ARABIAN RESCUE MISSION INC

Rating: 4.69 stars   80 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 42 Glen Rd % Therese A Figueroa Wantage NJ 07461 USA

Mission: The Arabian Rescue Mission is dedicated to rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of arabian horses in need. Our primary goal is to facilitate their gentle release, prior to the necessity of seizure. Our secondary goal is the education of those handling rescue and rehabilitation, first responders at time of seizure and owners, where surrender may be iminent. We are charged with the task of discreetly negotiating the release of animals in decline, initiating programs to help owners facing life challenges with their commitment and providing the tools necessary for a safe and legal seizure, where necessary.
Results: Just in 2012, so far we have helped 400 horses out of bad situations or just into new homes. We have completed 75% of the repairs necessary due to the damage by Hurricane Irene. We have purchased a large run-in shed for our main field. We have purchased a backhoe for excavation and farm work. We have also leased a facility in KY to house and help twice as many horses!
Target demographics: Horses in need, in situations where neglect and abuse are present or imminent due to circumstances beyond an owner's control, in threat of shipping to slaughter or otherwise in harm's way.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Hundreds
Geographic areas served: Nationwide
Programs: Rescue, Rehabilitation & Re-Homing and we are successful in all 3 areas.
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

My husband volunteered at ARM a few years ago and had nothing but wonderful things to say about this organization and the amazing work they do. I ended up tagging along to visit one weekend, then the next weekend and pretty soon almost every weekend and even some week days whenever we could.

The people at ARM are wonderful and they work so incredibly hard to rescue, rehabilitate and then place these horses in suitable homes. Seeing the transformation of these horses from when they first arrive to when they're ready for a new home is such a great thing to experience. Even the geriatric permanent residents there look amazing and don't look anywhere near their age.

We eventually fell in love with two of the rescue horses there ourselves and ended up each adopting one. We're incredibly happy with our new family members and with ARM for providing this experience for us and for helping these horses get a second chance.

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I wrote a review almost two years ago for ARM when I first got involved as a volunteer. I was impressed then by the level of care for the horses at the rescue, and the dedication and devotion of the organization to making a difference to horses in need no matter where they were or how hard it might be to achieve a victory.

In fact, I was so impressed that if you spin forward almost two years later, my wife and I have since adopted two horses from ARM's rescue efforts -- and we could not be more pleased with what we've seen and experienced since then. Terry and her crew remain as dedicated as ever to finding and helping horses in need, and what comes out the other side after the rescue work is done is pure gold. So many horses find great new homes, and others who for whatever reason can't seem to find their new family quite so quickly find friends and companions with the volunteers and staff.

ARM are great people in a tough business, and I'm proud to say I support their cause.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

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Considering the condition so many horses are in when they first arrive at the mission -- so many whose prior lives included abuse and malnourishment, so many older horses who are 'no longer useful' to their owners and cast aside like broken toys -- and the limited resources that any non-profit volunteer organization has to cope with on a regular basis, the horses at ARM are some of the healthiest, happiest and best cared-for horses I've ever seen. Twenty- and even thirty-year olds with energy, drive and affection to spare, with healthy coats and springs in their step -- simply amazing, not to mention inspiring.

Everyone I've met that's involved with the rescue genuinely and deeply cares about ARM's mission, and about each and every one of the horses in their care. For what it's worth, I take great care in choosing my causes, and I'll be volunteering to muck stalls and haul loads for these guys for a very long time to come.

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?

A lot

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?

2013

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1 person found this review helpful

Arabian Rescue Mission is a wonderful horse rescue. They have rehabilitated and helped so many horses (not just Arabians) find their new forever homes, as well as helping owners in trouble. I adopted from ARM and am very happy. Arabian Rescue Mission and their volunteers have my full support.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Arabian Rescue Mission (ARM) is an amazing horse rescue. ARM steps up to the plate time and time again helping horses, assisting horse owners in need and future horse owner through qualified placement and counseling. They really know their horses and work hard to match the right horse with the right new owner. I adopted a Half Arabian through ARM from their KY location 18 months ago. Being new to the horse rescue world, Terry Figueroa and Karen McDonald were so compassionate and helpful in guiding me through the process. Adoptive homes for the rescue horses are carefully screened to ensure the horses have good forever homes. They went above and beyond helping to meet my needs and the horse’s needs to ensure we were a good match. ARM does this for every adoption. They also help place many horses that are in need of rescue due to abuse. All horses at ARM are well cared for at both locations while awaiting adoption or re-homing. This Rescue is the Real Deal, making a difference day after day, one horse at a time.

