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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Our mission: To rescue, rehabilitate, and retrain horses facing neglect or abuse and provide them with the best opportunity for a permanent home and a lifetime of safety.

Results: Over 250 horses rescued, rehabilitated, and retrained since 2005.

Target demographics: horses facing neglect, abuse, or starvation

Direct beneficiaries per year: 24 horses rescued and 23 horses adopted out

Geographic areas served: Pacific Northwest

Programs: Horse Rescue & Rehoming SAFE Horsemanship Program Community Outreach Program Serenity Fund Mayday Emergency Fund

Community Stories

183 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Scott B.9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at SAFE for four years. It was really cool to get to work with the troubled horses. It was amazing to watch them gain trust in humans again, become good and loving animals so they could go off to a forever home. But SAFE is so much more than horses. I met so many amazing strong and caring women. Thoughtful people. The king of women you would want your young daughter to hang out with and emulate. I was fortunate to have several young high school girls on my crew and I loved watching them grow and build confidence. SAFE taught them a lot. They learned about responsibility and working together as a team.
The care and attention the SAFE organization gives to both the horses and their volunteers is unsurpassed. It’s the kind of place where you work hard and also have fun. Where you get back so much more than you give.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started as an entry volunteer in July 2019. I fell so in love with this Org. which helps so many neglected horses who have little hope, that I kept showing up as often as I could. I joined the staff part time in Sept., but still choose to volunteer just as many hours of love for such an amazing place and astounding group of people!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at SAFE last summer for 3hours, one day a week. I loved the organization so much I'm now there 3 full days a week! The way SAFE cares for the best interest of each and every horse is amazing. By customizing their nutrition, rehabilitation and retraining based on each horse's individual needs, SAFE brings them back from the brink to make them healthy, happy and well behaved equine citizens ready for adoption. Their care and compassion is truly an inspiration, not to mention the phenomenal community of nearly 100 regular, weekly volunteers who come rain or shine to clean stalls, muck paddocks and feed these wonderful creatures. I simply can't say enough wonderful things about this amazing organization that has captured my heart!

1 Sue C.10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at SAFE and being a part of the great work that they do has been one of my most rewarding experiences ever. SAFE has a talented and dedicated group of staff and volunteers that are all in, overwhelmingly committed to making a difference for every horse we have the opportunity to work with. Each horse gets the time, resources, and training that they need to live a successful life. They are released only to adopters whose talents match their requirements for success. SAFE does it right.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the Love of Horses – that is why this organization exists. I have to say, that I have been Very Impressed beyond any expectation since I began volunteering at SAFE four months ago. Impressed with how well the whole organization is run, impressed with how well they train and manage a large group of many volunteers, impressed with the programs for the horses, starting with the process and procedures of evaluating situations and conditions of horses that need the help of SAFE, impressed with the whole process of taking care of each and every horse at SAFE, hour by hour, day by day, addressing medical, physical and nutritional health needs. Impressed with the ongoing care, grooming and physical and mental training of each horse, preparing them all for a bright, happy and fulfilling future with a new adopted family and forever home. And very impressed with the adoption process and ongoing follow-up once the horses have been adopted. It is very apparent that the team at the top, that manages the organization, its structure, policies and decisions are very knowledgeable, talented, tireless, compassionate and dedicated to the cause.
In addition, I love working with all of the volunteers at SAFE who have a like-minded passion, who all have such big hearts and care so much, and love all of the horses. We all love seeing how each horse becomes more healthy, beautiful and magnificent! We all appreciate so much getting continual updates and pictures on a regular basis about each horse, details and pictures about each horse that has arrived, and details and pictures about every adoption. SAFE even provides information and pictures on SAFE Alumni (horses that have been adopted).
I am recently retired from the corporate environment and my children are grown and living on their own. I was looking for something for “me” to give my time, energy and heart to - when I came across the SAFE organization. I am SO HAPPY that I have the opportunity to volunteer for them! I love the horses, I love the staff and I love the volunteers! An organization very well run by many people, with a huge heart for horses!! So thankful for SAFE!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just completed my second year as a volunteer at SAFE. The staff and volunteers care so much about adhering to the mission statement, and a mindset of constant improvement is evident. The leadership has years of experience and it shows! As a volunteer, I’ve learned so much about what it takes to properly rehabilitate and train a horse. SAFE goes the extra mile to be sure that each horse is ready for an adoptive home, and after adoption does follow up with adopters to ensure the rescued horses are in good hands. I like how SAFE is an open book when it comes to how the financial side of the operation is handled.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at SAFE since January and honestly Tuesdays at SAFE are my very favorite of the week. The community, the commitment, the practical care and resourcefulness of the organization and the staff is unprecedented. I've volunteered at many organizations and SAFE is by far the one that creates an environment where the volunteers are appreciated and supported so that we can be our best selves to help the organization. Oh, and the horses are freaking amazing!!!!

