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Horse Rescue Relief and Retirement Fund Inc (SaveTheHorses.Org)

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals

Mission: The mission of Save the Horses is to improve the quality of life for all horses, thereby improving the lives of people through their bond with the horses. We are committed to the rescue and rehabilitation of equines suffering from abuse, as well as the successful retirement of working equines. We strive to improve public awareness and knowledge regarding the standards of care necessary to insure the health and safety of all equines.

Results: Thanks to your generous donations, we have been able to help rescue over 1000 needy horses since 1998. We are funded totally by donations and fund raising. We receive no government assistance. You are the angels who help us Save The Horses. Horses are therapist's, hundreds of humans have been touched by these wonderful animals every day.

Target demographics: horses, children, elderly and all humans bond and find comfort in their daily lives.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 100 horses find safe homes and 27 Barn Buddy participants loved and bonded with the horses.

Geographic areas served: Georgia and SE U.S.

Programs: BARN BUDDY PROGRAM for foster and adopted children to bond with horses in foster care at the rescue farm. PINK HORSE SHOE FUND to raise money for horses who have cancer to get lifesaving treatment. Pink Horse Shoe Cowgirls to support Breast Cancer survivors through horse therapy. FIELD TRIPS, SCOUTS, COMMUNITY OUTREACH. NURSING HOME VISITS with our miniature horses bring smiles to the residents.

Community Stories

477 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Lin H.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cheryl and the volunteers go to great lengths to make a difference in the lives of these neglected or abused horses.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing place! They welcomed our Girl Scout troop years ago and it made such an impact on so many of the girls. My daughter has volunteered at different times over the years and she is always welcomed and loves all the animals they are helping!

Donor

Rating: 5

Top notch charity! They truly live for the betterment of their animals and give them so much LOVE and care. Cheryl is a true saint!!

Kim Duncan

Cheri P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We volunteered at Save the horses for a number of years. The rescue plays an important role in keeping horses safe and cared for. We adopted several horses from the rescue. You will meet some of the nicest people at the rescue. BIG HEARTS.

Donor

Rating: 5

I live a 15 minute drive from the Cumming Save The Horses farm, but never heard of it until I went to a small, local horse show at Wills Park. Two of the horse rescues were there. I heard about the organization, the amazing work they do and donated on the spot for the first time.

During this time of pandemic and looking for something "safe" to do, a few months ago my husband and I took my brother and his family - horse lovers all - for a visit to the farm. My brother is still talking about the unbelievable mammoth mules. I'm not sure if he was more impressed by the rescue story or the mules themselves.

Feed buckets of thanks to Cheryl and all of the volunteers for saving so many four legged, furry souls.

Chris R.10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent a few afternoons helping fix fences and repair some of the stall damage done by the more spirited residents of Save the Horses. Life has taken over since, but I will most certainly come back and see those beautiful creatures (and the horses too) :). Seriously, you won't find more beautiful people than those who take care of the old, the wounded, the discarded and abused of God's creation. This is a special place, a place of love and devotion. So worthy of your time, talents, and treasures. Try it once...you'll fall in love too.

Cherese

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got my handsome boy this past February and hit the jackpot! Apache is by far the best horse I could have asked for and continues to amaze me everyday. I communicated with the rescue for a few months as they helped me find the horse that suited me best and they were spot on with it. Such an amazing ,easy process, and wonderful people involved.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted two horses from save the horses and they are fabulous animals and have brought so much joy to so many children!

Donor

Rating: 5

I’m greatly impressed by the remarkable love & care Save the Horses staff & volunteers provide to the animals it rescues, & rehabilitates & re-homes . I am grateful for & support the work it does on behalf of these precious equines.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Meet little Penny she is my first rescue from STH and I’m so grateful to them for doing what they do. She is the light and love of our lives. They are the only organization that I trust and support. I hope soon that I will be able to rescues or foster another little love. They get a 5 star from this family!

