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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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