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Fleet Of Angels

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Fleet of Angels offers a wide range of services for at-risk animals. Focusing primarily on equines, services include crisis management for large equine-related emergencies; facilitating emergency evacuations and related services during natural disasters; placement of at-risk equines; discounted or free transportation of at-risk and/or adopted equines; a variety of other services that save at-risk equines from abuse, abandonment, injury, starvation, or slaughter by providing direct support, feed, shelter, equipment, or funds to aid those animals, their rescuers, adopters, or owners. FOA also provides educational opportunities to help members of the public learn to better care for and protect equines and other animals, and to be responsible owners and members of the animal protection community.

Results: Fleet of Angels' now has over 6000 registered members who offer services of: emergency transporting of equines put at risk by humans, evacuating of equines put at risk by natural disasters, emergency stabling while 'waiting out the storm', hay and supply banks for equine victims of natural disasters, adoption/placement of displaced equines in long term homes, search and rescue, veterinary and farrier services, education related to equine care and protection, and other services that help save equine lives. - - - FOA has evacuated countless horses from each of six major hurricanes: Sandy (Cat 1, 2012), Matthew (Cat 4, 2016), Irma (Cat 4, 2017), Harvey (Cat 4, 2017), Florence (Cat 4, 2018), Michael (Cat 4, 2018) - - - Since the launch of Fleet of Angels in 2012, we have provided lifesaving services for over 7500 at-risk equines. - - - In 2016-18, Fleet of Angels was the facilitating organization in the largest rescue of horses in history. After being asked for help by the South Dakota State Attorney, FOA took both physical and financial responsibility for 907 horses after they had been found by the state to be starving and neglected at the ISPMB 'sanctuary' in SD. Within 22 months- with staff, volunteers and vets working incredibly long hours, the horses had been fed to a healthy weight, hundreds of stallions had been gelded, dozens of horses with hooves up to 16" too long had been trimmed, horses with injuries were treated, and the horses were all adopted in groups of two or more to good, adoptive homes*. (*A small number of horses that had injuries (broken bones, etc) or irreparable conditions resulting from the abuse and which could not be reversed by veterinarians enough to make the horse comfortable, were allowed to escape a life of pain by being humanely euthanized by the attending veterinarians.) - - - Because of the number of successful lifesaving missions Fleet of Angels facilitates each year, the American Society of Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (ASPCA) created the Equine Welfare Award specifically for Fleet of Angels in 2017-18. That award is now a part of ASPCA's annual prestigious animal rescue awards event. - - - Everyone who'd like to become a Fleet of Angels member is invited to register at www.FleetOfAngels.org.

Target demographics: At-risk Equines

Direct beneficiaries per year: Several thousand equines

Geographic areas served: United States and Canada

Programs: Transportation from danger to safety to prevent abuse, neglect or slaughter; evacuation from the paths of natural disaster; emergency hay and supply banks for equines in crisis; emergency management of large scale equine crises; education regarding equine protection; and more.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Linda Skardon P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Being a professional in this area, that in the capacity of grant-making for equine rescues over the past 20 years, I have seen a lot people come and go. However, Elaine and her group Fleet of Angels, has come and risen above. Filling an important niche, her group organizes transport for rescue horses going from one location to another. This is very important in the nonprofit rescue world, as every dollar counts, and her group of volunteers can always be counted on to transport horses in need and that the savings to the rescues will help them care more for the horses. Also, Elaine and Fleet of Angels have implemented programs to help horse owners in need, as well as organizing emergency help for those affected by natural disasters. After 20 years in horse rescue, I can say that Elaine and Fleet of Angels is one of the best! Highly recommend!!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have watched this group do amazing things in the most horrific situations. Helping horse owners is only a small part of what they do. It’s all about the equine. Such dedication and their attitude is that nothing’s impossible!!!

1 Dawn163

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group helps so many horses and donkeys whether it’s emergency evacuation transport services for wildfires, floods, hurricane, rescue, adoption, providing relief of hay, farrier services, for relief when people need help, and all around good stewardship and leading by example. ... Fleet of Angels is just that- a network ofpeople, willing to give of their time, across the nation, for the sole purpose of saving horses, Angels for Equines.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent organization precisely focused on helping horses in need, nationwide. I was part of a team during the Hallelujah Horses project here in Colorado and witnessed first hand the dedication and professionalism on display.

1 Mary J H.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed and donated (not enough) to this organization. They do incredible work.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a non stop organization. During Covid19, when monetary donations slow, Elaine Nash knows that horse owners are at risk of not being able to them. Seemingly overnight, she puts an idea into action. Matched hay donation! People with extra hay are match with someone local in need of hay. Three spreadsheets and an interactive map to boot! IKR!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you FOA, three years ago, you delivered my Hallelujah mare Karma to my house. I didn't realize at the time what a joy she would be to own. (actually she owns me now). Your driver went through all kinds of weather, was injured during transport, and yet was wonderful and kind when he came to our farm. You paid for everything, the mare was hauled almost 1000 miles and had no injuries and was not stressed. I can't thank you enough for all you did for Karma and me. I could have never afforded the fees that hired transporters would have charged.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Helped me feed a herd of six rescue horses for a month when Covid shut down my business. Absolutely wonderful!

