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Grune Heidi Farm Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: It is our mission and purpose to educate the public regardless of being a horse lover or a horse owner, to rescue American Saddlebreds and Arabian horses. It is our intention to increase overall awareness of the dangers facing these magnificent breeds of horses in the United States today. We are focused on the prevention of abuse, neglect and the protection of American Saddlbreds and Arabian horses from the threat of slaughter. GHF strives to increase public awareness of these issues through the development of educational materials and the use of social media outlets.

Results: Our goal is to save as many as we can every year. We try to attend several auctions throughout the year to rescue before they ship to slaughter. Averaging at least 30 horses a year being rehabbed and placed into great homes.

Target demographics: get these deserving horses a second chance

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 40 horses

Geographic areas served: saving American Saddlebreds and Arabians from shipping to slaughter and neglect all over the United States

Programs: education, knowledge of the care, and well being of horses

Community Stories

87 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sabrina C.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Erica runs an amazing rescue!!! I got my lovely mare from here and as soon as I stepped in the property I could tell the horses were loved and well cared for. If you want your dream horse look no further.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to several of Erika's rescue horses and to see them transform into healthy happy horses and find loving homes is truly inspirational. She does an amazing job and puts every ounce of her being into these magnificent creatures .

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Donor

Rating: 5

Erika Gilbert is doing amazing things for horses facing needless slaughter. She is able to not only rescue these, often starved and neglected, horses but turns them into beautiful amazing beings full of gratitude and rekindled spirits. A+ for all her efforts!!

1 ACO385

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Been following Erika Gilbert and her rescue for a long time. I've been impressed with her honesty and knowledge regarding horses that she has saved from slaughter, rehabilitated and then found excellent homes for. She chooses the best home, not just the first offer and puts the HORSE first.

1 Judith H.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ericka runs a honest rescue, the horses are well cared for and happy with their lives. Anyone who is looking for their equine partner, this is the place to adopt. Every horse is vetted and evaluated in their training, you will know what you are getting! If there is ever any reason you cannot keep the horse, Ericka will happily take tjem back. It is all about the HORSE at this rescue.

1 susanseebeck

Donor

Rating: 5

I've followed Grune Heidi for over 4 yrs. I've donated very willing because this place is the real deal. The sad animals they rescue to beautiful, thriving animals. I am always amazed at her ability to save these animals and help them get a good and forever home.

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Donor

Rating: 5

An amazing rescue. Heart and perserverance. They truly do whats needed for each animal they are able to help. Should be a 20 star

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I became aquainted with this amazing rescue and Erika Gilbert just recently, when i was lucky enough to adopt two beautiful Egyptian Arabian Mares that were rescued and nursed back to health by Erika and this compassionate rescue. Erika, I can not say enough wonderful things about her and the beautiful horses, Its perfectly clear that her heart and soul is all in.. when it comes to rescuing these majestic animals from such heart breaking circumstances. I am now the proud owner of Harmony and Cheetah, Their life was not a happy one, until Erika and her crew found these girls along with others, they are now happy, healthy, and will spend every single day, for the rest of their lives, in peace.. and never worrying about anything again. Thank You Erika for all you do...

Kristina and Melvin Muir

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Grune Heidi Farm truly exceeded my expectations from a horse rescue. The team works hard to properly rehab, retrain, and rehome the horses that they rescue. Each horse receives the care they deserve and more.

What truly sets GHFR apart for other rescues for me is the amount of love and care that goes into placing horses. All potential adopters and completely vetted to ensure they will provide a good home for the horses, and Erika goes above and beyond in helping determine what horse would best fit your lifestyle, personality, and experience level.

I walked into GHFR expecting to fall in love with one horse and walked out head over heels in love with another. The horse I fell in love with was one that Erika suggested after speaking with me and getting to know me. She made a perfect match and goes above and beyond to make sure that the match is working out properly.

If I was ever in a situation where I needed to rehome my horses I would reach out to GHFR for assistance in a heartbeat. Everything they do is truly focused on the horses and ensuring they have amazing care. GHFR is one of the most respectable and reputable rescues I have ever worked with.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Ericka gives all that she has physically and money wise to saving and caring for horses that have been thrown away, heading to and being held in killing pens a cross the country, every penny donated goes to the horses care and rescue only. Amazing lady

