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Faith N Friends

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Faith N Friends Horse Rescue and Sanctuary is committed to caring for equines and other animals that come to the rescue due to abuse, neglect, owner surrenders, slaughter sales, injuries, illness, and many other reasons. Each animal that comes to Faith N Friends is evaluated for medical, behavioral, and workable risks. The animals are always treated by a professional for any medical, dental, and hoof needs. Animals’ behavior and workability are evaluated by our trainers and experienced volunteers. Once the evaluations are completed, an individual plan for each animal is created. After the animal’s rehabilitation is complete, they are placed into approved forever homes. Of course there are some animals that after evaluation we do not find fit to be adopted; these animals, along with others that we believe would make great therapy animals, become sanctuary ambassadors. They will live out the rest of their lives on the farm bringing joy to volunteers, lessoners, and other visitors. Faith N Friends believes it is very important to not just save horses through the rescue program but to reach out into the community and help educate unknowledgeable horse owners on the proper care for their equines. Faith N Friends also does “mercy trimmings” – a program that is free to those who need to learn proper hoof care and get neglected hooves back on track. Faith N Friends provides a home for mentally and physically handicapped children and adults as well. Through therapy with the rescues and riding lessons handicapped people find a safe place in Faith N Friends; some even become volunteers. Faith N Friends is a place where we are helping horses help people. Our team of rescued sanctuary miniature horses loves to travel to public schools and backyards to bring hope and friendship to those who can’t come to them. Faith N Friends is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit in Corryton, Tennessee that is 100% donation funded and volunteer supported. All donations and sponsorships go to rescuing and rehabilitating unwanted, sick, injured, neglected, and abused animals. We are very appreciative of all our contributors, both big and small!

Results: Please check out our Success Stories on our website: https://faithnfriends.org/our-animals/horses-adopted-out/

Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for somewhere I could spend time with Horses. And was very fortunate to find Faith and Friends. everyone I've met is very professional and caring and the love and care they give these horses truly touches the heart. Faith is wonderful and cares for each horse as if it will be with her forever. Great care training and adoption. So very Blessed to have found such a wonderful group of
Loving people and beautiful well loved horses!

3 Amy Oswalt L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for a horse rescue to donate my horses tack and feed to now that she had passed and saw Faith-N-Friends on Facebook. I meet with a young lady on a Saturday afternoon to give her all my horses thing's and thought what a sweet girl I need to see this place Faith-N-Friends in person some day. A few months later I got my chance. Again on Facebook Faith-N-Friends had posted that they could use extra volunteers for clean up and feeding around the farm. With much anticipation I filled out the required forms and showed up on a cold and windy Sunday morning eager to lend a hand. What I found was a group of young, old and special needs people working together enjoying the horse as well as each other’s company. It warmed my heart to see all that Faith-N-Friends has to offer and the founder Faith is the most down to earth horse person I’ve ever been blessed to meet. I am now a weekly volunteer and look forward every time I go to learn and share all of my life’s experiences with this wonderful bunch of people. Thank you Faith-N-Friends for filling the hole in my heart that had been there since the loss of my beloved horse. Here’s to many more cold and windy Sunday mornings!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had a great experience volunteering for Faith N Friends. Faith truly has the horses well being at the top of the list. Our only wish is that we could help more!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This rescue truly comes from the heart ❤️. Everything we do is centered around helping. Helping horses help People is our motto! Family friendly who accepts all!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I don’t think I’ve ever met a person so dedicated and passionate about a cause as Faith, founder of FaithNFriends. With a huge heart and seemingly boundless energy, Faith works, advocates and rallies for horses—often at her own
expense—to give every horse possible, a life free from pain and suffering. And that dedication extends to her volunteers, who exhibit the same passion for horses and their well-being. I am proud to be a volunteer with FaithNFriends, and I encourage others to support this worthy organization in any way that they can.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Faith N Friends is a great horse rescue in the East Tennessee area. They genuinely have the horses welfare in mind. Everything they do, is to benefit the horses. They are continually growing and doing everything they can to raise awareness and community involvement. The best horse rescue and sanctuary in Tennessee.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Faith N Friends is far by the best horse rescue in Tennessee! They are very caring and give 100% to every equine brought into the rescue. My daughter does lessons at Faith N Friends and she has learned so much in a very short time! Faith N Friends is 100% volunteer ran organization so you know everyone there is committed 100%! The follow through to keep up with every equine adopted out is absolutely amazing. Faith does this personally and again all for free. They truly deliver quality over quantity when compared with other horse rescues. I would recommend them to anyone and everyone I meet!

