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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Horse Hugs is a non-profit, all volunteer group located in North Carolina that uses miniature horses to visit patients in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, assisted care centers, special needs children, at-risk teens, prisons and juvenile detention centers.

Target demographics: We have been concentrating on Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Centers as we have found that this is a greatly over-looked group that can be very lonely and in need of visitors.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 600 people

Geographic areas served: Raleigh/Cary area

Programs: Visiting seniors and patients in hospitals

Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a regular volunteer with Horse Hugs, I have observed first hand the wonderful interactions between the sweet miniature horses and the residents and staff in the facilities that we visit. The horses enjoy being pampered in preparation for the visit and they love all the attention they get from the residents. The residents smile from the first moment they see the horses and many love to snuggle , pet, talk and sing to the horses. The volunteers get to hear amazing life stories that the residents often share in the calming presence of the horses. Sandy often captures these special moments with photographs which she shares with the residents on our next visit. Families, especially grandchildren, want to visit when the horses are coming, so residents enjoy more interactions with their families as well. EVERYONE benefits from the efforts that Sandy expends in making these miniature horse visits possible. What a wonderful organization!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen Horse Hugs grow steadily over the years, expanding the number of volunteers, the number of adorable horses and the number of facilities they visit. The one thing that never changes is the joy they bring to people wherever they go. There is nothing like seeing the face of someone who is sick, lonely or having a bad day (and even those who are already having a great day) light up when Sandy and her volunteers bring the horses to visit. This is a very dedicated group of hard-working individuals that are truly passionate about giving back to their community. I know that so many residents and families are incredibly thankful for the difference Sandy and Horse Hugs has made in their lives! Keep up the wonderful work, Horse Hugs!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Horse Hugs for many years. I have watched the organization grow and the good that it does for the community. Sandy brings joy and happiness to the elderly and children. I love hearing the stories of the Nursing Homes with grandchildren showing up to see the horses --- and grandma and grandpa too. Sandy brings pure joy into their lives and they talk about the horses with their friends and can't wait until their next visit.
One other thing Sandy does is Horse rescues --- she gets in her car with her trailer and saves horses from sometimes terrible situations. She nurses them back to good health and then finds them a new home where they are loved. The animals and people that she touches truly don't know how lucky they are. But for me, I know that I am lucky and blessed to have her in my life!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for the last year and I really enjoy the experience. Horse Hugs is a great organization and brings joy to many people!

1 KyleClark19

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a downright great organization! Sandy is a great person doing great things in the community through Horse Hugs. Over the past few years, I have had the pleasure to volunteer with Horse Hugs and see first hand the benefit it brings to the community. Horse Hugs lifts up the spirits of those it serves and helps brighten the day of so many people. Horse Hugs is a great cause and you can not wrong offering your support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Horse Hugs on and off and every experience has been a great one. Sandy is a great leader and genuinely enjoys bringing happiness to those around her. Every time we bring the horses to a nursing home it seems to make the residents' day. I would highly recommend getting involved with Horse Hugs. It is a great organization that truly makes a difference. And getting to interact with the adorable mini-horses is just a bonus!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I think horse hugs is a wonderful nonprofit. The joy and smiles they bring to our residents when they visit are priceless. The family members and everyone in the building enjoys when they visit

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a regular volunteer with Horse Hugs, I have observed first hand the wonderful interactions between the sweet miniature horses and the residents and staff in the facilities that we visit. The horses enjoy being pampered in preparation for the visit and they love all the attention they get from the residents. The residents smile from the first moment they see the horses and many love to snuggle , pet, talk and sing to the horses. The volunteers get to hear amazing life stories that the residents often share in the calming presence of the horses. Sandy often captures these special moments with photographs which she shares with the residents on our next visit. Families, especially grandchildren, want to visit when the horses are coming, so residents enjoy more interactions with their families as well. EVERYONE benefits from the efforts that Sandy expends in making these miniature horse visits possible. What a wonderful organization!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't say enough good things about Sandy and her volunteer organization, Horse Hugs. I was looking for volunteer work that combines a love of animals and giving back to the community and this organization is IT. Everyone wins with this organization; the horses are well cared for and genuinely seem to enjoy the socialization of the visits, the smiles on the faces of the seniors when they see the horses walking down the hallway to visit them is the greatest gift for the volunteers, and the photos that Sandy takes and shares with the seniors encourage grandchildren and others to visit. WIN WIN WIN. LOVE Horse hugs!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful non-profit that provides a smile and some joy and love to those who need it. Taking miniature horses to visit people in nursing homes and the like. The horses are adorable and brighten the day of those who are visited. The lady who runs it is very thoughtful and does a great service. If only there were more groups like this, that are so service oriented, the world would be a better place.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Horse Hugs is all about bringing joy. Who wouldn't love seeing these adorable mini horses come visit? Sandy is a giving person and has made a great organization. Wonderful to see a non profit doing a service that brightens peoples lives. Thanks

1 Vicki84

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel so honored to have volunteered for Horse Hugs and seeing first hand the love and joy the mini's bring to the elderly. Some elderly may not have many visitors and minis bring love and comfort. The minis are just the right height that they can be petted and hugged. also to give a little kiss or two. I enjoyed the stories the elderly would tell on our visits and I loved to see the smiles on every one faces.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Horse Hugs and can see the joy that the horses bring to the nursing homes. Horse Hugs not only helps those in the nursing homes, it also brings joy to me as I serve our community. Thanks for all you do!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I must say that this is one of the most heart warming organizations that I have had the pleasure to both volunteer and watch in action. The people who volunteer have hearts of servants and work tirelessly to bring joy and happiness to others. This is an amazing organization with incredible volunteers.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fabulous organization! Just seeing the look on a resident's face says it all.