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Beauty's Haven Farm and Equine Rescue, Inc.

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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.

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254 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Amaya R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Beauty's Haven Farm and Equine Rescue, Inc is truly where miracles and second chances happen on a regular basis. I have been an avid supporter and follower of this rescue for years and have witnessed first hand the endless love and devotion Theresa, her family and volunteers give to every animal and person that come to their farm. I have watched amazing recovery and adoption stories and cried both happy and sad tears for the ones they save and the ones they so compassionately let go. The village of supporters that can be rallied when an animal is in need is a telling testimony of the respect the community has for Theresa and the mission statement of the Rescue. You will never find a more deserving rescue to give your donations or volunteer your time with. The need for ligitimate rescue groups, such as Beauty's Haven Farm and Equine Rescue, is greater than ever but finding experienced angels to take on the tasks and operations are challenging. I will continue to stand in support of this rescue and do all I can to make sure the community knows of its importance to the forgotten and neglected animals who now call the rescue home.

horses1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beauty Haven Farm and Equine Rescue is a Place for 2nd chances not only for the animals but the People who take care of them. Once they go thru the gate they KNOW they are safe now and Theresa and Bob and the Volunteers that tirelessly work there make sure they never know hunger , fear or abuse and neglect again. No stone is left unturned once they enter the property They go above and beyond to ensure they get the best of care and love. I started out volunteering hands on for many years and learned so much about the rehabilitation of horses that are neglected so long . They amount of care needed once they get beyond a certain point of starvation is very time consuming and expensive to bring them back from the " brink of death" . This experience brought me to a new adventure of reporting abuse and neglect cases to the authorities and following up to be sure they "DO their Job" and get the animal the help it needs. Just because you call in an animal abuse situation, NEVER assume they are handling it. I Learned that at Beauty Haven we first hand would see an animal deteriorate from time of 1st call to time the were finally surrendered to the Rescue. I have seen many " so called rescues" that do a horrible Job and abuse the word " Rescue"" Beauty Haven is a Class A PLACE THEY WORK TIRELESSLY ROUND THE CLOCK MANY MANY TIMES to save an animal be it a horse, cow bird kitten goat, Theresa and Bob and the Village of supporters are amazing. They are dedicated for whatever it takes. many have been picked up in the back seat of the mini van and taken to the rescue.!

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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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kathrobertson

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’ve been following Beauty’s Haven for over 7 years......the work that Theresa does with all of the rescues is simply breathtaking. I’m continually in awe of her compassion and heart filled commitment to creatures others have deemed disposable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Beauty's Haven for over 10 years now 2 days a week. When I come through gates to rescue I find such peace and whatever problems, worries etc I have are left at gate. I have many favorites but wanted to tell you about Bria. Bria was rescued late last year and was in terrible shape. Her body was a 1 on Henneke scale. Theresa right away had team assembled - vet, dentist, farrier etc - to look at her. She had been so malnourished and could hardly walk. I thought she would not make it but with the “team” Theresa assembled Bria put on much needed weight, her teeth were fixed and she had soft ride boots put on her feet so she could walk better. I have never bonded with a horse the way I was bonded to Bria. I was so encouraged watching how it was painful for her to walk but walk she did - until she couldn’t-even then Theresa made sure she didn’t suffer any more. I was heartbroken that she had to be put down but I knew she was going to better place and I pictured her running again in green fields. And I knew all horses that have passed at rescue would be there to welcome her home.
I have learned so much from Theresa over the years. I call her a horse listener because as many of us volunteers can attest to she has way with the horses and when we can’t catch horse she just goes out there and they come to her. Theresa and Bob have given up so much to run the rescue. They are truly dedicated to the horses and their care.
When their time on earth is over they will get to rainbow bridge and all the horses will be there to greet them and God will be with there too and say to them you have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, you have kept the faith.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure to work with the owners, Bob and Theresa the past 6 months doing healing on their rescues. From the horses, donkeys, to the dogs and cats. It’s utterly amazing how dreadful the rescues that they have taken into their care and on their ranch, and how wonderful these animals seem to go from deaths door to healthy and happy animals. Both of them definitely have a gift from God as to knowing how to care for animals in need no matter what the conditions they seem to be in when they arrive. I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity and trust they gave me to allow me to bring energy healing to their animals large and small. I would totally trust Bob and Theresa with any animal and in any condition.