1 Laura D.3

Donor

Rating: 5

Fleet of Angels is a terrific organization. From finding transport and shelter for equines evacuated from disaster to setting up a nationwide network to feed horses of desperate families caught in the Covid-19 crosshairs, FOA is always there. I had spare hay to donate and Elaine Nash of FOA found a nearby trainer whose horses were out of hay. Its creating those kinds of connections that help us all get through this pandemic.

1 Donna O.

Donor

Rating: 5

Fleet of Angels has helped so very many horses find a forever home, with the incredible posse of transporters and helping hands along the way. Thanks to the insight of Elaine Nash, an amazing cross country system has been established to maintain the dignity of the equines needing assistance.

1 Michael-David K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An extraordinary charity & resource...unlike any other in the United States. Much, much more than a horse rescue or charitable horse transport organization. Thank heavens Fleet of Angels & its supporters are here. We are all much better for the existence of Fleet of Angels.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank God that Fleet of Angels is there to help the at-risk equine population. Thankfully, sometimes they're called upon to help animals of other species as well and they are there at the ready.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first came across fleet of angels several years ago when a friend became one of the emergency transporters, I was able to help two Mustangs and get the message to others as I followed this group in saving over 900 horses in need.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Elaine Nash and Fleet of Angels cares...really cares, and realizes their Mission through their relationships with donors and transporters and other vendors. If you care about our equine friends, you can’t go wrong with supporting Fleet of Angels...you will be part of the Mission that is always ready and willing to help...with our support.

Previous Stories
2

Donor

Rating: 5

I became familiar with Fleet of Angels and Elaine Nash when she was working on the Hallelujah Horses initiative. Her perspective, passion, compassion, love of horses, and heartfelt desire to do good for the greater good is unsurpassed. She has a saying - “Teamwork Works” - it couldn’t be truer. I feel so proud and privileged to be a tiny itsy bitsy part of Elaine’s team. She utilizes her resources so well and...she lets the Fleet of Angels work, doing what they all do best!

1 Vickie M W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you for what you do. You've made the lives of so many so much better. You've given hope to those who might not have a hope otherwise. Thank you for being kind hearted and for doing what you do. I don't have a horse, though I wish I did, and I don't know anyone who has been aided by you, but even still I've been following along with several of your deliveries and the happy horses you've left fed and full. Again, thank you for your time, your generosity, and the gift you've given so many.

1 Greer H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fleet of Angels is a true inspiration. Helping those in need from all 50 states.

1 Pat L.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Doing a great job helping horse people in this time of crises. They are providing both hay and transport.

2 Shanna M.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fleet Of Angels is a much needed organization, as they deftly play both the role of safety net, and fierce advocate.

2 Cindy P.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fleet of Angels has built up an impressive, nationwide network if volunteers and professionals to serve horses in need and their humans. Whether the need is huge, as in the Hallelujah horses, or small, Fleet of Angels responds with care and a thoroughness that ensures the well being of the horses in need. They are a remarkable organization and unique in the field.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Elaine Nash/Fleet of Angels since the Hallelujah horse campaign. She and Fleet of Angels have been at the forefront of disaster aid to the horse community.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fleet of Angels is an organization you can trust. I have been familiar and following them for some time. They do a lot of good for horses, and also expose the terrible plight many face daily. People need to be made aware of the horror so many horses are subjected to, and this organization has been a leader in that respect.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed Fleet of Angels (FOA) since it’s inception, and I have known Elaine Nash, the founder of FOA, for over 35 years.

Her ability to see what needs to be done and co-ordinate the resources to get it done is nothing short of miraculous. FOA is able to repeatedly get their messages of need out and co-ordinate the teams of people needed to fulfill on the mission. I have donated to FOA multiple times as I’m clear that they bring much needed relief to the places where angels fear to tread.

2 Victoria76

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a majorly important nonprofit that steps up to the plate time and time again to help network for services and fund raise for the transport of abused and rescued horses. Fleet of Angels also helps get much needed food and supplies to horses in flood or fire or disaster areas affected by severe weather.

I am the Executive Director of the equine conservation nonprofit, the Equus Survival Trust which is a top rated Great Nonprofits recipient. We applaud the work of Fleet of Angels. Their credibility and dedication is second to none. They deserve a top rating.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following Fleet of Angels for about a year now. I have not needed their services but I am SO glad to know they are out there. They work tirelessly to help the animals that are suffering or would suffer without their help. I will continue to follow and support Fleet of Angels!

3 bJoe350

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the honor and privledgebof working with Elaine Nash and Fleetbof Angels. She is an incredible person giving voices to those that have none. Her organization has also provided assistance to many during natural disasters. Whenever or wherever there is a need or Equine are in danger you can count on Fleet of Angels to step up to help.

1 sdcharlie

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been familiar with Fleet of Angels for a few years. A couple years ago, I learned a whole lot more.
A horse 'sanctuary' in my home state of South Dakota was found to have been neglecting their Mustangs. Most were low body scores, many had hooves that looked like skis, most were at risk of starvation, several were found deceased.
The counties in which the sanctuary was located seized the horses, which were destined for the sale barn. That's when Fleet of Angels stepped in.
Elaine Nash, FoA founder, and a few hardy volunteers spent months (that included blizzards, -50° windchills & 20' high snow drifts) sorting & shipping horses.
This was done the right way- each horse was microchipped, Coggins tested, & was issued a veterinarian travel certificate.
In less than 2 years, 907 horses were rescued & had been adopted. This was the largest equine rescue In the history of the US.