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Safe Haven Horse Rescue & Sanctuary

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: We are a group of people who care about horses and their quality of life. As a non-profit, no kill, volunteer organization, we can improve their lives by providing a safe environment and good nutrition and teaching others to do as well. We offer the horses a life where there is trust and hope. Through the efforts of Safe Haven Horse Rescue and Sanctuary, we care for the equine, restoring health and well being and when possible placing them in loving, caring homes.

Target demographics: rescue horses in need

Direct beneficiaries per year: approximately 150 horses.

Geographic areas served: Cottonwood, CA

Programs: re-habilitation, re-training, adoption, foster, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities for individuals and families alike!

Community Stories

83 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1 Jana H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Jana O'Connell

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!
Jana

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Claire M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Gina57

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Debbie221

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Dayvene F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Their love for the horses is reflected in how much they sacrifice to ensure the horses get what they need. The group of volunteers that help run the Sanctuary is an awesome group and I am proud to say I am part of this wonderful group.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!!!

Melissa334

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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..❤️

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Marci8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I go out every weekend and it is just a wonderful place and so welcoming

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Ronda8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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,
Sincerely,
Ronda Hutchens

1 Vieva S.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1 CoriM

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!! :)