cathycal

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beauty's Haven is truly a place of miracles! To witness horses come in nearly broken in body and spirit, and watch them transform over weeks and months into happy, healthy, even playful spirits is just incredible. Some of my favorites have been Zahara (who arrived practically a skeleton) who is now living with a wonderful family who adore and spoil her, and she is a totally different horse. Also sweet Peggy Sue, whose pelvis was broken at birth, but who has found a peaceful forever home with BH's sanctuary, and gets to meet so many friends, human and equine. I am forever grateful that I found this peaceful sanctuary where I can volunteer my time, energy and love, and feel like I actually received more than I gave each time I leave.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beauty's Haven is a true sanctuary for the spirit, soul, mind and body - and I'm not just talking about the horses and donkeys (and one little special calf)! Whenever I go there to volunteer I feel I have entered a special spiritual oasis where I can breathe deeply and relax in the knowing that finally I've walked into a space that believes that horses and donkeys and all creatures deserve to feel loved, cared for, and safe. It is such a wonderful blessing to be able to offer my time and energy to support this sanctuary. I love all of the beings there, but some particular favorites are Zahara (beautiful black thoroughbred who arrived nearly starving and now is thriving), Jojo & Jazzy the mischievous little mini-donkeys, Lucy the mini paint horse with the permanent trach in her throat who loves to run alongside the golf cart up and down the hills, Ruby the lovely gray with such delicate skin, and of course Beauty & her little friend Frodo. Truly a magical place!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is one of Florida’s best rescues. They take on some of the worst cases of neglected horses I have ever seen. They go above and beyond to give them a good quality of life as many become sanctuary horses for various reasons. ❤️❤️❤️

kshanna92

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering at Beauty’s Haven Farm & Equine Rescue approximately 5 years ago and while there are many stories about my own experiences at the rescue and the amazing success stories that Theresa Batchelor, one of the owners of Beauty’s Haven, has had with so many horses, this is the story of Shaker.
Shaker’s life before she arrived at Beauty’s Haven in 2010 was a horrible one. It was a large hoarding case in South Florida where many horses did not survive, but Shaker did survive – with a baby by her side and pregnant again. This was Shaker, lying helplessly on the ground, a few days before she was released to the rescue. Her foal, Kandi, was standing nearby, watching Shaker suffering through colic. If you look closely, you can see the remains of others that sadly did not survive scattered in the background.
Theresa didn’t know if Shaker would make it or not, but thankfully Shaker and Kandi made it out alive and came to Beauty’s Haven. Theresa immediately began the rehabilitative, often life-saving care with Shaker that all horses who find their way to Beauty’s Haven receive: Veterinarian care, farrier, equine dentist, a special diet to help her regain weight appropriately. And Shaker not only survived, but thrived, like so many have done under Theresa’s love and care.
In February of 2011 Shaker was adopted. In April of 2011 Shaker gave birth to her foal (named Phoenix). That same adopter also adopted Kandi in June of 2011. In 2014 the adopter began working with Shaker under saddle, but by 2017 Shaker’s life was once again about to change. The adopter was diagnosed with cancer and reached out to Theresa to find new homes for Shaker and Kandi (Phoenix had already found a new home). This adopter truly loved these horses, but she was losing her battle and passed away in March of 2017.
Theresa was able to find a new home for both of them and Shaker and Kandi remained with the new adopter until April of 2018 when, yet once again, they needed to be rehomed. Their new adopter was having serious health issues and could no longer care for them. A new adopter was found for Kandi, but Shaker still needed a home. At that time a friend and neighbor of mine, herself a very experienced horsewoman, had offered to foster a Beauty’s Haven horse and I suggested Shaker to her. This lady was not only offering her a foster home, but also a restart to her training since Shaker had not been ridden in the last several years. Theresa agreed that this was a great idea and would make Shaker more adoptable since this foster situation would only be temporary.
Unfortunately, when we arrived to pick up Shaker, we discovered she had injured her left eye the day before. We loaded her and immediately transported her to a veterinarian clinic to be evaluated. The injury was treated by her foster and me over the next month and, once again, Shaker healed.
Once Shaker healed from her eye injury, the foster began working with her. The foster uses natural horsemanship training methods and she began implementing those with Shaker. Over the next couple of months, I occasionally went over to the foster’s barn to observe her training methods. While I had owned horses and been actively riding the last 15 years, I had never had any formal riding or groundwork training myself and I was interested in seeing what I could learn from her. And, along the way, I learned so much about Shaker.
Theresa has a phrase she has used in her rescue efforts – “making all of their tomorrows everything their past should have been”. Shaker had a horrible past – neglected, starved, watching other horses dying around her as she lay pregnant on the ground. But she survived. And then, under circumstances none of us could have predicted, Shaker was moved from one home to another home to yet another home. And she took all of that in stride and survived. But being a survivor also made Shaker untrusting, headstrong, standoff-ish. But as I began watching the foster begin to work with her, I found myself asking her if I could also start to work with her some. Was I looking for a challenge? Absolutely not. I’m no horse trainer. Did I think I could “win” her over? I really wasn’t sure I could. I just saw something in those eyes of hers beyond all that bravado. And was I planning on adopting her? Not at all. I already had 3 horses. But then, in October of 2018, I told Theresa I had an adoption application for Shaker and handed it to her. Proposed adopter: me.
Shaker has been with me now for a year and a half. I call her “Shiloh”. The biblical meaning of the name is “peace” or “tranquility”, something I wanted her to have. While she can still be willful, unsure, she has slowly learned to trust me on the ground and in the saddle. I enlisted the help of an exceptional horse trainer and he has helped us both immensely. I am also fortunate to have an amazing friend that I ride with who patiently helps us work through issues as they come up. Shaker is becoming a wonderful trail horse and I ride her several times a week. I am lucky to live in an equestrian community where I can literally ride out my gate and onto 28 miles of trails throughout our community here. One of Shaker’s riding issues has been her reluctance to leave her barn and her horse family here, but she’s doing it and is realizing that I always bring her home. Yes, home, her forever home.
Shaker’s past? Yes, a tragic one. Her future? A bright one.


