THE FLORIDA RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR EQUINE NURTURING DEVEL & SAF

Rating: 4.85 stars   100 reviews

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Location: 1840 NE 65th Ct Ft. Lauderdale FL 33308 USA

Mission: FOUNDED IN 1987, OUR NON PROFIT; FLORIDA RESEARCH INSTITUTE for EQUINE NURTURING, DEVELOPMENT and SAFETY OR F.R.I.E.N.D.S.;GREW OUT OF A NEED TO ESTABLISH A SAFE HAVEN FOR A LARGE GROUP OF HORSES IN SOUTH FLORIDA THAT WERE FOUND TO BE CARRIERS OF EQUINE INFECTIOUS ANEMIA OR EIA. WITHOUT THIS SAFE HAVEN,THOSE HORSES AND THE ONES WE CONTINUE TO PROVIDE HOMES FOR TODAY, WOULD HAVE BEEN EUTHANIZED EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE ESSENTIALLY HEALTHY.  WE ALSO PROVIDE CERTAIN RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP IN THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF A VACCINE OR CURE. IN ADDITION, WE PROVIDE INFORMATION ON A NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LEVEL REGARDING EIA AND ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC FURTHER REGARDING THIS CONDITION. DUE TO CURRENT LAWS,HORSES TESTING POSITIVE FOR EIA, MUST BE QUARANTINED ACCORDING TO SPECIFIC GUIDELINES OR EUTHANIZED. WE PROVIDE COMPLIANCE WITH THE QUARANTINE GUIDELINES THEREBY ELIMINATING THE NEED TO EUTHANIZE WHAT IS ESSENTIALLY A HEALTHY HORSE WITH THE ABILITY TO LIVE OUT THEIR NORMAL LIFE SPAN. SPONSORSHIP OF THESE HORSES BY PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY BENEFITS BOTH THE HORSE AND THE MANY PEOPLE WHO ENJOY THE POSITIVE EXPERIENCE OF CARING FOR AND INTERACTING WITH A HORSE WHILE FEEDING, RIDING,GROOMING,ETC. OUR GOAL IS TO SAVE THESE HORSES FROM BEING “PUT DOWN” BY PROVIDING FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS IN THE COMMUNITY WITH THE CHANCE TO “OWN” A HORSE THROUGH SPONSORSHIP. WE ALSO HAVE A VERY ACTIVE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM THAT BENEFITS THE COMMUNITY AS WELL.
Results: We have given sanctuary to many horses since 1987 and continue to do so allowing many people the chance to participate in something worthwhile in the community.
Target demographics: ALL HORSE AND ANIMAL LOVERS IN BROWARD COUNTY. Anyone interested in volunteer hours or anyone that would like to help save these horses. community groups welcome
Geographic areas served: Florida and in particular all of Broward county
Programs: SPONSOR-A-HORSE PROGRAM This program matches a sponsor with a horse that they can ride , groom, love and care for as their own on our 60 acre property. We also have a very active community volunteer program!
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I started volunteering at Friends for hours for school. I have long since fufilled those hours. I continue to go to the ranch whenever I can and I look forward to my time at Friends. What they do for the horses is amazing! The horses and other animals are all so happy and healthy. They do not put an animal down unless it is absolutly nessicary. They deserve so many more sponsors and donations.

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This place rocks! Whether your new to the equestrian world or a long time horse lover, FRIENDS has so many things to offer. Not only can you volunteer your time and have one on one interaction with the horses, you can "sponsor" a horse for a monthly fee. Because FRIENDS is a non-profit, it relies on donations and sponsorships to care for and feed each and every horse. You can schedule a tour of the ranch (see their website http://www.eiahorses.com/ for more info) to have some fun! Bring the family along, the donkeys, pigs and goats will entertain them for hours! This non-profit really puts the horses needs first and that's why I donate both my time and money to FRIENDS!

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This non profit is the real deal. There is no electric, no running water, no telephone. There are no paid employees only volunteers and sponsors/members. Their commitment is beyond belief and the horses and other animals are truly the only priority. The staff makes themselves available to the community for information, a place to serve community service hours and a place to spend time with animals. I wish I lived closer because I would go every day if I could. All of the horses are beautiful and well taken care of by a crew of very caring people. I love this place and I can bet you will too!

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I have been volunteering with FRIENDS for 9 years. It is a great place, that takes excellent care of the horses. I have also been a sponsor of several horses in the past when my daughter was learning to ride. It is a wonderful place for teens to obtain service hours, as well as for Scouts to do their high level service projects. I highly recommend this nonprofit.

