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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Beauty’s Haven Farm & Equine Rescue, Inc. is a rescue, rehab, and re-home organization that was established in 2006. Our mission is to help equine in need, to educate the public about proper horse care, what to do if they come across a horse that is being abused or neglected, to provide assistance (when possible) to horse owners going through a short period of financial hardship, and to help humans through helping horses. We try to get youth involved – they are the horse owners of tomorrow. Awareness and education are key in helping our equine friends. Through helping horses, we hope to help people too. We give horses that have been neglected, abused, and/or abandoned a chance to begin their life, again--without pain and worry, but with dignity and respect. We welcome horses that are no longer needed, wanted or useful to their owners and we place them in good homes. We don’t feel there are “unwanted” horses--some are just “misplaced.” We try to help as many as we can find a good, forever-home before they end up in the slaughter pipeline where they would be at high risk of being sold to kill buyers and trucked across the borders where they are slaughtered for human consumption. We also network with other organizations and individuals to help horses. We offer sanctuary to a limited number of horses with special needs. We have taken in babies as young as two hours old, pregnant mares, and our oldest rescue was 43 yrs old! Age and breed to not matter. We often take horses that others would not take for various reasons such as requiring extensive and/or costly rehab – we feel they all deserve a chance. Quality of life is always a factor in determining the future of each horse. We are pro-life – we do not euthanize any equine to make room for another. We have an excellent care team that includes professionals in traditional and holistic medicines, dentistry, equine podiatrists, etc. However, we do euthanize when it is in the best interest of the horse – we don’t deny a peaceful and loving end to any equine that is suffering or has a poor or painful quality of life that can’t be rehabilitated. We have taken in horses with birth defects, broken bones, mutilations, cancer, blindness, COPD, Cushing’s disease, are extremely emaciated, and have other serious diseases. We also help other animals (dogs, cats, pigs, goats, etc.) in need on occasion. In 2012 Beauty’s Haven was awarded Verified status by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). GFAS is the only globally recognized organization that provides standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries.

Target demographics: equine in need and through helping equine we try to help people too!

Geographic areas served: Florida and surrounding states

Programs: helping equine in need, educating the public about proper horse care and what to do if they come across a horse that is being abused or neglected, providing assistance (when possible) to horse owners going through a short period of financial hardship, and to help humans through helping horses. We try to get youth involved – they are the horse owners of tomorrow. Awareness and education are key in helping our equine friends. Through helping horses, we hope to help people – horses are very therapeutic.

Community Stories

183 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Deanna Golden and I have been following Beauty's Haven Equine Rescue and Farm every since I was diagnosed with cancer. From being diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer and a yr of treatments, many biopsies and a few surgeries.... this was the ONLY PLACE I WANTED TO GO TO WHEN I WAS HEALTHIER AND STRONGER!! Finally after almost 5 yrs. of waiting, my dream came true! I first time really getting to go anywhere and it wasn't to a beach or the mountains.. It was here in Morriston Florida that I got to meet Theresa and Bob Batchelor and the never ending love and care goes on 24/7. I think the few volunteers that I got to meet down there that day are lucky.. Lucky in the sense that they are able to go and help with horses and mini donkeys that have been severely abused, neglected, abandoned or were seized. There were around 30-32 animals there when my sister Karen and my niece Jaden when we visited a few weeks ago. Being able to relearn how to wash a horse (lol) , watch the optometry vet work on Cookies eye and take pictures for Theresa was such a learning experience. Scooping manure from paddocks and spreading it! YES, I would do that everyday if it meant that I could stop and visit and talk with these amazing animals that NOW KNOW what its like to be loved and cared for! Getting to meet all the animals that I have watched for the past yrs. and will probably live out their days there because of there health issues. Betsy Rose, Cookie, Penny, Mishka, Carey Lou, Sawyer, Ruby, JoJo and Jazzy, Lil E, Waylon, Zahara(i am glad you have your forever home now), Fancy, Classy, Starbuck, Oasis, Tinsel, Emma, Lil Lucy, Magic, Peaches, Sophie and Rosita and Beauty. I LOVED getting to meet all of you and the others! I know that I can't wait to see y'all again to give love and kisses to! My sister, niece and I have learned so much from just the short time we were there. Thank you Theresa and Bob for your kindness and having us there!Sincerely, with Love and Prayers for you and your continued never ending work!Deanna Golden - Jamestown, KentuckyKaren Hylton - Lexington, S.C.Jaden Hylton - Lexington, S. C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I have been following this rescue for some time. The treatment of the rescued animals, the constant attention and always putting them first. It is incredible, the endurance it takes to care for the rescued. Theresa Batchelor and her volunteers just keep it going. Tons of hard work, beyond imaginable really. It takes them all and they do so very much with so little and for so little! The animals first, always. None better here.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I see the care provided to horses which are ill and neglected, it makes my heart sing. They take the those which are considered 'the least' and return them to a fully functioning life. Often a horse will need only a second chance or to be brought back from the edge. This wonderful rescue and its volunteers devote time and resources to those rejected by the community at large. It is time consuming and hands on. God Bless Them!

