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February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

SAFE is doing Rescue Right! Rehabilitation, training, careful adoption screening...I wish more rescues utilized the high standards of care and placement that SAFE has implemented. I am proud to be a volunteer at this great organization.

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

seeing the horses recover from the abuse/neglect and go on to find permanent, loving homes.

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

like to see them add facilities to be able to assist more horses in need.

February 20, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 20, 2011

I have been involved in horse rescue for many years and had experiences with many different organizations during this time, and I can say without a doubt that SAFE is the best one around. SAFE operates with about 95% of their donations going directly to the horses care; they have no paid staff members and are very open with their financial information. SAFE not only provides all necessary medical care for their horses but they also provide training to help ensure that when these horses are adopted out that they will be a good match for their new family. I have seen SAFE help horses young and old, providing them with not only food, water and shelter, but with love and compassion valuing each life.

This rescue operates with honesty, integrity and absolutely always in the best interest of the horses!

The Great!

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

I have fostered horses for SAFE and seen how a community of volunteers really comes together to rally around and provide whatever support is needed. I have seen how their programs operate and watched horses thrive in their care.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would like to see SAFE have more funds available to help more horses.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 13, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 13, 2011
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what's different about SAFE?

1) We have completely transparent financials - if you want to see them, you don't even have to ask! They're on our website.

2) We don't get in over our heads. That's why you'll never see us begging for money or screaming for help. We are frugal with
our money and make sure that we always have funds available to give our horses whatever they need.

3) We set our horses up for success! Good horses get good homes. So in addition to vet care and rehabiliation, we also provide our horses with the training they need to get and keep a good home.

4) We don't spend obscene amount of money on fundraising or salaries. We are truly a grassroots organization that succeeds by hard work and the passion of our volunteers. We have talented individuals on our team coming up with great ideas to promote our mission and help as many horses and horseowners as possible.

5) We always strive to do the right thing, even when it's not the easy thing. We admit our mistakes and work hard to never repeat them.

I can say with utter conviction that SAFE deserves your support.

The Great!

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

seeing hurt, scared and starving horses transformed into the beautiful, healthy creatures that nature intended them to be. I've seen lives saved, lives lost, new life, and lives renewed. I've looked into the eyes of a horse and found myself in awe of the trust and courage that these creatures possessed. I've watched joy on the faces of the people who have opened their hearts and homes to our horses.

Ways to make it better...

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

spend every hour I could making sure that the people who already support us know how deeply grateful we are and how lucky we feel to have them on our side.

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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?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 12, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 12, 2011

I started volunteering for SAFE over a year ago when I discovered that they had full disclosure of their financials unlike most rescues. Since then I've just developed more and more respect for all of the work they do as I've seen it first hand. Not only does all of the money benefit the animals, but the horses don't get adopted out until they are healthy, trained, and ready and they know that the home is a good match.

I'm so proud to say that I adopted one of their beautiful horses five months ago and it's changed my life.

The Great!

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

Not only by seeing the horses and how they change as they become healthy and happy, but by becoming an adoptor of one of their horses. I've seen how they change the lives of the horses, change the lives of the people that work with the horses, and the lives of the people that foster and adopt them, all for the better.

Ways to make it better...

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

give them more money so they could have the barn they dream of having for the horses and make all of the upgrades to the property that they wish for.

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

SAFE is a great organization. They care about the horses first and foremost. They are open, honest, and ethical and have complete financial disclosure. All donations go to the horses, not paying the BOD.

The Great!

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

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

none

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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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 10, 2011

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February 10, 2011

I am the President of SAFE and I am truly honored and humbled to read the amazing reviews that have been written so far. I've been one of many people that have poured their heart and soul into SAFE for the past 6 years. I would love to see SAFE win this $5000 grant because I know first-hand how far that money can go and how many horses it could help. I hope that everyone will post a review to help us reach our goal. Not only that, but in accordance to our mission statement which speaks to our core values of integrity and honesty, we welcome any and all constructive feedback that will help us to continue to grow and help more local horses and horse owners in need.

