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December 1, 2013
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December 1, 2013
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F.R.I.E.N.D.S is a fantastic organization. They take wonderful care of the horses they save. The individuals who sponsor and volunteer are great. All of the horses needs are met at F.R.I.E.N.D.S. I am extremely thankful to this organization that they are here to help the horses.

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2013

December 1, 2013
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December 1, 2013
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I have been a sponsor at this place for almost a year. I sponsor three horses. We visit the ranch at least once a week and spend a whole day there. We have always been amazed at how much hard work is put into care for the horses. This place is really something special. People are genuine and they invest all of their time and effort to give these horses a second shot at life. There are almost 60 horses at this ranch. Caring for them is expensive and requires long hours day in and day out. Each and every horse needs to be washed, groomed and fed. They need to be given individual attention; stalls need to be cleaned twice a day etc. Anyone who says that horses are not being taken care of at this ranch is not being truthful.

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

donate more so that these wonderful people receive assistance.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

December 1, 2013
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December 1, 2013
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I have been with this ranch for about 10 years. When I had to leave for college I was heartbroken at the idea of only seeing my boys a few times a year, because they bring me such happiness and a sense of purpose I have only felt here. I've seen so many new horses come in to the ranch as neglected and abused rescue animals that were in such dire need of love and attention--both of which they have found at F.R.I.E.N.D.S. As mentioned, in my long years of experience with this ranch I have personally aided in many different volunteer capacities and have found them all rewarding and highly enjoyable! Come start your own adventure with these loving animals and volunteer now!! :)

Ways to make it better...

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

Add volunteers and donations to help keep the organization alive!

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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

November 30, 2013
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1 previous review
June 6, 2013

Once I reach the ranch driveway, all of the stress from my hectic day vanishes, and I just become part of the ranch. i love every one of the animals out there. And the group of people that this ranc... more

November 30, 2013
2 people found this review helpful

I just celebrated my one year anniversary with F.R.I.E.N.D.S. I searched for a place I could afford to have a horse of my own. I met my perfect match and have benefited in ways I never imagined possible. I have a hip injury and my doctor recommended riding. When I started last year, I limped constantly. But, after about 6 months, I was able to get on and off my horse without the pain I had been dealing with for the last 7 years. So, physically, I have benefited. But, the added benefit of the serenity I feel when I drive up to the ranch is not something I had expected. The horses, donkeys, goats and pigs at the ranch are a part of my soul now. Although I sponsor one hrse, I have the entire herd to call my own. I love them all. Today, I got down on my knees and caressed the head of the sweetest Miniature horse. Soft whispers of love to these once forgotten animals is what keeps me going and continuing to heal myself. In return, I get the thrill of my horse nickering when he sees me coming toward his stall. I know ai make a difference by sponsoring an volunteering. I also have been able to pass on my passion of horses to others. I only wish I could do more. I urge anyone reading these reviews to please consider coming out to volunteer. And any donations are put to good use. If you have an animal at your home, think of how you cringe when you have to pay a vet bill. Now, imagine 55 + animals depending on you. They not only need to eat, but be bathed, inspected for anything that needs care, groomed, turned out, and yes, whispered sweet sounds to them, th o let them know they are in their forever home. Thank you F.R.I.E.N.D.S. for bettering my life and giving me a way to meake a difference to others, both people and critters big and small.
Connie

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2013

June 6, 2013
1 person found this review helpful

Once I reach the ranch driveway, all of the stress from my hectic day vanishes, and I just become part of the ranch. i love every one of the animals out there. And the group of people that this ranch draws are welcoming and so willing to teach all newcomers the ins and outs of life at the ranch. I have introduced many friends and family to F.R.I.E.N.D.S. , and each has felt the love of the horses. They know we are there to help them.

Ways to make it better...

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

Help them raise more money to help even more horses.