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FRIENDS is a great place for kids to learn to love horses and other farm animals, and to develop skills and a sense of responsibility that will help them in all facets of life as they mature. Volunteering at FRIENDS is also great exercise and helps burn off all that excess energy that kids have.

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

Endow them with more money so they wouldn't have to work so hard raising funds.

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?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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Definitely

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2013

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I have sponsored horses at FRIENDS for 5 years. They take GREAT care of the horses, even though they don't have all the modern tools for horse care. Their vet is so patient and kind. It's a great organization and I hope you will sponsor a horse or volunteer to help in some other way.

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Because I sponsor a horse at FRIENDS, I have personally experienced the wonderful care that they get. It also provides volunteer opportunities for high school students and other people.

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

I would give them all the modern tools that would make taking care of horses easier. It would be great if they had electricity, a better water supply (or water supply to each stall instead of having to drag hoses), and other improvements to help the horses.

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Friends Is a wonderful place for both the horses that live there and the people ,who like myself, are lucky enough to be involved with the ranch. It is a haven for so many unwanted and or previously uncared for horses.
The horses are well cared for and loved by the all volunteer staff and the kind volunteers from the community.
It is a great service FRIENDS provides to both the horses and the community. I spend a lot of time there
and it is a happy place to be!

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FRIENDS is a wonderful organization that has saved many horses over the years. I have been volunteering there for almost 2 years. Since I have been there several horses have come to us in deplorable condition. With the dedication and attention of the vet and the all volunteer staff, these horses returned to being the magnificent animals they were meant to be. The work is hard but the rewards are many. The sponsor program allows people to get more involved with the horses and the ranch. It is a non profit organization that uses the donations for the care and well being of the horses.
Most of these horses would have been destroyed if it were not for FRIENDS. I get much more from the horses than I could ever give to them.

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I have been volunteering at FRIENDS for 1 1/2 yrs. I am there usually 3 x's a week. It is a place where the horses get a second chance. The horses are well cared for,regularly seen by a vet and loved by feeders,sponsors and volunteers. A former( now disgruntled) member wrote a review full of false accusations and lies. I believe this same person just 6 months ago wrote a 5 star review. If you read her review(she did not put her name), I encourage you to come out to the ranch and see for yourself the condition of the horses.
I have never seen a horse mistreated or uncared for at the ranch. It is an all volunteer /donation organization. We have many regular volunteers who share the love and care of the horses. FRIENDS
is doing the best it can for the rescued horses who now live there. Reg F

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?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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FRIENDS is a wonderful place to connect with both nature and the magnificent animals-the horses- that reside there. Some of the horses came from deplorable conditions. They are nurtured,fed and loved by sponsers and volunteers. What I get from these wonderful animals is far more than I am able to give to them. Who knew that cleaning stalls,raking hay and cleaning water troughs could be so rewarding!
Most of the volunteers and sponsers are animal lovers who do what is needed to make life the best it can be for these once discarded horses. FRIENDS is a safe haven for both the horses and the humans who support it. Reg

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?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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This is a non-profit horse rescue staffed entirely by volunteers with a love of animals-especially horses.
There are currently about 56 horses,10 pigs,2 goats and 2 donkeys at the ranch. Many of these animals
would not be alive if it were not for the ranch. It is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the animals. The horses can be sponsored for a monthly fee which helps pay for the costs of caring for the horses. Some of the horses are rideable and some are not due to arthritis and other non-life threatening conditions. ALL of the horses are wonderful,beautiful animals . Going to the ranch to feed, clean stall, bathe and groom horses is something I look forward to all week long. The ranch depends on our donations of time and money.

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?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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My daughter sponsors 2 wonderful horses here. This is a great place to spend time with horses. When we originally started going to FRIENDS it was really because of my daughter's interest in horses. However, I have learned so much and have been converted to a "horse person." This is a wonderful place for both adults and children to interact with horses and learn about them.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2014

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2 people found this review helpful

LOVE this place!! I had been searching for a volunteer opportunity that matched my passion for rescue and animals. The FRIENDS ranch is amazing and run by the most amazing and respectable people who are all about the horses.

My experiences so far at the ranch have been amazing and I am thrilled to have found them. Each time I leave, I look forward to the next visit.

Honestly, one of the most upstanding rescues I have encountered in many years. Check them out! You won't be disappointed!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2014

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I recently started volunteering at F.R.I.E.N.D.S and I can honestly say that it has been one of the best experiences I've had! Everyone is so nice and so commited. I love the fact that they are so involved in so many events, doing everything possible to get their name out there. They offer a great opportunity to their volunteers to learn and enjoy nature by helping such a great cause! Saving the life of so many horses in need. It is definitely an experience that well help you grow in many ways.

