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Arabian Rescue Mission Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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

120 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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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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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1 Mark L.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Arabian Rescue Mission is by far a top notch rescue. Terry is not only there for the horses in need on a local level. She is there in anyway she can help nationally.
When I read or hear of a horse in need, my first go to is The Arabian Rescue Mission.
I am not only a supporter, I have also been privileged to adopt a few horses from ARM.
They are thorough and very pleasant to work with. They deserve all the support they can possibly get.
My name is Mark Love. You can contact me via email markalove63@gmail.com.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ARM has been an absolute dream to work with. How I found them was a complete fluke, someone shared a post of theirs on my Facebook feed and I saw this beautiful older Country English Pleasure horse in need of a home. Terri was beyond wonderful in answering my excessive questions and even though we had a hickup on my end she still allowed me to adopt this wonderful, sweet, and loving horse. I was impressed by the complete background check they did to insure that he went to a good home. Some people think that if a horse is in a rescue there is something wrong with it. That could not be farther from the truth. Due to a death in the family and some financial issues that resulted he ended up in a rescue situation. His show record is quite full of wins one being he was a Canadian National Champion Country English Pleasure Jr Horse and many regional championship wins as well. She was even able to connect me with an outstanding and honest shipper who took great care of our guy.

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1 Joy B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an adopter, supporter and board member I cannot say enough great things about ARM! Their ability to rescue whole herds of Arabian horses and help individual owners, and the thought and care that they put into their placements makes them a top animal welfare organization. Their Studs to Buds program is so important in controlling the population of unwanted horses. Even if Arabians are not your breed you will still want to support this nonprofit!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ARM helped to match me with my dream horse - a horse that they rescued from an uncertain future. Besides what they did for me, the tireless volunteers step in and save the lives of countless horses a year, providing good homes and when necessary training, to help each horse rescued find its person. As well they help people whose life circumstances no longer allow them to care for the horses in their care, sometimes taking over herds in excess of 30 horses at once!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Cole from the ARM and he is such a wonderfully talent horse. Terry and her volunteers made the process simple and really informed me about him. I knew he would be a great fit for me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I fostered two Arabian mares from Terry's Arabian Rescue Mission. They are the best tempered mares I have ever experienced. We backed one of the two and both were adopted. It is wonderful be given the opportunity to foster horses and give them care and love until they find their forever home. I am currently fostering and older gelding. What an opportunity to help ARM and horses. Terry is so easy to work with.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopting a horse... ARM makes it easy.

I adopted an Arabian gelding from ARM in the Fall of 2016, which prompted me to visit the Kentucky farm twice and interact extensively on the phone with Terry and her staff responsible for the application process. I have been very impressed by this organization and how smooth the adoption process has been for me from beginning to end. ARM is a true no-nonsense rescue organization that will work with you in a very professional and collaborative manner to give you the best chance to adopt the most suitable horse for you. They will honestly disclose all they know - even if it is not much - about the horse's background, its level of training and their perception of the horse's personality, will help you arrange transportation and respond to your questions, even after the horse has left their premises. Michelle Preston, the trainer in KY, is an excellent rider and a patient and experienced trainer who ensures the horses are given the best start possible at their farm, no matter how difficult the horse and how terrible its past life may have been. She treats every horse in her herd as an individual and every horse gets some attention. Terry does not count her time when it comes to discussing horses you may be interested in, she has a deep knowledge of Arabian bloodlines and the potential future career of each of the horses on her farms. She truly works with you to make it a win-win for the horse and its future owner.

In my experience, ARM is composed of a very dedicated team of experienced and caring horse professionals and is providing a terrific service to the horse community. It deserves our respect and support.

Pennilynn M.

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I lost my equine companion of 25 years 3 January 2013. We had adopted a rescued horse from another wonderful rescue organization August 2012 to be Banner's companion and additional riding partner for our family. Duncan and I were devastated and lost with the loss of Banner. Duncan refused to move from the Banner's stall or paddock to eat; I moped, wandered, cried, and often Duncan and I would stand together in sorrow by Banner's empty stall. It took me a few weeks to even be able to clean the stall and reorganize. Duncan and I went for long walks. as I posted my sorrow on facebook, several friends very gently offered me a couple websites for adopting horses, one of them being the Arabian Rescue Mission. I started opening the website, and kept seeing a horse named Maksymiliian the 1st one to pop up needing a halo, and a new home. My husband, over dinner one day, very gently said he noticed Duncan seems to lost, and I am still so sad; wondering about getting another horse for Duncan...
So after discussion and contemplation, I was able to contact Terry Figueroa at the Arabian Rescue Mission. She was so understanding, personable, up front, & honest. She was able & willing to work with me, and eventually, a month later, 2 March 2013, I picked up Maks as well as another horse Isaak who was attached to Maks and in desperate need of fostering and retraining from the Ky farm of Arabian Rescue Mission. I was able to stay in contact with Terry, via email, facebook, texts, and phone calls. She offered help, advice, and contacts in trying to help Isaak getting his new forever home. Presently, I am proud to say, I am able to help transport and foster a couple other rescues at a time to help out ARM. I am grateful to be able to be a trusted person in their huge ongoing endeavor to help horses and owners in desperate situations all over the country. Over the past 2 years, I have seen this rescue organization go the 2nd, 3rd, 4th mile; above and beyond trying to help horses of any breed, not just Arabians, from seizures, slaughter, abandonment, or owner surrenders and finding foster or forever homes for them, helping desperate owners, even traveling states away to pick up horses and move them to safe havens.
Arabian Rescue Mission also works so hard to match horses to prospective owners. A detailed, thorough adoption request with pictures is required and thoroughly evaluated before any horse gets adopted out to hopefully prevent recurrence of negative situations. Discussion of how the horse will be managed, housed, fed, vetted, used, etc. Potential contingency plans as well in case something were to happen. Continued correspondence with many new owners.
I have no qualms with adopting another horse from Arabian Rescue Mission or being able to help with any that need transportation or fostering, because I know I have their support and the horse' s best interest in mind.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

There are not enough words to share what a wonderful rescue this is and how impressed we are with the dedication, hardwork, resourcefulness and compassion that Terry continues to demonstrate. We have fostered 3 horses through ARMS and her support and knowledge in this exhausting, never-ending and sometimes heartbreaking industry has been inspiring and has saved many lives. Our experience has been excellent and we hope to continue a long term relationship. We currently are fostering the stunning yearling filly Yasmine. ❤

Client Served

Rating: 5

If it wasn't for Terry, we never would have found ARM. A recent heartbreaking loss sent us on the quest for another quality Arabian. To be completely honest, we weren't looking for a "rescue" horse. We were a bit prejudiced…rescued Arabs surely need loads of work from years of neglect and abuse, or their conformation must be horrible for anyone to give them up, right?

That night surfing online changed our minds and our lives for the good permanently. For whatever reason, we decided to google Arabian rescue and the rest is history as they say. The email, led to a call which eventually led to the arrival of this absolutely wonderful youngster. He is everything we could ever have asked for, which proves that there is the right horse for someone out there. We just need to open our minds and hearts. Any unfortunate circumstance can place a person in a situation wherein they need to re-home their horse(s).

Terry has been absolutely amazing to deal with. She has taken time out of her busy life to talk on the phone and through countless emails. She is an absolute blessing to the Arabian and those of us desiring a horse that needs a loving forever home.