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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

November 30, 2013
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November 30, 2013
2 people found this review helpful

I have been volunteering at this organization for three years. The horses are loved, and well cared for. I have always felt safe and welcomed by the staff and other volunteers. I have never witnessed any mistreatment of the animals at the ranch.

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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

November 30, 2013
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1 previous review
June 8, 2013

F.R.I.E.N.D.S Is Great place to share with family and friends, there is a lot of love and work we can give to this place for the horses. They care about those horses and other animal to give a better ... more

November 30, 2013
1 person found this review helpful

Great Place to be with Family and Friends, Good Place to learn and help horses, Nice people and staff very kind.
The horses are give\ing a second opportunity to give them real love and care about them.

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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?

2013

June 8, 2013
2 people found this review helpful

F.R.I.E.N.D.S Is Great place to share with family and friends, there is a lot of love and work we can give to this place for the horses.
They care about those horses and other animal to give a better placer to live and share love with them.
People over there are friendly and kind, if you
enjoy about taking care of animal this is the place to go.

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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?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

November 30, 2013
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November 30, 2013
4 people found this review helpful

This ranch, F.R.I.E.N.D.S. horse ranch rescue, is run with out care for the horses or the safety of the staff and volunteers running it. I don't know who is in charge, but these horses are over crowded and neglected. I checked the website and it shows this ranch gets huge annual donations, it is well funded. Judging from the horrible ranch conditions that money cant possibly be spent on those horses. I ran a beautiful ranch with half the amount of horses with 20% of the funds this ranch makes. I asked for the financial document and was directed to a bogus website with tax returns. I am very suspicious about how this ranch is funded and where the money actually goes. Has anyone ever gotten a look at the financials of this ranch?

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

Make sure horses hooves are taken care of, make sure each horse get proper supplements and has a safe clean stall to stand in, clean the pasture, rotate the pasture, increase the size of the pasture, the list goes on and on. Be very careful donating to this or any organization that will not openly show the public where the donations go. In fact, ask to see the "books"-the real ones, the receipts that were used to do the tax returns.

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

Some

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

Unlikely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Okay

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 4, 2013
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1 previous review
October 16, 2012

We visited this rescue 2 years ago while we were on vacation. They were wonderful. Welcomed us with open arms and we dug right in and helped! IT was raining that day and we helped with clean up and ... more

October 4, 2013
1 person found this review helpful

When I visited F.R.I.E.N.D.S I was truly amazed by all they do!!! They are giving horses a chance that no one else would dare to. They are wonderful people and I am proud to call them friends!

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 16, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

We visited this rescue 2 years ago while we were on vacation. They were wonderful. Welcomed us with open arms and we dug right in and helped! IT was raining that day and we helped with clean up and just had a great time. This rescue goes above and beyond for these horses that no one else wants!!! We have become great friends with the owner of the rescue and cannot wait to go back this summer to see them again!!! She has a heart of gold!!!

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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?

2012

October 4, 2013
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October 4, 2013
1 person found this review helpful

I've been a sponsor of Native, a horse rescued and brought to FRiENDS just after I started going down there trying to find a good match for myself and the horse. . Everyone there went over and above to make sure that Natives transition from his old home to FRiENDS went seemlessly. The love and passion for horses from everyone involved at FRIENDS is like no dedication I've ever personally seen in animal rescue. They eat, drink and breathe horses making sure each and everyone of them has the best care to live their lives in a loving and safe environment as their forever home. One of the plethora of things I love, is that at the ranch, a horse can be a horse and be turned out to pasture to run and play with one another. I'm so glad I found FRIENDS and the wonderful people that are able to run this rescue so beautifully. I have been a sponsor for 5 years now and will continue to be.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

June 11, 2013

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October 16, 2012

FRIENDS is an AWSOME organization. We currently house 55 horses, 2 miniature donkeys, 9 pot bellied pigs, 1 farm pig, 3 goats and 1 cat. It takes a lot of people to make it all work. We have no paid e... more

