I can't say enough good things about Safe Haven. They truly have the horses in mind when it comes to how the rescue is managed. I have seen some of the worst cases of abuse and neglect enter their sanctuary only to come out the other end as if they were never hurt or sick. The folks at Safe Haven work tirelessly to find the perfect furever home for the horses as well. They do great things all in the name of helping "unwanted" horses.
Gorgeous people helping gorgeous animals recover in a loving environment. I love going to their annual fundraiser and see the summary of the year. So many beautiful hearts... doing such High Service.
I volunteered for Safe Haven for about a year and really enjoyed helping the staff and working with the horses and other animals. The people are so giving and loving and take such good care of the horses. Their commitment is unswerving.
Volunteering at Safe Haven has meant so much to me. Linda and all the board have been so welcoming to me. They let me learn at my own pace and I am able to help the horses by cleaning up or whatever needs done. I also enjoyed riding lessons with Tasha! Love this place!
I have volunteered at Safe Haven Horse Rescue for the last 12 years. My husband & I started out for our 9 year old Granddaughter to have a few riding lessons!!! That granddaughter is now 22, & the second Granddaughter has had lesson from a summer camp there also. We love Safe Haven & have been enriched by the many many horses over the years that we have had the privilege to get to know & love. It's a journey that has great rewards & at times rips the heart right out of your chest, as it's all about their quality of life, & when the hard heart wrenching decisions have to be made, they are made. Safe Haven has been a safe haven for many a horse over the years, & plans to be for a very long time to come.
The folks at Safe Haven Horse Rescue are a great bunch! Their dedication and love for the horses is very obvious. All of the horses looked great, they were well fed, their paddocks were clean and they were all very well cared for, loved and had a lot of attention given time them.
The staff & volunteers were so helpful to us when we adopted our little mini horse from them.
They are a kind group of people who truly love animals and you can feel the camaraderie amongst them.
I adopted my dream horse, Tommy, from Safe Haven 3 years ago. The volunteers and staff were easy to work with and very supportive. Since then, I too volunteer when I can, and many of the volunteers are my friends. The rescue horses are happy and very well cared for.
I came to Safe Haven when I was 9 years old. Never been around horses much. I am now an intermediate rider and know so much about horses. This is an amazing rescue. Never herd of one better. I absolutely recommend this horse rescue to any person or family.
This is a amazing foundation, so caring and they do amazing things with these horses. Is makes me cry happy tears when I see a abused horse, skin and bones, Runny and happy & healthy.
Safe Haven Horse Rescue & Sanctuary is a top notch horse rescue. The horses are brought in, vetted and safety checked and when ready for adoption, they are carefully placed with the right match. The people who volunteer are a wonderful group of people who care so much for the horses. So many horses have been saved and found their furever home. They are constantly improving their facility to accommodate more horses.
Safe Haven Horse Rescue is an amazing place all the volunteers there are amazing and so kind to you when your out there all the volunteers there's we're also amazing with helping me find my perfect horse which they did and I can't express how much gratitude I have for them helping with finding my horse!! Safe haven horse rescue rocks!!!!
Safe haven really is an amazing rescue. I've watched them work so hard to be the best they can be for those horses. In the end, it's all about love.
Thank you guys for doing what you do!
What great changes Safe Haven has gone through this past year! They moved to a new location and is under new management!! It really has been awesome for these rescued horses! About 50+ lucky horses have been adopted into wonderful homes in just the past few months! Their plans are underway for the best facility they can offer the rescued horses! Building double and triple sized covered stalls and putting in nice pastures! They've rescued some really thin horses recently and they are really putting on weight and looking great!! Oh... and I love volunteers there too!