1 Amy C.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been acquainted with Grune Heidi Farm for about a year now. We need more places like this. Erika works tirelessly giving all she has and a lot she doesn't to save as many of these beautiful horses as she can. Each horse that is under her care is treated with the love and care of a beloved pet to make them the best they can be for their new home. Erika goes the extra mile to make sure they are placed with appropriate homes to give them the best life possible. These horses are not shipped in and out for adoption fees. These horses are brought in, loved, trained when needed, and given the best care so that they leave happier than when they arrived. This place is amazing!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Grune Heidi is an amazing rescue. Ericka goes above and beyond for every horse that comes into her rescue. She is also an advocate for those that need help rehoming their horses. She makes sure the adopter and horse match. I wholeheartedly recommend this rescue.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer out at Grune Heidi horse rescue almost every weekend. Erika is a kind-hearted person that puts forth 150% effort in the horses that she rescues. I love seeing the horses when they come in, and some not in the greatest shape, and when they get adopted all looking like show horses. It is amazing at the transformation that happens at grune Heidi Farm. Definitely recommend adopting a horse from Erika, you will not be disappointed

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Donor

Rating: 5

Grune Heidi Horse Rescue Is a compassionate, caring organization. I know most of the volunteers there as well as Erika. Some of their rescues have come from kill pens, and are so pathetic that you want to cry. Like magic Grune Heidi rescue has them healthy and happy. It is a joy to witness.
Keep up the great work that you do!

1 Melissa Bullington M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Erika is amazing. We adopted our Grant from her. She found the best horse for our family and our lives wouldnt be the same without him. I volunteer here and i am always amazed at the transformations. She pours her heart and soul into every horse she saves. A Truly amazing person and rescue and some of the most beautiful horses you will find.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After meeting Erika and the folks at Grune Heidi, and seeing their passion and the amazing work they do with these beautiful horses, I knew exactly who i wanted to work with in finding our dream rescue horse.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a lifelong horseperson I would not give my time or effort to a non profit i didn't believe in. I volunteer at Grune Heidi every weekend and wholeheartedly support this rescue.
The care that Erika puts into each and every horse that passes through is top notch. Every horse has an individual feed program, vet and farrier care is never skimped on and each horse is partnered with the perfect person.
All together, a five star rescue.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering out at Grune Heidi Farm Rescue for about a year. This rescue is amazing. Without a doubt, the horses come first.
Every horse receives an individual specialized diet, the best veterinary care and the training needed to become a great Equine citizen and Erika finds them the best possible home.
I wholeheartedly support this rescue.

1 Kim Johnson W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of the best rescues I've seen or been involved with. Erica takes incredible care of the horses she saves. The transformation in the time she has them is amazing, not just physically but they learn to trust again which is so important. I have fostered for Erica and would do so again anytime she needs.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Grune Heidi Farm is by far the best rescue. The Owner, Erika, passion for the horses is obvious the first time you meet her. When I visited the farm it was easily recognizable the horses are top priority and very well cared far. She always put the farm's well-being above her own without a second though.

1 Diane C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted "several" horses from Erika at Grune Heidi Farm rescue. The horses receive wonderful care and rehabilitation there! I also volunteer when life allows. Its a great rescue that deserves all the attention/donations we can muster!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

In December of 2016 I met Erika and toured the farm for the first time. Since then, I have adopted a beautiful registered American Saddlebred named Jersey Girl, and a handsome registered Arabian named Highway from Grune Heidi Farm. I have volunteered there, assisted with rescuing, provided fostering and learned more about the plight of our noble ASB's and Arabian horses then I ever wanted to know!! Currently I am preparing to adopt another horse from Erika. Her transparency of finances, level of care, desire to educate the public, and her unending commitment to the beautiful forgotten souls is inspiring. I always make sure to donate whenever I can. I HIGHLY recommend you check the place out, you won't be disappointed.

1 Bridget18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This recuse is absolutely the best ever! She puts her whole heart and soul into these wonderful beautiful creatures. If it wasn't for her I'd never have found my ponies.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Grune Heidi Farm Rescue. I've been apart of this operation for 6 years now and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. She has taught me so much about Arabians and Saddlebreds. I'm very thankful to have the wonderful opportunity to board my horse here and to continue to learn new stuff everyday.

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1 Chris232

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome place with amazing horses! THIS is the happiest place on earth!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome rescue doing amazing work. This is one of the happiest places on earth! The horses are cared for and realize they hit the horsey lottery by being rescued by Erika and Grune Heidi Farm.

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1 Cynthia Van H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Erika is a wonderful person and in the 6 months that I have known her has saved so many sweet horses and gave them a new life with their adoptive family.
Wrangler came into our lives just a few months ago and cannot imagine life on our farm without him. He is the most loving and appreciative horse I have ever met. Wish I could adopt more horses from Erika. I highly recommend Grune Heidi Farm for your next horse.

2 Paige L.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my horse, Flair, from Grune Heidi and Erika and they did such a great job with her! A total sweetheart saved from the kill pen! I'm so glad this rescue does what it does or else I never would have found her!