Donor

Rating: 5

They love and save all animals , often in spite of the heartache.

1 Pamela S Wood H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for several years at BHFER, but now with the Covid 19 I have had the opportunity to be there 3 days a week. The extraordinary work that both Theresa and Bob do does not go unnoticed. They both are a true inspiration to all that work there. The compassion given to every creature that comes to this Farm. I feel honored to be part of the healing process for so many horses, and now a new baby kitten. Theresa and Bob make an awesome team and i am proud to know them and work by their side. Theresa is truly blessed! Thank you for allowing me to be part of your team of volunteers and we are becoming family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the absolute honor of visiting Beauty's Haven 3 times and each time I am simply amazed at the outstanding job Bob and Theresa do 365 days a year to care for the horses in their care. If a horse is blessed to land at Beauty's Haven, everything humanly possible will be done to help restore emotional and physical health to that horse. Theresa takes some of the hardest cases and leaves no stone unturned to help each and every sweet soul who crosses her threshold. A 5 star rating is not enough! God Bless Theresa and Bob and all the Beauty's Haven Kids.........Jamie with The Fans of Barbaro

Linda209

Donor

Rating: 5

Beauty's Haven is a great horse rescue. Caring. Dedicated, hard working. That describes the owners/president and also the volunteers. 100% of your donation goes to the horses, minis and donkeys. You never have to worry about donating your hard earned money if you choose this rescue!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following this rescue since late 2012. It was just after the Sandy Hook shootings, and all of a sudden up popped a picture of the most starved horse I think could have ever stood on 4 feet. Theresa named him Solace, and he was truly a miracle. Theresa Batchelor and the volunteer staff nursed him back to health. It was amazing to watch. I volunteered at BHFER in March of 2013, because it is important that I know where my donated money is being used. Theresa proved to be an open book about the rescue. She explained how some decisions are made, where the money is spent, the different needs of the horses. I went back and volunteered again in March 2014. I am not able to visit right now, due to health issues, but I have no doubt that any money that I donate is well spent, and spent on the horses and donkeys. Also, because BHFER does not buy from kill pens, there is no "bail" to be paid to save an animal. They are signed over to the rescue. BHFER is also helpful with "seized" animals that have been abused or neglected and starved.
There are many respectable rescues out there. But I believe there is no one more dedicated than Theresa and Bob. The picture is Genesis, a draft horse that had just had his eye removed. He greeted me at the door!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is the most amazing place ..... the love and care given to all the “velvet noses” cannot be beat ..... no animal is ever turned away when they need love they get it .... unconditionally ....

1 Sue_60

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do an amazing job of caring for the horses, cats, dogs and cows, whatever animal needs help they go above and beyond and do everything possible to make each animal loved and cared for no matter how long the animal is with them, hours or years they are all loved.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed and donated to Beautys Haven for a few years now and I'm in awe of the tireless dedication that Theresa, her family and volunteers give to the starved, beaten, abused and neglected horses that they save or heartbreakingly have to help cross over Rainbows Bridge. I have cried many times reading the stories Theresa has written about the horses she has had to help cross that bridge and smiled at the antics of the ones she has saved. This organisation needs your help to continue the wonderful work that they do. No amount is too small. Thank you in advance for helping them. :)

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Paula Coonfield E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited the rescue and participated in various fund-raising events. The people are truly dedicated to the welfare of the animals in their care!