I have never had experience with Safehaven horse rescue they're located in a very small town that I live in and my experience with them is really just from what I've heard of them through the many people who have taken home horses to love and care for her Safehaven I have followed their efforts for The past seven years and I can tell you that they have absolutely made miracles happen for horses any of them a lot of other people are just given up on and within a very few short months horses it look like they were dead or near it have him come back from their circumstance to just you would've never known, the animals are beautiful these people love and care and they take the worst of the worst what most people couldn't deal with and they make it work and I know for one if I ever was in a position To help I would do what I could to help them I support them through their benefits and their public functions but they absolutely have my respect I wish we had a group like them that were working on Humans..❤️
We just recently adopted our first horse ever from Safe Haven. Trinity is 3 years old and her training is going amazing. She is the perfect t match for our 10 yr. old daughter and the perfect addition to our family. We couldn't imagine our livessel without her in it. If it wasn't for the amazing volunteers and knowledgeable staff that work for Safe Haven, we would never have been able to bring her into our family. She is truly a blessing, as is all of Safe Haven. We are hoping to adopt another horse from them in the future!
I've been volunteering at Safe Haven Horse Rescue & Sanctuary for just over a year. The love and care these horses get is amazing! The people that volunteer here are kind, wonderful souls that truly give each individual horse the attention they so deserve. From the not so glamorous job of mucking stalls, to working the horses in the round pen, or just taking them out for a stroll, they do it with dedication and without expectation of anything in return. I am honored to work alongside them, and consider myself lucky to have found this place where I can make a difference and enjoy the company of these people and the fantastic horses.
This is an example of horses that Safe Haven Horse Rescue has brought into their facility. These horses and one mule were a sezure by Shasta Co. Animal Control. As you can see they were extremely underweight, health issues, rainrot, and all that goes along with neglect. One horse had a ruptured eye, that had to be removed.
This only one case out of the hundreds that Safe Haven has helped. Safe Haven immediately take horses like these to the veterinarian, has them evaluated, and sets a course of action for their care. All have regained their health and weight! They have been adopted and living in their forever homes.
Safe Haven Rescue has high standards and works tirelessly for the horses. All of the care is done by volunteers! Thank you, Safe Haven because of your love of the horse they go on to live a happy life with a loving family.
Safe Haven Horse Rescue and Sanctuary
Thank you for rescuing the horses dumped on the property behind my house. This non profit organization are so professional, compassionate, kind and caring. I have nothing but, admiration and respect for what you do to help these horses. Thank you,
Safe Haven Horse Rescue is a volunteer organization made up of individuals who love horses and take in neglected, abused and horses that are thrown away due to age or injury. I have seen the recovery made by these animals and many have found new forever homes through adoption. I had the opportunity to foster a couple horses and adopted both a donkey and a mini who had lived together for over 7 years and were surrendered due to the owners health.
I feel so blessed to be a part of such a wonderful organization as Safe Haven! The village of volunteers work so hard and give so much to the horses and am proud to be a part of that village!! Sometimes it's hard when a horse comes to us out of such a desperate situation...but is so fulfilling when their health and spirit returns and our hearts soar when we find the right, new forever, loving home!!! I want to thank all of our supporters for writing such wonderful reviews of Safe Haven here on GreatNonProfits! I must address one particular review written by Diana.Moor on July 24th. After 20 years and approximately 1,000 rescues, Safe Haven has moved from 25 acres to 10 acres about one month or so ago... after the property that we leased was sold. Yes, of course, we moved ALL of the horses with us. We had an average of 50 horses at the old property but currently have 35 rescued horses. We are working as fast as we can on as many projects as possible with volunteers and donations! We are just this weekend grading for the new arena and once we are able to get riding again, we are going to be reducing our herd to 20 through our adoption and foster programs. 