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Saffyre Sanctuary, Inc.

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Children & Youth, Youth Development - Agricultural

Mission: Saffyre Sanctuary is a rescue and rehabilitation program that cares for horses that have been abandoned, abused, or neglected. By allowing them to rediscover their true nature, we provide every opportunity for them to explore the possibility of enjoying a second career, or offer them a well deserved retirement due to soundness issues, age, or owner hardships. Saffyre Sanctuary assists homeless horses in finding their forever person. Through our networks, we successfully place them in homes that give them a new lease on life. If they are unable to physically perform in their new life path, we try to find other loving places where they can live in peace and comfort or serve as companion equines. Saffyre Sanctuary specializes in rescuing horses that would have no other chance of being saved. These horses are ones that have behavior issues, or are in need of a lengthy recovery and complex rehabilitation procedures. Our focus on quality, not quantity, enables us to give the horses in our care the very best chance of complete physical, mental and emotional recovery. Our unique approach of equine care specializes in holistic nutrition, holistic rehabilitation, environmentally friendly equine housing, and green facility management. Although Saffyre Sanctuary is an all-breed rescue, we have a special place in our hearts to the plight and distinctive needs of the Arabian breed. We are one of very few rescue organizations that works with Arabians, and maintains a following of Arabian enthusiasts who are familiar with their unique disposition. If you are looking to add an Arabian to your home, please consider adopting or fostering one of our loving horses. Volunteer opportunities are provided to children and the community, which emphasize the importance of proper equine care, ownership responsibility, and the consequences of neglect. Through the interaction with our horses, participants learn empathy, compassion, cooperation, and trust. But most importantly, how to understand their nature and become one with them and the world we share.

Target demographics: horses and allow people to find themselves through interactions with our rescued horses!

Geographic areas served: the Los Angeles area

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Our ultimate goal is to create an environmentally friendly equine facility that will set a nationwide standard in animal husbandry, including but not limited to holistic nutrition, rehabilitation, equine housing, and green facility management.

Educational programs are provided free to children and the community, which emphasize the importance of proper care, ownership responsibility, and the consequences of neglect. Included are donor supported sponsorship programs which will allow inner city children and under privileged families to assist in the care and rehabilitation of the resident horses. Hopefully, the education provided will assist us in raising pubic awareness on issues concerning proper equine care and irresponsible breeding practices.

Some future employees of Saffyre Sanctuary will be students who are enrolled in various extension programs and are interested in gaining work experience in the agriculture and animal husbandry industry. The experience the students have while participating in this program will assist them in making the transition from school to work and will allow them to develop skills that will be transferable to any farm in the future.

 

We have the vision and the mission in place, but we cannot do this without financial assistance.

Community Stories

66 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

8 Stephanie233

Client Served

Rating: 5

Equalia Actualization Certification program offered by Saffyre Sanctuary! I am quite new to really knowing horses, but after a "lightning bolt" moment I decided that I wanted/needed to incorporate these beautiful beings into my life and career on a much deeper level. So after researching several certification programs and not really feeling they were a good fit for me, I called on Kate Neligan (Equine Life Coach) to give me some guidance! Little did I know that she had just partnered with Esta Bernstein and Equalia. After meeting with Esta I knew I found the place I belonged. Esta's relationship with horses is the most amazing thing I have ever seen! She knows her stuff and she knows horses! In a very short time I have learned to look at horses as our partners in life, as they have such great gifts to offer and teach us. They guide us to really know ourselves and how they want/need to be treated, as well as, how we should treat our fellow humans. I have learned so much about their bodies, nutrition, bathing, grooming, how they like to play, be heard and how they are asking for our partnership, and being open to what they have to teach us. I see each and every horse as more beautiful than I ever did before! Where Esta teaches the horse side, Kate teaches us the human side with her life coaching skills. As I have just started to do my modules with Kate, she has gotten me more in touch with meditation and breathing and the healing touch and presence of these magnificent creatures. I am looking forward to her guiding me to be the best equine-assisted life coach I can be, which her years of experience and passion for sharing what she knows! Both Esta and Kate are always sending me helpful references to help me on my way, Not many instructors would be as giving and as invested. I appreciate it so much! Thank you both so much. I know that I have found forever friends and mentors in Kate and Esta and my life is so much richer for choosing to bring them along with me in my journey!

