Bright Futures Farm

Rating: 4.96 stars   111 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 44793 Harrison Rd Spartansburg PA 16434 USA

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2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have alway loved horse, but being a city raised girl I had very few opportunities to enjoy them. In August of 2011 I read a wonderful article about a horse rescue that wasn't too far from my home and I thought "what a great way to be around horses". I went to the open house for Bright Futures Farm and met the most wonderful horses. I decided right then that I wanted to help in any way I could. Having no horse experience Bev accepted me as a volunteer without any reservations. Bev has taught me a lot about horses and the care they need. And in the little over a year I have volunteered there I have found these animals to be truly magnificant, more so than I could have imagined. The horses I work with are the permanent residents at the farm, which means they are the older horses who can no longer be ridden but are far from useless. To see the care that these horses are given by Bev is truly heart warming and very praise worty. Bev gives her heart and soul to these horses everyday and it is amazing how she continues to give. I am very proud to say that I volunteer at Bright Futures Farm and that I call Bev a friend.

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?

Some

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteer work a little over a year ago at Bright Futures Farm. This to most amazing place, full of love, laughter and sometime tears, but so very fulfilling. Bev is the biggest hearted person I have ever met. She has devoted her life to these wonderful animals, providing a loving home for them to live out their remaining years. I hope and pray for many more years for this great farm.

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?

Life-changing

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter and I volunteer at Bright Futures Farm (BFF) as often as we are able to. Miss Bev is an utter inspiration. Her devotion and dedication to providing the best possible facility and care for the beautiful souls that are in in her care is awe inspiring. My only regret is that we can not do more to help her out. It is astounding just how hard she works on a daily basis for the horses in her care. Not to mention how she helps other organizations through networking to find homes for their horses, or transportation as needed, or foster care for those in transit as well. With Miss Bev the horses are guaranteed a forever place to live out their days, knowing love, tenderness, caring and devotion, most of which never knew existed prior to her having them. Unfortunately society as a whole/majority has become a disposable society, Once things "wear out" or can no longer do the job they originally do are thrown away as you would garbage. Miss Bev knows and is proving the worth of all the horses in her care, even if all they can do is return the love they are given. I truly hope that BFF, via Miss Bev, is around for a long, long time and that others learn from her example.

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?

Life-changing

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

My Daughter and I help out Miss Bev when we can and I must say that in the 20+ years I worked in the horse industry I never saw a barn/farm as well run and maintained and animals as happy and healthy as those that are with Miss Bev. We are happy to help out when and where we can, and in doing so I am hoping that I am teaching my daughter with the help of Miss Bev that it is always better to give than to receive. By giving our time and my skills I hope to see Miss Bev and Bright Futures Farm, continue on their mission for many years 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?

Life-changing

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This summer, my family and I had the opportunity to foster some of Bright Futures Farm's adoptable and permanent residents. This was truly one of the best decisions we have made and I can only hope to be able to do so again in the future. Bev works so hard to care for these magnificent animals and it truly was an honor to be entrusted with some of her geldings. She is extremely knowledgable in what she does and I feel as though I learned a lot from her in the months that we fostered. Her horses are very well cared for, and there is a passion for what she does that is truly inspiring and also humbling. I speak highly of this non-profit often -- really, to anyone who will listen, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a way to make a difference with these beautiful creatures.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have known Bev Dee, the woman who founded Bright Futures Farm, for my entire life. When I hear the word integrity, I immediately think of Bev. Bev has the utmost integrity; she is generous beyond words; she is selfless; and she is the most credible person I have ever met. Bev founded Bright Futures Farm in 2000 after she found out about the dark side of Thoroughbred racing. Bright Futures Farm has been saving horses for the past twelve years and is one of only two facilities in the country that actively take elder stallions as permanent residents. Even with a full plate, caring for her elder parents, working close to full time, caring for the elder horses at Bright Futures Farm (the eldest is 35 years of age) AND having to locate a new facility to call home, Bev has still made time to fulfill a dying friend's wish and has recently created a foundation in her honor. Bev was able to launch that foundation on her friend's birthday, 11/24/12 with the help of a wonderfully generous designer, Laura Martin. Bev has taken in the horses no one else wants and provided them with a forever home and the care they need to stay healthy. To Bev, old does not equate to skinny. Old just means they need more attention, and at Bright Futures Farm, that is exactly what they get. Bright Futures Farm has earned the recognition of being a top-rated non profit! Sincerely, Dawn Hamilton

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?

