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Horse Rescue Relief And Retirement Fund Inc

Rating: 5 stars   133 reviews 1,766

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Address:

1768 Newt Green Rd Cumming GA 30028 USA

Mission:

The mission of Save the Horses is to improve the quality of life for all horses, thereby improving the lives of people through their bond with the horses. We are committed to the rescue and rehabilitation of equines suffering from abuse, as well as the successful retirement of working equines. We strive to improve public awareness and knowledge regarding the standards of care necessary to insure the health and safety of all equines.

Results:

Thanks to your generous donations, we have been able to help rescue over 1000 needy horses since 1998. We are funded totally by donations and fund raising. We receive no government assistance. You are the angels who help us Save The Horses. With horses are therapist's, hundreds of humans have been touched by these wonderful animals every day.

Target demographics:

horses, children, elderly and all humans bond and find comfort in their daily lives.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

over 100 horses find safe homes and 27 Barn Buddy participants loved and bonded with the horses.

Geographic areas served:

Georgia and SE U.S.

Programs:

BARN BUDDY PROGRAM for foster and adopted children to bond with horses in foster care at the rescue farm. PINK HORSE SHOE FUND to raise money for horses who have cancer to get lifesaving treatment. FIELD TRIPS, SCOUTS, COMMUNITY OUTREACH. NURSING HOME VISITS with our miniature horses bring smiles to the residents.

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Reviews for Horse Rescue Relief And Retirement Fund Inc

Rating: 5 stars  

I've been working as a volunteer at Save the Horses for almost one year and I love this place. They do a really good job helping not only horses, but all animals in need. The animals are well taken care of and they must feel all the love everybody gives them. It's great to be part of this rescue.

 
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I volunteer with this group and I love all of the other volunteers and the wonderful work they do. I've made great friends with people who truly care about the animals at the rescue. The horses are well cared for, along with the many other animals who come in to find refuge. Loving, kind, and compassionate work is done here. It's awesome!

 
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I've worked with Save the Horses since 2008 and I love it! This organization has an amazing group of volunteers who are extremely dedicated to caring for the horses and animals at the rescue. Cheryl Flanagan is a wonderful woman who has spent her life helping injured, unwanted, neglected, and abused animals. I am proud to work with her to save more lives. I look forward to my Saturday morning volunteer work. It's sometimes hard and heavy work, but it is one of the most rewarding jobs I've ever done. The people who volunteer at Save the Horses are full of positive energy and joy while helping the horses. It's beautiful to watch so many kind and generous people giving of their time to work with an injured horse or to provide a gentle hand to a scared or abused horse. I have the greatest respect for Cheryl and her willingness to work with any horse, no matter how problematic. I have seen horses arrive with terrible issues from abuse and neglect, but with Cheryl's guidance and the kindness of our volunteers, even the most emotionally affected horses eventually turn around. Save the Horses is a fabulous place to volunteer, both physically and emotionally satisfying!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Like many non-profits, we suffer from too much need and too little money and volunteers. I don't know how to change that, but more volunteers and donations are always welcome.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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What a wonderful group of people running this compassionate rescue! Cheryl and her great volunteers work tirelessly to assist horses who arrive at their shelter. Some of these horses have serious issues with their health or have been abused or neglected. Some of them were destined for slaughter. All of them find a place of love and kindness. All of the many volunteers take pride and pleasure in catering to these horses' needs, some of them spending many hours grooming, cleaning, feeding, and just handling the horses, encouraging a horse's trust that may have been lost in the past. I love them all for their generosity of time, money, and spirit.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen horses, like Muffin Man, a young Mustang, start learning to trust humankind. Where their eyes were large and frightened upon arrival, they become soft and curious as they begin to feel safe and secure. I love seeing older horses like Sweetie and Roy who roam freely through the rescue. We've had several births at the rescue as well and some of our volunteers spent night and day tending to the moms during the births. Our volunteers are truly amazing!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get a better handle on our mailing lists

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Not much. My experience has been wonderful, but each person must take responsibility for making their experience work for him or her. I love volunteering with this group.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I'm definitely learning new skills and I've met many wonderful people. I expect that some of them will remain friends for the rest of my life.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It makes me feel that the world is a better place. My own compassion and empathy have been restored in a world that sometimes seems rather apathetic and angry.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Fantastic organization doing wonderful work for animals.