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

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have adopted two fabulous Arabian mares thru Arabian Rescue Mission. Originally I asked to foster and told them to pick whatever horse they wanted me to take. Someone there remembered I had donated money to the rescue of a little gray mare they named Serra who was at Camelot auction. We picked her up on our anniversay and what a gift she has been. Iniatially was was scared and anxious but soon learned we were a safe place and I fell in love with her and ended up adopting her. She has been one of the safest most fun horse I have ever ridden. She gives pony rides to the girls next door, takes my friend on hunter paces and has done some 30 and 50 mile rides with me.
When my endurance horse wasn't working out for me my husband said I could get another horse but only thru a rescue. After explaining my prefrences to ARM they sent me a black 6 year old mare and she fit my needs perfectly, I couldn't have found a better horse looking myself. They really know their horses well and can match the right horse to the right home.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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1 person found this review helpful

Wonderful rescue group. Horses are well cared for and they seem to really know what horses belong with which people. I have adopted 2 fabulous horses from them. Neither one would I have picked for myself but they wanted me to foster or try each one and they are perfect for me. The first foster mare I fell in love with as did my vet, she is fabulous! This mare got me over any riding fears I had developed and showed me how easy and forward an arabian can be w and be safe. Thank you ARM for saving her from the auction Next I asked Jeff for a horse with certain criteria and he sent me a horse with geat endurance potential and exactly what I asked for, I also knew if it didn't work they would always help to find her a wonderful home. The horses come first with them, no questions about that. It's not about the most perfect looking farm but about the love and care a person will give the horse.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I lost my equine companion of 25 years 3 January 2013. We had adopted a rescued horse from another wonderful rescue organization August 2012 to be Banner's companion and additional riding partner for our family. Duncan and I were devastated and lost with the loss of Banner. Duncan refused to move from the Banner's stall or paddock to eat; I moped, wandered, cried, and often Duncan and I would stand together in sorrow by Banner's empty stall. It took me a few weeks to even be able to clean the stall and reorganize. Duncan and I went for long walks. as I posted my sorrow on facebook, several friends very gently offered me a couple websites for adopting horses, one of them being the Arabian Rescue Mission. I started opening the website, and kept seeing a horse named Maksymiliian the 1st one to pop up needing a halo, and a new home. My husband, over dinner one day, very gently said he noticed Duncan seems to lost, and I am still so sad; wondering about getting another horse for Duncan...
So after discussion and contemplation, I was able to contact Terry Figueroa at the Arabian Rescue Mission. She was so understanding, personable, up front, & honest. She was able & willing to work with me, and eventually, a month later, 2 March 2013, I picked up Maks as well as another horse Isaak who was attached to Maks and in desperate need of fostering and retraining from the Ky farm of Arabian Rescue Mission. I was able to stay in contact with Terry, via email, facebook, texts, and phone calls. She offered help, advice, and contacts in trying to help Isaak getting his new forever home. Presently, I am proud to say, I am able to help transport and foster a couple other rescues at a time to help out ARM. I am grateful to be able to be a trusted person in their huge ongoing endeavor to help horses and owners in desperate situations all over the country. Over the past 2 years, I have seen this rescue organization go the 2nd, 3rd, 4th mile; above and beyond trying to help horses of any breed, not just Arabians, from seizures, slaughter, abandonment, or owner surrenders and finding foster or forever homes for them, helping desperate owners, even traveling states away to pick up horses and move them to safe havens.
Arabian Rescue Mission also works so hard to match horses to prospective owners. A detailed, thorough adoption request with pictures is required and thoroughly evaluated before any horse gets adopted out to hopefully prevent recurrence of negative situations. Discussion of how the horse will be managed, housed, fed, vetted, used, etc. Potential contingency plans as well in case something were to happen. Continued correspondence with many new owners.
I have no qualms with adopting another horse from Arabian Rescue Mission or being able to help with any that need transportation or fostering, because I know I have their support and the horse' s best interest in mind.

