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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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.

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopting a horse... ARM makes it easy.

I adopted an Arabian gelding from ARM in the Fall of 2016, which prompted me to visit the Kentucky farm twice and interact extensively on the phone with Terry and her staff responsible for the application process. I have been very impressed by this organization and how smooth the adoption process has been for me from beginning to end. ARM is a true no-nonsense rescue organization that will work with you in a very professional and collaborative manner to give you the best chance to adopt the most suitable horse for you. They will honestly disclose all they know - even if it is not much - about the horse's background, its level of training and their perception of the horse's personality, will help you arrange transportation and respond to your questions, even after the horse has left their premises. Michelle Preston, the trainer in KY, is an excellent rider and a patient and experienced trainer who ensures the horses are given the best start possible at their farm, no matter how difficult the horse and how terrible its past life may have been. She treats every horse in her herd as an individual and every horse gets some attention. Terry does not count her time when it comes to discussing horses you may be interested in, she has a deep knowledge of Arabian bloodlines and the potential future career of each of the horses on her farms. She truly works with you to make it a win-win for the horse and its future owner.

In my experience, ARM is composed of a very dedicated team of experienced and caring horse professionals and is providing a terrific service to the horse community. It deserves our respect and support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

If it wasn't for Terry, we never would have found ARM. A recent heartbreaking loss sent us on the quest for another quality Arabian. To be completely honest, we weren't looking for a "rescue" horse. We were a bit prejudiced…rescued Arabs surely need loads of work from years of neglect and abuse, or their conformation must be horrible for anyone to give them up, right?

That night surfing online changed our minds and our lives for the good permanently. For whatever reason, we decided to google Arabian rescue and the rest is history as they say. The email, led to a call which eventually led to the arrival of this absolutely wonderful youngster. He is everything we could ever have asked for, which proves that there is the right horse for someone out there. We just need to open our minds and hearts. Any unfortunate circumstance can place a person in a situation wherein they need to re-home their horse(s).

Terry has been absolutely amazing to deal with. She has taken time out of her busy life to talk on the phone and through countless emails. She is an absolute blessing to the Arabian and those of us desiring a horse that needs a loving forever home.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved in horse rescue for many years, I have seen many well meaning people try to rescue. But the only rescue I have seen stick to thier mission, help others achieve thiers and truly help horses is Arabian rescue mission. Thier ethical and open practices leave no complaints. I have donated several times over the years, I have witnessed this orginization take on entire herds of neglected horses and turn them around and re home them. If you are interested in thier projects please take a closer look into ARM to see what a rescue is supposed to look like. They are always first to step up and see it through for all of the animals in thier care. Amazing orginization with ethics and a heart the size if texas.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Terry and Arabian rescue are so much more then just a rescue. They are family. Their work for the Horses in nothing short of miraculous. Every horse gets special love and attention. Something they probably never had. Terry has gone beyond for me. She has become a very special person in my life. She allowed me, someone who knows very little about horses, to adopt one special appaloosa. She worked with me and taught me everything I needed to know. My horse and I now share a life long bond filled with love and respect. I believe in anything can happen and it has been proven to me through the work that Terry and Arabian rescue Mission do everyday. God Bless her, her volunteers and all the people involved in this truly miraculous organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great Organization! beyond passionate for the cause. I accidentally contacted them regarding a horse that was, again, lost. I live hundreds of miles away and the person in charge, Terry F. Knew everything about the horse. She recalled the original name of the horse and its markings by memory. This is a horse without any registration- A MUTT- . They are interested, educated enough to remember what bloodlines where probably connect to her.
EVEN though a horse has more monetary value with registration , The REAL value of an equine happens when there is a history, story to be told and would not have been able to happen without ARABIAN RESCUE MISSION!

Review from Guidestar

4 Shadee

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

3 morduun

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Sue_73

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Mary117

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.