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: 2 stars  

I have got a real problem with charities that SEND money to get money. That said, I have asked to removed from their mailing list. How can non-profits afford to do this? How much money does ARM waste by sending out half dollars, hoping for a donation? Very irresponsible in my book. I'm a huge animal lover, and it could be they do great work, but I won't support a non-profit that does stuff like this.

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I'm sorry you feel that way and that you won't support us. It is a difficult decision on which types of fundraising to allow, however since that particular letter generated new leads and quite a few new supporters it was certainly worth the effort. What you don't realize, and quite frankly neither did I, it doesn't cost us a penny to do these mailings nor very little time invested. The support the mailings generate are people who otherwise would not have even known about our work and were not already supporting us. So even if it were to supply us with one new supporter who donates, it has helped. Again, I apologize for any inconvenience and upset this may have caused you.

Rating: 5 stars  

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Arabian Rescue Mission is so much more than arabians, they go above and beyond to help herds of horses in danger of losing their homes, they work tirelessly to find just the perfect home for every animal that is in need. Open and easy to talk to, operated by passionate people that will go the extra mile and do what has to be done. I don't hesitate to donate and support Arabian Rescue Mission

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Rating: 5 stars  

Arabian Rescue Mission is about so much more than help one breed of horse, they help many breeds. This is one rescue that is never afraid to jump in and help whole herds of horses in trouble, but will also take the time to help make one single horse's life better. They also never ask for money for general expenses, unlike 99 percent of the other horse rescues. All money donated goes exactly where you ask it to go, so if they are fundraising to help a herd of 30 starving horses and you donate, you kow that the money you send is helping to fill bellies. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this rescue because this is one that actually deserves to be called a rescue.

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I’ve been a supporter and contributor for over 5 years and have seen ARM constantly working to save horses in peril. This Rescue has drawn volunteers, sponsors, donors and adopters from all over the country because they know what they’re doing and remain true to their mission. They have successfully saved hundreds of horses from starvation, kill pens, abuse and neglect. They are compassionate and dauntless in their efforts!! I admire and hold dear, Terry Figueroa, founder and leader of ARM. She is selfless and resolute in her persistence to save all that cross her path. ARM is truly a “champion of the cause” and I am grateful to have the opportunity to join ARM in its quest to provide a safe and loving life for the horses that have fallen upon hard times. God bless them all!

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Thank God for Terry and the hard work she puts in for horses in need. I do not for a minute doubt that my donations go directly to help rescue horses and make their lives better. I have followed ARM for a couple of years now and consistency of mission and dedication to rescue is amazing. Keep Up the good work!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

This rescue steps up to the plate time and time again helping horse owners in need through qualified placement and consulting. They also help place many horses that are in need of rescue due to abuse.

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

Like to make it bigger with more permanent sources of reliable funding!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have donated to Arabian Rescue Mission for several years now and have no double that they will put my money to good use rescuing horses that would otherwise be sent to slaughter. They step up to the plate and help when no others will.

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I have been donating money to horse rescues for several years now. There are some great ones out there that are really helping horses. But if I had to choose one that I really want to give my money to it would be ARM. For them it is all about saving horses, rehabbing horses, rehoming horses. What is best for the horse is always the top priority. And their rehoming contract protects the horses future safety. We all know that letting your horse go is very risky. When ARM is involved, that's about as safe as it gets. I will be continuing to donate to this rescue for a very long time.

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

make this organization more well known.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a donor to the Arabian Rescue Mission for several years. In that time I have come to know Terry (Founder), the volunteers and several of the Board of Directors quite well. Although it's primary goal is to save Arabians from neglect, abuse and slaughter, no breed is ever ignored or turned away when help is needed. Terry travels to many states to secure the safety and placement of not only individual horses in trouble but last year assisted in the relocation and safety of quite a few herds. In fact they adopted out or re-homed over 400 horses. Many times thee wonderful people, especially Terry, do without themselves to provide for the medical and emotional needs of these horses and ponys. Doing all this in a very tight economy and dependence on dwindling donations because of this.
I'd also like to add that a little over two years ago I also becme an adopter of an ARM horse. With Terry's guidance and complete honesty in evaluating my mare, it's been a match made in heaven. All clients of ARM receive this individual attention.
I am also a monthly donor to two of ARM's permanent senior residents.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Terry and the workers at ARM are relentless in their devotion to the abused, abandoned and needy horses of all breeds, both Arabians and all others. I've seen Terry (founder) do without herself to give the horses the care and medical attention they need. I support them on a monthly basis and have also adopted a senior Arabian mare who enriches my life every day.