Life-changing

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have nothing but the utmost respect for Bright Futures Farm and the owner/creator, Bev. She is an amzing person that is incredibly inspirational with all that she does for th sake of these animals. I have adopted the horse that has truly become one of my best friends. He was an ex-racehorse that did not prove himself a racetrack winner so he was to be shipped off to his death until he was rescued by Bright Futures Farm who saw his amazing potential. Bright Futures Farm is a wonderful rescue where I have not only found my dream horse but was also helped tremendously when trying to rescue another horse that was about to suffer the same fate had nothing been done. She found an adopter for him right away and he now has a happy life which could not have been possible without Bright Futures Farm. I would be more than happy to continue to help out there anytime!

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?

Life-changing

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have adopted the horse that has truly become one of my best friends. He was an ex-racehorse that did not prove himself a racetrack winner so was to be shipped off to his death until he was rescued by Bright Futures Farm who saw his amazing potential. Bright Futures Farm is a wonderful rescue where I have not only found my dream horse but was also immensely helped when trying to rescue another horse that was about to suffer had nothing been done. She found an adopter for him right away and he now has a happy life which could not have been possible without Bright Futures Farm.

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

Finding and adopting Commander, the happiness of my life, as well as rescuing Nick, a Quarter Horse that was quickly adopted through Bright Futures Farm.

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

Make zero changes.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I and my two teenage Daughters Have had the pleasure of helping with the daily chores of takeing care of these beautiful animals that are so often just cast aside, bev does so much to take care of their every need no matter what it takes she is giveing her life and love to each and every one of them ! and she has found so many of them safe loveing homes.

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

Seeing what it takes first hand to take care of the horses the many nights and days you sit with them to car for them.

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

Make sure the organization gets the funding needed to keep up the land and buildings, and tools needed to do this.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became a foster for a horse Bright Futures Farm and I worked together to save from going to slaughter. Bev has been nothing but supportive and a wonderful person to deal with through the entire experience. She has such a great heart and works so hard at what she does. Belle came to live with us back in Jan. of 2010. We brought her back to great health, spent time with her and enjoyed her as part of our family of horses until we could find a suitable home for her. We did just that. In the later part of 2010, Belle found her forever home, and what a great home it is. Bright Futures Farm and my family saved a life of a horse and secured her future. And what a feeling that is!!! I recommend Bright Futures Farm to ANYONE who is looking to help an animal in need. Bev is truly an angel!!!

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

The whole rescue and foster experience has been life changing for me. After we placed our foster horse in her forever home, the feeling of accomplishment was outstanding. What I set out to do along with Bright Futures Farm became a reality, we changed the future for this horse. Amazing!

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

There are no changes I would make except wishing I was closer so I could be more involved more of the time!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

We adopted an ex-racer named Envious or "Envy". She was full of energy when she first arrived and ran circles around our other horses. She settled in before long and turned out to be a wonderful horse. She is currently being ridden by a young girl in amateur competitions.

We found the people at Bright Futures Farm to be responsive and easy to work with.

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

Coordinating the adoption and pickup of Envy

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

If they could facilitate a discussion about hay/grain discounts or subsidies for farms that take in horses needing homes, that would be great. I think more folks would take in horses if they could afford to feed them.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Bright Futures Farm is a top notch nonprofit organization. The founder, Bev Dee's devotion to helping horses in need is inspiring. There are not enough words to describe the dedication and love she provides to the horses. I have been involved in many aspects of BBF - volunteering, fostering and pulling horses out of dire situations to name a few. BBF has truly made a difference in the lives of so many horses and placed them in loving homes. If Bev could save them all she would! I am proud to be associated with such a fine organization.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the pleasure of working with Bev Dee and Bright Futures Farm for over eight years. She is truly dedicated to rescuing and finding these wonderful creatures safe and happy homes.

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

many of the horses that have been rescued and placed into homes with loving families. My daughter is currently fostering a young horse whose mother has rescued from a kill buyer's trailer and he was born ten days later. He is an amazing horse with a very bright future ahead of him.

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

move the farm closer to Pittsburgh where I could help so much more.

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