2 Mary379

Donor

Rating: 5

Erika Gilbert of Grune Heidi Farm is the best. The rehab and re-home she does by giving the horses from kill pens a second chance is absolutely fantastic.
I only wish I could help her more but I do what I can with donations. I love seeing the transformations and love the happy endings when the horses get the perfect homes.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The work and dedication that Erika Gilbert puts into the rescue of the horses is truly amazing. You see the results each and every time one of her rescues is adopted. Not only does she rescues them from the kill pens but she makes sure they are going to good homes where they can finally feel loved and appreciated.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

GHFR truly is a labor of love. We were lucky to be able to have a wonderful tour of their facility with Erika and meet our beautiful filly, Doodles (known on the page as Shortcake). We met some of the current rescues and listened to their individual stories of heartbreak to triumph in the horse slaughter/rescue pipeline. Erika's hard work and dedication is admirable. She is passionate, knowledgeable, and honest. This is so much more than a rescue or a place to adopt your new best friend, this is a place of hope and new beginnings.

2 Cheryl P.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my mare ‘Joy’ from this rescue 2 years ago and couldn’t be happier with this horse. She was well cared for and is sound. A friend of mine also adopted from here and she too loves her horse. Erika is passionate about this cause and puts everything she has into these horses, all you have to do is visit. I’ve visited other local rescues that were more of a ‘business’...owners with cute cowboy hats on and drove new trucks...this gal with buy feed before putting gas in her aging truck if made to choose. #1 rescue. No doubt about it.❤️

3 Robin151

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure of knowing Erika personally the past 17 years. The passion and commitment to these horses goes far beyond a job for her. She pours every bit of her life into her rescue and it speaks for itself in the amazing rehab efforts and results! Rehoming these beauties is the best gift she can give them! Adopt your dream!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've known Erika Gilbert for many years. The dedication and determination Erika and Grune Heidi Farm Inc. puts into each one of these saves is truly amazing! Long hours, hard work and lots of love go into the process and the end results are something Erika and GHF can be proud of. Erika does an amazing job rescuing and rehabilitating these beautiful creatures and giving them a second chance at a real and happy life! The before and after pictures tell the story very well!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Erika is efficient and effective in her approach to equine rescue. She does a wonderful job of rehabilitating horses, and has a proven track record of placing them in qualified homes once they have completed their recovery. A hands-on, hardworking equine rescue!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure to be following Grune Heidi Farm Rescue for several years waiting for the right companion for me. Well, I found him and he's coming to his new home tomorrow! Ericka at Grune Heidi Farm Rescue has been wonderful with the process. Their compassion and dedication to helping these fur babies get a second chance in life touches ones heart deeply. Thank you for rescuing Shade. I will love him always and he will have a good home for the rest of his life. I will always support Grune Heidi Farm Rescue!

4 Tina S.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It was an honor and an absolutely privilege to meet Erika at her farm today. She is professional, extremely knowledgeable and has incredibly high expectations when it comes to her horses care. She knows exactly what she is doing and has a huge heart. From the minute I met her, I could tell how much she loves each of these horses and how passionate she is about them. The transformation of the abused and neglected horses is unbelievable. If you are looking for a place to donate to animals, look no further. This group is very deserving of the support it gets. Erika’s compassion and dedication to improving horses' lives is truly admirable. What an awesome rescue group Grune Heidi is, and what an angel of a woman Erika is! THANK YOU for all that you do!

3 Cortney K.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

What can we say about Grune Heidi rescue??? Well, quite frankly... they’re AMAZING. The love and dedication, the hard work, and the beauty of not only the horses, but the farm, is truly a testament to Erika and her team. Each person we have encountered there has been a pleasure! I’m in awe at how Erika has transformed these beautiful creatures who were once at kill auctions into magnificent, kind, regal horses with the most beautiful, glowing coats I’ve ever seen. Our Spice and Copper are just stunning and we could not be happier. Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ive been volunteering for over 3 years and i LOVE it here. Erika has taught me so many wonderful things and i learn more and more everyday.

3 Kim Sutherland C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Grune Heidi is where miracles happen. Erika almost singlehandedly has created a utopia for what some have tried to throw away. She has done this with knowledge and elbow grease not to mention a huge heart. It may not be fancy, yet the results speak for themselves.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Erika and Grune Heidi Farm are setting the example of what a reputable rescue looks like. I am happy to be a proud supporter of this rescue and of all the animals that have had the opportunity to come through her barn doors to find a new beginning! ❤️

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truly a blessing to the equine community. The love and premium care given to the rescues knows no bounds.!! Would highly recommend supporting and adopting from this wonderful rescue !!!

3 Dr.KatieH

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful rescue. Erika does an outstanding job finding, rehabbing and re-homing the horses. Any horses needing medical care receive it promptly. A horse is lucky to come here!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Grune Heidi Farm is a fantastic rescue. They take superb care of all their rescue horses, getting them the medical care and attention that they need. They make sure to provide a safe environment for the horses and provide high quality feed. Any horse is lucky to get to this rescue!