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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Human Service Organizations

Mission: Horse Hugs is a non-profit, all volunteer group located in North Carolina that uses miniature horses to visit patients in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, assisted care centers, special needs children, at-risk teens, prisons and juvenile detention centers.

Target demographics: We have been concentrating on Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Centers as we have found that this is a greatly over-looked group that can be very lonely and in need of visitors.

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Donna169

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In my case it's hard to tell who benefits more from the work Horse Hugs does in the community, myself or the sick and elderly we visit. I know I personally enjoy working with the mini's, but more important is the smiles and hugs we receive from those we visit, some of whom may rarely receive visitors. To see their faces light up and to engage them in conversation and a memorable experience is ten times more important than whaevert chores I didn't get done at home that day because I was volunteering. Horse Hugs is medicine for the heart . . . mine and those we serve.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is no better feeling than to help bring a smile to the eyes of the sick and elderly. That is what I saw one year ago on my first experience as a Horse Hugs volunteer. Many residents in senior residences or continuing care units get few visitors. For them to see the Horse Hugs miniature horses walking down their halls or coming into their rooms to visit, often dressed in costumes (hand made by founder/owner Sandy Spooner) makes that senior's day, plus gives them something unique to share with their families, friends and grandchildren. To help bring this experience to this very special group of people is very rewarding. I hope to participate in Horse Hug's mission as long as I am needed.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Horse hugs is amazing. I saw firsthand the joy her horses brought to residents of an assisted living home. Sandy and her crew run a top notch program. The horses are well behaved, clean, happy, healthy and many times in costume for different holidays or events. The kind hearts and nature of this program truly lifts the spirits of those blessed with a visit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Girl Scout troop had the pleasure of working with Horse Hugs this spring. Sandy runs a top notch organization. She is compassionate with her animals and the patients. Her horses are well trained and treated extremely well. She's also so creative in making costumes for the horses to wear for the different seasons so that return visits are always different. Not only was it a great experience for the girls to get to participate in, by helping prep, handle, and guide the horses, but it also showed them the value of just spending time with those who might need a little cheering up or are feeling lonely. It was such a win/win visit. The patient's spirits were lifted and the girls were inspired. Sandy and her horses are great role models in this community. We are lucky to have them! Sincerely- Heather Hartzog, NC

June N.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Horses have special powers over the human psyche. This organization has tapped into this for a wonderful community service to help others. Help them to keep on course for this amazing project.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the tremendous pleasure is volunteering with Horse Hugs for the past three years and it has proven to be the most profound opportunity of my life. The sheer delight that illuminates the faces of everyone in the room when Sandy walks in with the horses is simpy unforgettable. There is no better feeling than to leave the facilities and your heart is so filled with joy that you can't stop smiling.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't say enough good things about Sandy and her volunteer organization, Horse Hugs. I was looking for volunteer work that combines a love of animals and giving back to the community and this organization is IT. Everyone wins with this organization; the horses are well cared for and genuinely seem to enjoy the socialization of the visits, the smiles on the faces of the seniors when they see the horses walking down the hallway to visit them is the greatest gift for the volunteers, and the photos that Sandy takes and shares with the seniors encourage grandchildren and others to visit. WIN WIN WIN. LOVE Horse hugs!!

1 Carol164

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the look of joy on the faces of residents when they receive a visit from the wonderful miniature horses. The photos are worth a thousand words. The Horse Hugs volunteers with their mini horses are second to none.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think Horse Hugs is a wonderful organization. Their visits to senior citizens in assisted living and nursing homes fulfill a huge need in the community. The little horses bring such joy to all those that they visit; they truly are a blessing, as are the volunteers who work so hard to bring about this helpful and joyful service.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sandy, her volunteers and her sweet and gentile horses bring joy and smiles to many. I have been privaleged to witness the excitment of having Horse Hugs visit the community where my elderly parents live! The picture below says it all! It was a special moment in time. Thank you Sandy for your generous spirit! Thank you Horse Hugs for sharing your love!

2 Greg66

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sandy, the founder of Horse Hugs, is a rare gem in this world. Her love and respect of life is more than a character trait it is a force of nature.

I am a full time farrier and take care of the minis' feet. Her animals are some of the most well cared for horses I have the opportunity to work with. They have wonderful personalities and love their field trips! They have a custom built trailer designed and tailored just for them.

I simply cannot say enough good things about Sandy, all the horses of Horse Hugs and their mission!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Horse Hugs is all about bringing joy. Who wouldn't love seeing these adorable mini horses come visit? Sandy is a giving person and has made a great organization. Wonderful to see a non profit doing a service that brightens peoples lives. Thanks

3 Margaret77

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in the area that Horse Hugs serves, and I am very familiar with the amazing work the organization does with cheering up the lives of the thousands of lovely people who live in our senior communities...from the active to the bedridden. I have seen how faces light up when they pet the noses of the beautiful animals. It thrills everyone just to see them prance around looking so very adorable. Imagine! Most have never seen such marvelous creatures up close...what a treat it is. I can't imagine a better way to brighten a day!