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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

137 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

Susan212

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I joined FRIENDS a year ago and it has fulfilled my dreams and beyond. I have loved horses all my life . Now that my children are on their own, I have more time to pursue my dreams. By sponsoring my horse, I've learned how to take care of him, I get to ride him, and enjoy the activities at the ranch. Dream come true.

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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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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 kaczor.jennifer

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 Isa C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a Sanctuary of Majestic animals Horses, Donkeys and Pigs...where you can do volunteer hours, finding yourself in the natural environment with this truly animals friends, where you can learn that most simple things in life can fill your heart of happiness.....from cleaning a stall to approaching your favorite horse, for gromming and learning about them.
While you arrive ...Racoons will say Hi...and then they will hide...very funny ♡.
If you are animal lover this is your place to learn, to share and to do something that help them...but if you want to learn about animals and what to experience what blessing is have an animal friend...this is the place too..about learning respect for others, loyalty, humility , kind and friendship with animals♡

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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

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.

1 finn3of5

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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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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1 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!

1 Susan H.1

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.

1 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.

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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.

2 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!!