The Great!

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

Did you know that over 98% of the funds donated to SAFE goes directly to helping horses in need? That assistance takes various forms including supporting animal control in seizure efforts, rescuing horses at the auction, occasionally accepting owner surrenders or providing community outreach to support owners through a short-term difficulty. Not only do we provide every day care for our herd, but we provide at least 60 days training for unstarted horses of riding age in our care, to ensure a safe future.

Ways to make it better...

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

SAFE is in great need of funding to support additional facilities to house our horses. We also are always in need of dedicated, professional, responsible volunteers to help in all aspects of SAFE.

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

I would like to reiterate what others have already mentioned about what makes SAFE one of the premier rescues in the United States. The care and compassion they have for horses in distress is top notch. Their books are open to the public for all to scrutinize their income and outgo. The horses are not warehoused. They are given professional training to open up the widest possibility for placement into new loving homes. Additionally, SAFE does continual follow-up on all of their placed horses and has gladly taken any back if the home did not work out in the best interests of the horse or the adopter. They are open and honest about each horse's condition, ability and any shortcomings be they physical or psychological.
SAFE should also be commended for their ability to say no. They know their financial limits and will not take on more horses than they are able to care for which is critical for stability in an economy where financial stability and donations have hit all time lows.
SAFE should absolutely be considered the standard by which ALL rescues should be judged. Honesty, integrity, care and compassion. The very traits that are the heart and soul of a truly stellar rescue. That is SAFE.

The Great!

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

I adopted one of my horses from SAFE. He was slaughter bound due to a disability that has rendered him incapable of being ridden. SAFE's compassion and rescue includes all horses. From the very young to the very old, to the finest show prospects to the disabled. They all have found a home with SAFE.

Ways to make it better...

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

Delegate more activities to volunteers to offload the Board of Directors.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Internet

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

Safe is a great organization who does things the correct way. Rehab, training etc. They are one of the few horse rescue's I support.

The Great!

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

They are true to their word. They take great care of the horses and give them the medical care and training the horses need to be adopted. They are also good at selecting the rigth adopter for each horse.

Ways to make it better...

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

none. Thank you for all your hard work!

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

S.A.F.E. may be the best rescue I have ever seen in my life. Their dedication to their horses truly makes them a class act. They have brought back hope to countless lives through their devotion to saving these magnificent creatures. This has been shown through all of the work they do to bring back destroyed animals to happy souls and raise them up to be who they were meant to be.
SAFE is honest in everything they do. Whether that be providing training for horses in order to find them Forever Homes, or simply giving them their dinner, you know that SAFE cares for their horses.
I have not visited their facility in person, but I have followed their website and horses for months thanks to their wonderful online updates. One day, although it may not be in my future now, I would like to give a SAFE Horse a Forever Home.
Save a Forgotten Equine Horse Rescue has made me laugh, cry, and smile by the work they do to restore hope. They are the Mercedes of Horse Rescues. Thank you, SAFE, for what you do.

The Great!

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

photos, videos, and updates on the SAFE website.

Ways to make it better...

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

promote the excellence of their rescue to help their horses find foster homes, forever homes, and donations.

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

I have worked in fundraising for SAFE. I am continually amazed at what this group does not only for horses but for the community in terms of support. I am specifically impressed with the detailed fiancial statements availible to anyone. That alone gives me confidence to fundraise for this organization. My only criticism of this organization is that they are so small. The work that is accomplished by these people with frankly, a tiny budge, is amazing. I hope that reviews like this hope spread the word on this critically important charity and brings in support.

The Great!

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

seeing the physical and psychological rehabilitation of dozens of animals that I thought were unsavable. I visited them and worked with a few and the transformations from the starved and neglected beginnings into beautiful show-worthy athletes are amazing. Also, I have interacted with adoptors whose lives have been transformed by the horses they have gotten through SAFE.

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

As I mentioned earlier, I would love to see this charity grow.

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