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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?

Very Well

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Definitely

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2014

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2 people found this review helpful

I love going there and being among the animals! It is such a great place for animals that would have had no future otherwise. You can definitely learn a lot about the animals but also about yourself! I would recommend it to anyone that loves animals or wants to learn more about them!

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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?

Very Well

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Definitely

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2014

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F.R.I.E.N.D.S is the Home Sanctuary not just horses but for horses lovers. Here we take care of them, learn about horses behavior and how gain their confidence and love. The RESPECT , UNDESTANDING AND LOVE FOR HORSES IS OUR LAW. The twam of this place are very active and helping always each others. This animals are really a Majestic Gift from GOD ....the only way you can proof is taking care of a horse, specially the rescued ones, who pass for the nasty of humanity BUT thanks to Rescuers and Rescuer place like F.R.I.E.N.D.S they get the chance to be LOVED AND RESPECTED as the Majestic animals they are♡.
When you arrive at Ranch, you feel the peace, but when you see the Horses and interact with them ......YOU GET THE JOY
. I recomend this place if you are a animal lover. And if is your first time to be with horses, it's the best place to learn about them, with the Team of F.R.I.E.N.D.S and Manager and Owner they will always teach you and welling to listing your questions and help you. If you like Pigs, Goats or Dunkies...we has as well, and they are very unique. Here you can confirm and learn about the intelligence and smart of Pigs. ♡.
Dunkies ..Pepe and Eyore...are so smart and funny you will love them.
Isa Capaldo

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I volunteer this place, and and this Rescue organizations rhave5 with best they have and survive with Donation and Sponsorship for horses. Most of horses still waiting for get sponsorship, in time this horses still feeding, treated with medication any time they need, check by veterinarian, etc they get same care as the horses with sponsorship.
I'm almos 5 days at week, I say what I see what I know, and the reality this is a big rescue rescue place where HORSES ARE LOVED BY BE HORSES where they rescue horses that people used, neglect them, through aways because is not longer for profit ir or because have any medical conditions. Without this kind of Rescue Organization, the end of this majestic animals will be the dead.
At this place we people that love this animals, respect them, love then and take care of them. All horses are important and are loved.
As a matter of fact we have precaution about how people want to treat them, because we will not permit any any abuse any mistreated to them.
I'm wondering why people is so nasty to the point to say bad comments about this place just because they have another intentions? I don't care if you run another ranch better conditions. That's is your place.
Our place is a Beautiful Ranch, with horses that want be loved and respect like we do. Like to stay late night cleanings their stall becsuse is a holiday day, and people forget the horses still need you that day. We do, we are always taking care of them. Loving them and we get the best: their Loyalty love and respect. ......the best we can have of this majestic animals.
Oh...i forgot mention we love so much Animals that we have pigs, goats and donkies...and their also get care, feed and love from F.R.I.E.N.D.S Rescue Organization.
Any one that want have the time experience of have a horse, come we welcome you to meet our Ranch and our beautiful horses.

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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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This place, for me is my Peaceful and Loved second home. We have the love of all the Equines kids (because this rescue animals are more that just the word : Horses), the feeling before arrive and know soon (in minutes) you will see them again, they will put their faces waiting a simply : hi or....hello did you bring the carrots today, or the eyes expressions of LOVE, RESPECT, ADMIRATION, HAPPINESS THAT your Equine Kid show when see you,......IS UNIQUE .... , that's before arrive. Then when you finally can in. and find the all people of the team that give to you welcome and they are happy to see you too, after this, you start your day in F.R.I.E.N.D.S......you feel the second emotion...when you have to go to real Home jajajaja even if you are tired you miss them already before leave. This is my particular experience. About the people team...they are Respectful, Helpful, Fun and just Great. The most IMPORTANT for me, is that they LOVE, SAVE and HELP all the Horses. I give thanks GOD to have a place like this in Florida. Because really.....for me is a Blessing this Place, the Team and of course,.....my Equine Kids. I don't want forget to mentioned the other rescue: The Brothers (Pepe and Eeyore), the very funny sisters (Elle, Salt and Bella), and they partners group of Pigs. And of course I continue my volunteerism because, i have my equine son there, and the other need also from us, the people love them. So if you love animals and you want meet a special love...come to visit us. We clean them, we bath them,we fee them, we love them....and they give to your life wisdom, love and respect from God. This is true. The only way, is to meet, understand, love and respect your horse. Isa Carolina Capaldo.

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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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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