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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 are 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. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. provides sanctuary to all horses we accept. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. does not buy, sell, trade or give away horses. Instead, we offer them a lifetime of sanctuary so these animals will never need help again. Our priority is to prevent the needless destruction of horses. 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 while meeting both their psychological and their physical needs. We provide them with the best possible care and the loving interactions they so deserve. Our moral position is to advocate and participate in ongoing research to find a cure, vaccine or aide in creating a more accurate test for EIA. We offer aide by providing researchers with test tubes of blood samples, drawn by a licensed veterinarian for their work. 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 option is euthanasia. It is our ethical obligation to surrounding communities that we continue to give back to them in a worthwhile and enriching way by maintaining and enhancing our many programs that benefit local families, organizations and horse owners, thereby positively impacting the entire community.

Results: We have given sanctuary to many horses since 1987 that would have been needlessly destroyed. We are still the oldest and largest horse rescue and only sanctuary in Broward County. We have also given many people in our community the opportunity to learn about horses, how to take proper care of a horse, the commitment & dedication that is required to own a horse and the cost of a horse before jumping into buying or adopting one. Many people have moved on to get their own horses and others found that horse ownership was not what they thought it was going to be.

Target demographics: Horses with EIA, Horses in Immediate Need of Assistance, Educate the Community & the Environment. Also, people that are interested in learning about horses, proper care, the costs of horses & the commitment & dedication required before buying a horse. We also help students, diversion program kids and people that need to serve community service hours.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 50+ Horses, 2 Miniature Donkeys, 1 Hinny, 6 Potbellied Pigs, 2 Farm Pigs, 1 Sheep and a Cat

Geographic areas served: The State of Florida and primarily Broward, Dade & Palm Beach Counties

Programs: Sponsor a Horse Program, Magical Mini Program and the Membership Program for Non-Sponsors

Community Stories

175 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

FRIENDS does such wonderful work for both horses and the community. The horses at the rescue come for all different reasons, but what is underlined is that every single one of them has value and worth. I think it is especially wonderful that, for the kids groups that come, they get to learn these stories and have the opportunity to draw parallels, seeing their own value and worth regardless of their circumstance or challenges. Having just had a baby, I look forward to raising him around the horses, so that he, too, can see those parallels; can grow with compassion;....and enjoy the rewards of some good, old fashioned hard work (want a great body? Volunteer here once a week - outside, with the horses, and some good company, can't beat that!).

Volunteer

Rating: 5

the horses are sweet and loving also the staff are very caring and hard working

Sandra P.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization has been in existence for over 30 years. The volunteers are the best in the world and are dedicated to the care and well being of the horses and at the same time, they participate in ranch hosted activities for the general public, school children, and small children. I cannot say enough good things about FRIENDS. Without this rescue many horses would have to be put to sleep. FRIENDS takes in horses from local police departments, race tracks, as well as neglected and abandoned horses.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

There is no other facility like this in the State! I have watched and been involved with F.R.I.E.N.D.S for over 30 years. The care & take care of the animals that would be euthanized so they can live a great quality and happy life. They consider the horse before humans and that is #1 in my book! The only thing that could improve is for someone to donate more land for them to expand!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non-profit provides food healthcare and wonderful home for animals that are rescued. They nurse them back to health and keep them happy for the remainder of their lives. They love these animals and care for them in a special and precious way.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This place is made up of good people and beautiful animals that needed help. It is an amazing place.

Donor

Rating: 5

This nonprofit fills a void in the community while enriching people' lives in addition to saving horses in need. Highly recommend their programs provided which benefit all ages.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The horses and other animals are very well cared for.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

FRIENDS is a wonderful organization. They provide such a loving and safe home to so many animals who are truly in need. I love volunteering at FRIENDS.
Harper B.

Isa C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing rescuer Sanctuary. I volunteer here. Yes when you offer to volunteer, to help the ones in need, you open your heart and understanding to how achieve the goals of the volunteer duties. We appreciate all team and volunteers to help us. Many people think maybe care for a horse is just grooming...yes is part of it. But as well to have clean waters, stalls etc . Is an amazing feeling when you go home after ranch time, knowing that thanks to your time and help the Sanctuary duties where completed in success.
When the duties are done, we can have grooming time that is super Amazing.
As well there are the Pigs , Goats, Donkeys, Sheep. Your time at the ranch will help you to learn and to understand all responsibilities that are required to care protect, and love all animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

One best Rescuer Ranch. Volunteering here help you understand love and respect animals and specially the majesty of Horses. Is a a hard work to maintain regular shores that barn requires per this reason is an opportunity to yourself to give others your time love commitment and help. In return you get inside growth, learn skills team work, lear about self love when you understand animals don't care about your look or job or income or degree animals care about real you and the way to show them love is maintaining them healthy,and a clean barn etc.This is a volunteer opportunity for people most love animals.
I'm volunteering from years ago, and there is not other place that bring me joy of this Rescuer Organization. .....of course I sponsor my loved horse too. :-) . Isa Carolina Capaldo

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horserescuer 02/18/2020

Thank you for the great review Isa!