15 lucky horses will find their new, forever, loving homes!! We are very conscientious of all regulations in our county and are doing our best to abide by them. Although most of the horses that call Safe Haven are not permanent and are considered by the county as such....just like the dog and cat rescues. As far as Pigeon Fever that Diana is concerned about..yes, we have had an outbreak. It is a very common occurrence in our area and unfortunately is found regularly with horse owners, boarding facilities, race tracks etc. It is called Dryland Distemper and is found in the dirt. The horses usually get a swelling in the chest and has an abcess that opens and drains, then heals. Once a horse has had it, they usually are not susceptible for 5 to 7 years. If your horse has PF, not only do you treat the horse, you need to bleach the area daily and if you go into a stall of a horse that has PF, you must step into the bleach filled dishpan just outside the horse's stall, (which is marked in bright blue tape informing everyone that this horse has PF), so that you don't take it with you and transfer it to other horses. We do our best to tell everyone that comes out when something like this happens. Unfortunately, it sounds like Diana was not informed about it and we apologize to you that our volunteers missed not sharing it with you. It was not our intention to hide anything and are very open about everything that we are doing and what is going on. We appreciate all of our visitors and our large village of volunteers and the hard work they do with these rescued horses...we're not always perfect...but always stride to do our best!! :)
I volunteered out there in Cottonwood .only to find out that the place is infested with pigeon fever and never told anybody so that means you could have taken it home to your animals THANKS ALOT they have 5 times too many horses by law on the property 60 horses on 9 acres is not human especially in shasta County
For the past 10 years I have been a staunch supporter of Sae Haven Horse Rescue and Sanctuary. Over the years I have been asked to support many with donations and publicity, but none have ever held a candle to the quality of care provided through this 100% Volunteer managed and worked Horse Rescue. When i ask freind to help financially, they are assured 100% of their contribution is going directly to benefit the Horse
As a volunteer at Safe Haven I am so proud to contribute to this amazing rescue. The horses that come here have been neglected, abandoned, abused or reluctantly given away due to hardship. The love, care, and dedication that the 100% volunteer caregivers offer these horses is unconditional and never ending. Hopefully they can all get adopted by loving homes but, in the cases where this isn't possible, they are provided a forever home where they will always be loved, fed, cared for. The volunteers that make this all happen are passionate, dedicated and hard working people that love the horses.
I was originally invited by a friend to come out and take pictures of the horses. After going to Safe Haven, meeting the horses and seeing the wonderful work they do, I was hooked. They genuinely care for horses. As a no kill rescue, any horses who are not adoptable due to health reasons live out the rest of their life at Safe Haven. There is not a single person involved with this who takes a paycheck, every bit of the money donated goes to the horses. How many other charities can say that? Seems like every day you hear or see a story about a horse being abandoned or mistreated. Safe Haven can't save all the horses, but with our help, they can save some.
I have known about Safe Haven for many years but it was more in recent years that I really learned who they truly are- a compassionate and amazing organization! I am a huge fan of their efforts and work and always thought what they do to help the horses is truly amazing, I have seen the volunteers work from sun up to sun down and still have a smile on their faces! I have had the privilege of attending their fundraising dinners and was truly awe struck at the amazing turn out and amazing support from everyone in attendance! This organization is top notch and will always have my whole heart in support!
I am so happy to be part of an organization that cares so much about the horses it embraces. Everybody works so hard to make a better space for these abandoned, mistreated and sometimes starved horses. When a horse is ready to be adopted the members work very hard to make sure they are placed with a correct match.
Thanks you letting me be part of this organization.
Tireless workers, dedicated souls, and true heroes are the closest I can get to describing the people working and volunteering at Safe Haven Horse Rescue. I traveled all the way from Brazil with my two children to spend 6 months volunteering at various non-profits. We have yet to find as amazing a place as Safe Haven. They all go above and beyond to care of these abandoned animals and do an amazing job at it.
What a wonderful organization. Truly taking care of local area animal issues... in a kind and honest manner. The work they do with little money is amazing. Grateful!!! Makes me proud to help!
I am very impressed with how well Safe Haven is ran. You can definitely see how much Linda, Cori and all the volunteers care and love these wonderful horses. The before and after pictures of some of these horses they have rescued brings tears to your eyes, first because the neglect and abuse these horses have had to endure and then the joy when you see what Safe Haven has done for them. Excellent, excellent horse rescue!