3 Meghan Grace M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I lost my horse a year and a half ago due to colic. When I was stable enough to get into horses again, I looked everywhere. I was looking in Ohio for horses until I stumbled up on Vegas, the mustang I knew I had to adopt. I met Vegas and knew she was the one. Faith gave me all of the information on Vegas. She told me about her old owners, health history, training history, and anything else you would ever need to know about a horse. Faith cares about all of the horses and makes sure that they are put into good homes where they will be loved and cared for. She still knows all of the horses that have entered and exited the rescue. She could probably tell you what her first rescue is up to right now. This rescue is built on quality and care. I would definitely adopt from here again and recommend her to everyone who is interested in horses.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I heard about this rescue from a friend, so myself and several friends went to spend the day and find out more. We got to meet Faith and several volunteers. We also got to our the grounds and meet all of the horses, big and small. It was obvious from the moment we arrived that these volunteers are very passionate about what they do. They shower their rescues with love and attention. And those who can be adopted are sent for training to increase their likelihood of being adopted and decrease their odds of being returned. I developed a great respect for Faith and her volunteers that day. When I am ready to adopt, they will be my first, and hopefully only, stop.

3 Rebecca Lynn P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently fostering and restarting an OTTB for Faith N Friends. It has been such a joy to work with her and all the "staff" at FNF. What they are doing for the horses amazes me every day. They currently have 16 horses available for adoption! This non-profit relies solely on volunteers and donations, which I think is incredible. I am proud to work with and for this awesome organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working with Faith N Friends. They take in so many great horses and focus on owner surrenders. I think that is really cool because horses are demanding, expensive, and require a lot of work. There are a lot of people who have horses but know that they cannot keep them due to their physical well being, financial standing, or time commitments. Faith N Friends offers a safe place for those horses to go, receive any medical, dental, or hoof care they need, get good solid training under their belt, and be adopted out to good homes. I have had the opportunity to volunteer on the farm, evaluate horses for potential new homes, redesign the website, haul horses, and more! I feel like I am such an integral part of the team and my opinion is always valued. I have watched horses come in to the rescue and be completely turned around; sometimes it honestly amazes me what Faith N Friends can do. This rescue is also a sanctuary (for example there is a horse there named Lucky who was once used in a research lab and she will have a forever home as a sanctuary ambassador because we do not want her to be bounced around or ever fall into the wrong hands again) and has a therapy program. I have watched kids received powerful horse related therapy for no cost to their family. The founder and president is a doctor so I always trust that we are in great hands. She never hesitates to ask when she needs help, which is so brave, and she always takes care of her volunteers providing them with snacks and drinks during long days of working on the farm. I'm blessed to have stumbled into this organization!

3 Alison R.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Faith N Friends is an absolutely incredible organization!!! Through their kindess, care, generosity, and sincere devotion they have helped and continue to help so many horses as well as people!!! They work tirelessly to provide assistance, education, and safety to horses as well as humans!!! Through their sheer drive and determination they have never given up hope for a better future for their equine!!! The world, especially East Tennessee, is a better place because of Faith N Friends!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When we needed help with our donkey and a farrier, I contacted every agency in the area. Every one of them turned us away without so much as a suggestion - until I called Faith N Friends. Faith and her volunteers went above and beyond, with suggestions, referrals, and just basic caring and support. Faith N Friends took the time to help us find the best answer for Juggy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for Faith N Friends for just about a year now. Faith's passion to help horses & people is never ending. I love the work she does & the care she shows for everyone! It has been a wonderful experience working with her organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

These People are so great and really love their friends they care for. They have an adoption program that match a person and horse or other critters to benefit both their lives for the better. I have the upmost respect for Faith-N-Friends they matched me with A-Jacks an awesome fella and now friend for life and has brought me so much happiness and I hope the same for a-Jacks. It has really enriched my life to have a horse like A-jacks to get me active and back in the great outdoors. I have medical problems and do not last long on the trails any moor but love them. Faith-N-Friends have gave me this back with A-Jacks a horse that is well trained and takes care of me on the trail. Thank you so much Faith-N-Friends for giving the outdoors back to me threw this adoption.

Sincerely: Jeff Fitzpatrick

3 Susie Q.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Faith has shown me just how much she cares for horses. I know she would save all of them if she could, but unfortunately, money is not unlimited. However, I can tell you about some of her success stories.
I first fostered Omega for her. He has a problem with a hoof and I know she spent a lot to try to fix it, with no avail. He could never do lots of trail work, but he definitely had a purpose.When he came to me, I did what I could to help him and he enjoyed his life here.

After about a year, a family came and needed a bomb proof type horse that would be good with kids. Omega was their man and they are so very happy with him. His hoof problem has no affect on him now as all he does is take young kids for short rides. He is their perfect horse.

I am now fostering Elfie, who came to them with elf feet. She had also foundered and was pregnant as well. She successfully gave birth, her hooves have been fixed, but because she went so long without a trim, her tendons in her back feet will never be the same. She can only be a pasture pet.