Elaine Wells H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a worthy and loyal organization. always going above and beyond to help the horses live a more humane life. I support them and think they are a much needed necessity. God bless them all.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization saves so many horses and other animal from abusive situations, malnutrition and other bad situation!!
They deserve this award!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Did a great job matching a horse to my needs and my other horse's needs. I got a wonderful mare as a companion horse. She had obviously been well-cared for while at the rescue, not just fluffed up for a visit. She was much loved by the volunteers, so much so that I felt a little guilty taking her! You couldn't ask for better care from a rescue facility.

Elizabeth Smith K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started my work with Horse Rescue Relief and Retirement Fund Inc (Save The Horses) about 12 years ago as my daughter and I were looking for additional volunteer opportunities. Because my daughter had a keen interest in horses, we completed the training and began our affiliation with this amazing organization. Going to this pastoral setting each Sunday was the highlight of my week. My eager child and I would go for the early shifts, and with the sun rising, the farm came to life. We never looked back!

One of my favorite things about Save the Horses is the accessibility to the large beauties who live there (see photo of me with a baby cow). Some of my fondest memories are of a large rescued, show and lesson horse named Lump (image attached). This majestic man was as friendly as he was beautiful. One such memory is of a cool, sunny Sunday when my daughter and I had completed our chores and moved on to the ensuing lovefest of socializing with the animals. Lump was meandering about, enjoying the warmth of the sunshine on his beautiful coat when he came from behind me to rest his enormous head on my shoulder- a usual and welcomed exchange between us. On this afternoon, though, things would be a bit different than any time before as Lump must have been ready for his afternoon nap. So, because he was comfortable with the affection he was receiving from me, I suppose he thought, "Why move? This is a cozy place for a siesta!" As he slowly drifted into his slumber, his head grew heavier and heavier on my shoulder. Even still, I dared not move because this rare encounter was so meaningful to me; the level of trust he had in his surroundings and in me were priceless. If I had no other indication of the value of Save the horses, this chance experience would have, forever, sealed my involvement there. Lump lived for visits from the many other volunteers and the love and care he received from organization's visionary founder, Cheryl Flanagan, and her family. Lump knew no strangers at the farm where he spent the final few of his forty years of life. Without the mission of Save the Horses, Lump, along with the boundless other animals, would not have the compassionate and intentional care to live out their days.

Subsequently, our personal volunteer efforts have continued, but my involvement has been augmented. As a public-school teacher, I have matched my school's day of service with Save the Horses. Each year, we take a group of about 60 to the farm to complete coordinated projects (picture attached). Some of these include mucking stalls, moving rocks for erosion control, painting, grooming animals, repairs to fencing, socializing animals, spreading ground cover, and so many more. Cheryl and her capable crew plan extensively, so the day's work can be both maximized and meaningful for the students.

Since our first school service event at the farm, this has been the sought and coveted location for student groups to complete their work. These young adults (middle school) regale their friends, other teachers, and families with stories of not only the tasks they performed or the work goals they met, but also, they tell of relationships with nature and animals they may not have ever encountered before. Many of our students have little to no experience with large animals, and on top of that, many start the day with a bit of trepidation. By the end of our time there, however, these learners' lives are forever changed for the better as they surpass their own limitations or fears through the encounters and communion they experience with the animals. They feel like and integral part of a greater effort, and, as an educator, I could ask for no more. Many of the students, in fact, have gone on to become regular volunteers along with their families. I am thrilled to be a part of both exposing people to Save the Horses and helping to increase the workforce for the highly important goals of the organization.