1 Patricia A. K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These are the best people who do everything possible for those in their care. I have been following for several years now and donate monthly to help.
Betsy Rose's journey was tremendous thanks to these caring souls.

1 Writer

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent Equine rescue that truly cares for their animals

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Visited Beauty's Haven in February. What a wonderful place for these horses and donkeys to be. They are one big happy family ❤️ All the animals receive the best care possible and lots of love. Too bad I don't live closer cause I would love to volunteer here.

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

Thank you for the kind words and the review!

1 Kathy149

Donor

Rating: 5

Theresa & Bob continue to do incredible rescue & rehabilitation... just look at Beauty’s Haven Farm & Equine Rescue and follow their latest rescue, Hope, the dwarf calf! They give their all to every one they rescue. I’ve supported them for years and will continue to help. They are the best!

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Donor

Rating: 5

BHFER continues to amaze me with their love & care for every animal they take in & rehabilitate. Many have become "residents" as their needs require them to stay under the loving care of BHFER. Not only do they save horses, minis & donks, there are several dogs & cats that can thank them for their lives. And, of course, there's Jingle, the calf, who now thrives in his forever home!
Thank you, Theresa & Bob, I'm proud to be a friend of BHFER!

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Donor

Rating: 5

They are the best of the best in Florida
Dedicated and Trustworthy

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The owners are an incredibly caring couple. I volunteered there for a few months and only stopped because I moved and life got hectic. They put all of their animals before themselves and make sure every single one has the best care. They are two of the sweetest, most genuine individuals I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. The love that they have for what they do is overwhelmingly obvious from the moment you step on their property.

1 Peter F.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer there Saturdays and there is not enough time or paper to express my feelings to Beauty’s Haven and Theresa and Bob. Wonderful people doing wonderful work. They have devoted their lives to caring for neglected and abused animals. We have adopted 3 horses and 2 cats from them. So I have seen and experienced their work first hand.

1 Smiles23

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been associated with this charity for years, I have watched many people heal the broken horses and animals that come in here and also watched hearts break when the souls depart from their broken bodies.
I have also watched people be healed by the love shown them by the animals they work with. It is an amazing place and if I could I would give them enough money that they would never have to fundraiser again.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Although I have never met Teresa or visited Beauty’s Haven. I have followed her for a number of years. I have purchased a few of their fundraising apparel. The horses and donkeys that have come into her care have known more love and care. Whether for a short period or years they have all known a kind and gentle life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rescues are a dime a dozen but working with theresa is an eye opener. She finds hope in everything she does.

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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.

Ola A.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed this non-profit for several years and what they do for the animals if nothing but remarkable!! They bring hope when there is no hope - even to us humans!

1 Kathy120

Donor

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the farm for several years before my health went downhill. I still support their work from a distance. Love Theresa and her crew immensely.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to Beauty's Haven and have also volunteered on several occasions and I am greatly impressed with Theresa and the work she and her volunteers do to help the horses and donkeys that they rescue. Theresa truly is an angel among us for what she has been through personally and the survivor she is and how she instills that onto the animals and people. I have also encouraged others to donate and volunteer if they are able as well.

1 TJ B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

They helped me secure a motivated adoption that most wouldn’t without hesitation. Always open arms when we go to visit, just the best type of people.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This charity is beyond charitable, in spirit, heart, and in providing care to all animals! Yes they are an equine rescue, but they currently rescue dogs, cats, bunnies, and yes, even a little calf! This calf is crippled, and was abandoned by her mother. This rescue truly came to the rescue, and found splints for this calfs two front legs, to help her ambulate. They deserve so much. They deserve all kinds of financial care. They are always in need.

1 love those rescues

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What is not to love! I have followed this rescue for several years. Unstinting dedication to the animals. Rescue work is so unrewarded by the general public. Wish I would do more about the funding! This rescue works every last penny and are ultra responsible. 24/7 and the animals are first. Amazing stories of rescue and loss. Please help them help the helpless!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Shelbie R.

Donor

Rating: 5

Beauty’s Haven is an amazing organization. Theresa and her volunteers do what many cannot.

