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Florida Research Institute For Equine Nurturing Development & Safety, Inc. aka F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Horse Rescue

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals, Philanthropy, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: F.R.I.E.N.D.S. mission and vision is to provide a permanent safe haven for all horses that are asymptomatic carriers of Equine Infectious Anemia within the state of Florida as well as for any horse in immediate need of assistance in Broward County thus preventing their needless destruction. Our primary financial goal is to acquire sustainable funding to provide these noble animals with the dignity of allowing them to live out their lives with their needs met, while providing the proper care and loving interaction they deserve. It is our moral position that we must continue to advocate for and participate in ongoing research to find a cure, a vaccine or aide in creating more accurate testing. It is also our intention to factually educate the public regarding EIA thus allowing us to dispel the myths and misconceptions that lead owners to think their only legal alternative is to euthanize their horse. It is our ethical obligation to surrounding communities is that we will continue to give back to them in a worthwhile and enriching way by maintaining and enhancing our many programs that benefit local families and organizations thereby positively impacting the entire community.

Results: We have given sanctuary to many horses since 1987 and continue to do so allowing many people the chance to participate in something worthwhile in the community.

Target demographics: ALL HORSE AND ANIMAL LOVERS IN BROWARD COUNTY. Anyone interested in volunteer hours or anyone that would like to help save these horses. Community Groups are welcome.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Hundreds of Volunteers and Over 100 Agencies Visitors

Geographic areas served: Florida and in particular all of Broward County, Florida

Programs: SPONSOR-A-HORSE PROGRAM This program matches a sponsor with a horse that they can ride , groom, love and care for as their own on our 60 acre property. We also have a very active NEW Magical Mini Program for kids 6-10 years old. We also have a Virtual Sponsor A Horse Program and a NEW Membership Program for people who want to help but they do not want to sponsor a horse.

Community Stories

120 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 sandicsmith

Board Member

Rating: 5

They are all about caring for and saving horses! The volunteers are so dedicated and there are no paid employees. This is not a fly by night organization having been formed in 1987.Wanna have some fun? Come out and meet the horses!!!

1 finn3of5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been my good fortune to be connected with this wonderful organization for almost 5 years. It is an all volunteer non profit. There is not 1 paid employee. We are ALL volunteers.
That means that every dollar raised goes for the care and well being of our horses. not many
organizations can truthfully say that! The horses are magnificent. We have volunteers of all ages and backgrounds that come to help cleanup for and take care of the horses and the
ranch. It is a beautiful, peaceful place where our rescued horses(goats, pigs and donkeys)
get to live out the rest of their lives loved and well cared for.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

FRIENDS is a wonderful place to connect with nature and the beautiful horses that live there.
I have been a volunteer for almost 4 years. The horses that live at FRIENDS are cared for by
an all volunteer, dedicated staff and a compassionate, caring veterinarian. Many school children get their required community service hours at the ranch helping to maintain the stalls, pasture, etc at the ranch. They learn about the needs, responsibilities and personalities of the horses they while they are helping at the ranch.
Since it is an all volunteer staff, every dollar raised and donated goes to the care and
feeding of the horses.
Volunteering at FRIENDS has been a very positive experience for me. I highly recommend it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I sponsor three beautiful horses at FRIENDS. For the last three + years, I have gone every day. The sense of community and sanctuary found in this 60-odd acre bit of country in the middle of the suburbs is both unexpected and wonderful. And to give back, spend time with the horses, in (mostly) sunny Florida, aaaannnd get an awesome workout...well, you just can't beat that.

1 Danielle109

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The best non profit for horses ever. Run by true animal lovers. The most caring loving giving place I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. They do great work for the horses and community.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work FRIENDS does not only helps the horses, but radiates throughout the community. But it is all about the horses and saving their lives. Great job all of you!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I fell in love with Falcon, a horse at FRIENDS and ever since then, this ranch has held a special place in my heart!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

With all the stress in life you would be surprised how participating at FRIENDS Horse Rescue can alleviate that stress and leave you with a sense of accomplishment and with the knowledge that you have done some good for others. I highly recommend participating as a volunteer to not only help get the work done but also for teaching your children a sense of responsibility and civic pride for helping others in their community. "A little hard work never hurt anybody!" They also have a Sponsor-A-Horse Program in which you can ride, love and groom your sponsored horse which is also an excellent experience for young and old alike! :-)

1 Lisa317

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

No one does what this place does! The true love and dedication is second to none! I have known this establishment for over 3 decades. God bless F.R.I.E.N.D.S

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been involved with F.R.I.E.N.D.S. for over 20 years. The dedication, pure selfless love and extremely hard work is beyond words! If only more people could do what this incredible organization does! The horses that are at this facility would be dead without F.R.I.E.N.D.S. I thank them and commend all of the volunteers. I thank the donors! The sponsor program that they have is such a great way for every horse to have the love and attention they need and also get the proper exercise.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at FRIENDS for years now and I can't imagine a better place for these horses. They are all so loved here.

1 sandicsmith

Board Member

Rating: 5

They are all about caring for and saving horses! The volunteers are so dedicated and there are no paid employees. This is not a fly by night organization having been formed in 1987.

Wanna have some fun? Come out and meet the horses!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined FRIENDS in 1986 before it was a nonprofit. This orgainzation has grown so much over the years and has evolved into one of the most useful, caring and compassionate horse welfare organizations in Florida. The work that is done by the women and men at our ranch is beyond what most people give of themselves and it is for that reason, that FRIENDS is so successful.