So, as it should be obvious, I am a wholehearted proponent of the charitable and stellar work of the Horse Rescue Relief and Retirement Fund Inc (Save The Horses). The revered activist and pillar of history, Mahatma Gandhi, expressed, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. I hold that the more helpless a creature the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of humankind." Though society is making progress in so many valuable and tremendous ways, it is only through the work of forward-thinking and avid citizens, like those affiliated with Save the Horses, that we will continue to make the greatest gains of which Gandhi spoke. Coupled with this front-line effort, GreatNonprofits can perpetuate our nation's growth through support and acknowledgement of superlative groups like Save the Horses. Speaking for my family, the students I serve, our community, and the humans and animals at this farm, I can say with veracity, Save the Horses is worthy of any and all notoriety and assistance you can provide.

Thank you for taking the time to read and consider my input about Save the Horses.
Respectfully submitted,
Elizabeth Kennedy

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It’s a fun and exciting place to volunteer to help some amazing animals. The staff is truly inspiring .

Emily K.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the most impactful organizations that changes the lives of both animals and humans.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Save the Horses rescue changed my life! We retired and moved to a nice horse property, but we didn't have any horses. Years before we had horses and knew we would like to have them again. We then decided to visit an open house at Save the Horses. We were very impressed with the set up and the organization. We expressed an interest in adopting two horses and they came to our home to see where the horses would be and to get to know us better. Soon after, they received word of a horse in Alabama who was in a bad situation and they called to see if we would take him. We set that in motion and they brought us a beautiful, wonderful Spotted Saddleback who we named Buddy. We were just delighted with him. He needed a companion so they told us of a horse at the rescue who had just lost her lifelong companion, a Quarterhorse named Lacy, and they thought they would do well together. She arrived a few days later and it was just a wonderful fit for all of us. Lacy is beautiful also and they get along so well. We are so impressed with what they do at Save the Horses and are grateful for the blessing they were for us to make such a great match of these two horses who bring us joy every day.
Penny & Bill Burgess

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Meeting Bravo 15 years ago and being part of the rescue opened my life to a community full of love and care for animals; thank you Cheryl for opening your home and heart ... teaching us to follow by your example

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It’s such a wonderful place . They save the lives of so many precious animals

1 Sean D.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A foundation that cares deeply for their animals and helps care for all animals not just horses.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known the sanctuary to be a cool place for retired horses and some farm animals too. I had the chance to go to an event there. Everybody looked clean, healthy, well-fed and happy. The owner and volunteers were all very kind and caring. Sometimes, I get posts of horses and farm animals who need rescue or rehoming. I do not hesitate referring them to Save the Horses.

1 Cathy W.6

Donor

Rating: 5

An incredible rescue that really cares about the horses and other animals that find refuge there. In these Covid times the donations seem to be down and events are rare, but “Save the Horses” continues to do amazing work and I feel my monetary donations are put to incredible use

1 Dean M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked at the horse rescue since 2006. It has been the greatest experience of my life. I started going to the rescue with my daughter who needed volunteer hours for High School. Her love of animals was something I instilled in her from a very young age. She is now working on her PHD in Veterinary Biological Sciences and I have continued to work at the farm as O love working with horses. Great Place

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son aspires to be a veterinarian. The expose to the different livestock has increased his confidence and knowledge in caring for animals. The animal clinics and summer programs are a lot of fun.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization. Tirelessly working to better the equine situation

2 Cindy Simpkins H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer here for over 10 years and just love this place. They care about the animals and provide a sanctuary not only for the animals but also for us volunteers. STH is my favorite place to go to help with the animals, the farm and my own sanity! I just love the donkeys, mini's, dwarves and I never want to leave once is step foot on the driveway, wish I lived closer because I would go everyday!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful and caring organization that really loves their animals.

1 Sandy Crossen T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Save the Horses is AMAZING! I don’t know how they do all the beautiful work that they do and save so many animals. Hearts of gold. Can’t wait time get my daughters back over there to volunteer again. (.. and we miss sweet Trudy. ❤️)

1 Sue K.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Awesome organization, doing good work in our community

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group does such great work here in Georgia! While horses are their primary focus, they do care for so many more animals. This group has a heart of gold and will do anything to help animals in need.

