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February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

I adopted a mare from Bright Futures Farm in 2003 by the name of Dexter's First Lady (Abby). She was a starvation case and was so weak that Bev had her slung up in a sling in her stall when I first met her. She was approximately 26 years old. I fell in love and agreed to adopt her if/when she was strong enough to travel. Bev brought her to my farm 3 weeks later on my birthday. Abby passed away a year and a half ago, but over the years I had her Bev and I stayed in touch, even after I moved cross-country from PA to KY. Bev even came to visit Abby. : ) Several months after Abby died, Bev told me about a TB mare rescued from the Sugarcreek auction in Ohio. She was in foal and needed a place to have her baby. I agreed to foster "Singing Breeze" and drove to Ohio to pick her up. As it turns out, this pretty little mare is a daughter of the great Affirmed and the dam of several racehorses who have earned respectable amounts of money. She was in foal to Stephen Got Even. It is unclear how she got to Sugarcreek. When I had her checked by my vet in KY, she had lost her foal. Not at all surprising, given the stress of the auction and the travel involved. Through the kindness and relentless networking of Bev and many others involved in horse rescue, she was bought off of the van headed to a Canadian slaughterhouse. Breezy is now my mare, no longer a foster. (Once again, I fell in love.) Over the years I have been happy to help Bright Futures however I can. Bev SUCCESSFULLY was able to bring charges against the woman who starved Abby using pictures and weight-tape measurements that I religiously reported monthly to Bright Futures. When Bev had a filly at a training center here in KY who needed to be photographed and examined, I was able to help out. That filly, Invisible Girl, now happily resides in OH. I have helped Bev procure the halters of famous horses for her fundraiser every year. When a gelding somehow related to Barbaro needed radiographs before being placed in a home, I radiographed him and got a vet to read the films for no charge. Even just today, I asked Bev to list a horse I know who is in need of a home. Within an hour, he had many hits on his page. What makes Bev and Bright Futures extraordinary in my eyes is her commitment to the whole rescue/adoption process. She carefully screens each adopter and follows up to be sure that the horse is being cared for properly. She networks with other groups and pools resources. She maintains strong relationships and looks for ways to improve her organization and provide funding. And, of course, she LOVES the animals in her care. She is passionate, hard-working, and selfless in her efforts. I believe that it is a testimony to her organization and herself that people such as myself who have adopted one (or two) of her horses continue to help and support her. If I had the money, I'd send her all I could...but like many of us, I need to feed my own four-legged babies! Please strongly consider Bright Futures Farm as the beneficiary of your award. It would go such a long way in helping them help our equine friends in need! Thank you!!!

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

my own life with my two mares, Abby and Breezy. I have also been able to see photos and updates of the horses that I helped place in new homes. I have visited Bright Futures and seen how the farm is run.

Ways to make it better...

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

send them a very large check!!! (Unfortunately I can't do that.)

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

Bright Futures is a great organization that cares for the welfare of every animal, not just the horses. Bev Dee has a huge heart and continues to look after her "kids" even when they are no longer in her care. I've been to her farm and seen firsthand the hard work and dedication she puts in on a daily basis to provide quality care to the horses she's saved. She has called me for advice on training issues for fosters and OTTB's because she wants to see them go on and be great horses for their new families. If she can help in any way, she goes above and beyond to do it. The world needs more people like her.

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

The horses that she adopts and fostered. We've had several horses fostered at our farm and one became a permanent addition for one of my boarders. Bev keeps in touch on a regular basis to see how we are.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find more volunteers to help her. She accomplishes a lot on her own, but would make tremendous headway if she more manpower.

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

If anyone knows how much work horses are, although very relaxing and who knows where the time goes. But it is time very well spent. I don't know if people really realize what goes on behind the scene of a horse rescue, there is a lot involved. For starters Feeding, grooming, cleaning stalls, water buckets, blanketing in the winter. Most expensive expenses are probably between feed and Vet care. Then you have vaccines, farrier "foot care" etc. Also horses need to have their teeth "floated" on occasion. Horses are not usually well taken care of when rescued by a rescue so it takes extra expenses and a lot of tlc. That is were Bright Future Farm comes into play. They are a wonderful, caring facility. Rescue has many sides to the picture, sometimes the horse doesn't make it, because it was too far gone when rescued. Thank you Bright Future Farm for all of your hard work.

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visited facility

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

wouldn't change a thing

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

Being highly involved in horse rescues, I can attest to the honesty and professionalism that Bev Dee and Bright Futures Farm conducts themselves. In a world of shady rescues, this is a stellar example of how a rescue should be run with the truly compassionate manner the horses are dealt with and ultimately rehabiliated and rehomed, not only to anyone who will take the horses, but homes that have been screened and that assure that each horse will end it jouney of fear and abuse to live in it's forever home. I can't express enough how deserving Bright Futures Farm is to be granted the $5000 to continue their mission of saving horses.