Donor

Rating: 5

Esta and her beloved horses have taught me to have more awareness and better energy in general. I’m always better off after having visited Saffyre Sannctuary. It’s such a healing experience just to be there. I even had a massage from one of the horses!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Esta Bernstein is just a super woman in all her ways by which she takes care of her horses and instructs people who visit how to be with horse and communicate. She explains clearly, simply, effortlessly without intrusive judgement. And her horses are happy beings. Saffyre Sanctuary is a top-star organization run with committed engagement to simple truths that bring meaning to those who visit. Thank you. All best. ~ Ambika

Chris195

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Healthy & Heart based loving care for rescues. Great education workshops and clinics. A wonderful organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Esta Bernstein's integrity as an individual and horsewoman and foundation leader is admirable and authentic. It's what the world needs more of, be it for horses or humanity.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a Floridian and grew up owning a small pony. I've always been in awe of horses though somewhat intimidated by their size. It wasn't until my daughter went to college in California and volunteered at Saffyre Sanctuary that I learned of the work Esta Bernstein does rescuing and caring for horses that were subjected to unspeakable horrors & total neglect.
My daughter has volunteered there regularly for over 2 years and witnessed the hard work Esta Bernstein does every single day from cleaning the stalls, to shopping for the best prices on hay to figuring out how to raise $$ for each month's board to care for these beautiful horses. She dearly loves her rescues and works day & night (with or without her volunteers) to tend to their needs. Saffyre Sanctuary is a place of hope and a place of love. I watched videos of these rescues playing with balls, "kissing" volunteers, & basking in the sunshine; things that would seem impossible considering the horrors they endured.

I donate to Saffyre sanctuary when I'm able but no matter what the donation, $20 or $50 Esta Bernstein sends a personal thank you email everytime. She is so grateful for any help and never takes anything for granted. My daughter keeps me informed of the goings on there and it is such a loving environment for both the rescues and the humans. I'm thrilled my daughter found Saffyre; it's truly a sanctuary for horses and for the people that love them with Esta Bernstein at the helm.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an awe inspiring organization, and the proof of their deep commitment and hard work can be seen in the radiant wellbeing of the horses themselves. It's a real pleasure to see such devoted individuals doing such beautiful work on behalf of these animals.
~ C. Triffet

Stephen M. S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that really does a lot to help rescued horses. I volunteer and help out every month.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the best time volunteering with the group and caring for the horses . This entire sanctuary is so awesome and run so well. Great

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Coupla Guys and Gals Give Back is so fortunate to have found Esta and Saffyre Sanctuary. Her story and mission is amazing and we LOVE those horses. In a perfect world there would be thousands of Esta's and many more Sanctuaries. Who knows... maybe with your help and support, she could set that in motion. Don't miss out in being a part of this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a great organization, caring for and loving on abused, neglected horses and offering them a peaceful living home and bright future. I had a great time volunteering with my 10 year old daughter.

Jimmy V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such a great organization. The Saffyre Sanctuary helps rescue and rehabilitate horses. I have volunteered here a few times. You spend the day feeding the horses and cleaning the stables. It really allows you to connect with these animals and I would definitely recommend this rescue to everyone!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Saffyre has been an incredible place to volunteer and connect with these amazing horses, meet other like minded people and spend time with Esta who is the most warm and wise soul! I’m so grateful to know Saffyre- the experience every time is truly transformative!