Robin108

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Theresa and her Beautiful staff are such a God send to all of these amazing children (animals) that she takes in when they r literally knocking at deaths door and she is a Angel that swoops in and rescues them. This place is God place it’s like Heaven here on earth. So Beautiful

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met this beautiful lady when they had the celebration of lthis place is AWESOME. I truly fell in luv with this place and Theresa is a re-markable lady in all that she does. This is truly Beauty's Haven. It just sad how she has to find them at deaths for I'm honored to know this lady and her fabolius work that she does. May God Bless this beautiful place it's truly been touched by the hand of God!!!! Keep up the wonderful work.


Robin Locke/ Facebook friend

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The love these folks have for horses and all animals actually is phenomenal. They saved a starved horse on the brink of death brought her back to life with love , food and excellent care. They probably gave her the best days of her life. Her recovery gave hope to many! This non profit is exemplary at all they do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited with my friend Audrey, who is a volunteer, and had a wonderful experience! This is a great organization and I look forward to visiting again in the future!

1 Audrey V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering here last year as a way to reconnect with horses. It’s a beautiful farm and they are doing amazing work here. I’ll never forget seeing baby Hope for the first time!

J Deanna N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is awesome they have showed so much love for these needy animals and will go to any length to help them

Cathy B.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Beauty’s Haven Farm and Equine Rescue, INC., is a great rescue!!! They save all
Kinds of animals and provide therapy, rehabilitation, medical treatment, nutrition, and regular needed veterinary care to animals that have been severely neglected, abused and/or abandoned!! They are committed to saving fur babies lives!! The owners work hard 24/365 days a year. They are truly angels here on earth!! I donate to their rescue on a regular basis and have been to the rescue and seen with my own eyes the heart and soul they put into saving fur babies day in and day out!! This is an extremely worthy cause to support with volunteer hours and/or monetary donations!! ❤️❤️❤️

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Donor

Rating: 5

Beauty’s Haven Farm and Equine Rescue, Inc., is a Wonderful rescue!! The couple who run this rescue are so dedicated to saving all four legged creatures and especially horses!! They work night and day to do angel’s work here on earth!! Their dedication to serve animals in a loving way is Amazing!!! They will hook up a horse trailer and respond to an animal or animals in need, in the middle of the day or night!!! They work so many long hours with only the help of dedicated volunteers and minimal financial resources!! They are truly incredible and whole heartedly invested in saving the mistreated and neglected four legged souls!! They make a huge difference in the lives of so many needy animals, often their interventions are the literal difference between life and death for the animals they save!!! Thank you for all you do!! Sincerely, Cathy Bellina-Little

Podie

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've never before experienced such a caring nonprofit organization. The owners put every fiber of their being into making the world a better place for horses and other farm animals. They don't give up, no matter what. They have found me animals to adopt, and, after my husband passed away and I needed to move, they found homes for the animals I couldn't take. They'll take on sick and/or injured animals that others have thrown away. They do this with few volunteers. The animals they care for (until a home can be found) are in magnificent shape because of the quality feed and care that they receive. Even discarded kittens were given a loving home until adopters could be found. From what I can see, 100% of the money donated goes right back into the rescue. I can't possibly give them a higher endorsement. THEY ARE THE BEST!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

For several years, my donkey, Thunder, and two goat brothers, Billy and Kid, lived together happily on my five acres in Alachua, Florida. Thunder would sometimes play a little rough with the boys, but together, they could stand up to him. When Billy died four years ago, I noticed Thunder was again playing too roughly with Kid, and I worried he'd be hurt. I went to Beauty's Haven to find a pony or horse that would play with Thunder and be kind to Kid. Theresa took my dilemma very seriously, and now I have Rascal, a pony that protects Kid and gives Thunder the rough play he likes. I've never seen animals as well cared for as they are at Beauty's Haven, and Rascal has a wonderful personality because of that - and Theresa's love!

1 Sandra105

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having visited and volunteered at Beauty’s Haven many times it is an amazing place.
The love and care given to all the animals is never ending it is just a wonderful place to be a part of ..... no one could care about the animals more than Theresa and Bob and I am proud to be a volunteer there and be a part of the BHFER family .