1 Michelle E.9

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following Save a horse since 2012 when I attended a fundraiser for Save a horse at Lanier Islands. Over the years I have watched this organization take in so many animals that needed help.

1 Lauren C.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome place! Visited there when I was in Georgia. They are doing good work.

1 Juliette D.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the best rescues anywhere. From their responsiveness, their top care of animals in need and in recovery from maltreatment, their facility and organization of volunteers, just a top notch professional organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Save the horses rescue is the true example of what a horse/animal rescue should be. They go out of their way to save horses and other animals from abuse and neglect. We adopted a horse recently from this rescue. We need more horse rescues like this one. They take their mission in helping animals seriously and passionately.

1 Heather M.13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing organization, they have helped so many animals and they haven’t stopped even in the hardest of times

Client Served

Rating: 5

Save the Horses and Cheryl Flanagan are by far the most wonderful horse people I have ever met. They are the absolute best definition of rescue. They aren't afraid to jump in and help in any situation, at any time, day or night. They ARE RESCUE.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work they do is amazing. Cheryl work tirelessly to save all animals not just horses.

1 Rosemary G.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Save The Horses serves not only Georgia, but also the southern region by taking in horses and animals that need a new homes through no fault of their own and giving them a second chance at success. I have had the pleasure of dealing with them through my work with 4-H as a 4-H Horse and Pony Club Leader The educational opportunities Save the Horse gives to the community is another valuable service they provide that comes from their hearts and wealth of knowledge.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the best run nonprofits I have ever been around. They have very dedicated volunteers and work hard to do what is best for the animals. They are amazing and touch the hearts of many!

1 Stacey H.5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful rescue organization that puts all of it's resources into the animals they rescue. They rescue a wide range of farm animals in addition to their main focus horses. When I was in a management at a local animal shelter we relied on Save the Horses to help with the numerous farm animals that came into the shelter on a regular basis. We would have been lost without them!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a Beautiful quarter horse from Save the Horses...they are a wonderful organization & their main goal is to rescue abused & abandon horses & give them the best care they can. Will be getting another horse from them in the future!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing support for animal rescue. My son’s Boy Scout Troop visited to volunteer one day And we were very impressed.

1 Julie105

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful horse rescue in Georgia! Always willing to help horses and also many other types of animals. Cheryl has the biggest heart and if she can’t take an animal in she will work hard to find a place for it.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Save The Horses in Cumming Georgia is a little slice of heaven full of lucky horses and the people who care about them and for them. I have known this rescue for quite a few years and know the wonderful work they do to save the horses they can, and help save the horses they cannot take in. From buying horses out of kill pens, to taking in horses brought in to animal shelters around Atlanta, to off the track TB's that need retirement homes ~ they help them all. There is no prejudice. Even if the horse will never be adoptable they do not look away. Most horses they help are within the state of GA, but I've known them to go as far as PA to rescue a horse from slaughter. I wish someday to win the lottery because I know for a fact they would help more horses if they had more funds. As it is, they do what they can with much compassion and true love. I myself have a Save The Horses rescue who came to us looking like a death camp victim. He came as a foster with the knowledge that STH would be responsible for all of his bills, but stayed to become a member of our family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great experience with Save the Horses and very thankful for what they do daily to help all these animals. Thank you!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've known Cheryl and Kelly Flanagan since high school and what Cheryl does for horses (and all animals) is nothing short of amazing. She gives horses who are past their prime and "unwanted" the comfortable retirement they deserve. She's passionate about her work and it shows in all that she does. No one is more deserving of this recognition than Horse Rescue Relief and Retirement Fund, Inc.

1 slippers54

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Horse Rescue relief and retirement fund is a very special and important part of our lives here in Forsyth county Georgia. The caring and aid should never go un noticed. This Save the horses will always have a five star rating in my book. Blessings to them all

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have volunteered not as much as I like,but they are worth their weight in gold. Every time I have been to the barn it is rewarding, soul mending and a true blessing. I would give this rescue 10 stars and speak of them daily to people I come in contact with at my work.

