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Horse Rescue Relief And Retirement Fund Inc

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1768 Newt Green Rd Cumming GA 30028 USA


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.


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.


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  

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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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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I have been involved with this rescue for 12 years. I started as a volunteer, owner and now I am also a board member. I have seen so many wonderful things done at HRRRF. Not only do we save horses but goats, sheep, pigs, ducks, chickens, turkeys, cats, dogs, and anything else that needs rescued. The horses have also helped rescue people.
A horse may come in starved, afraid, sick but the rescue fixes all that it can. Sometimes we can't fix the ill and then Cheryl must make the hardest decision of all. But I can tell you when they are rehomed, they are healthy and happy.
It's a happy place for people not just animals. We all work toward a common goal... Help the horse no matter what it takes!

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Back in January, I had four horses show up on my property. They belonged to someone who was leasing a nearby pasture and had abandoned them. They were skinny, fearful and HUNGRY! Not sure what to do, I contacted the Local Marshall's office, who oversees Animal Control. A Marshall came out, filed a report and contacted HRRRF (Save the Horses). Cheryl Flanagan was amazing. She and her rescue team showed up with trailers and helped me load four fearful horses with kindness and compassion. All four were eventually adopted and now have wonderful lives. I visited the Save the Horses facility and was overwhelmed by the number of animals, from donkeys and draft minis to potbelly pigs and goats, that Save the Horses shelters. Horses are the number one concern, but seeing the compassion for all animals shows the true spirit of rescue. I will one day soon be a Save the Horses foster, as I will never "buy" another horse. When my boys move on to the big pasture in the sky and my pastures and barn have room, Save the Horses will be my only call. Thank you Cheryl and your team for all you do. Stacey Finelli, Waleska GA

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Rating: 5 stars  

A former student called me in desperation. Her sweet gentle horse had gotten hurt at a boarding stable. She could not afford the vet care he would need for several months. I have been a private rescuer and follower of several local organizations.
I suggested she call and see if HRR aka Save the Horses .
Although the outcome from the injury was not the best. He was given the chance to try and recover with proper vet care and attention.
I have seen a few miracles worked by this group.
Not only do they save the lives of animals in need but educate and nurture a caring and compassionate program for the future generation of rescuers.

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