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Patrice R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at friends for over 5 years. Every year I learn more and get deeper connected to the horses. Each horse has their own personality and are characters. The barn manager Reg has taught me so much and I am still learning. I have read so much to learn about these beautiful animals. Yes you are working cleaning stalls but every minute there is a learning experience. I love all the horses, goats, pigs and sheep they have become my family. All they ask for is love and respect and they give so much in return. Yes I love the animals and Reg, Carolina and Jean who I am with every Sunday. Come join us...see if you feel the love the animals show, come and learn and become part of the experience Patty

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at FRIENDS for over 4 years. When I am there I am around people that feel the same about these beautiful animals. Any of my days off from work you will find me there. All the animals ask from us is to be cared for and loved. I love all of my friends there and have learned so much from them. If you love horses and have a few hours please come and join us. They will change you life for the better❤❤

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Thanks for the great review Patty!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

FRIENDS does such wonderful work for both horses and the community. The horses at the rescue come for all different reasons, but what is underlined is that every single one of them has value and worth. I think it is especially wonderful that, for the kids groups that come, they get to learn these stories and have the opportunity to draw parallels, seeing their own value and worth regardless of their circumstance or challenges. Having just had a baby, I look forward to raising him around the horses, so that he, too, can see those parallels; can grow with compassion;....and enjoy the rewards of some good, old fashioned hard work (want a great body? Volunteer here once a week - outside, with the horses, and some good company, can't beat that!).

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Not just a sanctuary for animals (around 50 horses, mini horses, donkeys, and a hinny; pigs; and goats), but for the people that visit, too. The perfect place to see and learn that every life has worth, everything and everyone matters.
And if you want to spend a bit more time outside, giving back, and getting some exercise, there's nothing better than mucking a few stalls. You'll never need to go to the gym again (and the horses will thank you for it).

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horserescuer 02/18/2020

Thank you for the great review Laura!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Debbie's family have her taking care of horses and other animals for generations! They have stressed and suffered for years all too often desperate to find land when pushed out by "progress". Each time they must start over, rebuild, figure out the inevitable issues that need to be addressed. Without F.R.I.E.N.D.S. so many healthy animals would be euthanized for no truly good reason. I pray that this exceptional, loving charity will be able to continue for many more generations! God bless this family, all volunteers and donors!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a horse and animal lover since I can remember after birth. Finding FRIENDS sanctuary helped me save my life. I have spent many hours there taking care of daily responsibilities required to keep this non-profit going. It has been a sanctuary not only for the animals, but for me as well. Today is my birthday. I wish I had more funds to donate because this place is magical. They make a safe, happy , loving place for discarded large animals to live out their lives in peace. They are wonderful. Thank you for all of the good times and love. Forever grateful to you all. Sincerely,
Ellie Palacios
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1 tobykim

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a horse at FRIENDS for 9 years - and I loved him so until he passed at 32 years of age. Its a wonderful organization and Debbie and Bobbie have gone above and beyond for these horses - all all other creatures that have found a home at FRIENDS. Its a great organization for kids to learn to care for a horse - and without this organization these horses would be euthanized. They live long healthy lives at FRIENDS - and the community needs to know that! Get involved and sponsor a horse today! You wont regret it.

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horserescuer 02/18/2020

Thank you so much for the great review Kim!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a horse at friends ranch for 8 years. I loved my Toby until he passed at 32 years old. It’s a great organization and has stayed in the family since the 70’s. Debbie Beye Barwick and her husband Bobby are amazing individuals who would give up their lives for these horses. True compassion for these wonderful horses and other animals at friends ranch. They deserve to be recognized and awarded for their everlasting love And dedication to all the horses they have saved over the years.

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horserescuer 01/16/2019

Thank you so much for this kind review.

