Save A Forgotten Equine

Rating: 4.96 stars   92 reviews

Issues: Animals, Sports

Location: 12236 Old Frontier Rd NW Silverdale WA 98383 USA

Mission: To make a difference in the lives of forgotten and at-risk equines through direct intervention, education, and community outreach; to stress the importance of owner responsibility; and to operate at the highest level of integrity, honesty, professionalism, and compassion.
Results: Over 170 horses rescued and rehabilitated since 2005.
Target demographics: horses that have been neglected or starved.
Geographic areas served: Pacific Northwest
Programs: Horse Rescue & Rehoming Community Outreach Program Serenity Fund
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 20-5825355
206-331-0006
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

S.A.F.E. is and excellent rescue. I'm familiar with several equine rescues and this one is the most organized and caring one I've had any association with. The horses get wonderful care and training in order to find them appropriate homes. This is the rescue that our local youth club donates their time and necessities too as well.

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

I helped their trainer with some of the rescues as well as volunteerd time.

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

I would not change a thing. They are dfinitely doing things the right way.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I personally became acquainted with SAFE when I was actively working and volunteering at horse rescues. Since that time, I have focused my energies more on youth outreach projects as an actlve leader and board member of our county 4-H Horse Program. Our 4-H members have become involved in community service projects on behalf of SAFE and other local non-profits. They have donated horse tack both from our annual program sale event and from invididual and club fundraisers. Many members and other local families have attended the SAFE Benefit Horse Shows and thoroughly enjoyed and learned from these charitable events. Having an organization like SAFE is a valuable asset to our local horse community. I am proud to call them out as a reputable and ethical community service that sets a positive example for the youth of Washington State.

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

our local community.

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

like to see more people get involved with and contribute to this outstanding local community service.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I learned about SAFE several years ago through comments from their clients and local horse people who are in the horse rescue and rehabilitation business. SAFE is ethical, unselfish and so hard working. Their events are great fund raisers and opportunities to share information about horse rescue. SAFE has a long, proven record of good business practices and friendly, caring staff and volunteers.

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

met horses adopted through SAFE

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

help spread the need for responsible horse ownership

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Rating: 5 stars  

SAFE is an excellent charity, with of a Board of Directors comprised of the most experienced, compassionate, and knowledgeable horsemen. Having dealt with other supposed "rescues" in the past, I can state with certainty that SAFE is an organization that will put donations to productive and appropriate use, has the ability to make those funds stretch as far as possible, and most importantly, sees that the equines in their care truly get all treatments, training, and care that they will need to become valuable in the eyes of a potential owner.

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

I have seen the resulting happy "adoptions" of horses previously assumed to be "unwanted" or otherwise unworthy of life.

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

I would like to see this organization receive additional funding, to help make their reach extend beyond the Pacific Northwest.

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Rating: 5 stars  

After bouncing around a few other equine rescues, I found my "tribe" with SAFE. There are a lot of reasons SAFE has earned my ongoing support over the years including:

* A sustainable model to help horses through rescue, community outreach and education.

*SAFE routinely partners with animal control- helping encourage those organizations to remove horses from danger.

*SAFE provides not only basic care for their charges but honest evaluations and follows up with training to help horses successfully find homes.

* Financial transparency, fiscal responsibility and contingency planning

* Thorough screening of potential adopters to ensure a good match, follow-up visits, and a lifetime safety net to ensure they are never at risk again.

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

Seeing the work SAFE has done over the past 5+ years

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

I would love to see SAFE take the next step to become even bigger, better, and able to help more horses.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the pleasure of adopting a wonderful mare from S.A.F.E. It was a pleasure to work with this organization through the adoption process and I would gladly (and hopefully!) do this again in the not too distant future. I am impressed with how S.A.F.E took the time, effort and funds to rehabilitate and invest in this mare. Their time and work is evident in all the horses that are cared for by this organization. This is a professional, exceptionally well-run and effective rescue organization and I would not hesitate to encourage people to donate their time, money and homes to their cause.

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

Participating in adopting one of their rehabilitated horses.

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

Nothing I would change.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

SAFE is a well-rounded charity. They not only excel in rescue, they get the horses healthy before beginning training. Then, they work to train the horses professionally and when the horse is ready, they secure a home that fits. In addition, they do this in a reasonable amount of time and with limited funds.

On the administrative side, they are the most transparent charity around. Active discussion boards, frequently posted financials and absolute transparency on who and how decisions are made.

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

Seeing where my donations are put to work. I also board with a horse adopted from SAFE and have seen first hand the work they do with the rescues/

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

I can't think of anything for this field.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer with SAFE for over three years and am honored to be a part of such an amazing organization. There are no paid positions, this organization is 100% volunteer run and that makes what they're able to accomplish that much more amazing. We truly put our heart into helping the horses that cross our paths on to productive, successful lives by providing basic ground and undersaddle training, honest and detailed assessments, vet and farrier care, and a commitment to take the horse back if the home dosn't work out or the new owner is unable to keep it.

SAFE has public and transparent financial records available to anyone and their Treasurer answers questions quickly and professionally. This is truly a class-act organization that deserves enormous accolades for their work in the difficult world of horse rescue. I simply cannot imagine myself donating my time anywhere else.

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

Several animal control siezures including horses near death make amazing turnarounds and physical transformations due to the dedication and expertise of SAFE staff.

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

find a way to make it grow. SAFE is the standard to which all other equine rescues shouls aspire.

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1 person found this review helpful

Save A Forgotten Equine has developed a rescue model that thrives on transparency and allows volunteers, donors and others who may simply follow from afar to join in a community effort. Key decisions are made by a board of directors in a fiscally responsible manner, training is emphasized over warehousing, and follow-up visits on adopted horses, along with a "return policy," protects the horses from getting seriously off-track again. Best of all, participating connects you to other caring individuals throughout the horse community.

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

Seeing the horses from the rescue out there competing, participating or simply enjoying life again.

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

Franchise it!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Connecting with the horses

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

other caring horsepeople, some with lifelong experience

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

I don't think it would work 10 million bucks as it works best on a local level - but it could be cloned across the country.

Ways to make it better...

I didn't have to drive so far...

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Maintaining the program in the face of the current economic situation and continuing to attract volunteers with new skills and energy

One thing I'd also say is that...

Every organization is only as good as the people involved at that moment - the best way to evaluate a rescue group is to participate!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

S.A.F.E does a good job of providing transitional care for horses in need; provides good vet & farrier care, training and screening of potential adoptors. They seem to have be transparent about accounting for donated funds.

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

I've known of S.A.F.E for almost 5 years and seen them provide consistant, prudent services to starving and at risk horses.

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

It would be nice if they had more extensive facilities and could take more horses!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

making an immediate change for people or animals in our community

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very caring and the leadership continually goes the extra mile

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

hire a full time manager with support staff and provide services for more horses

Ways to make it better...

the organization was more centralized

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

access to enough hay & grain & facilites to service the huge population of neglected/abandoned/abused horses

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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