Safe Haven Horse Rescue is one of the best 501(c)(3) organizations in Northern California. Safe Haven has saved so many lives, given light to so many futures and been a haven to more than just horses. Safe Haven has provided a sanctuary for anyone and anything that needs a new beginning. As a volunteer of 9 years, I've seen so many lives changed through Safe Haven that it warms my heart. Horses are smart, and they have an understanding of safety. Every horse that has ever come through Safe Havens gates has felt that feeling. Not only do they feel safe, they feel loved. Doesn't everyone and everything deserve to be loved? Safe Haven is home to so many horses who's lives have been forever changed for the good. Safe Haven is more than good, Safe Haven is great. And to so many horses, Safe Haven is home.
Anyone who puts themselves out there and speaks for these wonderful intelligent animals to save them from any kind of abuse and death is worth support. Please support this cause and save all the horses and burrows from slaughter and abuse.
Sue from New Zealand
This Rescue/Sanctuary and the good people who operate it and their wonderful volunteers are absolutely amazing.....some of the horses arriving at Safe Haven are literally 'skin and bones' and with the proper diet and rehabbing offered, they achieve healthy weight with shiny coats and become full of vim and vigor! They're recognized by Animal Control agencies both near and far from them. Animal Control agencies trailer neglected horses they've seized from owners all the way north from as far away as the Bay Area, because they know the horses will receive the most proper care.
Safe Haven provides lessons for young and old in how to properly care for horses, how to ride horses and through extensive research of potential adopters, they provide the best homes for horses, too.
Safe Haven simply *ROCKS* when it comes to turning neglected, starved horses into HAPPY & LOVED HORSES!
I first came to know of Safe Haven Horse Rescue & Sanctuary as donating dollars to help transport a Paint Gelding from southern CA to Safe Haven in order to save him from going to a feed lot in Chino, CA. Linda Richards took him in, named him *CHARLEY* and gave him a wonderful home until he died a few years ago. Since February of 2007, I have been a 'fan' of Linda and Safe Haven and her fabulous and loyal volunteer group there. I've seen photos of horses arriving at SH as a number one on the Henneke Scale and with patience, proper care and lots of love...watched the horses gain weight and thrive and go on to be adopted to good and loving homes because of the extreme dedication, knowledge and hard work Linda and her group provide. They work tirelessly with fundraisers a few times each year and rely upon us, their followers, for financial support as well. They are highly respected and recognized not just locally in the Cottonwood area, but all over Northern California by City and County Agencies. I will always do whatever I am able, both financially and verbally to help Linda and her people HELP THE HORSES there at Safe Haven!! :)
Safe Haven Horse Rescue & Sanctuary is the best Horse Rescue EVER.
The name says it all! They care for unwanted equines, abused and neglected. Thanks so much Safe Haven!
This non profit group has saved so many horses that otherwise would have met their doom. They help the worst of the worst and nurse them back to health with loving care. The horses lucky enough to find their way to Safe Haven are truly offered a second chance at life and a loving family. Keep up the great work!
We have four horses adopted from Safe Haven, and wouldn't have it any other way. Linda is such a caring person not only for the horses she cares for but for the people whom visit as well. It is such a great feeling to give these horses who were abused and neglected a home. We have had so much support from Safe haven with our horses, and continue to support them as well.
These folks help many horses every day and I pray they will receive all the help they need to reach more animals. My hat is off to them. They deserve a five star rating and more.
Teri Spaulding Stull
Safe Haven Horse rescue & sanctuary, Hands down has got to be one of the best non profit agency.
Each an everyone who works there, volunteers there, are just incrediable souls. It takes special people to see these horses in bad shape, its heart breaking . But also so rewarding in the end, to look back an see how far along the horse has came while in the hands of SAFE HAVEN HORSE RESCUE & SANTUARY . DEFIANTLEY A 5 STAR NON-PROFIT.