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1 sandicsmith

Board Member

Rating: 5

Friends is a great place to bond with horses, other farm animals and nature. I could sit for hours and watch the horse’s antics. This organization runs solely on the goodwill of volunteers. They are hard working people who put the needs of the ranch before anything else. Hats off to u guys❤️❤️❤️

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horserescuer 02/18/2020

Thank you so much for the great review Sandi.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I got my first horse when I joined FRIENDS and it was a lifelong dream that finally came true. I was in my mid 30’s at that time. I spent every day at the ranch with Thunder and he lived to be almost 30. I cherish my memories and it’s been fun watching and helping this very worthy organization grow over the past 32 years. Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who care for the horses.

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1 kaczor.jennifer

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FRIENDS, Inc has been a part of the South Florida community for decades. This is a great place for the young people in the community to complete volunteer hours for their school credits. They will also learn about caring for horses, being loving and supportive. If your youth happens to get into trouble this is also a wonderful and safe place for them to work off community hours. This organization provides care and shelter for so many horses. If you have time to donate, this is the place that deserves it. They rely solely on the members and community to help care for these amazing animals.

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horserescuer 02/16/2020

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been associated with these fine folks for decades. They are eager to share their knowledge about how to care for horses. One can learn a lot out at the ranch. Everyone is friendly, especially the goats! It is a fun and relaxing to be, for the horses and the people. The program is fabulous! It's like you own your own horse, but you are not in by yourself; there are years and years and years of experience and knowledge at your fingertips. Everyone who wants a horse in South Florida should adopt one of these rescued horses. You are saving a life! You will get to ride them, groom them, feed them, and you can be out there plenty to spend time your horse. Everything thing these people do is about the horses. Great job FRIENDS!

1 finn3of5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

FRIENDS HORSE RESCUE is a beautiful, peaceful sanctuary for horses, pigs, goats, a sheep, donkeys and even humans! The animals are well cared for and loved. The vet is a wonderful, knowledgeable, caring person.

Some horses come to the ranch in terrible condition but are not that way for long. With the
love and care they receive they soon come back to be the magnificent animals they are meant to be.

FRIENDS does a great service for the animals and the community. I am blessed to have found it.

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horserescuer 02/16/2020

Thank you so much for your wonderful review.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer/sponsor at FRIENDS for almost 6 years. It is a wonderful place to connect with the horses, nature and the community. FRIENDS offers the horses a sanctuary for the rest of their lives. Top notch vet care is provided as needed by our kind and caring vet.
Our horses come from many different backgrounds. No horse truly in need of a home is denied.

This is our 31st year in operation. FRIENDS has endured because it is the real deal for the animals. They always come first in when any decision is made at the ranch.

High school students have the opportunity to get community service hours by helping out at the ranch with various chores.

I am blessed to have found this place. The horses are so wonderful.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization has been around since the mid 1960's. Throughout the years they have saved the lives of countless horses that otherwise would have been needlessly destroyed. They have also taken in and saved the lives of abused horses and given them a new lease on life. They have made the experience of being a horse lover affordable and given horse lovers the opportunity to be involved and a part of a horses life. There are many cat and dog rescues; however, this is the only horse rescue that I am aware of that has survived the test of time. Friends is truly the "BFF" (Best Friend Forever) of all the horses that have been fortunate enough to reach this ranch. Friends deserves all the support, whether monetarily or through volunteering to help at the ranch, that they can get.

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horserescuer 02/16/2020

Thank you so much for your support and wonderful review.

1 Susan H.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a member of the SMPS (Society of Marketing Professionals) we chose a charity or non-profit each year to support. We chose FRIENDS and actually had a volunteer day at their location. It was very fulfilling - the people that run FRIENDS are truly passionate about the animals and you can tell put their whole hearts in that place. The most impressive was when they lead the horses out to pasture in the afternoon and those majestic animals run past you - something I will remember for years. THANK YOU FRIENDS for all you DO!!!

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horserescuer 02/16/2020

Thank you so much for your continued support and the wonderful review!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the Charity Chairperson for SMPS South Florida Chapter it is my privilege to promote F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and the excellent work they do within our professional association. We will continue to gather donations for them and promote, and support them in any way that we can.

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Donor

Rating: 5

FRIENDS Ranch is one of the few non profit horse rescues that offer sanctuary to neglected, abused, and unwanted equines. The horses that are given a second chance at life and rescued by this group are truly given just that at FRIENDS. With the help and love of volunteers and sponsors, there’s nothing but happy and healthy horses living their best life here. The sponsorship programs are affordable and rewarding. The ranch is family friendly, filled with horses, goats and donkeys! If you have spare time to help a great cause, this is the place to go!

