Saffyre Sanctuary, Inc.

Rating: 4.6 stars   25 reviews

Issues: Animals, Children & Youth

Location: P.O. Box 921708 Sylmar CA 91392 USA

Mission: Saffyre Sanctuary is a rescue and rehabilitation program that cares for horses that have been abandoned, abused, or neglected. By allowing them to rediscover their true nature, we provide every opportunity for them to explore the possibility of enjoying a second career, or offer them a well deserved retirement due to soundness issues, age, or owner hardships. Saffyre Sanctuary assists homeless horses in finding their forever person. Through our networks, we successfully place them in homes that give them a new lease on life. If they are unable to physically perform in their new life path, we try to find other loving places where they can live in peace and comfort or serve as companion equines. Saffyre Sanctuary specializes in rescuing horses that would have no other chance of being saved. These horses are ones that have behavior issues, or are in need of a lengthy recovery and complex rehabilitation procedures. Our focus on quality, not quantity, enables us to give the horses in our care the very best chance of complete physical, mental and emotional recovery. Our unique approach of equine care specializes in holistic nutrition, holistic rehabilitation, environmentally friendly equine housing, and green facility management. Although Saffyre Sanctuary is an all-breed rescue, we have a special place in our hearts to the plight and distinctive needs of the Arabian breed. We are one of very few rescue organizations that works with Arabians, and maintains a following of Arabian enthusiasts who are familiar with their unique disposition. If you are looking to add an Arabian to your home, please consider adopting or fostering one of our loving horses. Volunteer opportunities are provided to children and the community, which emphasize the importance of proper equine care, ownership responsibility, and the consequences of neglect. Through the interaction with our horses, participants learn empathy, compassion, cooperation, and trust. But most importantly, how to understand their nature and become one with them and the world we share.
Target demographics: horses and allow people to find themselves through interactions with our rescued horses!
Geographic areas served: the Los Angeles area
Programs: Our ultimate goal is to create an environmentally friendly equine facility that will set a nationwide standard in animal husbandry, including but not limited to holistic nutrition, rehabilitation, equine housing, and green facility management.Educational programs are provided free to children and the community, which emphasize the importance of proper care, ownership responsibility, and the consequences of neglect. Included are donor supported sponsorship programs which will allow inner city children and under privileged families to assist in the care and rehabilitation of the resident horses. Hopefully, the education provided will assist us in raising pubic awareness on issues concerning proper equine care and irresponsible breeding practices.Some future employees of Saffyre Sanctuary will be students who are enrolled in various extension programs and are interested in gaining work experience in the agriculture and animal husbandry industry. The experience the students have while participating in this program will assist them in making the transition from school to work and will allow them to develop skills that will be transferable to any farm in the future. We have the vision and the mission in place, but we cannot do this without financial assistance.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with horses for over 50 years, and met all kinds of people. People like Esta are in the rare top half percent of the horse world. She is tireless in her efforts to reclaim the lives of her rescues and provide the treatment that they have always deserved. She truly has these animals best interest at heart and is able to communicate with them on a level that is only known by a rare few. I have never met anyone as selfless and dedicated in their efforts in any animal rescue. If we all cared even a fraction as much as her this world would be a much better place for all animals...two legged and four.

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Saffyre Sanctuary has worked non-stop to save, rehabilitate, and re-home Arabian horses in California, and in the surrounding southwest states. Integrated care in feeding, veterinary and medical treatment, emotional cognitive interventions, and therapeutic plans for rebuilding the horse's body and soul, are a few key ways Saffyre Sanctuary functions as a go-to resource for neglected, abused, relinquished, or rescued horses, and for the people who participate in the world of horse management. Saffyre Sanctuary also provides education and training sessions in equine counseling, and awareness training for human partners to learn more about themselves, while working with saving horses. Foundational understanding and knowledge of the Arabian horse is well situated in the applied philosophy of Saffyre Sanctuary. This non-profit is key in both the current status of horse care, and in the future by modeling standards for equine recovery. B. Littleton, Professor & Clinical Therapist.

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1 person found this review helpful

It's really hard to put in words how wonderful and inspiring Saffyre is. I have never had experience with horses up close and personal, but within my first 5 minutes of being there, everything felt so natural. You learn to respect and understand the horses, since each one has their own personality, (just like us humans!) It's not about riding horses and using them for personal benefit. Saffyre is about spending time, learning and truly developing a nurturing relationship with such majestic creatures.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Esta has created a place where neglected or mistreated horses can come to regain their strength, both mentally and physically. Each horse has its own personality and Esta tailors their care according to their needs. As a volunteer, I was put to work but also taught about each horse and how Saffyre cares for them holistically inside and out. Overall, Saffyre Sanctuary is a great nonprofit that offers an excellent program for the horses and volunteers alike.

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Rating: 1 stars  

THIS ORGAIZATION IS A COMPLET FRAUD AND SCAM AND PROPER INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES HAVE BEEN CONTACTED DO NOT DONATE TO THIS ORGANIZATION!!!!!! ESTA BERNSTEIN HAS LITTLE TO NO REAL HORSE EXPERIENCE AND IN FACT HAD TO GELD ONE OF HER PERSONAL STALLIONS AS SHE COULD NOT HANDLE HIM

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

I WILL SEE IT CLOSED

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I visit once a week from 3-7pm. There are 4 rescues and three owned by the founder. The big reward for me is being close to the horses. They appreciate us taking great care of them. This means cleaning their stall, filtering and topping off their water all while talking to them and petting them. Then we turn them out, and bathe a couple. I like to take the newest one Joshua
for a walk. He likes to have face time with the neighboring horses. You can bond w these guys and they are so SWEET! Esta the founder has taught me so much about respecting them. These are the luckiest horses to be in this sanctuary.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Esta and John are inspirational in their care and support for their equine charges. Not only do they spend countless hours and $$ from their own pockets working with the volunteers to feed, groom, clean and love the rescues, but they insist that we take time to LISTEN and just BE with the horses. Thank you Esta and John for your heart work!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I just stopped by the stables to visit an old friend who was volunteering at Saffyre Sanctuary. I wasn't there long before i picked up a rake and started helping as I felt the depth of good that was happening there. I now plan to help out at least once a week as helping there feels like I'm a part of something good happening in the world. The horses are also teaching me so much so quickly. I'm learning about pure reciprocal love as the horses love to love and be loved. I'm learning about manifestation and how to work with the universe to co create what I wish to see happen for the horses not yet rescued. I'm happy to have stumbled across this shelter and I love how consciously aware they are of the needs of these beautiful animals. It's a great place to volunteer and be around an important progressive consciousness. It's what I needed.

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was searching for a place that needed my help when I found Saffyre Sanctuary on line. I had been taking lessons on horse care but I was still a novice. Esta put me to work right away and she and the horses have taught me something new everyday. There is nothing better than learning by doing. I really feel valued by the organization and I feel like I'm making a difference. I love my time there so much I go four days a week.

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

Give it more money!!

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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