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Beauty’s Haven for the past 4 years and the care given to these animals is truly amazing.
No-one could work harder than Theresa and Bob, the love and dedication they give on a daily basis makes me proud to call them friends and work with them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My mother had been a supporter of the rescue for a while when I started following also. In 2013 I came to the Celebration of Life. I had a blast helping where ever I could. I even got a daily job feeding one of the mini horses, Lucy. It was a great four days that I wish I could do again. Who knows I might make it yet. Everyone was super nice and fun to be with. Theresa and Bob along with all the other volunteers work tirelessly to do the best they can for a rescue that is always full to the brim and have people calling all the time to take more in. Not only horses but burrows, donkeys, calves, dogs,cat, whatever needs care. Their hearts are so big there is no way to measure just how big. To the moon and back, you guys are the best!! (I am choosing my role as donor as I live too far away to be considered a volunteer.)

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been to this rescue and know how hard Theresa and everyone work. There have been many horses that would have died had it not been for Theresa. She is a rare person, an angel for so many horses, donkeys and burros who have no where else to go. They find new homes or some live out their lives right there. Many happy faces greet visitors to the rescue. I sponsor several horses and do what else I can to help. If I lived closer I would be there all the time and can't wait till I can go back again. She has the best volunteers and her family are the best!! If you can send a donation they can always use the money. If you can volunteer some time they always use the help. If you can sponsor a horses it will make you feel so good knowing you are changing the life of a horse!!

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judy17335

Donor

Rating: 5

Working tirelessly for years to help animals in need! I contribute monthly to this worthy cause.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The moto of Beauty's Haven is " I Believe " and I 100% believe in the wonderful caring folks who run this rescue for abused and neglected horses. Miracles happen here on a daily basis. I became a follower of Theresa and her husband, Bob's , efforts by being a member of the Alex Brown followers of the race horse Barbaro. I have been an active supporter of Beauty's Haven for several years and have seen them pull so many horses from the verge of death back to health and happy lives. The work tirelessly for the animals and post wonderful up dates on FaceBool and the Alex Brown site so that we feel part of the story,even though my home is in San Antonio, Tx. Their whole hearts and souls go into making these miracles work. their efforts are tireless. I can not say one negative comment about this rescue. I Believe in them totally! Judy Hedgecock

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Suzanne H.2

Donor

Rating: 5

This charity is truly amazing
They rescue and help heal many needy animals from kittens to calves to horses. Please acknowledge their contributions.

Sandra I.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Many yrs back , there was a sweet foal born with wry mouth, cleft palate or mouth in humans.
She would have died, but Theresa took her in and named her AAleyah Belle,,,,,,,,,,,,she is flourishing then and now, healthy and happy. Before her, there was Nick, a severely malnourished and mistreated Arabian,,,,,,,,,,,,so thin he could barely stand,,,,,,,,,,,,a sling was used, to hold him up at times , and he slowly progressed, till we thought he would survive. All love came to him from all states and beyond with prayers,,,,,,,even healing beads for around his neck,,,,,,,,,but sadly, he lost the battle,as we grieved,,,,,,,,,,,,,,so much ws done for him to live fr Beauty's Haven,as we all cheered him on. These stories are typical of this great rescue, always, and we have great respect for Theresa and her gang and volunteers

1 Victoria28

Donor

Rating: 5

It takes grit, love and leadership to take a care based non-profit to the highest level of success for the animals and for the people's hearts who volunteer and donate to the organization. Beauty's Haven has that in it founders and so much more. Why try with severely abused animals in the first place? Beauty's Haven has taught us that our very humanity is established when we care for those that are helpless and in doing that we discover our community heart and soul. I follow daily, respect those who have become friends through Beauty's Haven and I donate when I can. I am thankful for all they have done for me and for the all of the animals fortunate enough to have found themselves in their caring hands.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The people who own and operate this rescue are earth bound Angels! They work magic for horses and donkeys with no hope and give them a healthy happy life. Money spent goes to the animals and their care. The care and love given is amazing.

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Donor

Rating: 5

For years I have seen the extraordinary care that Beauty’s Haven has given all of their rescues. They go above and beyond. Minis that have been hit by lightening, horses in slings brought back to live out their lives. They adopt out all they can to a good home and have taken back a few when circumstances change. They constantly strive to raise money for their much needed expenses. A wonderfully run organization. Love them

1 Writer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beauty's Haven Farm and Equine Rescue has been a part of my family's life for over 10 years. I have never known anyone that has such a deep respect and love for animals as Theresa Bachelor. They all find a kindred spirit in her and know that she can make their life better. God gave Theresa a special power that speaks to all animals in need, I truly believe this. I have witnessed the love she gives to all those helped and saved.