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I can attest to the kindness and caring given to horses that are rescued by ARM. Terry and all of her volunteers go beyond what most would do for these wonderful animals. I am the very proud owner of a mare that was hours from slaughter. Everyone associated with ARM is helpful and available to assist with owners that need help to save their horses. Thank you Terry, and all for the incredible work that you do. I'm proud to know you.

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Rating: 1 stars  

Very disappointed:( This nonprofit was investigated and found to be commingling donor funds with a for-profit business as well as their personal accounts (http://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases12/pr20120321a.html). The investigation findings and details can be read at: http://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases12/Arabian-Rescue-Mission.pdf. Although they are now registered in New Jersey as a nonprofit to solicit donations (as long as they provide accounting of funds properly), I cannot support a nonprofit again that was this irresponsible with donor funds, even if their intentions were good; no one will ever know where that money went. I will never know where my donation to them went...

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Two Arabian horse cases where time was of the essence to re-home them.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

Love for the breed, Arabians. And for good rescue work helping all horses during these difficult economic times. However, now I don't think my donation to this nonprofit had much impact - at least where it was supposed to.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Find a reputable equine nonprofit for your donation, one where your donation will go towards their mission. It is a donor's responsibility to do their own due diligence in researching nonprofits before they donate. A hard learned lesson for me... www.guidestar.org is a good starting place, and state charitable solicitation license for wherever they are incorporated. Google is also your friend.

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http://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases12/pr20120321a.html NEWARK – The State Division of Consumer Affairs has settled its investigation of an unregistered charity that rescues horses, with two trustees of the organization agreeing to pay $6,000 back to the organization, under terms of the Consent Order.
Therese A. Figueroa, 55, and Cynthia J. Millar, 36, both of Branchville, each have paid $3,000 to The Arabian Rescue Mission, Inc. (“ARM”). Both are trustees of ARM.
ARM, which operates a facility in Wantage Township, has never been registered as a charitable organization with the Division of Consumer Affairs as required. During its investigation, the Division determined that Figueroa and Millar commingled charitable donations with payments made to a for-profit stable operating on the same Wantage Township property as the horse rescue organization.
Additionally, the for-profit stable charged ARM for boarding and feeding horses, but payments records were inconsistent and incomplete.
“Potential donors did not receive, and could not get, the financial transparency from this organization that they are entitled to,” Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said. “The Arabian Rescue Mission now is registered and it will annually report financial information required under state law.”
ARM’s federal taxpayer identification number was used by other organizations unaffiliated with it, the investigation found.
A $25,000 civil penalty assessed against ARM, Figueroa, and Millar is suspended but can be reinstated if the terms of the Consent Order are not met.
“We’ve increased the public’s focus on how charities use contributions through our ongoing ‘Investigate Before You Donate’ initiative,” said Thomas R. Calcagni, Director of the State Division of Consumer Affairs. “Consumers should always check whether a charity is registered to solicit donations in New Jersey, and how those donations are spent.”
The “Investigate Before You Donate” initiative launched last year includes a bi-monthly report on the 10 most inquired about charities at the Division’s Charities Registration Section. The report for each charity details spending on the charitable program’s purpose, fundraising, and management/general expenses.
Anna Lascurain, Special Deputy in Litigation, represented the State in this matter. Supervising Investigator Larry Biondo and Investigator Patrick Mullan in the Charities and Fundraising Fraud Unit conducted the investigation.
The Division’s Charities Hotline may be reached at 973-504-6215 during regular business hours.
Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, can file a complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey ) or 973-504-6200.

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