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Arabian Rescue Mission Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare

Mission: The Arabian Rescue Mission is dedicated to rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of arabian horses in need. Our primary goal is to facilitate their gentle release, prior to the necessity of seizure. Our secondary goal is the education of those handling rescue and rehabilitation, first responders at time of seizure and owners, where surrender may be iminent. We are charged with the task of discreetly negotiating the release of animals in decline, initiating programs to help owners facing life challenges with their commitment and providing the tools necessary for a safe and legal seizure, where necessary.

Results: In 13 years we have helped over 2000 horses out of bad situations or just into new homes. Our new gelding assistance program has helped 10 stallions become geldings and our euthanasia assistance and owner assistance programs are slated to begin this year in 2017.

Target demographics: Horses in need, in situations where neglect and abuse are present or imminent due to circumstances beyond an owner's control, in threat of shipping to slaughter or otherwise in harm's way.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Hundreds

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: Rescue, Rehabilitation & Re-Homing and we are successful in all 3 areas.

Community Stories

130 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

MJZP

Client Served

Rating: 5

As the story goes, I was a little girl who dreamed of having a horse. My dream came true as I was much older and I adopted my girl from ARM. The years passed and moments spent with her were life saving as my husband was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. My own health took a turn for the worse and continues to do so. My husband's job became uncertain and pays became less and less. I had no choice but to ask Terry for help . Without hesitation ARM stepped in and made sure my mare was taken care of. She went to the rescue for awhile and has since been adopted into a place where she is loved. I could not ask for more. I am forever greatful to Terry and ARM.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My horse was adopted from ARM. We had many good years together until illness and financial hardships made it impossible to keep her. I turned to ARM and they were there to help me and my mare. They took her into rescue and she is now close to having found a person who will love her as I do. ARM is a great rescue organization always looking to help horses and owners in need . They educate, rehabilitate and try to keep horses from the slaughter pipeline. They also have a gelding program to help with the horse population. As the rescue says, they are "Making a difference everyday !"

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Denise S.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve gotten both of my boys from Terry she is wonderful she knows how to place the right horse with the right person. Both horses, upon adoption are healthy and in impeccable shape. I would highly recommend adopting from and donating to ARM.

Katherine N.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my horse, Eliron Encore, through ARM. He was a beautiful Arabian stallion. I had no plans to breed him as I am a rider. At almost 14 years old, ARM set up his gelding with their local vet who was excellent. Six years later, I ride him everywhere, mostly on the trails. He is a beautiful boy with a great presence. He was one of my sister's herd that ARM helped place due to her husband's sudden affliction of Altzeimers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely loved volunteering at this rescue. All of the horses were very well cared for and they were very happy. I have always loved horses and will help out there whenever they need it! I loved going and the only sad part was when I had to leave the horses! I am so happy knowing that they are all loved!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Arabian Rescue Mission has been the passion, No Life and Heart of My dearest friend Terry. I've known Terry for over 40 years, so I'd say I have a good idea of what makes this Lady tick and I can say it's these horses that people can't or don't Want anymore. ARM saves the horses most people don't care to save, whether because they are old,lame or just misunderstood.
Terry's love and care is ARM and she has proven that nothing and no-one is going stop ARM from its mission to Save!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation and recommendation of one very fine rescue I visited recently. I spent the day at the ARM facility in Leitchfield , Kentucky. .I first noticed the spacious terrain for the horses enjoyment. All horses looked so happy ,content and healthy. I felt surprised when I realised the senior and permanent residents were so healthy looking it was impossible to spot their disability or special needs.All were happily grazing ! I was taken through the barn and office, both of which were spotless and spacious .I was also impressed that every horse was fed and handled according to their specific nutritional needs and personality traits. The horses are beautiful and well cared for.Terry is a most caring and warm hearted caretaker and owner of this rescue organization. It feels good that all adoptions are closely matched with the adopter to make sure horse and owner are a good fit!! I'm looking forward to adopting my forever Arabian this year as soon as my facility is finished! I highly recommend the Arabian Rescue Mission for a forever companion ,friend, and riding horse.. There's a beautiful soul waiting for their human to give them a forever loving home..please visit ARM to find your best friend...
Sincerely
Carolyn

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned about ARM through an Internet search for Arabian rescue organizations. Years ago I fell in love with Arabs and owned and trained a number of my own until a family medical issue moved me to Houston and I had to find loving homes for my 9 precious Arabs.

Once I was ready and able to own a horse again, however, I knew I wanted to adopt . I searched for a full year, contacting a number of organization representatives and viewing literally hundreds of hours of videos posted by various individuals and rescue organizations.

The one I kept coming back to was ARM. I sent an email expressing interest and then called to speak with Terry Figueroa, founder. I was quite impressed with Terry and decided to travel to Kentucky from Louisiana to evaluate the facility and the horses for myself.