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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



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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following this rescue since about 2012, I live on the opposite side of the United States from Beauty’s Haven but have followed and donated along the journey Teresa has taken in resucueing everything from abused, abandoned horses, donkeys, kitties and a baby calf. She truly is our angel and voice for animals here on earth. I never have known anyone who puts more heart and soul and passion into anything more than she does. She puts everything on the back burner when it comes to taking in and care of these neglected and often times abused animals. She wears her heart on her sleeve and you truly can tell in everything she does. I only wish I lived closer to be able to actually help do the hands on work along side of her. I think everyone could learn a few things from Beauty’s Haven Farm. Thank you Teresa and all that help there for doing the fantastic job you do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer and donator for Beauty's Haven for at least 4 years. Theresa does amazing work and it seems like the animals really appreciate her love and attention. I wish I could do more for them. My grandpa would be proud of the work she does.

1 lynnie

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have the honor of volunteering at Beauty’s Haven. Theresa is extremely aware of all the horses individual needs and wants. Whether it’s scooping paddocks, grooming, feeding, or doing dishes.....I feel a heaven on earth!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When the gates of Beauty's Haven open miracles happen! It's as simple as that. Once a horse becomes part of the 'family', he/she will never experience the neglect and abuse it had so horribly suffered. A new life begins, with caring, nurturing, and lots of love. A friend of mine had told me about Beauty's Haven, and all the wonderful happenings, and how they were in need of volunteers. Horses were always very special to me, but my knowlege was so limited, thinking they really wouldn't have a place for someone as green as me! To the contrary! I was greeted with open arms by Theresa and all who work there. It didn't take long to learn the basics of caring for the horses, and then I witnessed miracles....I saw a little colt come to terms with his blindness when paired with another loving colt. I saw~ starving emaciated mares/geldings become beautiful specimens, a loving mare living a happy life with a trachea, a foal that was standing by his dead mother now races and plays with his pasture mate, (who was transported in a van because of an emergency situation) and both show off to all! A young mare with a rune nose greets all with the most loving sloppy kisses! I can go on and on about all the angels at the rescue. All needs are met: hooficures, dental work, regular medications, special diets, acupuncture, massages, and again lots of love. And when the time comes that an ailing horse can not cope with the maladies of life; when it has "said" enough now...then it is helped to cross over with dignity and love. It has been an honor for me to help at Beauty's Haven. You see, those gates at Beauty's Haven work miracles on me as well! No personal problems can exist when you're in 'heaven on earth'!

1 Karin R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of adopting a horse from this rescue and was impressed by the fact that even after he left their property they have followed up with me to make sure I am taking good care of him

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following mother Theresa & Beauty's Haven for years now. Theresa has a heart of gold and will do whatever it takes to save abused horses. There are lots of horses out there that might not still be here if it weren't for all of BH efforts. This is a wonderful place!

1 Gretchen K.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following Beauty's Haven for almost a decade. This is one amazing Rescue. Everything they do is for the right reason. A truly incredible group, a rescue that truly makes a difference.

1 Bnfried

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beauty’s Haven is an amazing organization! Theresa and Bob work so hard everyday to make sure the horses and donkeys (and occasional cows and goats and whatever else needs help lol) have the best life possible! I love going out to volunteer and getting to spend time with the horses. If you have a free day I recommend going out to BH, the expiernce and Theresa’s amazing story will change your life!

2 Bella W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a volunteer at "Beauty's Haven" is very rewarding. The animals are happy and friendly. Theresa monitors the horses constantly on these hot days. They are provided with misters and fans to keep them cool, but she found that poor Peggy Sue stopped sweating in the blistering heat on Saturday!! We took her into the barn, cooled her off in front of the fan and hosed her down. After a while her respiration slowed and she allowed me to brush and snuggle with her!!! She's soooooo precious. Theresa, Bob, and Kevin work very hard taking care of all the horses and other animals living on the farm, they can use a helping hand. I just wish more people would come out for a few hours and help out.

2 momweck

Donor

Rating: 5

Beauty's Haven Farm and Equine Rescue is one of the most caring, with Teresa Bachelor the mommy of the herd!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The first time I heard about Beauty's Haven, I thought well, another dumping ground in bad shape...But after visiting there, I found the most wonderful people running it, clean,well maintained, and so much love for those horses, I drove 4 hours to volunteer my time, and leave a donation. Anytime Teresa askes for help, it's not for her, it's for the horses. If I lived closer, I would be there every day to help. Tereasa and her staff of volunteers are streched thin at times, but never turn a horse in need away, even if they are beyond hope, they make their crossin the rainbow bridge knowing someone loved them. God Bless Beauty's Haven for the work they do!

