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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals

Mission: Safe Haven Equine Rescue and Retirement Home Inc. is a non-profit organization, accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and dedicated to the welfare of horses. Our goal is to rescue abused, neglected, or distressed horses. We work to bring these rescued horses back to optimal health and to find them loving homes. In some cases, due to age or disability, a horse will not be able to be adopted. For these horses Safe Haven Equine Rescue and Retirement Home Inc. will provide a home where they can peacefully live out the rest of their life with dignity.

Results: Since 1999 Safe Haven Equine Rescue has saved over 750 horses.

Target demographics: rescue abused, neglected, and distressed horses

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 30 horses

Geographic areas served: Northeast Texas

Programs: horse rescue, horse rehabilitation, horse owner education, and horse adoption.

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

grandkids1

Client Served

Rating: 5

These people are great! They go out anytime called to rescue wounded, sick or stray horses. They take them in, nurse them back to health and put them up for adoption. If it were not for Safe Haven a lot of horses would have died. They also go out to assist people if their horse is down and cannot get them up on their own. This is where the training that these people do come in handy. They are a great place to learn to care for and love horses. We have adopted 5 horses from them. It is amazing the amount of love these horses have to give after being taken out of such dire situations.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Safe Haven Equine Rescue is a wonderful group that really cares about horses. I've seen them take a starving, neglected horse and in a matter of weeks, turn it into an animal anyone would love to call their own. Great Christian group.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Safe Haven Equine Rescue is an awesome organization that truly cares about and gives back to the community. Not only do they rescue abused and neglected horses, they give classes on the proper care of these beautiful animals. It's all about the horses. They're awesome!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted five horses. Rebel, Rico, Bella, Sunshine, and Dancer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love what they do for the horses! We have adopted from them, and seeing the before and after pictures will take your breath away! For some of these horses, their first experiences with humans was horrendous. The volunteers at Safe Haven show them how it feels to be loved!

Board Member

Rating: 5

All volunteers at Safe Haven are caring, compassionate, knowledgeable, and wear many different hats. They assist law enforcement in seizures of horses that have been neglected or abused, help catch and contain stray livestock, hold educational classes, and assist in disaster response. But, most importantly, they provide vet care, love, and a safe environment for horses in need.
Overall, Safe Haven Equine Rescue in Gilmer Texas is the number one place for horses in need.

Shannon128

Board Member

Rating: 5

Safe Haven is a wonderful group of people that pour their hearts and souls into the horses! Great rescue, great people, and I've personally seen horses go from near death to flourishing and becoming wonderful additions to lovely families, with these peoples' help. Can't say enough good things! So proud of this rescue!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful group of people, with the biggest and kindest hearts! All about the horses; everything they do is to help horses and bring them back to life and give them a second chance!

MandBry W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Safe Haven is a wonderful rescue that not only rescues horses and rehabilitates them, they also educate the public on equine issues and care.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I absolutely love Safe Haven Equine Rescue and Retirement home! Alot of horses have been allowed a second chance at a new life thanks to Safe Haven. This is a great group of people with a lot of wonderful volunteers. All are working for the same goal!

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SafeHavenRescue 10/20/2015

Thanks Maranda.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Safe Haven since I was 9 years old. The different volunteers and board members have taught me a lot about horses and the right way to care for them. I absolutely love coming out here to help with chores. I clean stalls, groom horses, feed, turn out, work events, and so much more. This please is awesome.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is beyond amazing. Not only do they Rescue and rehab horses but they love to teach others about horses.

1 lindy3753

Donor

Rating: 5

Richard, Debbie and all the volunteers do a wonderful job with the rescue horses. It also makes me feel safer knowing they are just down the road should something happen to one of my horses. They have the equipment and training to rescue a horse in most any situation. They also do a good job to education and training with adults and kids. I just attended the help a horse day and saw the new improvements in their facilities. Their dedication and hard work is a blessing to the abused and neglected animals!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I can not say enough good things about the wonderful people at Safe Haven. They give their time, energy, and Love to abused animals. I wish I was in a position to help them more. They have extensive training to not only help the sick and abused animals in the community but I know if something happened to my horses and I needed help they would be there to help me too.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Safe Haven is a blessing to our four legged friends. They are the most hardworking, selfless people I have ever met. They not only have the home to run, but they are first responders when needed elsewhere. I can't be a volunteer so I am a donor when I can be and would be there if they needed extra help. This is a great non profit organization and East Texas is blessed to have such a home for abused and neglected animals.

Donor

Rating: 5

Safe Haven is a wonderful organization that is truly invested in the well being of their horses, and is committed to doing all they can to rescue those in need. They have a dedicated staff and group of volunteers that work tirelessly to fulfill their mission.

Michelle Geter M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

You save horse that truly are in need of help and you do an amazing job of finding them a caring loving forever home. We love our Fonzie he is so amazing and my family and I are so great full you all helped us pic the perfect horse

Jill98

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been to visit them several times and help out. You can tell the are truly dedicated and love the animals they rescue. We ended up adopting two of them. We saw before and after pictures and were truly amazed. Phenomenal organization. ❤️

Rae_6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my two horses from Safe Haven Equine Rescue. Both had been mistreated and the gray horse felt he had to take care of the little Appaloosa mare. At first he didn't want to be separated from her but as time went on he got more confident that he didn't have to protect her anymore. He turned out to be a truly awesome horse. We suspected he was broke and could neck rein but he is so much more. Point him in a direction and he goes. Leader of the pack. We have since had the little mare broke and she's an in your pocket horse. She loves attention. The whole experience - I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Only thing that stops me now is that I'm out of pasture room! I filled out the application, Richard and Debbie came out and checked out my place and it was done. It's been two years now but if I remember correctly it wasn't long after the inspection that I went to pick them up and bring them home. By the way, my place isn't fantastic. I've got an average barn, 12 acres that is barbed wire but Richard said all I needed was fresh water and a good place for them to live. If you've ever considered rescuing a horse I highly recommend checking out the horses at Safe Haven.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopting a horse from this organization went so well. Richard is very helpful and really wants to match you up with a horse that will fit your need. On the other hand, I've seen the pain in Debbie's eyes when she talks about some of the rescues that couldn't be saved no matter how much effort they put into them. My experiences with Safe Haven have always been good; saving abused horses is what they are all about.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This group of horse lovers has gone overboard to save and protect abused and neglected horses. I have adopted 2 horses from Safe Haven. Richard and Debbie Fincher were more than helpful and a wealth of information in this process. The horses in their care may start out in horrible condition, but they certainly won't remain that way. The care and imprinting the horses receive to teach trust are exceptional. All this is done to show them not all humans are harmful. I really love all this group does.

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SafeHavenRescue 10/15/2015

Thank you Generallee for the kind words.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Safe Haven volunteers are a special group of people that not only put their hearts & time into the horses they rescue, they also take time to train and learn about large animal rescues.

Michelle350

Donor

Rating: 5

Safe Haven is an amazing place to volunteer at OR donate to. We have donated numerous times to them and have complete faith in how they spend the money. Our daughter has had the privilege of volunteering and working with Richard and Debbie. She loved every minute of it. Safe Haven is dedicated to giving life back to those horses that have been neglected and abused. I am so thankful that they have dedicated their themselves to this cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This rescue is an amazing place to volunteer. The people there truly care about the horses the rescue. The are wonderful teachers and enjoy sharing what they know about horses with anyone wanting to learn.