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Saffyre Sanctuary, Inc.

Rating: 4.7 stars   37 reviews 1,074

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals, Children & Youth

Address:

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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818-842-4368
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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

4 people found this review helpful

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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You may be very surprised but, it is true that even 2 years after I adopted my "Starlight N Roses",
Saffyre Sanctuary & it's founder & CEO, Esta G. Bernstein, is "ready 24/7 - via multiple forms to communicate"! If I have any problems, questions , seek input for training methods, or need more information on horse health & First Aid, non-chemical alternatives for medications & applications, help to decipher & confirm required and/or harmful ingredients of both horse feed & supplements! Via a volunteer's daily blog posted on FaceBook,
I have the "inside information" on what transpires & activities at Saffyre Sanctuary, as well as the progress information of the rescued horses at the Sanctuary! I am up-to-date on issues that pertain to horses on state, national & international levels via regular monthly newsletter emailed from Esta. Anyone & everyone who wants a part in the rescue & rehabilitation of horses should choose Saffyre Sanctuary whether via being a hands-on volunteer, provider of needed horse services or, by the much needed financial, feed & gear donations; all this help is for the horses who, without any their faults, need humans who care enough to save their lifes & willing to provide them with loving for-ever-homes and all their needs satisfied on a daily basis!

 
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5 people found this review helpful

As a person involved with a private equine sanctuary in Southern California, I am so very grateful to Saffyre Sanctuary for contacting us and aiding us to give lifetime sanctuary to nearly 10 of our beloved and unique horses.

Esta Berstien understands the different needs and abilities of each horse and she goes above and beyond to find the ideal partnership for the horses and those adopting them. She also follows up after a horse has been adopted and that is so important.

We, at Assisi Equine Sanctuary, understand the dedication and sacrifice required when taking in horses who have no other options and we have tremendous respect and admiration for Esta Bernstein's excellent knowledge, sincerity and impeccable ethic's.

Absolutely top notch!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I volunteered at Saffyre Sanctuary and was very impressed by the love and the dedication these woman, men and children volunteers put towards these amazing horses. You feel the love and respect for the horses while you are there. They have high standards for the living conditions of the horses. Keep up the good work!

 
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Saffyre Sanctuary is truly a sanctuary for the equine and human soul. Esta is truly an angel amidst us. She is empathetic, authentic and truly open hearted. She connects with these horses and wants to heal their body and heart and place them in a connected, correct situation. I am honored to help her and humbly call her my friend.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

The absolute best rescue for horses. They are treated like kings and queens by Esta and the staff. They also provide help for us humans too. Makes me wish I was one of their horses!!

Merri Mason

 
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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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2 people found this review helpful

Saffyre Sanctuary taught my son with autism to listen to what horses can teach him. Esta Bernstein has been so patient with not only the care if her horses but also knowing the value her horses have to teach us all of what it is like to be truly cared for as one being to another.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Esta Bernstein's integrity as an individual and horsewoman and foundation leader is admirable and authentic. It's what the world needs more of, be it for horses or humanity.

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Saffyre Sanctuary is a safe haven and awe-inspiring rescue ranch founded and led by an incredible horsewoman and caretaker Esta Bernstein. Esta understands that each horse has different needs and gives them the specific care they require and deserve. She goes above and beyond for the horses' emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs. The horses receive excellent nutrition, lots of grooming, great turn-out time and socialization and always look clean, happy, and healthy when I've been there.

 
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First of all Olivia 15 get a life, obviously you don't have one right now. I have done enough research to know Saffyre sanctuary is an institution with people doing what very few people do, that is giving love and a chance to horses someone else didn't give that chance to. It takes special people to understand that animals have thoughts, feelings like humans. My wife and I adopt all our animals, some with existing medical conditions. We are able to adopt these animals because of organizations such as Saffyre and he people who staff them. Keep up the excellent work and ignore people like Olivia 15

 
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