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horserescuer 02/18/2020

Thank you so much for the great review Jess!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This rescue allows people from all walks of life to be introduced to the world of horses on every level. They have a children's program called Magical Minis which teaches the children about horses at a very young age so they can form a life long love for these beautiful creatures. The program introduces the children to miniature horses so that they are very relatable to a child. They also have a sponsor-a-horse program for children and adults and every level of riding ability from no riding to more experienced riders which allows the sponsor to have the horse to care for as their own for as long as they enjoy sponsoring. Many of these horses would have been euthanized with no other place to go for a long list of various reasons but F.R.I.E.N.D.S. has stepped up to take these horses in. The positive programs provide an enjoyable experience for many of the local communities and the people who live in them. Volunteer hours can be met and just getting out amongst the horses has a transformative effect on the people who visit. You can find more info on their website: www.eiahorses.org

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horserescuer 02/16/2020

Thanks so much for the wonderful review.

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Donor

Rating: 5

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. is not only a sanctuary for horses that would otherwise be killed, but it is an organization that gives many young people the opportunity to grow up in a healthy environment that they wouldn’t have if it weren’t for the loving and compassionate people that give their hearts and hard work to keep it running. I will continue to donate to this incredible non-profit organization because they are doing incredible things for young people and giving a forever home to the horses.

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2 Brieana S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I did most of my growing up here, and the work to save these otherwise condemned horses and other animals is too important to go unnoticed!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an 83 year old woman volunteering at F.R.I.E.N.D.S Rescue Ranch. I see so many beautiful horses, mini's and an assortment of other animals that have had their lives saved by this organization. All of the people that help here are so kind and loving to all the animals.I love to see the beautiful horses turned out to the pasture. They run, kick and play.
This place is my Haven for my own peace.I am so grateful to have the opportunity to come here and do what I can.

1 Susan212

Volunteer

Rating: 5

FRIENDS is a great ranch! They rescue and care for horses that have EIA or are neglected or abused. They also saved other animals, such as donkeys, miniature horses, sheep, goats , pigs, cats! I have learned so much here and it is my sanctuary! It’s great for everyone who cares about animals!

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Donor

Rating: 5

FRIENDS is great ! I always loved horses and chose the ranch to carry out my dream to learn about and be close to horses. The ranch helps provide for horses that have been diagnosed with EIA or have been neglected or abused! I’m a sponsor, but people can volunteer too. I highly recommend it! Susan Schiff

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Volunteer

Rating: 2

All of the animals are so well taken care of all there needs are provided for with well organized staff.
We r so lucky to have a place for so many unwanted in need of help animals.
Thanks Friends ranch for all your hard work and dedication.

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horserescuer 02/17/2020

We are wondering how we can improve your review? We'd like t know what we can do better.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Friends ranch is the best most loving place for horses that have come to the end of there journey! And get to live again! All of there needs are met, vet,farrier and all they care they could ever need.

1 Dawn N.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This absolute best. Everyone is so caring and willing to educate the community. They truly care about the animals in their care. Super great cause run by super great people!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Whether it be as a child or an adult, we’ve all dreamed of loving and caring for a horse! At FRIENDS, not only are you able to fulfill that dream but you’re given an opportunity to help horses, donkeys, pigs, and goats that are in need. The ranch is full of friendly people and fun times! Education is key when it comes to caring for a horse which is why the ranch offers several informative and enjoyable classes to teach equine basics. FRIENDS even hosts a Magical Mini program to get the little ones involved in horses and the responsibilities that come with them. FRIENDS is everything and more a rescue/nonprofit should be and I’m beyond proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful rescue with great people that truly care!

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1 Trudie Taylor Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer Tuesday and Thursday and by far it's been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Everyone that comes has such a love for these horses and it shows by how caring and dedicated they are. All of the volunteers range in age from 13 to 80 we all find something to do to enrich the lives of all the horses, ponies, goats, etc. I ask that you come to F.R.I.E.N.D.S. And see all the hard work that goes into this rescue and if you find it in your heart to help whether it be your time or donations.
Thank you, Trudie

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1 Pauline Bender J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my son needed service hours for high school I volunteered along with him cleaning stalls, filling water buckets bathing and brushing. We enjoyed our time together caring for the horses and ponies. All of the animals there are so well cared for and loved. Debbie and her husband truly care about the horses and their well-being. Friends horse rescue is the real deal! Awesome place for kids to learn to care for farm animals and get their service hours and make friends!

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horserescuer 01/16/2019

Thanks so much for the wonderful review we are so grateful.

