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Safe Haven Horse Rescue & Sanctuary

Rating: 4.92 stars   65 reviews 646

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3950 W. Anderson Dr. Mailing: P.O. Box 1788 Cottonwood CA 96022 USA


We are a group of people who care about horses and their quality of life. As a non-profit, no kill, volunteer organization, we can improve their lives by providing a safe environment and good nutrition and teaching others to do as well. We offer the horses a life where there is trust and hope. Through the efforts of Safe Haven Horse Rescue and Sanctuary, we care for the equine, restoring health and well being and when possible placing them in loving, caring homes.

Target demographics:

rescue horses in need

Direct beneficiaries per year:

approximately 150 horses.

Geographic areas served:

Cottonwood, CA


re-habilitation, re-training, adoption, foster, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities for individuals and families alike!

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Reviews for Safe Haven Horse Rescue & Sanctuary

Rating: 5 stars  

Safe Haven Horse Rescue is a volunteer organization made up of individuals who love horses and take in neglected, abused and horses that are thrown away due to age or injury. I have seen the recovery made by these animals and many have found new forever homes through adoption. I had the opportunity to foster a couple horses and adopted both a donkey and a mini who had lived together for over 7 years and were surrendered due to the owners health.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I feel so blessed to be a part of such a wonderful organization as Safe Haven! The village of volunteers work so hard and give so much to the horses and am proud to be a part of that village!! Sometimes it's hard when a horse comes to us out of such a desperate situation...but is so fulfilling when their health and spirit returns and our hearts soar when we find the right, new forever, loving home!!! I want to thank all of our supporters for writing such wonderful reviews of Safe Haven here on GreatNonProfits! I must address one particular review written by Diana.Moor on July 24th. After 20 years and approximately 1,000 rescues, Safe Haven has moved from 25 acres to 10 acres about one month or so ago... after the property that we leased was sold. Yes, of course, we moved ALL of the horses with us. We had an average of 50 horses at the old property but currently have 35 rescued horses. We are working as fast as we can on as many projects as possible with volunteers and donations! We are just this weekend grading for the new arena and once we are able to get riding again, we are going to be reducing our herd to 20 through our adoption and foster programs. 15 lucky horses will find their new, forever, loving homes!! We are very conscientious of all regulations in our county and are doing our best to abide by them. Although most of the horses that call Safe Haven are not permanent and are considered by the county as such....just like the dog and cat rescues. As far as Pigeon Fever that Diana is concerned about..yes, we have had an outbreak. It is a very common occurrence in our area and unfortunately is found regularly with horse owners, boarding facilities, race tracks etc. It is called Dryland Distemper and is found in the dirt. The horses usually get a swelling in the chest and has an abcess that opens and drains, then heals. Once a horse has had it, they usually are not susceptible for 5 to 7 years. If your horse has PF, not only do you treat the horse, you need to bleach the area daily and if you go into a stall of a horse that has PF, you must step into the bleach filled dishpan just outside the horse's stall, (which is marked in bright blue tape informing everyone that this horse has PF), so that you don't take it with you and transfer it to other horses. We do our best to tell everyone that comes out when something like this happens. Unfortunately, it sounds like Diana was not informed about it and we apologize to you that our volunteers missed not sharing it with you. It was not our intention to hide anything and are very open about everything that we are doing and what is going on. We appreciate all of our visitors and our large village of volunteers and the hard work they do with these rescued horses...we're not always perfect...but always stride to do our best!! :)

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Rating: 1 stars  

I volunteered out there in Cottonwood .only to find out that the place is infested with pigeon fever and never told anybody so that means you could have taken it home to your animals THANKS ALOT they have 5 times too many horses by law on the property 60 horses on 9 acres is not human especially in shasta County

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Rating: 5 stars  

Excellent group in CA. Highly recommended. Be careful not to be confused with Safe Haven TBs in PA.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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For the past 10 years I have been a staunch supporter of Sae Haven Horse Rescue and Sanctuary. Over the years I have been asked to support many with donations and publicity, but none have ever held a candle to the quality of care provided through this 100% Volunteer managed and worked Horse Rescue. When i ask freind to help financially, they are assured 100% of their contribution is going directly to benefit the Horse

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer at Safe Haven I am so proud to contribute to this amazing rescue. The horses that come here have been neglected, abandoned, abused or reluctantly given away due to hardship. The love, care, and dedication that the 100% volunteer caregivers offer these horses is unconditional and never ending. Hopefully they can all get adopted by loving homes but, in the cases where this isn't possible, they are provided a forever home where they will always be loved, fed, cared for. The volunteers that make this all happen are passionate, dedicated and hard working people that love the horses.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was originally invited by a friend to come out and take pictures of the horses. After going to Safe Haven, meeting the horses and seeing the wonderful work they do, I was hooked. They genuinely care for horses. As a no kill rescue, any horses who are not adoptable due to health reasons live out the rest of their life at Safe Haven. There is not a single person involved with this who takes a paycheck, every bit of the money donated goes to the horses. How many other charities can say that? Seems like every day you hear or see a story about a horse being abandoned or mistreated. Safe Haven can't save all the horses, but with our help, they can save some.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have known about Safe Haven for many years but it was more in recent years that I really learned who they truly are- a compassionate and amazing organization! I am a huge fan of their efforts and work and always thought what they do to help the horses is truly amazing, I have seen the volunteers work from sun up to sun down and still have a smile on their faces! I have had the privilege of attending their fundraising dinners and was truly awe struck at the amazing turn out and amazing support from everyone in attendance! This organization is top notch and will always have my whole heart in support!

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am so happy to be part of an organization that cares so much about the horses it embraces. Everybody works so hard to make a better space for these abandoned, mistreated and sometimes starved horses. When a horse is ready to be adopted the members work very hard to make sure they are placed with a correct match.

Thanks you letting me be part of this organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Tireless workers, dedicated souls, and true heroes are the closest I can get to describing the people working and volunteering at Safe Haven Horse Rescue. I traveled all the way from Brazil with my two children to spend 6 months volunteering at various non-profits. We have yet to find as amazing a place as Safe Haven. They all go above and beyond to care of these abandoned animals and do an amazing job at it.

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