June 11, 2013

FRIENDS is a lot of things to a lot of different people. There are so many ways to participate in the program and you get to choose what you want to do. While being around and interacting with horses is good for your heart and soul, they are also fun to children of all ages. Your experience can be life changing out there. You can learn things you never thought you would know and gain relationships that you never imagined would matter so much. Volunteering out there is the best way to start. It gives you the opportunity to see what takes place, how things are done, all while helping to care for these beautiful animals. You will know within 2 or 3 visits if this is the place for you. If you don't mind dirt and occasionally mud, you will probably love it. It is a peaceful, family oriented place that put the animals first while teaching those who want to learn everything about horses.

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

If I had the money to give them, I would buy every horse out there new stalls panels. They are also really in need of some funding to buy the supplies to repair and build a new fence line.

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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?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 16, 2012

FRIENDS is an AWSOME organization. We currently house 55 horses, 2 miniature donkeys, 9 pot bellied pigs, 1 farm pig, 3 goats and 1 cat. It takes a lot of people to make it all work. We have no paid employees. We have GREAT Volunteers, GREAT Animals and A LOT OF FUN! We need volunteer support to help feed the horses, clean stalls, water, bathe, groom and medicate when needed. Everyone is welcome and we will gladly teach you about horses and their care if you want to learn. We also have the ever popular "Sponsor A Horse Program" where for a flat rate fee, you can choose to have a horse all to yourself to ride, groom and play with for the month. We also have the 1/2 a horses share plan too if you only want to have half the month with a horse. We are always in need of funding for the vet and feed store. It runs $ 13,000.00 per month just for feed and hay and there's always a vet bill with this many horses. Currently we are in the process of accepting 9 more horses who are in immediate need of assistance. We have taken 4 new horses in this week and we will go get 2 more this week. We need commuinty support for not only financial donations but for volunteer support as well! FRIENDS has been saving Florida's horses for more than 25 years and with your help, we would like to go another 25. We hope to see you out there!

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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?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 2, 2010

In the last 2 years I have watched the volunteer program grow in leaps and bounds. In January and February of 2010 they had over 500 NEW VOLUNTEERS. The new MERIT PROGRAM is a GREAT incentive for all kids. The sense of accomplishment the kids feel as they achieve and meet each level is amazing to see. FRIENDS continues to grow in leaps and bounds always evolving while including these special horses. It started out as a simple horse rescue and has grown into a totally interactive program that includes all ages of the community. If you haven't been there, you need to go. It is one of Broward County's biggest assets and hidden secrets. I don't know of anywhere else you can go with your family and interact with farm animals for FREE. There are so many things they need help with and there is truly something out there that everyone can do to help. If you don't know how, they'll teach you. You can groom horses, help clean stalls, clean and fill water buckets, help feed and if your good with a hammer, help with maintenance. Even if you just want to go out and see the animals they welcome you. They have horses, pigs, goats, miniature donkeys and cats. The place is very welcoming and fun.

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

so many ways. Every time you see the horses you know why you are there. They are amzing to watch in the pasture. What satisfaction you feel each time you can save a horse from euthanasia or slaughter.

Ways to make it better...

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

approach the Board of Directors with my ideas. They are very open to criticism. They even have a survey for EVERY volunteer to fill out before they leave so they can keep their finger on the pulse of the daily operations.

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

the private interations with the horses and other animals.

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

well versed,very knowledgable,dedicated to the cause and pleasant.

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

AWESOME. Maybe they could afford to buy a piece of property that could be their permanent Forever Home.

Ways to make it better...

it weren't so hot and rainy in the summer months. But, you can't control the weather.

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

funding in this downward spiraling economy.They are rich in volunteer support but as you know, horses cost a lot to feed and care for. Donations are hard to get right now.

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

FRIENDS has been in existance since the early 1970's.They have withheld the test of time and their program is proven to work. They have been and continue to be the biggest horse rescue in Broward County and this is for more than 40 years.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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