Love everything they do for these horses. Always posting pictures and keeping us all updated on their life. If I only lived closer I would volunteer here and adopt from them.
Wonderful people !!! They are awesome & do awesome with & for all the horses they take in.
As another non-profit rescue and sanctuary we are very careful who we recommend. Safe Haven is always at the top of our go-to list. They have a knowlegable and caring staff and they stay true to their mission. Good job, Safe Haven- Home At Last Sanctuary
They are honest and dedicated to saving horses and finding them good homes. It is a win,win for all.
I see nothing but good things from this place SAFE HAVEN HORSE RESCUES AND SNACTUARY THEY SAVE LIVES
Safe Haven saves the lives of horses that have been starved, abused, miss treated, and abandoned. They rehabilitate them, give them the good, loving care that they so much deserve, and they adopt them out to good, loving homes, when they are ready. Safe Haven is non-profit, and they rely totally on the generous donations that they receive, to be able to carry out this most humanitarian endeavor to save all these victimized, beautiful horses.
Safe Haven is where I went to adopt my horse. The place is very clean, the corrals and shelters are first rate, the horses are well nourished, their feet are trimmed and their medical needs are up to date. The horse I adopted from them is sweet natured and exactly as represented as to her health and temperament. I recommend them to everyone looking for a horse. Marie Nater, Corning Ca
Safes unwanted discarded horses, some who have provided their owners with years of blue ribbons. Many are saved from slaughter auctions. They spend so much money on trying to cure ill horses as well, they are always giving never asking for much and the love they give to these magnificent animals is beyond words. This rescue is one in a million. Some horses have never known love until the get to Safe Haven, very sad but true. In my humble opinion Safe Have Horse Rescue is the Winner!
My daughter and I have been coming the at month. To start teaching responsibility etc. It's a wonderful place people are great and so many activities.
Horses have played an important part in the lives of my daughters. We were fortunate in that we could support our horses through their aged lives as well as their competitive lives. Many horses, however are not so fortunate . Save Haven horse Rescue and Sanctuary provides a much needed and much appreciated service for these wonderful animals. Their dedication and energy and their commitment set a wonderful example for all of us to follow.
I visited this summer and left in tears wishing I could do more. The volunteers are amazing. Got a tour and met all the horses. They are very well taken care of. I intend on sending money when I can to continue the support and great work they are doing for these animals.
I have been volunteering at Safe Haven Horse Rescue every Sunday now for 4.5 years and began while in recovery from breast cancer with odds of surviving beyond 10 years at just 15%. I knew nothing about horses when I started, and all I could physically really do was pet horses. One day my hand landed on a spot that made the horse make a really silly face. Well, how funny is that; I wonder what kind of funny face the horse will make if I rub over here, and over there, or press a little harder. One thing led to another, and now I'm doing some intense rubbing, massing, hand grooming and scratch massaging. Oh how this lifts the spirit of a rescued horse that has been down and out on his luck. Through this, I've learned a ton about horse body language and horse communication. As good as this has been for the horses, it's been even more cathartic for me, was critical in my recovery, has greatly lifted my spirit, and has greatly improved my odds of survival. Linda Richards, the founder, has created a no kill rescue run entirely by unpaid volunteers, including herself. She has created a rescue organization that is like the statue of liberty for horses. Now with about 60 rescued horses...or 60 spiritual advisors, who could want to go anywhere else.
Safe Haven Horse Rescue & Sanctuary is top notch and deeply cares about their animals and helps to continue educating the public.
When my family moved we needed to find a place for my daughter's mare. Safe Haven was full, but said they would make room. We managed to find a good home for Macie, and Safe Haven walked us through a contract of first right if anything needed to be done later on. And if I was out of town then the mate was to be given to Safe Haven. I have seen how much they care and the work they do.
