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September 19, 2013
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September 19, 2013
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My husband and I had horses early in our marriage. They were our children. As the years went on, we realized we were missing something and had human children, two daughters, now 16 and 11 at the time of this writing. After the passing of my husband's horse, Rio, that he raised from a foal, we decided to bow out of the horse life for a while to focus on raising the girls.

Fast forward 10+ years, we move to North Georgia, the girls are getting older and we discovered Save the Horses and Cheryl Flanagan only a few miles from our home. We began volunteering the day after New Years 2013 and we are still there. Our involvement with the people and horses at this amazing place has changed our lives. We were longing for a place to belong and serve together as a family, the four of us. The interaction for our children with the many personalities and lives of the adults and children that volunteer at the rescue has been extremely beneficial and has prompted growth and maturity in many ways. We would not be who we are today without this time in our lives to serve here. For my husband and I, it has been such a blessing to have horses back in our lives again and in a way that includes our girls this time around.

My husband adopted our first horse, Hannah Grace, a thoroughbred mare on Valentines Day for me. Our second horse, Lovely Timber, also a thoroughbred mare was adopted for our daughter's 16th birthday by her grandmother. We are now moving to a home with acreage to have our dream of a small farm. All of this because of the journey we have been on these last months back to a horse filled life that started with Save the Horses rescue and Cheryl Flanagan.

Thank you, Cheryl, for all the ways you inspire us to love the animals and people that cross our path. You have added to our lives in ways we will never forget.

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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?

2013

September 18, 2013

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September 18, 2013

My daughter was just two years old when I was diagnosed with stage IIIC ovarian cancer. Imagine for a moment, being diagnosed with a disease that claims every 2 of 3 lives it touches...now imagine that you have this diagnosis and your daughter has just turned two. The journey ahead was difficult, the spectre of cancer threatening to take everything. It was a scary time, but a time of significant change for both myself, my partner, and my daughter. Twelve months later and still undergoing maintenance chemotherapy to help prevent a re-occurrence we were introduced to Horse Rescue Relief and Retirement Fund, Inc or as we call it Save the Horses.

My daughter was 4 when we began to volunteer at Save the Horses and we all began to heal. Save the Horses is an amazing place of healing. We spend our Sunday afternoons there rejuvenating our spirits in preparation for the week ahead and have only missed for subsequent surgical procedures in the last five years.

Volunteering at Save the Horses has brought our family closer together and it has allowed both my daughter and I to heal in ways I can not even begin to explain. Cheryl Flanagan is an angel - she and my daughter share a special bond and I am so proud of the young lady my daughter is becoming. With positive role models such as Cheryl and the other volunteers there at the rescue, I am confident she will grow into a confident, strong, and well grounded lady someday. Even though the name of the rescue is Save the Horses - sometimes the horses save us right back.

Ways to make it better...

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

enable more people to feel the sense of peace, love, trust, and healing of the rescue. If we just could bottle all that good up and distribute it to the world...the world would be a much better place.

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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?

2013

February 19, 2011
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February 19, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

I have volunteered with "Horse Rescue Relief and Retirement Fund Inc" for about 6 years altogether. I really like how they operate. Volunteers, board members and the founder (Cheryl Flanagan) all work together side by side.

All the animals they take in are treated equal, no ONE life is
any better or worth more than another.

I also like the fact that they have other programs that help people in the community and all over the country. They have Fido's pet "Soup Kitchen" for people struggling to feed their pets in these hard economic times and they also have a hay exchange for horse owners that have fallen on hard times.

I have seen them help countless animals and people alike with whatever they needed to help make life easier for them.

It's like the web site states on the front, they aren't just a horse rescue,, they are also a Human rescue.

The Great!

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

Watching abused, emaciated horses come back to life and go on to new homes.

Ways to make it better...

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

Not change a thing

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