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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

179 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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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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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Like so many others who are fans of this wonderful rescue, I became acquainted with BHFER through the miraculous rescue of one particular equine in dire need, Betsy Rose. Watching the Intensive care provided throughout that little mare's recovery was truly amazing. It also highlighted the skill and dedication of Theresa, Bob, and all the volunteers that make this rescue and sanctuary so special.
I love that it doesn't matter the breed, the age, or the potential for re-homing, BHFER steps up and does the very best for every case that comes their way.
I hope to someday visit the rescue but for now have to be content with following them online and donating when I can.

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

Thank you so very much for the kind words and for your support. :-)

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm very careful when I select non-profits to support; I do my homework. I always look for those organizations who have a very modest % of my donation spent on administrative costs. I have no qualms with Beauty's Haven Farm and Equine Rescue. They go out of their way to make sure that no animal is turned away or euthanized just because it has problems that will take $$$.
Theresa Batchelder and her crew of volunteers, Vets and Farriers are just awesome! I highly recommend them to horse lovers and animal lovers everywhere.

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

Thank you so much for the kind words, recommendation, and the review!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of Beauty's Haven Farm & Equine Rescue a few years ago when the story of Betsy Rose grabbed my attention and my heart strings. I diligently followed each Facebook post with every step of this precious little mare's treatment and her unbelievable progress. From what was undoubtedly a hopeless situation due to severe neglect, I watched as Theresa and her team of amazing volunteers and skilled medical professionals worked tirelessly around the clock to restore Betsy Rose back to life, health and happiness with their compassion, dedication and love. This was the most miraculous endeavor I had ever witnessed. Theresa saw something in Betsy Rose's eyes that made her "believe" the little mare wasn't ready to give up and she was right. This was just one of the many many cases where Theresa, Bob and the Beauty's Haven village have stepped in and cared for horses, ponies, donkeys (and a calf) who found themselves in hopeless situations. I am in complete awe and gratitude to Theresa, Bob and all the volunteers who take on some of the most severe neglect and abuse cases and do not ever give up on them. Theresa always finds a way to provide the best medical, dental, nutrition and hoof care possible.

I had the great privilege of visiting Beauty's Haven a couple months ago and to meet Theresa, Bob, some of the volunteers and of course all the incredible 4 legged residents of the farm, including dear little Betsy Rose, herself. The farm is exactly what the name implies - a "Haven" for these lucky residents, actually more like "Heaven". Every animal there is clearly well loved and taken care of in the best way possible and the farm itself is beautifully maintained and very lovely. Everyone there works extremely hard dedicating themselves to the welfare of these precious creatures. I just wish I lived closer, I would be there all the time volunteering and I really look forward to having another chance to visit again. This is undeniably the best rescue organization ever and I proudly support them with donations whenever I can. I am so grateful for Theresa, Bob and all the volunteers - God Bless you all, you truly are angels on earth!!

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

Thank you so much for the kind words and the review! I'm so glad you got to come visit and hope you get to come again someday! I'm glad you got to meet Jingle before he was adopted too! We truly appreciate you and your support!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beautyhaven is really the place where abused horses and other animals get to begin life again no one is to bad to be saved beautyhaven does not give up until the horse says it's time to give up most horses that come through there know that they are in a safe place and the bad things that happened to them is behind them they get to know love and care even if it's only for a short time or for the rest of their life this is truly a great non-profit when you go through the gates of beautyhaven they just know they are safe.The volunteers make up the village Theresa and Bob need to make it all Happen and the supporters and Grants and Great animal Organizations that help them Care financially for their care is all what makes The Rescue work and save so many that have given up Hope and by saving the Animals It gives Humans Hope that One animal soul can save so many human souls

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

Thank you very much for the review and for your support!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beauty Haven is Home to so many horses that were the worst of the worst where no one even thought they could possibly live thru what has been done to them. I have to admit there were quite i few that I said to myself My Goodness how do these Poor HOrses endure the pain of what was done to them. But Theresa and the Volunteers Never Give Up . THis truly is not only a Safe Haven for the abused but HEAVEN . though i dont get to be hands on volunteer any more due to work and TIme shortage . Its so true that it takes a Village to raise just one. and Her crew of Volunteers are dedicated Hard working,! Its tiring endless dedication with little time for relaxation for theresa and the crew. Please if you see your neighbors animals being abused, and starve DONT WAIT FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO CALL. !!! pick up the phone call the authorities and keep on calling them if you have to. !!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After the passing of 2006 Derby winner, Barbaro, I became involved in the movement to stop horse slaughter and was looking for a place to volunteer for horses in need. A fellow FOB (fans of Barbaro) recommend BHFER as a place I might enjoy.Well, I am forever grateful for her advice. I have been volunteering at Beauty's Haven since 2007 and have witnessed miracles you would not believe.
Sure, you say, miracles smiracles.....well visit Theresa's Web site and see for yourself.
The special touch she has for animals in need, cases of need that no one else will help, will make you a beliver.
Beauty's Haven is a very special place of love and caring. I am proud to be a volunteer