What a amazing organization who also lets people like me help out and have a part in saving these beautiful animals. Keep up the great work Safe Haven Horse Rescue! !
I have been a horse lover since the moment I could say the word horse as a child. I have been following stories regarding Safe Haven Horse Rescue and Sanctuary for quite some time and am truly grateful for the outstanding work they do with the beloved creatures! Keep up the great job and God bless you for it!!
Fellow horse lover, J DeLong
This is an awesome rescue!!! I adopted a horse, Louie, from Safe Haven in 2009 for my daughter who was 8 years old at the time. I also own two other horses from two other rescues and I am familiar with a couple of other horse rescues. Safe Haven is by far the best one of them! They carefully evaluate all horses and do not make them available for adoption until they have a full picture of that horse, its training level and its future requirements for care and training. There was nothing about Louie's 'shortcomings' both in terms of training level as well as care (he needed correctional hoof care for about a year after we got him) as well as his suitability for a child, that they did not provide me with and they were spot-on in every respect. We were allowed to ride him at their facility, we were welcomed to return several times in order to be able to decide and we were allowed and even encouraged to do a pre-adoption vet examination (at our cost). I adopted another horse who is a son of a mare that I knew when she was still alive from another rescue two years ago and neither the horse or I got any of this. I have also followed this rescue on facebook for years and I get the strong sense that my experience with them is what they routinely provide to the horses and potential adopters. It's simply a wonderful horse rescue that tries in every way possible to make the adoption of a horse a successful experience for all involved. And yes, Louie is doing great!!!
I have watched and listened to the Safe Haven Horse Rescue and Sanctuary postings on their Facebook page for two years. They work very hard to balance what funds they have with helping as many horses as possible. They have great community support and many people in their town volunteer with washing, grooming, and cleaning up stalls. Your organization would be well served to honor and help them in their efforts to help horses.
I know how hard this kind of work can be. I worked for a Domestic Animal Sanctuary for 6 years. We only had one Horse there. Her name was Sasha and she had been starved almost to death. I fed her the Alfalfa program. When My Boss came one month later she thought I had dyed Sasha with Iodine. She was a completely different color than when she came. She was adopted several months later and it was heartbreaking to see her go as I was her only "Person". What you people do is amazing and it isn't always a happy ending. It is never ending. My heart is with you, And all the Beautiful souls you rescue. Ginger Ray, Eagle Point Or.
Safe Haven is like no other! You can feel the love for these animals from everyone! Linda & her volunteers do an amazing job rescuing, rehabilitating and loving these animals! I am blessed to have one of Safe Havens Horses. Definitely a non profit group I will always support!!!
They do wondeful work with so many horses in need. Not enough horse rescues out there for the number of horses neglected, abused or abandoned.
It is extremely amazing how unselfish and caring the folks at Safe Haven Horse and Rescue are! They take horses that would otherwise not have a chance for survival and give them a second chance of a happy life. This second chance not only is amazing for the horses, but life changing for the people who adopt them. Job well done to the entire team!
They are wonderful. They don't refuse any horse and what they do for the deprived is amazing.
I follow Safe Haven Horse Rescue on Facebook every day! I love watching the incredible progress the horses make under the loving care of Linda and the other devoted and knowledgeable staff and volunteers. These dedicated people take in horses who have suffered terribly through neglect, abuse and abandonment and restore them to excellent health so that they can be adopted into caring homes. Many of the volunteers are skilled horsemen and women, so the horses get some excellent training in addition to top-notch veterinarian care, good nutrition, and grooming. People even fly in from other countries to volunteer at Safe Haven because they are so impressed by the work being done there and they want to be a part of it!
Safe Haven took my older gelding in and he was able to live out his days being fostered by a sweet little girl and her family. So thankful they were there for me and more importantly him.
I have seen and read so many stories about Safe Haven and the animals they have saved.
Truly an Amazing Organization!!