Elfie is turning into quite a favorite of mine. She was obviously not taken care of well, but is learning to trust people again. She comes up to me when I have food and even when I don't. Without Faith, this horse may have gone to slaughter.

Faith is great with horses and children alike. She takes in as many horses as she can to help better their lives, which in turn betters peoples lives. When people have horses they can no longer keep, she takes them in and gets them re-homed. This way, the owners do not have to see their horse go to auction with the possibility of a "kill buyer" taking the horse to slaughter.

I highly recommend this horse rescue and I am so happy I am able to help them!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are only interested in helping horses. Faith pulls horses from auctions and takes in horses prior to going to auction. Their only paid staff are trainers and veterinarians. She truly cares for the horses and does so with working two jobs and lots of time.

2 Jessica D.3

Donor

Rating: 5

Faith N Friends helped me and my family in hosting a benefit horseback ride during August. They were truly amazing in helping to organize the ride and came out to support suicide prevention awareness. Faith N Friends is ran by honest and caring people! Love their work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Faith connected us with Cardi. The group does a professional and compassionate job at rehoming these amazing animals. Thank you Faith.

2 Jesse B.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a phenomenal non-profit to support. Each horse is nurtured back to 100% health before they’re rehomed. Faith and Friends always takes full responsibility for each horse for the life of the animal, even if the rehoming isn’t a good fit. It’s evident by the appearance of Faith’s horses, they are treated with the utmost care and love, as if they were her own

2 Hannah L.1

Donor

Rating: 5

This place is amazing! The founder, Faith, has an amazing heart and a genuine love for all animals even though she primarily takes in horses. Faith pours her life into ensuring the well being of all her rescues. Even when funds are low, faith and friends will take the ones in need and go to whatever extent to ensure proper care and love is received. I recommend this rescue with the highest respect.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Faith N Friends is providing much needed services by rescuing sick and neglected animals in and around the greater Knoxville area. They are committed to their cause and are a great organization to support.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Both my daughters volunteer for Faith N Friends and I love how much they love it! Every other weekend they go and work on the farm or attend fundraising events. It’s so great to see them do something they are passionate about!

3 Tess Breech W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing place I had the opportunity to meet Faith last week to meet and visit Reese a beautiful TWH. Faith took her time with us answered all of our questions and let us spend some time with Reese. She was very interested in getting to know us as much as we were getting to know Reese. She is helping us do everything we can of making our dream of having Reese a reality. They really care for the horses and put a lot of TLC and hard work into helping these horses. I know the work they do cant be easy all the time but they sure make it look as if it is that's when you know their heart is in it! I can not wait to bring Reese home and look forward to future donating and spreading the word!!! Thank you Faith-N-Friends!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm excited to possibly adopt or foster through faith N friends. They are doing very important work. Animals are such wonderful and beautiful beings and should always be given the love they receive here. I'm so happy to know they find wonderful homes for these precious babies. This will be my first horse and I know they will walk me through the whole process. My sister who is experienced with horses is getting her next beauty from faith N friends as well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Faith N Friends is an excellent rescue. They diligently put forth the effort to rehab horses that have not had a fair shot in life. They are excellent in their evaluations resulting in great matches with new forever homes. They are practical and straight forward making them a rescue you can trust.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It’s a great amazing horse rescue! I love the carring and loving environment. The horses interest always comes first. Truly an amazing place and amazing people doing amazing things!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for FNF & I LOVE it! Faith, the founder of FNF, I have never met such a wonderful person with such a big heart for horses! Not just horses, but all animals & people! All she wants to do is help everyone who needs help. She works so hard to take care of everyone's needs & does not complain, she's just happy to be able to help. I'm so glad we've been able to put together a really good volunteer team, all who have the same caring & desire to do whatever it takes to help. Thank you Faith for letting me come into your world! You are Amazing!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I think Faith and friends is a wonderful place my niece adopted a horse from them and they was so great with my niece about helping her learn that horse and they have been wonderful to our family I think they are a wonderful nonprofit organization and they love helping people

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Faith N Friends reached out to me to help them evaluate their Tennessee Walking Horses as I have ridden, trained, and showed gaited horses my entire life; I also hold the 2016 NRHA Speed Racking Championship Title. I reviewed registered horses' blood lines and papers as well as watched them ride and evaluated their conformation. I also help age horses based on their teeth and offer opinions on the care of their hooves (my father was a farrier all growing up). The organization is friendly and kind, always very appreciative of my time, and welcoming. All the volunteers and even the president and founder of the organization enjoy learning more about horses. Many horse people are stuck up and not willing to learn or accept new knowledge, these people are not like that. They want to keep their education on horses going and growing which I think is huge. I look forward to working with them again in the near future!