HORSE RESCUE RELIEF AND RETIREMENT FUND INC

Rating: 5 stars   47 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 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.

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been with STH's for over 1 year and in that time I have been inspired to sell my house and buy a farm in Ellijay, Ga. to bring 3 of the horse's to become part of our family. Their have been many other people do the same thing. Cheryl has created an environment the not only saves horses and any animal that needs to be rescued, but it also has given men, woman and children a place to belong, heal and find meaning in life. Cheryl works right along side the volunteers and gives the freedom to find our place there. Thank you Cheryl for that.

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

not change a thing

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?

2014

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In Oct. 2002 I watched a benefit demonstration for STH done by Monty Roberts. There were several Horses from STH with different issues that he addressed and and was able to help. At that time I volunteered with a handicaped riding facility. The following February I came to visit the farm and see if I could help. There was a great need for help and I have been coming ever since. I have made many 2 and 4 legged friends there. Also had to say 'farewell' to many Horses and other animals. I have formed incredible bonds with some horses, and have helped to get other horses into their forever homes. This is incredibly rewarding work. It is always hard when there is nothing you can do for a horse and you have to say good bye, it happened several times over the years. But there are all the other animals that need, aside from food, water and a clean environment, need to be shown kindness and need to learn to trust humans again. Of course all of it has to be done when its blistering hot, or freezing cold, rainy, stormy or a perfect day. All this does not matter, they all are worth it. and of course you have the great company of your like minded fellow volunteers. I look forward to every Saturday to be able to spend time at the rescue farm.

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Amazing work helping animals. Have been associated with them since the beginning. Their priority is the animal. Never turns away an animal in need. They put in their own time and money, not for any purpose but to help animals. Proud to be associated with them.

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Love the rescue! I began my days at STH in 2007 when I first moved to Cumming. I was looking for a group to belong to and animals that I could work with and care for. Being a dog lover more than a horse lover I knew it was best I choose a horse rescue because it was safe...Safe in the sense I couldn't bring one home and put in my backyard. Certainly not with the approval of my HOA....so here my journey began. I learned about caring for horses, I learned how to groom, how to feed, how to turn in and turn out, how to muck a stall, spread shavings, empty water buckets, all the things that are required to care for horses and I loved every minute of it. I felt good each weekend after working with as many as I could on morning feed. In 2009 I started fostering dogs for the sister organization CAN and continued to care for both the equine and canine; those of which I can bring home and put in my yard. I also had the pleasure of fostering a baby pot bellied pig one summer named Kenny from STH. He was too little to go in the petting zoo area, so I cared for him along with my Standard Poodles while he grew up ! It is such a wonderful place to spend time and help out. I cherish my time and experiences.

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I have been affiliated with Save the Horses since August, 2011. The work is hard but so worth the end results. I say the work is hard to include not just the physical effort but the emotional effort it takes to give and then watch a beautiful animal not make it. Cheryl's never ending commitment to the rescue and care of the animals is astounding and inspirational. Her generosity in making room for yet another horse has resulted in so many people finding the joy of loving a creature that is amazingly capable of giving back. I have been the fortunate recipient of such love when I adopted a rescue that may have gone unnoticed and forgotten if not for Cheryl's decision to bring her to the rescue. Thank you, Cheryl, and to all of the volunteers who make it possible for another horse to find a place of shelter. You are the best!!!!!

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Save the Horses has been a regular part of my life since August, 2011. I drive 80 miles, one way, usually once a week, to escape from the day to day worries that plague most of us. I'm continually amazed at how many hours will pass before I even wonder how much time I've spent at the rescue. Like many of the volunteers, I've adopted one of the horses and am thrilled to say that Esther is my light! Working with her and seeing her open to human companionship is supremely satisfying. All of the animals at the rescue have a story, some are horrific and others just happily ended up in a good situation without suffering abuse or neglect. The work done here to restore and rehabilitate these animals is wonderful. Many, many lives are positively impacted by the partnerships that are formed. The end results are not just about the animals, but about the people who come to help and end up getting the help they may not have even known they needed.

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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I would like to take a bit of a different view for my review of Save the Horses. The caring, compassion, dedication, commitment and love that is obvious as soon as you visit the farm is apparent, what is not as openly seen is Cheryl's unique view on horse rescue. I have had the opportunity to work with several rescue across the Nation, and I have never come across a person as driven and focused on the true well being of horses as Cheryl. She wants to help all people, all rescue efforts, all horses no matter the location or who gets the credit for saving an animal. Cheryl is truly has a one of a kind heart, she has no concern for any recognition, only to save lives. This is such an incredible character trait that is not had by many.

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STH is a santuary for both people, and horses! It is place where healing energy and passion for Nature come together! I have volunteered here for 15 years, and it has provided me with a stable, educational, fun loving atmosphere , in which I have grown as a horsewoman! Cheryl gives us a lot of freedom to express ourselves through horses, and their care! You cannot help but be inspired, and want to return to help, and in the end, becoming a better person yourself!

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I am amazed at the dedication and love that the volunteers exhibit. If it's snowing, sleeting, and/or raining, these volunteers will drive miles and miles to save a horse that will not make another day of starvation, abuse, etc. There is a true spiritual love for these magnificent animals that these people all share. My hope is to one day to donate regularly because this is a remarkable organization.

You have to love people that love horses like these volunteers do.

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What an amazing place with an awesome mission: to give love, compassion, hope, and purpose to neglected and hurting animals! When I went for my first visit, I never expected to see the vast array of animals being cared for at Save The Horses (Horse Rescue Relief and Retirement Fund Inc.). There were horses, donkeys, pigs, chickens, goats, and ducks. And all of them looked very happy and healthy because of the attention they have received from Cheryl Flanagan and her incredible team of volunteers. They take horses that are in desperate need of medical care and they restore their health by doing whatever it takes to bring that healing about. It is a wonderful place to visit and I'm so thankful that it is only a short drive from Woodstock!

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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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