Upon arrival, I felt like I was in Arabian horse heaven! There were so many beautiful Arabs and the facility was extremely nice and well kept. The horses were in excellent flesh and obviously well cared for. I was impressed.

Terry recommended several horses that she felt matched my preferences/needs and allowed me to work with those horses (and a few others that I wanted to check out). I so enjoyed my visit with the horses and with Terry that I extended my stay and then regretted having to leave.

The adoption process was impressive as well. I realized that as I was evaluating Terry and ARM, she was also evaluating me to make sure that I would provide an adequate forever home for one of her "babies". ARM requires monthly pictures of adopted horses for the first year to provide evidence of proper care. I greatly respect and appreciate this.

I adopted a beautiful Arab mix mare and she has been wonderful! I have been using her as a lesson horse for beginning riders and everyone loves her. She has become a wonderful companion and friend to me, as Arabs do and she will always be my special lady. I am looking forward to visiting Terry and the Kentucky farm again this spring and I will be looking for another Arabian to bring home. The hardest part of the process is making a choice because I want to bring them all home!

I highly recommend Terry and ARM to anyone looking for a great horse to add to their family. These horses are evaluated by Terry and she is very good at matching potential adopters with the right horse.

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Jonathan N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arabian rescue is a remarkable horse rescue I love volunteering at they take high pride in care for there horses loving people very nice looking rescue 24-7 care of these loving horses is there life I highly recommend Arabian rescue mission if ur searching for a new addition to ur family I will continue to volunteer here for Arabian rescue for as long as I live .love the place lI've the people and especially love these horses very well taken care of .

Irina Tolkachyova B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Definitely an incredible rescue! I had the honor of working with Terry and was impressed by her dedication to these horses. The horses were happy as well as everyone who volunteered.

Pennilynn M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Arabian Rescue Mission has helped me reconnect with purpose after I lost my believed Arabian Banner 3 January 2013. They strive to save, maintain, protect the Arabian horse heritage, as well as helping owners in dire situations needing help finding new homes for their horses, or stepping in to help rescue horses, of any breed from bad situations, whether seizure, neglect, slaughter, and rehabilitate the horses. ARM works hard to match horses up with suitable new owners, & if the horses do not work out, will do everything possible to take the horses back & try again. I am so grateful I have been able to work with ARM to help transport & foster horses, as well as adopt a couple.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I was introduced to Arabian Rescue Mission when my beloved Arabian horse Banner my companion while I was growing up and during my military service passed away 3 January 2013. We had adopted a rescued horse from Longmeadow Rescue Ranch Michelle Banner did have a buddy and we could all take turns riding and Duncan and I were lost when we lost Banner. Friends of mine emailed me different links to different rescues. I emailed & called Terry from Arabian Rescue Mission. She responded quickly with empathy, compassion, understanding, & help. Now, 4 years later, not only did ARM help Duncan & me rebuild a little of our herd, heal the impacting loss of Banner, & help a rescued horse have a forever home, I am honored to be able to have help Foster transport rehabilitate rehome other horses for Arabian Rescue Mission as well as adults a couple of other horses to have a forever home with us. Arabian Rescue Mission not only helps with saving the Arabian Horses, their bloodlines, & protecting their heritage & ancestry, but the organization & various members rally to different states even to help horses in bad situations, like from abuse & neglect & seizure from breeder / owners to get to safe places. ARM has networked across the country so there are a few people, volunteers like me, that help foster horses to be able to help each other in various situations. Whether a foster horse is having a difficult time in particular foster home we network & find a different foster home, sometimes "trading" foster horses. Several times, the fostered horses found their forever home within days of being moved to a new foster fARMly. I am so grateful to be able to help ARM with helping transport & foster horses. In loving Memory of Banner.