1 Kathy149

Donor

Rating: 5

Emma is the newest rescue to BHFER, she was shot while grazing! Thanks to Theresa, Bob, Volunteers and all the Doctors, Emma is on the road to recovery. She has a second chance because she found her way to Beauty's Haven, where every effort is always made to save those less fortunate and they are treated with love and dignity.
The compassion at BHFER is so evident as you read the stories of those residing there & those that have healed and found their forever homes.
My CaryLou, mini that I sponsor, continues to flourish under the incredible care of everyone at BHFER.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Theresa & Bob are beyond amazing..... They care for 30+ horses, minis & donkeys. Many are rehabilitated and looking for their forever homes after overcoming incredible odds. Others , for various medical conditions, are at their forever home, they will live out their lives at BHFER with all the love & medical care they need.
BHFER receives no government aid, they rely on donations and grants.
Years ago, I signed up to give them monthly donations, as many others have, however, it's never enough as there are always unexpected expenses.
Here's a pic of the little guy, CaryLou, aka "Tank" that my contributions help.......

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beautys-haven-farm-and-equine-rescue 04/29/2016

Thank you for the kind words and for your support! CaryLou is quite entertaining. lol His trachea still collapses now and then but I think it's better.

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1 Cheryl193

Donor

Rating: 5

I live in Massachusetts so I've never been to the Rescue. I am part of Theresa's internet village. Theresa herself is a miracle story being an incomplete quadriplegic. She has personal experience facing her future lying in a bed unable to move. She understands that there IS hope and determination and the ability to overcome the impossible. Theresa has used that same personal experience with the animals she has saved. She can look in their eyes and see their soul, do they have the spirit to fight or are they beyond that? For those still able and wanting to fight, this rescue is there to aid them in any and every manner needed. For those that tell her they are not able to fight anymore, Theresa, who may have only known this animal for a couple of hours, remains with and loving the horse while the vet comes out.... She holds their heads as they cross over the Rainbow Bridge to join the BHFER herd that have already crossed. There are so many stories that have such horrific beginnings, but after Theresa and her village work their magic, that animal has a sparkle in their eyes and hold their heads so proud and happy!! It is truly worthy of reading some of the miracles stories and becoming part of the BHFER village.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Baby Girl was in such bad shape when she went to BHFER, with a bashed in face, bone fragments and infections. She was also severely emaciated. I read her story in the Gainesville Sun and started following her progress. I've researched other local rescues and I've never seen one that lends itself to the "whatever it takes" mission. To deal with an infection that was resistant to antibiotics the rescue engaged the services of a hyperbaric chamber. She healed so quickly. Today Baby Girl has a safe home and is a beautiful, healed and loved horse. The quality of life provided at this rescue is outstanding, the follow through, checking to make sure the horses adopted out are safe and healthy, is beyond reproach. The second chances provided are as unique as the individual horses themselves. BHFER doesn't raise the existing bar, they are the bar and with each horse, with each success story, they raise that bar. This is a clean well organized organization that I am happy to support in whatever fashion they need me.

1 Kathy121

Donor

Rating: 5

I first became involved with Beauty's Haven over 8 years ago when I first visited with a friend from Ocala who was a volunteer. I fell in love with huge draft named Gentleman and was blessed to be able to share time with him and all the other equines who have become part of the BHFER. I still travel down to visit when I can and help sponsor the work at the farm. It truly is a place where miracles happen and the needs of each animal at the rescue are always met. The love and respect they receive is immeasurable.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Beauty's Haven for 7 years. I live in thenF Panhandle and travel down as offer as possible to volunteer because this rescue truly puts the well being of the horses first. Theresa promises those in her care that they will never be hungry or mistreated again, and she is able to convey this promise to them. The motto where life begins again is truly practiced at BHFER, and miracles do happen. From the beautiful Arabian Magic who would not allow humans near him but now allows Theresa to even braid his mane yk Betsey Rose the Welsh pony so starved that she could not srnd on her own for three months
BHFER is truly a wonderful place.

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1 Rachel118

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to Beauty’s Haven for about 4 years now. Teresa and her volunteers do such wonderful work. You can see and feel the love they have for these animals. Some of the horses they have rescued have been literally on death’s door. Teresa has spent countless hours nursing and caring for them. She does not give up! She has a special bond with them and seems to know if they have the will and strength to go on or if it’s time to send them across the rainbow bridge. 100% of the donations go to the rescue. There is no administration fees taken out. Teresa and her volunteers do this because they love animals, especially farm animals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

BHFER is a godsend for so many horses in need. The rescue is run by Theresa and her husband Bob. Theresa is retired from a "regular" job but now works 24/7 doing what she loves...saving horses and donkeys. BHFER has had many cases where the animal would have died within hours had they not taken them in. Most times they really did not have the room or funds but somehow Theresa found both. This is probably the most selfless Equine rescue I have seen. If you can only give to one charity please make it BHFER!

3 Linda410

Donor

Rating: 5

A rescue like I've never seen before. The animals are so cared for above and beyond. It's amazing to see the hard work and dedication that goes into this rescue.

3 Doris7

Donor

Rating: 5

I started following Beauty's Haven a couple of years ago. This is a rescue far above the others. The care and love that is given all of the animals is so heartwarming. They take in many animals and have brought many back from the brink of death. There are so many rescues out there. but this is truly an honest, caring and loving team, who gives more than 100% to any animal in their care. I would recommend all who can, to support them.

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beautys-haven-farm-and-equine-rescue 05/01/2016

Thank you so very much for the review and the nice comments!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am truly in awe of the tireless work that is done at this rescue. I have been watching then for over a year now and believe that Theresa and her family and the volunteers go way above what I expected from a rescue. They help so many animals, horses, dogs, cats, birds, donkeys, and whatever comes by them in need. They truly meet and raise the standards for any rescue. God bless them all!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization- some of the stories are so heartwarming. Love Jo Jo and his little videos.