Many blessings for more years to come. Karen Elam

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are a caring well organized rescue who goes above and beyond for any animals in need

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome rescue! They go over and above and always keep the animals best interest in the forefront of their decision making! They sacrifice daily for the animals.

1 Rhonda L.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They do awesome things for animals that otherwise would be doomed. Great job!

2 Erin C.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My parents have volunteered here and adopted rescue/retired horses from Cheryl. She has never ending compassion & goes above and beyond to try and help out as many animals as she can. Kind & strong, an inspiration. I love talking to her & hearing her stories & information. We have learned so much so far. Just being around her is a joy. She’s a good soul. My daughter & I took the volunteer orientation class at the end of 2019 & look forward to becoming regular volunteers in the near future. Even if you can’t volunteer to feed, clean stalls, etc, just coming in to show the animals some love is appreciated! Meeting & working with the other volunteers has its rewards as well.

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Donor

Rating: 5

HRRF, Save The Horses, provides a much-needed example of the healing power of compassion for its rescues and rescuers alike.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you for all you do! You are such a blessing to the horses!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

These are Wonderful people, who are doing a great thing!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Save The Horses is an Awesome Rescue Farm! I have known Cheryl Flanagan since 2003 and her organization does many wonderful things to help homeless and needy horses. I rate them with 5 stars!

2 maceicher

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Save the Horses in various forms for over 7 years. Their love for both animals and people who love animals makes them an amazing place to love and learn about horses, but also chickens, roosters, dwarf horses, sheep, goats, pigs, and a very special cow named Rosie, who has never known so much love. They (the people) are patient, and kind, and love teaching others how to give these precious animals the special care they need, while giving these animals the love and care they need to recover and retire to live their best life. I've never seen a place like it, and the animals and their people are the best of the bunch.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot even begin to express how impressed I am with this organization. Not only is their concern and love for these animals clear in everything they do, but they take the time to take people like me and educate us about how to care for these animals. Horses can be tough to handle - there's a lot to know. But the volunteers and staff at Horse Rescue, Relief, and Retirement really let you help as much or as little as you like. I've donated, cleaned stalls, groomed horses, and been able to play and love on the animals too (under friendly supervision and guidance). They are warm and kind, and even have orientations for volunteers on how to volunteer with horses, which covers some of the technical aspects as well as horse etiquette. I hope to work with them for many years to come!

1 Angie Phillips P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Truly a wonderful group with a big heart...they give many animals a chance that wouldn’t have one

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They take the broken, forgotten and those who deserve love and respect. This is a wonderful organization who welcomed me as a volunteer, a lover of horses with open arms. The horses are cared for on an individual basis and as a herd when possible.

1 Sarah P.6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Cheryl Flanagan built this rescue and expanded it to the point that they take in animals from other rescues. SO many seek her help and advice and she works so very hard to respond to and meet every need. She is the most amazing, magnanimous person I've ever met, and her rescue organization is exceptionally humane and competent.

1 Laura Gindrat C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The dedication of this rescue has and continues to be 150%!!! So much love, so many lives saved!

1 Kasey Blake W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such an amazing place! They do so much for all the animals!

1 Jesslynn M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Save the horses is a wonderful organization . They are doing things that not many groups are able to do ! Amazing work !

3 Yagmur Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great horses and great management! Mrs. Cheryl gives chances to these horses that others might not.

1 Elaine S.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing people that will stop at nothing to save horses and various other animals from slaughter/abuse. We fostered one donkey and adopted two horses over the years and when we needed help they always answer and come by...

2 Jennifer S.28

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known this group for over 12 years. I’m truly impressed with their accomplishments!
Over this time I have helped transport horses and orchestrated re-hom8 g a young colt.