THE FLORIDA RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR EQUINE NURTURING DEVEL & SAF

Rating: 4.85 stars   100 reviews

Issues: Animals, Health

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  

3 people found this review helpful

FRIENDS..is where I met the loves of my life. (S.S.M) It is a place where I go with much anticiaption to see my team of three. I've learned so much about horses at FRIENDS through the helpful staff and still continue to do so. i consider FRIENDS to be a palce where they truly care for the animlas and everyone works with one purpose, to give the horses the proper care they were lacking. Truly remarkable experience!

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

Wouldnt change anything! More horse lovers needed!

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

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3 people found this review helpful

F.R.I.E.N.D.S......Is what exactly you will find in our animals at our Ranch, this place is where you will find yourself , is with this Majestic Animals the Horses, and even better.. Rescue Horses, is a double challenge, as soon you conquist your horse heart him will try the best to conquist your. And day by day you will learn something new with your horse. If you want volunteer, you will also find the great of this animals, their eyes, they body lenguage etc. The people of this place, is very nice, helpful and always will try to explain and educate about horses. In time, you will find also, the funny situation with Ellie...one of the goats that always is very jealous of horses :-) ;-) . Other days, will meet Oliver cute pig :-) . If you really want interact with peaceful and truly facts about God and Life, one of best places...is F.R.I.E.N.D.S Ranch. Like I say, if you really love animals and the cause of Rescue them....you.will love to come and meet us. :-) Of course I have my lovedddd horse there and I volunteer some times at the month. And all the horses are UNIQUE. THIS PLACE is my second home. :-)

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

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2 people found this review helpful

FRIENDS ranch is a relaxing place to spend a few hours helping out some wonderful animals. There are so many different jobs to do that anyone can find something they can do to help out. It is the only place I have found that would let my kids volunteer under the age of 16.
If someone can't donate their time, and money donated is strictly used for the animals.

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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2 people found this review helpful

My children and I just start it volunteering at the farm, we LOVE it!!! I highly recommend anyone to give your time and energy in caring and helping this animals!!!!! Please also donate as much as you can to ensure the healthi lives of this animals!! Much love and peace to all!!!

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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?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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3 people found this review helpful

I consider FRIENDS ranch my second home. My second family. After first starting on February 25, 2012 this place means everything to me; the people and the animals. It is a very friendly environment for all ages. I learned and am still learning everything there is to know about horses. IF I COULD I WOULD LIVE AT THE RANCH

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My family and I have volunteered at FRIENDS Ranch for a couple of years. We find the experience to be rewarding and working with the horses is wonderful.

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

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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7 people found this review helpful

FRIENDS Ranch is the greatest place to volunteer at. You are interacting with the horses, goats, pigs and donkeys as well as working with a great group of people. Everyone is helpful and upbeat. It is a ranch that the whole family can enjoy and know they are doing something positive for the animals. I have volunteered with FRIENDS for the past 12 years and love every minute I've spent working there.

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

how they care for the animals and love what they do.

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

caring for the needs of the horses, goats pigs and donkeys

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

upbeat, enthusiastic and willing to help...great team spirit

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

buy land for the horses, build state of the art stables and never have to worry about depending on donations to survive especially when the economy isn't doing well.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I started off at the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. ranch just loooking to get a. horse to ride for my daughter and I. From my very first visit I saw how much love the owner has for these horses. So many of these horses come from a sad places or was on their way to be put down. I have seen many horses come in that are starving because of owner neglect. The transforrmation of these horses from sick to healthy is nothing short of a miracle. It takes a lot of love, nurturing, time and compassion to make these animals healthy again. There are a lot of caring people there from kids, teens to adults that volunteer there for hours but mostly because they truely enjoy and love these animals. For me personaly being around these horses are therapeutic for me. I can go there feeling stressed spend a few hours with my horse and leave feeling like a new person. I believe we get more from them than they do from us....

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?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

I love F.R.I.E.N.D.S. it's a great family run organization and is a very family oriented place. I've been volunteering there for over a year and I love it. All of the horses are very soothing to the soul and are great fun.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Amazing horse ranch for any out door or animal lover. After arriving at the ranch from unthinkable conditions, these horses are respected and allowed to live a stress free life. They deserve at least that. Families and individuals can sponsor a horse which is just like owing your own horse with out the huge expense. Run by an all volunteer staff, the ranch is always in need of volunteers willing to work hard while enjoying what they do. Visit the wesite: www.eiahorses.org for all information needed for volunteering and sponsoring.

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

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Definitely

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2013

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3 people found this review helpful

FRIENDS is one of the only true horse rescues I have seen. Horses have been rehabilitaated from abuse and extreame neglect. They take horses that anywhere else would be put down, due to medical conditions, age or prior owner's inability to make money using the horse. All of the horses at this ranch are worthy of a happy "horse" life and did not deserve their prior treatment. If you are reading this please make an effort to donate to help continue to save the horses.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2012

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1 person found this review helpful

A wonderful place for any animal lover to volunteer. A great way to own a horse with out the major expense. Anyone with desire can volunteer or sponsor a horse, no experience necessary. This is a wonderful organization saving some beautiful, soulful animals in need.

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

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2012

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1 person found this review helpful

Just an all around wonderful place! I can't believe the difference this charity has made not only in lives of deserving horses but also in the lives of the families that volunteer there. FRIENDS rescues abused and would other wise be destroyed horses and turns them into loving, well cared for animals. It has made a great difference in my daughter's life to watch and be a part of this transition. I highly recommend this incredible charity

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?

2012

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