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I lost my beloved horse friend & companion of 25 years 3 January 2013. Another horse we adopted from a rescue & I were devastated. A month later, my husband gingerly said we need to get another horse, as Duncan & I were lost. Somehow, I found Arabian Rescue Mission (ARM). I emailed & called & was immediately helped. Terry & Karen are so relatable, compassionate, & helpful. They went above & beyond helping meet not just my needs, but our whole family, & our other horse to ensure we had a good match. ARM does this for everyone. Now, not only have I been able to develop a bond with a new horse needing a new start, but ARM has also allowed me to be able to help in other ways with fostering other horses. Even just sharing experiences.
The work & dedication ARM devotes to the animals AND people is amazing and remarkable & they do not get thanked or supported near enough what they do for others.

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

Provide 2 more large farms in central & western US with plenty of trained volunteers & staff to provide more assistance across the states.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

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2013

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My husband and I went in search of a safe, reliable trail horse for our then 7yo daughter after her other horse was injured and retired. We had taken in a mare that we had to rehome due to undisclosed back issues that caused her to buck our daughter off after a few miles. Both our daughters are avid trail riders and are now entering their 3rd year of endurance riding. We sent in an application to ARM and had expressed interest in a mare that turned out to have adoption pending. After a long talk on the phone with Terry discussing our needs and expectations for the new horse and the personalities, experience and abilities of the horses available we decided a 6yo mare named Belle might fit the bill. Terry arranged for Belle to be moved to a foster home closer to our home so we would be able to see her without so much travel to the ARM Farm. Belle showed to be exactly as Terry said she was and although not love at first site we definitely saw her potential. Belle was smooth gaited, sound minded and friendly. We went ahead with the adoption and our daughter renamed her Fiona. Six months later our oldest daughter rode Fiona in an endurance ride, as well as two others that year. Fiona proved to be everything we wanted and so much more! She has taken wonderful care of our daughters on all their adventures, we could not be happier with her! Fiona completed 155 Limited Distance endurance miles in 2013 with my youngest daughter and they have been awarded the AERC Regional JR LD Distance Award!!

Our experience with adopting from ARM was wonderful and we could not be happier with the outcome. Fiona is exactly what we wanted and more and she will spend the rest of her life with us. Words do not express how blessed with are to have Fiona with us and how grateful we are to Terry for pointing us in her direction! We have recommended adopting from ARM to others and will continue to do so. Would not hesitate to adopt from ARM again!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I adopted a young 3 yr old Arabian gelding who had been through auction, somehow avoided slaughter, and ended up at Arabian Rescue Mission INC. The transaction went very smoothly. Terry was extremely helpful in guiding me through the process, and finding me a reliable safe shipper. I am so happy with this young Arabian , and just adore him. Have started some natural horsemanship training. I plan on using him for a little competitive trail, when he gets old enough. He has a bright future and will NEVER end up in an auction lot again. I give this organization 5 stars for their dedication and work in saving and placing Arabian Horses.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

adopted my arabians from ARM in 2010 and Terry and ARM have been there whenever I needed anything. I can't think of a better charity, or better people to work with. They always have the horses best interests at heart and I know if I ever needed to I could call them and they would be there.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I first heard about the arabian rescue mission about a year ago. since then Terry Figora has helped change my life and that of three wonderful arabian horses. She has given me advice, monitored the foster care I deliver, and been a real hands on saving grace. She was right on the phone with the details of what horses I was going to adopt, and which were foster care. She helped me arrange trailers, helpers and appplication checks on me and the pasture areas I was moving the mares to. I only wish foster care providers for children could be so monitored, helped and encouraged.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the adoption of one arabian mare, and two foster care mares from a large breeding farm in my area that had to be liquidated in a hurry. I took in the less desirable of the animals that had no resale value except for meat.

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

make a clone of Terry and her team. Then I would have them care for the unwanted children.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I absolutely love ARM. CJ & Terry not to mention Ashling & Cindy have so much knowledge of horses & how to take care of them. We have been there a long time about 7 years I believe & in that time I have watched CJ (she lives on the premises) wake up every 2 hours during the night to take care of a sick horse, no matter if he/she is a borders horse or rescue. They do everything & anything in their power to rehabilitate a horse who has come from a battered home. Terry has driven as well as CJ thousands of miles to help other rescues with their horses when they are in distress.
We have a Morgan horse, he is about 26 they take such good care of him & love him like he is their own. I would not want to be anywhere else. As a matter of fact we did go elsewhere (not my idea) and came back (thank God). Our horse is so very happy to be "home"!!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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