Bailey A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My sister and I love this nonprofit, the horses have amazing personalities and I love to visit them to help in anyway I can. They all have a personality and story of their own, and bring everyone I can.

devinblanks

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is magical, and I don't mean that figuratively. I've been here 6 times and I've always left in a more positive and spiritually elevated state than when I arrived. I've been with extremely large groups in this sanctuary and I've seen it affect everyone. Saffyre Sanctuary has done so much for these incredible creatures and they give so much more back in return. I've seen dreadful images of horses that were literally just skin and bones when they arrived and now they are thriving, learning to trust again, and teaching some people for the first time about what it means to open their hearts to an animal. This is a place where these horses are truly treated like royalty.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the proud owner of not one, but two incredible horses because of Esta at Saffrey Sanctuary. It began almost a year ago when I was considering this wonderful horse who was in need of a new home. He had a touching story how he had been a race horse, and now retired though still quite young he had developed a melanoma right above his right eye region. I fell in love with his story and his pictures, though I was a bit concerned about taking on the cancer. As I had intially contacted Esta about adopting one of her rescues initially (though he had just been adopted), I was so touched by her willingness to spend lots of time on the phone with me about a horses diet and nutrition etc... I knew that she would be the one to guide me with my decision. We spoke at great length and after explaining my trepidation with regards to his situation she said to me "Teresa, if your souls connect when you meet him, then if it were me I wouldn't let the cancer detour me from taking him home".... she went on to tell me of how she became a horse rescuer and healer. It was because she connected with a horse with all kinds of health issues and no one wanted to take him on.... she not only did that... she helped him heal as well. She told me how that experience changed her life for the better. I got off the phone that day, went to meet my new love and never looked back. Best decision I ever made.
Just recently as I was checking in on her website, I again saw this beautiful picture of a horse.... and yes, he had a story too. This time it was a hoof issue that A vet was ready to write off. Esta would never let that happen. Now because of her love for these incredible creatures I have another tremendous gift of another wonderful horse. Esta is a wealth of information and always there for any support needed throughout. A holistic approach and tons of love and TLC..... that can heal anything. Thank you Esta and your wonderful crew of helpers and volunteers out at Saffyre Sancturay. I am a forever fan and eternally grateful.

Michelle386

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Esta, Karen, John and the wonderful volunteers at Saffyre Sanctuary are professional dedicated caretakers who are abosolutely devoted to the horses. We are honored to have them here at Dark Horse Ranch!

Darrell5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've seen firsthand the love devotion and physical caring the staff of Saffyre does and the attention to detail they take in training their volunteers to help care for their loved horses that's why I help.
God Bless Saffyre and the horses they rode into town on ❤

2 Catherine93

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to Saffyre Sanctuary earlier this year through my friend, Katie Neligan. I signed up for the Equalia Coaching program with Katie and Esta. My experience has been only extremely positive. Esta has so many gifts and I have learned a great deal from her. I have done many Equine therapy sessions and Esta's one of the greatest teachers out there. She has a heart of gold, her intuition is off the charts, and her greatest gift lies in her personal connection with the horses. She deeply cares for these animals and is a true horse whisperer. I'm continuing my work with Esta and I'm passionate about the work that we are doing together.

I recently posted a story of my experience on my blog which you can find here:
http://catherinegraceo.com/2016/10/14/through-the-looking-glass-of-the-horse/

Olivia15

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

It is TRUELY DISTURBING that people are forced to give a star where non is deserved. Barbara is 100% correct. This BS rescue is nothing but a farce. She keeps a few sick and injured horses to use as sad stories to generate income to support her personal horses. She has no occupation but for an allowance from her mother and still she uses donations to pay the board for her 3 horses. Two of which she BRED while running this phony rescue. GO THERE ( if you are a savy horse person ) SEE TGE TRUTH!!!

3 wetarez

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known the President of this organization for 5 years and have followed their work and accomplishments since then. They assisted my own sanctuary in acquiring an aged Arabian stallion who needed a special home. Saffyre Sanctuary does wonderful work in rescuing, rehabbing and re-homing horses in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Saffrey Sanctuary on a whim. Esta asked me why I was there - I didn't have an answer then, but I do now.

I realized that the real reason I was there was because I had a lot to learn, not just about the humane way to feed, handle, and be with a horse, but how to be a human alongside other beings. The horses are brilliant, and the people are loyal to their cause. Esta, John, Karen, and the horses continue to instill a greater sense of purpose, tenderness, and understanding in me.

Saffyre is not just a sanctuary where abused, neglected and misunderstood animals come to thrive; it is also where people come to flourish.