust and misinformation, it's very comforting to know that organizations like ARM exist to provide support to those who cannot speak for themselves - wonderful Arabian horses that find themselves at risk of abuse, inhumane treatment and death in a slaughterhouse, through no fault of their own. Even though I'm a regular donor and occasional volunteer, I wish I had more time/money to dedicate to this exceptional cause.
I love the Arabian Rescue Mission and have been involved with them over the last few years. I volunteer by processing adoption applications, I am a donor by having a small monthly recurring donation and I am a foster, currently fostering for the third time. I have only had positive experiences with this organization and they have my full support and I will continue to support them in any way possible. There are not many people out there that have the capability of rescuing entire herds of horses at a time, which Terry has done time and time again. She also makes every effort to match each rescue horse up with the correct prospective foster or adopter which is a critical facet of the operation to make room for the never ending supply of horses that need rescue. I strongly recommend for anyone to become involved in any way with this rescue, they do great things!
As a person who pro-rescue and second chances, I believe Terry epitomizes that ideology to the fullest at ARM. The level of care and dedication to the horses is unencumbered, and I am glad there are organizations like this around to help rescue a type of animal that takes a lot of hard work and expense to keep healthy and happy. ARM is a wonderful organization utilizing special people to promote a meaningful cause.
I have been hauling horses to their new owners for many years for ARM. While we do not haul rescue horses , we do haul the amazing horses that ARM has put their money, blood , sweat and in some cases tears into. We also use the beautiful Kentucky farm to overnight and as a stopping point to rest and meet. If y'all want to see how a real rescue works, get a hold of Terri for a tour of the place. Its well kept, clean and the horses that they have worked end up being welcome additions to their new owners. In proud to call Terrri my friend.
Terry Figueroa and ARM touched our lives several years ago after some family loss, we were low, and needed something to lift us spiritually, to lift us from a dark place, we stopped by the NJ farm one day, and fell in love, with all the beautiful Arabians, and fell in love with Terry as she took us on the tour poured her journey into our hearts as we learned about each special horse and their history, growth, and rehabilitation, their paths so blessed to be crossed with Terry's heart. Terry, has given my boys, one with auditory delays a place to turn to when school is hard, being a kid is hard and when they just want to feel the love and softness of the residents soft warm noses, they sweep the barn, they groom the ones who need a good brush, Daddy Pierson gets to play Tractor Dr. And check out the farm tractors. Terry is the most generous and genuine lady whose love for her Arabians knows no limits or boundaries, we may not get down for a few months but she embraces us with hugs and open arms. The horses at ARM are true gifts, and Terry treats like all like royal kings queens, princesses and princes. The farm is a fine tuned ship, impeccable, organized top to bottom and the horses get the golden deluxe resort of all resorts. Amanda, Dante and the boys
I have been involved in horse rescue for many years, I have seen many well meaning people try to rescue. But the only rescue I have seen stick to thier mission, help others achieve thiers and truly help horses is Arabian rescue mission. Thier ethical and open practices leave no complaints. I have donated several times over the years, I have witnessed this orginization take on entire herds of neglected horses and turn them around and re home them. If you are interested in thier projects please take a closer look into ARM to see what a rescue is supposed to look like. They are always first to step up and see it through for all of the animals in thier care. Amazing orginization with ethics and a heart the size if texas.
I wish I could give more than 5 stars! A group of ladies banded together to rescue a horse from the kill pen, but we weren't able to make it happen fast enough. Terry and ARM stepped in to help us make the rescue happen. Terry, ARM, isn't just "some rescue". Terry is an amazing human being with a giant heart of gold. She sees a horse in need and does her very best to ensure that the horse is safe, well cared for, and loved. I am proud to be associated with Terry and all the important work that she does with ARM!