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the horse rescue world.

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

give them a larger grant.

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

I adopted a thoroughbred from Bright Futures. He may have faced a slaughter house had if Bright Futures had not rescued him. Although this wonderful animal was only 6 yrs old at the time, his life could have ended miserably simply because he could no longer race. The sad truth for many of the thoroughbreds off the track is that they are considered disposable when their racing careers end. Bright Futures Farms rescues as many of these great athletes as possible.

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Beverly made it possible for me to get the horse to my barn even though I lived all the way across the state of Pa. She personally trailered him to me for just the cost of gas.

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

The only change I would make for Bright Futures would be to provide them with more financing and facilities to make it possible for them to rescues more animals in need.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

A true love of animals is common to all rescue facilities I've worked with, but Bright Futures is very organized and had excellent follow up to be certain that the horse I adopted was well cared for and happy.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

February 6, 2011

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February 6, 2011

Bright Futures Farm is an EXCELLENT organization! They rescue horses in need - horses that have been abused, starved and neglected - and successfully rehabilitate them and find them loving, forever homes. Many of the horses they save are from the auction pipeline, so Bright Futures rescues them from being slaughtered in Canada or Mexico.

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

I have volunteered in this organization by helping them raise funds to help feed and care for the horses. I have also networked and spread the word to help them find homes for the horses in their care.

Ways to make it better...

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

If I had to make changes to this organization it would be to help them acquire a larger facility so they could help more horses. I would also like them to have more funds - donations and grants.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Bright Futures Farm is very unique because they are totally transparent and honest in all their business dealings. This organization is very fiscally responsible, but more than that, they always work within responsible guidelines for the horses in their care. Their horses receive EXCELLENT care during rehabilitation and are always adopted out to fully-vetted homes. AT BRIGHT FUTURES FARM, THE HORSE ALWAYS COMES FIRST.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 6, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 6, 2011

In these troubling economic times folks are struggling with choosing between putting food on their table or taking care of their animals. Needless to say the human food comes first. Consequently Rescues and Shelters are being inundated with animals. Now if all these animals were cats or dogs - it would be much easier to find space for them - they however are not - they are Equids ( Horses, Donkeys, Mules, Ponies and the like) and they require a fair amount of space, and fair amount of feed, not to mention the assundry care - veterinarian, farrier, equine dentist. You cannot just throw a horse out into a pasture and forget about them.
Because of the overwhelming abundance of horses in danger of heading to Auction House feedlots/slaughter pens, there have been many many "rescues" pop up overnight - and the majority of overnight ones are bogus. It is very easy to say you are a rescue, what it is not as easy to do is actually rescue these animals and take care of them 24/7 365 days a week. This is where Bright Futures Farm has stepped up to the plate. They take in the forgotten, the neglected, the owners down on luck horses. Unfortunately they CANNOT do it alone they rely on donations and volunteers. One horse - with no medical issues - who lives in your backyard - so no board fee, and proper care costs an average of $1500 a year . Multiply that by the number of horses the rescue has and that is a phenominal amount of money. Bottom line is - they need your help. I am a foster for Brite Futures Farm - this means I am fostering a horse for them - he is a 11 y/o Standardbred gelding who won over $213,000 in his racing career, but he is more than that, he is a horse that holds a piece of my heart. I couldnt fathom what his life would have turned out to be had Brite Futures not stepped up to the plate to help him. Sometimes you do the right thing because its the right thing to do. Awarding this deserving rescue with this money - IS the right thing to do.

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

The thouroughness with which they review potential foster and adoptive homes. They require references, and check them. They require updates on the horses they place. They are constantly networking and work their tails off to promote the horses in their care so that they can find forever homes. Every horse that goes out of Brite Futures goes with a contract stating they are to return to them if for any reason the horse must be rehomed

Ways to make it better...

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

Make more funding available to them. I would make sure that Brite Futures Farm is in peoples Top Of mind Awareness when it comes to finding and adopting an Horse.

December 6, 2010

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December 6, 2010

Beverlee Dee is absolutely professional and runs a top-notch equine rescue organization. Our group evaluated Bright Futures Farm before becoming associated with Bright Futures Farm and found that they not only take EXCELLENT care of their horses, but also hold to every legal requirement in their fundraising and financials. They are completely transparent and honest in everything they do. This is an excellent organization in every way!

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

Fundraising and equine rescue efforts.

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

No changes needed! An excellent organization!

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