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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Equestrian, Sports

Mission: Our mission: To rescue, rehabilitate, and retrain horses facing neglect or abuse and provide them with the best opportunity for a permanent home and a lifetime of safety.

Results: Over 200 horses rescued, rehabilitated, and retrained since 2005.

Target demographics: horses facing neglect, abuse, or starvation

Direct beneficiaries per year: 17 horses rescued, 13 horses adopted out, and 3 horses ended their suffering

Geographic areas served: Pacific Northwest

Programs: Horse Rescue & Rehoming Training & Re-Training Community Outreach Program Serenity Fund

Community Stories

103 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I first became a donor to SAFE when I heard about the great work they do to rescue, rehabilitate and find loving forever homes for horses in need. Two years ago I started volunteering and my esteem for SAFE just grows and grows. The commitment of the huge volunteer staff - over 100 including 70 weekly barn volunteers - is wonderful and a testament to the care and integrity with which SAFE operates. If I were an abused or neglected horse I would pray every day that SAFE would come and get me.

cmahan92

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SAFE is a wonderful nonprofit that I am happy to be apart of, I've been volunteering there for a few months now and am so proud of to be apart of such a well rounded organization. They take great pride in assuring that the horses are taken care of in every aspect of their lives, making sure they are comfortable in their stalls, always have clean water and kept up on their diets, making sure that they and the volunteers feel comfortable. I've seen first hand new horses coming to SAFE, that have been neglected, not fed, and other conditions, and after just a few weeks, the care they provide time and time again has given these horses a whole new life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff, board and volunteers at SAFE are passionate about rescuing and protecting horses and finding them permanent and safe homes.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Safe Volunteers are delightful people to work with, all with a caring, loving attitude towards these beautiful animals. There are jobs for every skill level.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Save A Forgotten Equine for almost 3 years. Great organization with a large volunteer team that truly cares about what they do on behalf of injured and neglected horses. There are volunteer opportunities for any interest level and availability - from onsite chore shifts, maintenance and repairs, administrative tasks or events and fundraising...something for everyone.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at SAFE for 4 years and still love it. I am very privileged to be part of the amazing dedication and very hard work this organization commits towards the well being of these wonderful animals. Thank you SAFE!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Save a Forgotten Equine does great work on behalf of horses. As a donor, I'm pleased with how they manage their donations in making sure that every dollar counts and they're spending funds in a way that does the most good.

Caren M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've never before have been involved with an organization that cares so passionately about its mission! I work along side other volunteers who show up to fulfill their commitments to 'our' horses regardless of weather, holidays, time of day, or even their own health situation. We observe 'barn time' which means you might be scheduled to help out for a couple hours but end up being there all afternoon. Or all day. And that's OK. It's a very special bond we all share--for the love of the horse.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this organization! I support SAFE financially and with my time and energy. I've mucked stalls and fields, fed hay and grain, cleaned water troughs, exercised and groomed horses, followed up site checks on horses who've been adopted, trained other volunteers, whatever's wanted and needed.

Grew up as a horse crazy girl riding other people's horses through school until life happened. Hadn't been in a barn for about 45 years when I discovered SAFE. Recently retired, I jumped at the chance to get back in the barn! In my fourth year now working with SAFE, what initially drew me to SAFE was its financial transparency. And that's still true. Plus, management and volunteers are amazingly dedicated to help horses be horses until the end of their lives.

The abused, neglected, starved horse that's rescued by SAFE receives the best vet care, diet, love and retraining to be adopted. And every horse and its potential adopter go through a trial period only after which the adoption is complete. It's like a money-back guarantee! The transformations of these lucky horses, documented each step of the way, are remarkable.

I cannot say enough great things about this organization and the work it does, the success stories of its horses rescued. I will continue my work with SAFE as long as possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel honored to support S.A.F.E. both financially and personally. What impressed me most about this organization initially is its commitment to rescue only as many horses as it has resources to help. It's clearly not a one-size-fits-all operation - it's responsibly run by an amazingly dedicated and energetic core of horse loving volunteers. Having been around horses most of my life and away from the barn for about 25 years, I'm especially pleased to be able to be back amid the wonderful smells and sounds of horses and responsible for their feeding one evening a week. Every encounter with the organization has been positive.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am writing this review as both a volunteer and as a person who adopted a horse from SAFE. I began following SAFE back in 2008 when they took in Annie. The first photo I saw of her broke my heart but I felt an instant connection. I followed the blog updates they did on all their horses which really help you feel like you know the horses while their rehabilitation and training unfolds. For me that was the main thing that kept me going back and just following the horses in their care and watching them go from horribly emaciated to thriving members of the equine community. When you adopt a horse through SAFE, you know what you are getting. You can see the training updates and where the horses strengths and weaknesses are. They are upfront with everything. You get the vet records that they have. Believe me, their adoption fee nowhere near touches the amount of time and money that are put into the horses. And you get a trained horse if it has been evaluated and put into a training program. Their belief is that if you give the horses skills they will have a better chance at finding a good home that will keep them forever. And this is true. I was asked to be a volunteer and I had to interview like I was going in for a real job. As a volunteer I can say that this is a very well run organization. The financial information is on the FRONT PAGE of their website. They make sure the funds are there BEFORE taking in a horse to ensure that horse can be cared for properly. They don't take in too many horses and get overrun. And the majority of the horses that come into SAFE are animal control seizures or legitimate owner surrenders. Adopting a horse from SAFE frees up the room for them to truly help another horse.