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1 Jennifer S.14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing organization A wonderful rescue with wonderful people

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horserescuer 01/16/2019

Thanks so much for taking the time to do a review for us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is awesome for so many different animals. Lots of equines, big and small, as well as goats, pigs, and a cat. All of the animals are treated extremely well, cared for medically, and fed twice daily. Beautiful big pasture available for the horses to run around in. It's a fantastic place to volunteer and learn about the horses. It's amazing how many beautiful animals are out there. Come out for a visit. You'll be made to feel right at home.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter has spent many years here learning not only about horses but more importantly how to join groups for the greater good, work together as a team to accomplish goals, help care for animals, learn empathy for others and on and on... The lessons learned here are not just about the animal rescue but about helping to build character in oneself and in others.
I highly recommend this organization for all age groups and walks of life. It is a wonderful experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization that provides a safe haven for EIA positive horses that would otherwise be unnecessarily euthanized. I’ve greatly enjoyed my trips to FRIENDS and always look forward to my next visit!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Horse Rescue is an excellent charity that provided valuable research into the health and well being of horses. Our group is looking forward to February 24 for our volunteer day where we get to take a tour of the facility and do a little dirty work! Keep up the great work guys!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing nonprofit! I've had nothing but great experiences with this program. Let's save those horses!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They're a fantastic institution, working for the betterment of these beautiful animals.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are a super involved bunch of people and really care about the horses' needs.

2 Kathleen B.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful non profit for horses! Definitely, a compassionate and giving organization. They consistently do great work for the horses and the community!

2 Robby R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization! Great cause. Great work. They really care!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work at F.R.I.E.N.D.S., Inc. is very important to not only saving our equine companions but educating the public about health safety, precautions and prevention of horse related issues.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent care for horses that are surrendered by there owners.

3 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.

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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!!

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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!

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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! :-)

3 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.

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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.

4 Doreen9

Donor

Rating: 5

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

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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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful place, wonderful cause and wonderful people

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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!

4 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.

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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.

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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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

fantastic place! Great people and beautiful horses!

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Friends for hours for school. I have long since fufilled those hours. I continue to go to the ranch whenever I can and I look forward to my time at Friends. What they do for the horses is amazing! The horses and other animals are all so happy and healthy. They do not put an animal down unless it is absolutly nessicary. They deserve so many more sponsors and donations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place rocks! Whether your new to the equestrian world or a long time horse lover, FRIENDS has so many things to offer. Not only can you volunteer your time and have one on one interaction with the horses, you can "sponsor" a horse for a monthly fee. Because FRIENDS is a non-profit, it relies on donations and sponsorships to care for and feed each and every horse. You can schedule a tour of the ranch (see their website http://www.eiahorses.com/ for more info) to have some fun! Bring the family along, the donkeys, pigs and goats will entertain them for hours! This non-profit really puts the horses needs first and that's why I donate both my time and money to FRIENDS!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FRIENDS provides excellent care for horses in need, whether they can no longer be cared for by their owners, or if they are Coggins positive. This is a non=profit organization run entirely by volunteers.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've known the organization and am related to the founders family since its inception. Friends has rescued both horses and people in need, both physically and mentally for a number of years. It benefits the animals as well as the people who care for them. It gives the people a pleasant atmosphere to interact with not only the horses but also others of like concerns for them. A worthwhile organization to benefit all! Please support! Thanks, Harry

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Board Member

Rating: 5


I have been a loyal supporter of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. even before it's non-profit status. This is an amazing organization that not only rescues abandoned, abused, orphaned, and older horses that would be put down, but ultimately provides plenty of love and affection for these magnificent animals! It is a forever place for them to live the rest of their lives in happiness with the caring efforts of the many volunteers that have come through the gates throughout the years.

This organization also provides the opportunity for families to participate in good family recreation by allowing them to sponsor one of the horses or simply in participating in the feeding,cleaning, and care for the horses, as well as pot belly pigs, goats, donkeys, and miniature horses.

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. provides local community events and services, as well as informative seminars. The emotional rewards in caring and working with the horses are paid in many WHINNIES!!!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This outstanding organization not only provides a haven for abused, orhpanded, and abandoned horses, but also for horses that can no longer be taken care of by their owners due to the economy, foreclosures, etc. This organization also works with the community and other organizations providing experiences of working with the horses. School students earning community service hours learn about responsibilites and caring for the animals. Other individuals serving community service hours continue to come back to help as volunteers on a regular basis. This organization exists only through donations, grants, and various fundraisers. Please vote for us!!!!!! F.R.I.E.N.D.S. thanks you.

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