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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home our precious equine friends to compatible, loving, forever homes. We take in all walks of life from owner surrenders, abandoned, neglected and abused. FHR believes that knowledge and patience is key to healing and placement for all horses.

Results: We have successfully re-homed over 20 horses in just under a year of being open to the public. Thank you to all of our supporters and volunteers for making this all possible.

Target demographics: horses have a second chance

Direct beneficiaries per year: 20 + horses

Geographic areas served: Newcastle, CA

Programs: rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing.

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Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

Amazing people with a huge heart for horses. It doesn't matter to me whether I get a tax write off or not for my donation. My intent isn't to get a tax break, it's to help these horses. The red tape takes awhile to clear and it doesn't even matter. I love these people, including the volunteers, who spend their days saving these horses from a horrible fate. Thank you for all you do. You don't know me, but one of the horses you brought thru the page used to be a family members horse and I was sooooooooooooooo happy to see her saved. I donate every chance I get, with my heart full of good intentions, as yours are, in helping these beautiful animals that need us!



Rating: 5

Words cannot truly describe the level of commitment that Freedom Horse Rescue (FHR) has to rescuing horses, rehabilitating them and finding them forever homes. However in this review I will do my best to relay what I’ve seen and experienced as a volunteer with FHR.

When I first came out it to FHR was evident that the president, Melissa, put her entire heart and soul into the rescue and I immediately knew that I wanted to be a part of this team. I too wanted to make a difference in the lives of these precious animals.

Since my time as a volunteer, and foster home when needed, I have seen first-hand the sweat and tears that everyone involved puts forth. Running a rescue is a 24/7 job, often times there is very little sleep for those who are onsite and despite that fact they still push on, still give 110% to care for, love on and be advocates for these beautiful animals that cannot speak for themselves.

It’s a lot of work to care for healthy horses, which in the beginning most rescue horses are not. The normal care of a horse includes feeding twice and day, grooming, exercise and providing fresh water. However, those are just the basics! Add in special feeding times (ie: 2 am) for emaciated horses that come in, along with administering medication, tending to wounds and getting a thousand pound animal who’s been abused to trust you to do all this for them and to them is sometimes quite a challenge to say the least!

It is true, FHR doesn’t have 501c, YET (the application was submitted over a year ago), the truth of the matter is no one gets their 501c without waiting 1-2 years for it, sometimes longer. So what does that mean for folks who are asked to donate? That means that yes, your donation right now is simply that, a donation from you with no strings attached, no tax write off needed.

I volunteer here because it gives me joy to know I am helping to make a difference. I donate what I can when I can and could care less about a tax write off because to me the simple fact that I am helping is what brings me joy, I don’t need any payback, and that dear reader, in my opinion, is what true volunteerism is and what donations should be. A gift…that doesn’t require anything in return.

I sincerely hope that you too will be willing to share your gifts and talents with FHR, whether it’s helping out at the rescue or donating to support their efforts to better the life of our equine friends. Together we can make a difference!!

Alexis Q.


Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with the rescue since January, 2014 and I have enjoyed every minute of it. Freedom Horse Rescue really cares about the wellbeing of the horses and ponies that others have neglected. If anyone is looking for a new horse or even just to pet a pony this is the place! The board members are always pleasant and are more than willing to answer any questions you have and teach you new things. They have also held more than one fundraiser to help others in the community. This is an all around great place!


Rating: 1

this group isn't even a registered 501c so why would they be on your website as a great charity? how about get your paperwork in line before you solicit donations. Otherwise you get ZERO tax deduction. its just money out of your pocket..

Comments ( 1 )


freedomhorserescue 10/09/2014

We are pending 501c. Our paperwork is in order. The government accepts us as a non profit pending their filing. We've have done our part and are waiting on the government. Your research was not complete.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non profit organization goes above and beyond. I'm a new member and I could not be more impressed with their skills, care and handling of the horses and donkeys.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I love what we do here at FHR, we personally get the horse what ever they need. From vet work to training, to make sure that when they go to there for ever home they are safe and sounds for there new families. Also extensive property and person check for there future homes.