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1 Donna K.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following and donating to this rescue since the day Theresa rescued Betsy Rose. From that day forward I have found that Theresa is most amazing human being on the planet. She is an inspiration to all of us who know or have just had the pleasure of meeting her just once. I recently went to their celebration and got to meet some of the animals she helps and met the awesome volunteers. Some of those volunteers drive for 3 hours to go there. Theresa is relentless, she never gives up until the rescued animal lets her know they are done and want to cross the Rainbow Bridge. She has great staff and really good vets that go above and beyond for all the rescues. If I lived closer I would be there every weekend volunteering but due logistics that's not possible. I do what I can by donating when there is a huge need. I follow other rescues on Facebook but this is the one I choose to send funds to. They are an amazing bunch of good folks and I thank God for them every day!

1 Beatrice S. Lewis G.

Donor

Rating: 5

Theresa is just wonderful in all she does for horses and all animals. I have been to her rescue and am amazed at what she does and how she does it. She loves those horses & others so much.

1 Jonni S.

Donor

Rating: 5

They never give up or give in when the task seems just impossible .

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following Beauty's Haven rescue for many years. Theresa and her family and volunteers have saved hundreds, if not more, horses and other farm animals during that time, many of whom I never expected would be able to survive. They have provided sanctuary and loving care to animals with complex medical issues and many have little hope of placement in another home. Despite being always stretched beyond capacity and budget, they always find a way to help the next desperate case. Many animals have found wonderful new homes while others were loved until the end of their comfort and quality of life. I consider Beauty's Haven to be the pinnacle of what a rescue can do

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I had the extreme pleasure and privilege to advise this marvelous organization and get to know Theresa. Ironically, if there were more people like her in this world, we would not need animal rescue facilities. Truly regrettably, very few people have Theresa’s total commitment, compassion and limitless heart. This facility and those who tirelessly work for the animals lucky enough to have found their way there deserves more than five stars.

1 cecelevy1

Donor

Rating: 5

Beauty's Haven Farm and Equine Rescue is an extraordinary organization that rescues, cares for and heals abused and neglected horses, ponies and donks. My introduction to BHFER started when I saw a story on Facebook and instantly fell in love with a small mare named Betsy Rose who was on death's door from starvation with little to no chance of survival. Well, miracles do happen and with the help of Theresa Batchelor and her husband, Bob, and a small team of volunteers, little Betsy Rose was given a second chance at life - a life now filled with happiness and loads of love, something she had probably never felt in her entire life before being rescued. Betsy Rose is just one of the many miracles that happen at BHFER. This rescue demonstrates the true meaning of compassion - their kindness and selfless devotion to all these precious equines is truly an inspiration. I am very grateful to have been able to visit the rescue a couple times now and each time, I come away with a renewed sense of awe and belief in miracles.

1 Remember477

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following BHFER for a few years on FB and this past Saturday I figured I would see what it's all about! I was very impressed by the care, grooming, tidines, love and over all care of the horses, mini, ponies and donkeys etc. All the volunteers were friendly, gracious and full of information on each cherished equine. Many of the equines stories touched me and pulled on my heart strings. I was amazed by the extent they go to - to help the equines with various issues and problems. It takes a very special group to accomplish all this rescue has. Thank you to all that are the voice for those that can't speak and the loving hands and hearts that touch each individual rescue that comes in!
Attached a photo of Ruby and Hank.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I visited Beauty's Haven Rescue in early 2007, and was so impressed with Theresa and her facilities. I was in Florida for the winter that year, and haven't been back, but I follow the rescue on Facebook and donate what I can. The level of care provided to the horses is exceptional, and the cleanliness of the facilities and focus on health and rehabilitation for all of the animals there is amazing. Theresa is a tireless advocate for all animals, and steps up to help out over and over again. She and her team are impressive beyond belief, and she deserves to be acknowledged for the wonderful work she does. The world is a better place for so many because of her.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Beauty's Haven is a wonderful rescue...They're little Betsy Rose is a true miracle, and her story is so inspiring. I am so happy that the little quarter horse that was found shot recently was taken in and has received outstanding medical care from the wonderful veterinarians that Theresa works with...I know the little filly will heal with all the love and outstanding care she is receiving from Beauty's Haven. They are totally awesome in their dedication to helping animals.

1 deannalee

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, Kentucky
Karen Hylton - Lexington, S.C.
Jaden Hylton - Lexington, S. C.