 
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My husband and I both volunteer at this amazing facility. Not only do they make the lives of the many rescue animals better, they also provide friendship and a nurturing experience for the volunteers. A great place to share time with the horses and make new friends.

 
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As an avid equestrian I got to hangout with my favorite animals! It also helps get high school credit hours!

 
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In 2013, this wonderful group allowed a 4 horses that needed homes to be posted on their FB page. These horses several of which were elderly could no longer be ridden on trails at the RRanch in Dahlonega, Ga. The board determined that these horses would be sent to auction. I stepped in and started screening homes for these horses that had spent their lives at the RRanch. With the help of Horse Rescue Relief & Retirement, each found a permanent home and none were sent to auction.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This group of people are truly inspiring! The property is wonderful- there is always learning and volunteer opportunities. The have hypatherapy to help children with disabilities an awesome horsemanship classes! These folks are very much needed in a rural area as well. I have seen them travel to great lengths and spend time, effort and money to save some animals that required transport from outside of the southeast. Truly a great non-profit that is worthy of support and love!

 
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I've been a volunteer at Save the Horses since June 2013. It has become my social outlet, family and source of inspiration, fun and transformation. Providing care of these beautiful creatures is absolutely therapeutic! My relationships with each and every animal is rewarding beyond words. We have an established "family" of dedicated and caring volunteers that makes the work seem effortless.

It amazes me every day how the organization is able to stretch every dollar. I can only imagine the work we could do with an abundance of funds. I highly recommend you get involved or make a donation if you are searching for a non-profit to contribute you time or tithings!

 
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I learned about Save The Horses in May 2013, after a devastating year of personal loss. Loosing my mother and all three of my pets (ages 14, 16, 19) and the end of a six year relationship, left me depressed, numb and feeling hopeless. While conducting some banking business, my banker introduced me to Save The Horses, where she was very involved. She asked if I would consider adopting a horse. I immediately replied, No. But I inquired about volunteering. I went to the next Orientation, learned more about the organization and how I could help, met Trudy and my life was changed.

Trudy is a beautiful Appaloosa at the rescue. She is completely blind and was abused terribly before being rescued. I fell in love with her immediately and felt a connection and trust that she extended back. I made her a promise that I would start visiting her and walking her. Because of Trudy's blndness and trust issues, getting exercise wasn't a given. Once per week, quickly turned into multiple times per week. Loving Trudy turned into loving every horse and the other animals. Volunteering my time to take care of these beautiful loving horses turned my depression and hopelessness into Unconditional Love, Passion and Joy! And I have learned alot about horses and their care.

The dozens of people who volunteer to care for these horses are amazing! It feels like family taking care of family. Besides the incredible stories about the horses, I've met some wonderful people and made some lasting friendships. Now besides volunteering 3-4 days per week, I find myself looking for an excuse to visit STH.

Last November, while in the pasture leading horses into the barn for the night, a horse I had never seen before started following me. He would follow me to the gate, wait for me to return, follow me to the pasture, then follow me back to the gate. I came back that weekend to groom him and get acquainted. His name is Tequila Sunrise. Long story short, he chose me. I adopted him in January and hope to buy a farm next year to give him a forever home. The love and energy at Save The Horses is like nothing else I've ever experienced.

Do yourself a favor, plan a visit, attend orientation, volunteer. It will make a difference in your life!
Sponsor or adopt a horse or simply make a tax deductible donation. It will make a difference in the lives of many horses and volunteers!

Save The Horses is long overdue for the recognition it deserves!

 
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Save the horses has done so much for animals and humans alike. They have extended the lives of countless unwanted horses, donkeys, goats, ducks, chickens, etc. while allowing the public an opportunity to volunteer with animals they might never have the ability to own. Once you enter the property you feel at home and it's obvious where the donations go and I'm always amazed at how clean it is. My heart breaks a little each time but I'm so grateful they are there to help erase some of the cruelty & neglect people have put these animals through.

 
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This is a wonderful organization dedicated to helping the betterment of horses in need!!

 
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