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Jennie S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arabian horse rescue provides a valuable resource for all arabians. The details of facilitating the adoption process to protect these equines and finding a good match for the equine and human to bring the joy of this special relationship is a worthy endeavor. I have been fortunate to be able to Visit the facility see the horses up close and I commend the individual attention to the needs of all the equines. These equines are evaluated and honestly potrayed for the benefit of both the equine and adopter. I have been privileged to adopt from arabian horse rescue and would recommend them as a reputable source to rehome from as well a stellar rescue.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Terry is doing amazing things at ARM. We have worked with her in multiple capacities including fostering and adopting (foster-failure lol!). She's provided guidance to us as we navigated the terrain of rescuing horses in need, and she's modeled a balanced and highly compassionate way of doing this much needed and often difficult task.
She models clear vision in her efforts to save lives, and this is evidenced by the many lives she is saving.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Terry, who manages ARM in Kentucky, was very interested and supportive in my situation. I lost my husband and became unable to care for my beautiful Arabian on my own. Terry always answered the phone when I called. She was very generous with all of the information I needed to support this life changing decision. Terry assured me that I am able to contact her at any time with any questions or concerns about his wellbeing in his new environment. I was unable to transfer him myself. My Farrier, Nora Miller, who operates Natural Hoof Care in TN, transported him with all of his supplies to the location. Nora made the trip non-stop for as little agitation as possible. This, specifically, put my heart at ease knowing he was being treated with such care. This has been one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make in my life, giving my Arabian away. Knowing that he is in a beautiful environment with like-minded caregivers is the only way I can begin to heal. I hope this helps someone else who has to make such a difficult decision.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard of Arabian Rescue Mission around 2009 or 2010. There was a herd that needed rescuing here in my state of Ohio and they were called in to help. All those horses were place and I helped them obtain a lawyer for court of those horses. I was also contacted by a good friend whose neighbor was related to the owner 50 horses that were in need of rescuing in WV. This was a delicate situation because the owner was very ill and his wife could not deal with any more stress at the time. I contacted Terry and we kept communication open between all parties until the wife was ready to allow these horses to be placed. To this day, Terry is still in contact with those family members and keeps them updated on their horses. Terry is very professional and communicates openly about the horses that are in need of rescuing. She travels to states (mostly on the east coast and midwest) to coordinate a facility, vets, volunteers, farriers, etc to get these horses placed in adopted or foster homes (herds of 50 horses are done within a week's time). I am very proud of the work she does and she truly cares about the well-being of the arabian horse (and other breeds too).

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently adopted an Arabian from ARM. I found their application/approval process to be thorough and efficient. I am pleased to say Arabian Rescue Mission always keeps the concerns of the horse in the forefront. Terry was only a "phone call or text" away, to answer any questions/concerns I had during the adoption process. It is comforting to me to know they check references and screen adopters. Arabian Rescue Mission has been professional and extremely helpful and certainly looking forward to getting 'my boy' home to our farm soon.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think there a great non profit organization. They are giving second chances to a lot of great horses. I'm proud to be able to say I'm a volunteer for them.

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1 Carolyn26

Donor

Rating: 5

Although I have never adopted a horse from ARM, I have been a supporter since 2010. As an Arabian lover and owner it is crucial to have ARM’s unfailing support in rescuing, rehabbing, and rehoming our Arabs who have been sent to Kill pens through no fault of their own. Seeing Arabians formerly slated for a grisly death in new loving homes makes all my donations worthwhile!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with ARM for just under a year now, I couldn't have asked to work with better people and better horses. Volunteering here has been an amazing experience. I've learned so much being here. Everyone is like a family. ARM has rescued and rehabilitated horses from everywhere. They do all they can to help horses in need. I've gotten the privilege of working with alot of horses. And as hard as it is to see them go when they get adopted I couldn't be happier than to know they are going to a forever home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Arabian Rescue Mission (ARM) is so effective and helpful in many ways....giving horses a second (or more than second) chance at life and providing many of us with amazing horses. My Arabian gelding, Sammy, is from the ARM. I searched for ten months for an Arabian trail riding horse and one morning a Facebook friend shared the post featuring Sammy. I knew immediately that Sammy was "the one". It all worked out and Sammy is a GEM, a really positive and exciting addition to my "little herd". This was my first involvement with the ARM and I was so pleased. From the application process and meeting Sammy's foster mom and corresponding with Terry Figueroa, the founder of ARM, to actually picking him up and now even afterwards, I have been so happy.... and amazed at the personal care they take to answer questions and stay in touch, if you want to stay in touch, and I do! The ARM is such a "personal" organization, their care of horses both before and after being adopted and new owners is impressive. I am in search of another Arabian trail riding horse since one of my Arabians had to be unexpectedly euthanized just after I got Sammy....Terry has been so supportive and answers all of my questions about other Arabians in their care. I know how busy she is, and her volunteers are, but they treat you so kindly with personal attention on a one-to-one basis. This organization has touched my heart deeply and I will continue to support them. They have changed lives and Sammy and my lives are only one example.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

August 2016 , on a Saturday evening I was alerted to a herd of 28 arabians in a neighboring town that were destined to be sold at auction in 4 days, due to a boarders lien. They were in bad shape, body condition scores as low as 1.5. I knew I needed help to get them out of harms way . I was told to reach out to ARM. Thank goodness I did. ARM stepped up and our community raised over $15k to save the whole herd! Terry at ARM personally came to the auction to make sure all horses were purchased by loving homes, or by ARM . It was a whirlwind of a 4 day period but we all 28 horses found safe soft landings.
I couldn't ask for a greater organization to step in and help when the need arises. Honest, trustworthy, ethical.

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