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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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198 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Linda209

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!

1 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.

1 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 Linda209

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

I traveled to Beauty's Haven to check out the operation for myself because I can't afford to donate money to an organization that isn't what it claims. I quickly learned that Theresa cares deeply for all the animals. And she has assembled a top quality team of experts to care for them. The volunteers love helping at the farm. I was so impressed that I went back the next year too. If you are able to donate, please don't hesitate to include Beauty's Haven Farm and Equine Rescue. Your money will go directly to the care of the horses.

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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 Podie

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 Kathy149

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

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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1 Sandra105

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a volunteer at Beauty's Haven in November 2016 when I met a beautiful "furry nose" named SeAnna, who was so thin and neglected that we had to be so gentle when we bathed her so as not to hurt her. With Theresa's love and attention I have seen SeAnna and many more blossom into the beautiful souls that are living there today the adorable Ruby, Eliza Rose, Peaches, Emma, Mishka, and beautiful blind Penny and not forgetting the donkies Jojo and Jazzy and many many more
No animal is turned away from Beauty's Haven they are all given the love and care that they should have all their lives not just when they find a safe and loving place free from harm. I am honored to know Theresa and Bob and the hard work that they do here every day is amazing.... a lot of the furry noses would not be here today if it wasn't for them. They all deserve your love and support...... Due to illness I cannot volunteer now as much as I would like, but I know whenever I can go, there is always a warm welcome from Theresa and Bob and I just love spending time with them all. Beautys Haven Farm and Equine Rescue is simply the best !!

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.

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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.

1

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

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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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 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.

2 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.

2 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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