If you are interested in horses and having fun, come and visit us...we are always looking for new people.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer here because they have a lot of work to do every day and they need help. I am 13 years old but I like it. It is hot and the work is hard but they really need the help. The horses are cool and I have my favorites. You should try it. You might like it, I do.

2 Doreen9

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization does exceptional work and sincerely love their animals. Please SUPPORT them!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bobby and Debbie have a two prong approach to this wonderful rescue. They save horses, who would otherwise be put down and they provide education to people who wish to learn about horses.. There is plenty of volunteer work to be had and lots of horses who love the attention.

2 Isa C.

Former staff

Rating: 5

This is a unique and lovely rescue Horses place, where the goal is the protection and care of this Majestic animals.
The volunteer program alow to many people learn about what is involved on the care of horses, starting by the simple rule of provide them a clean stall, clean water..etc, them the aproach to each of them, respecting their space, and create a friendship between humans and horses.
This place, for me have the MOST SMART AND BEAUTIFUL HORSES of my life, the Minis have a lot fun attitude and very playful . The Big Horses as well are unique and very smart.
Here I have my two loved horses, because volunteering.....I meet them, and I sponsor them. My ones are not riadable. ...BUT I HAVE SUCH FUN TIME learning with them and playing as well. Just the fact of see your horse calling you....or showing you attitude...because him miss u....don't have price. Is a JOY ♡.
We have 3 Donkeys and Pigs. The pigs show so much intelligence their have a big memory, and they have the ability of recognized each of us who feed them. By this, they will have different behaviour with each feeder..in order to be with the feeder rhythm.
I TOTALLY recomend this Organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

F.R.I.E.N.D.S is the Home Sanctuary not just horses but for horses lovers. Here we take care of them, learn about horses behavior and how gain their confidence and love. The RESPECT , UNDESTANDING AND LOVE FOR HORSES IS OUR LAW. The twam of this place are very active and helping always each others. This animals are really a Majestic Gift from GOD ....the only way you can proof is taking care of a horse, specially the rescued ones, who pass for the nasty of humanity BUT thanks to Rescuers and Rescuer place like F.R.I.E.N.D.S they get the chance to be LOVED AND RESPECTED as the Majestic animals they are♡.
When you arrive at Ranch, you feel the peace, but when you see the Horses and interact with them ......YOU GET THE JOY
. I recomend this place if you are a animal lover. And if is your first time to be with horses, it's the best place to learn about them, with the Team of F.R.I.E.N.D.S and Manager and Owner they will always teach you and welling to listing your questions and help you. If you like Pigs, Goats or Dunkies...we has as well, and they are very unique. Here you can confirm and learn about the intelligence and smart of Pigs. ♡.
Dunkies ..Pepe and Eyore...are so smart and funny you will love them.
Isa Capaldo

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2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful place, wonderful cause and wonderful people

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are very passionate about their horses and take great care of them! My six year old daughter and I love going there and helping the animals. They have many activities and ways to get involved and are always very appreciative of the work you do for them. We sponsor a goat and do volunteering and it's very rewarding!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love going there and being among the animals! It is such a great place for animals that would have had no future otherwise. You can definitely learn a lot about the animals but also about yourself! I would recommend it to anyone that loves animals or wants to learn more about them!

2 Robert

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was introduced to this organization in 1996 and I have seen them grow and evolve in leaps and bounds. The care of the horses is what it's all about and they look amazing. Their goal is to care for each and every horse and to make them flourish. They have the full support of their sponsors and members who make it all happen. The people care so much, invest their time and efforts to make this the BEST HORSE RESCUE in BROWARD COUNTY. They do a GREAT JOB.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. is an awesome place for the horses. The horses get to be horses and are not used for hard riding. They receive better care than most barns. The place is great for people who love horses and for people who can not afford one. They can either volunteer and spend their time with the horses and other animals or sponsor one of their own. The place has a warm atmosphere and it makes your time out there memorable and you feel you've accomplished something every time you go. If you love horses you should go and check out the place. I can guarantee there is no other place like it in Broward County. The people out there love the animals and they always put them first.

Review from Guidestar

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2 Roxana2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

F.R.I.E.N.D.S is one of the best experiences of my life! It is so wonderful to be able to help all the beautiful horses and meet great people that share the same passion as I do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently started volunteering at F.R.I.E.N.D.S and I can honestly say that it has been one of the best experiences I've had! Everyone is so nice and so commited. I love the fact that they are so involved in so many events, doing everything possible to get their name out there. They offer a great opportunity to their volunteers to learn and enjoy nature by helping such a great cause! Saving the life of so many horses in need. It is definitely an experience that well help you grow in many ways.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

The programs for our community are fantastic! Especially the new Magical Mini Program. Every child that attended left with a HUGE SMILE! The class is for kids 6-10 years old, it is 2 1/2 hours of hands on learning. They learn to groom, put a halter & lead rope on, lead a horse and how to walk them through a obstacle course. They also have a NEW Membership program with different perks. In April, they have a Celebration for the ASPCA HELP A HORSE DAY!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

fantastic place! Great people and beautiful horses!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I do not have enough words to describe what an amazing experience it has been being a part of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Being the horse lover that I am, it is great to know that there is a place and people that share the same passion. Everything is for the well being of the horses at the ranch. There are different events and programs for the public to be involved. I am happy to say I get to be a part of the Magical Mini Program, teaching the little ones how amazing these beautiful animals are. I encourage anyone that wants to, to come out and become a volunteer or sponsor and see how the ranch can change their life just like it has mine.