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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

11 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!!

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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.