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Causes: Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: Our mission is to provide aid and sanctuary to abused, neglected, abandoned or donated horses that come to us in need. Work with law enforcement and other agencies in their efforts to rectify situations in which horses are in peril. Provide horses in our Sanctuary with needed medical care, proper nutrition and a health plan to restore them physically and mentally for a new life. Continue educational and fundraising efforts to both help us support our rescue efforts and to promote awareness of issues involving neglect and abuse in our area. During their rehabilitation, horses will learn to begin to trust once again by living in a sanctuary free of fear, hunger and human caused pain. Once rehabilitated, we will strive to find them a special home with people who will give them a new life where they will thrive with loving care and can live their life with dignity. We believe that by providing a network of support and basic equine educational resources for humans, we can avoid the unnecessary suffering and unfortunate fate that many horses endure. We want to do more than care for the horses who are suffering... we want to find a way to break the cycle of abuse and neglect! Together, we will make a difference in the life of a horse!

Results: MFMN was established as a non-profit 501(c)3 animal welfare organization in 2011 when Connie Hendrix and Donna Ogle, who had been rescuing and sheltering horses using their own funds, realized that they needed public support in order to continue to help reduce the suffering of the ever increasing number of neglected, abandoned and unwanted horses. MFMN does not discriminate based on age, breed, health or ride-ability of the horses it accepts, but rather, helps all to live a good life, or sometimes pass away with dignity. Since 2011 the shelter has taken in over 350 horses and had 184 adoptions. They work with law enforcement to help fight neglect and abuse and they are accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. The organization has minimal administrative costs, no paid employees and is a 100% volunteer organization. They also facilitate a network of foster homes in the surrounding area that also provides food and shelter to abandoned and unwanted horses. The organization is funded by contributions from individuals. All donations are tax deductible.

Target demographics: save horses from abuse, neglect, abandonment and slaughter

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 100 horses at our sanctuary and affiliated foster homes

Geographic areas served: locally in Missouri and surrounding states

Programs: horse rescue, providing sanctuary and foster homes for elderly, blind, and lame horses, and rehabilitating and training horses for approved adoptions

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with the Missouri Forget Me Not Horse Rescue and Sanctuary for five and a half years. The reason that I have continued to volunteer is because of the passion and dedication that Connie Hendrix, President, Donna Ogle, Vice-President and all the board members and foster home owners display 24 hours a day 7 days a week to rescue, protect and care for all the horses. The phone rings hourly with individuals calling to report situations of abused and neglected horses or ask the rescue to accept their horse because they have run out of money or the owners have passed away. The Rescue would take them all if they had enough land, money and/or staff. I have experienced many occasions when horses arrive unable to stand for several weeks and have to be supported by a sling to stand until they are strong enough to support themselves. Only providing love, food, water and medicine gave the horses a chance of survival and this occurred many times. Many times the horses arrive very nervous and afraid of everyone and after several months of care and kind treatment they have made a reversal and become affectionate and friendly. All the volunteers donate their time; there are no paid employees. Besides loving all the horses, the volunteers spend a minimum of 2 hours a day assisting with feeding, cleaning stalls, cleaning water tanks, mending fences, brushing horses, cleaning hooves, assisting when the farriers arrive to help with bringing horses in and holding them for the farriers, stacking hay, assisting with fund raising activities and much more. This is indicative of how dedicated everyone is to supporting the Rescue and it's mission.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group of people put their heats and time into saving discarded horses.
They take old horses, sick horses and give them a beautiful life. They also buy
horses from auction that are slated for slaughter, many of them pregnant mares.
The sheer amount of time and energy put into caring for these beauties
and fundraising to keep them healthy is staggering. If you are looking to adopt
a pasture horse, or a horse to ride, please consider adopting from Missouri Forget_Me-Not.
If you have some money to spare, please donate to this group, your money will be well used.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Granddaughter loves to go to the farm and take carrots to the horses. She rides at Donna's and is going to be a true horse person as she grows up. Her love for the horses is supported by Connie and the volunteers who let her help brush horses and help take food to them. This is a fantastic place for kids to learn to love horses and the importance of the rescue.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've never seen such caregiving, devotion and commitment in ANY animal rescue organization like this one. When they are called to save a starving horse who has been "left behind" or deserted by family or abused, neglected, etc. they ACT to help. The amount of love, devotion and care coming for all these volunteers is INCOMPARABLE to any animal shelter/sanctuary I've ever witnessed. And at costs beyond our expectations to feed, get medical help and treatment, and rehabilitate these animals who have served US PEOPLE all their lives.

One cannot believe what these all-volunteers do at Missouri Forget-Me-Not Horse Rescue and Sanctuary do. I've seen it first hand for a few years and it breaks my heart to see these animals come in and then feel great pride and astonishment at what the folks do to save and rehabilitate these poor giants!!

I cannot say enough in support of them. I'm involved in other volunteer organizations...but nothing compares to what these folks do. I'd speak personally to anyone wanting a testimony of their outstanding work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Missouri Forget Me Not Horse Rescue is the real deal!!! Connie and crew really know how to care for sick and aged horses so that they can either live the rest of their days relaxing in the pasture or they can be healthy again and find forever homes. I have seen seen horses come in so sick and skinny and before long, they are healthy and trotting around. I am honored that this rescue is right in my backyard

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was about one year from retiring when my husband died. My world got flipped upside down. I sold my home and moved to a small town to be near my son. Although I have a wonderful and loving family, there was still an empty spot in my life. Then I met Connie and became acquainted with Missouri Forget Me Not Horse Rescue and Sanctuary. I discovered the miracles they accomplish every day. I was warmly invited to join this great group of people. My life has been forever changed. I am now a foster mom, truck driver, poop scooper and board member. I wish this organization was not necessary but until changes take place, we are all doing what needs to be done. One horse at a time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Missouri Forget-Me-Not Horse rescue and Sanctuary is a place where no horse is forgotten, they have great volunteers and have made a large difference in the lives of horses that have been abused, neglected, forgotten and retired. There organization works very hard to meet the medical, and psychological needs of the horse as well as the individual that adopts horses. They provide forever homes for retired unwanted old horses and look for homes for the rest that will never mistreat the horse again. I have been a part of the organization for only 6 months and have adopted one horse. I admire the mission of this group, Money however is always a issue for any animal rescues but horses require so much feed and space that this makes it a challenge but this group puts there whole heart into attaining the resources needed to protect the beautiful horses old and young

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Donor

Rating: 5

Missouri Forget Me Not Horse Rescue and Sanctuary is the most amazing place. I have seen horses come in that I didn't know how they could even stand and walk and then in a few months with good food and love the same horse would be filled out with bright eyes and a sweet temperament. Connie and the volunteers are amazing. Connie can call any horse by name and they perk up their ears and come to her. Every horse in the world could ask for nothing more than being at the Missouri Forget Me Not Horse Rescue and Sanctuary. The place that Love for the Horse is found...

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Having known many of the Board Members and volunteers for years, I can say this group is sincerely dedicated to the assistance of neglected and abused horses.

They are an incredible group of hard working and dedicated individuals that have contributed countless hours and personal resources. It's amazing what they have done for so many horses!

Board Member

Rating: 5

They find good homes for unwanted horses and they save them from abuse, neglect and abandonment. The volunteers are wonderful people who take great care of the horses.