2 PeggyGregory

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Save A Forgotten Equine in December 2013 and even though I am no longer in the same state as this wonderful organization, I follow their Facebook news daily. I watched SAFE grow from a location in Woodinville, WA to the current and much larger property that can accommodate twice as many horses. The volunteers continued to grow with this place and support it physically and financially. The work that is done with these horses is truly amazing to me. Watching the horses learn to trust and become healthy again was a rewarding experience for me. Having only ridden well behaved and privileged horses, I soon realized how much work needed to be accomplished with these horses that came to SAFE, as many had been neglected, abandoned, injured, and some abused. Watching the training techniques of how to handle these horses over the days and weeks and months and even years to gain their trust opened my eyes to what a “real” relationship could be developed between the horse and human. Each and everyone was a beautiful transformation indeed. I am proud to say I have been a part of this organization and only regret that I cannot physically be on sight to learn and participate in the miracles that happen daily.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a part of this nonprofit since 2013. I am amazed at how it has grown with volunteers, facilities operations and the continued success of our horses being rehabbed and adopted. I am proud to be a part of this operation every time I arrive on site. Amazing people with amazing results. Our horses are so blessed to pass through our gates. Well done Save a Forgotten Equine!

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3 BobMay

Volunteer

Rating: 5

S.A.F.E. is a special place for special horses - and for people. The horses here come from very challenging situations and often need very individualized care. Some are malnourished. Some have health conditions. Some don’t know what to think of humans. Meeting all these needs requires an ongoing and committed effort – by a lot of people. Horses are big. They eat lot. They poop a lot. They need space. They can have big personalities. The number of variables and needs is immense - and all have to be coordinated and addressed, everyday. At S.A.F.E., what needs to be done, gets done - and done well.

As a former non-profit director, I’ve been deeply impressed with how well S.A.F.E. is run, and by how welcoming it is to both new horses and new volunteers. The facility is consistently well maintained and the horses are clearly loved and very well cared for. It's also quite apparent that both staff (the few) and volunteers (the many) all want to be there. The general atmosphere is one of cooperation, camaraderie and appreciation. Something about S.A.F.E. makes it easy to have a sense of 'ownership' or personal responsibility, for the horses, the physical space and for one another.

From my own past experience coordinating volunteers, working within limited budgets and all the other challenges that are part of the non-profit world, I see S.A.F.E. doing a tremendous job and making the world a better place - for horses and for people. It's a great example of what a great non-profit can be.

1 equuspnwd

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SAFE is how rescue should be done. I've volunteered at this organization for nine years (so far) and have had almost every task assigned to me during my tenure. I have a pretty good feel for the workings of SAFE. Transparency was key to my getting involved initially. Every dollar donated is clearly accounted for on line available to the public. Called responsible rescue, SAFE doesn't accept more horses than we can afford to house and care for. We're almost totally volunteer run - teams show up every day of the year to help turn horses out, muck stalls and pastures, throw hay as prescribed by staff, clean and refill water buckets, repair fencing, maintain grounds. I can't say enough good things about SAFE. It's always felt to me like the gold standard for horse rescue.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got involved with SAFE initially because of its transparency. Having an accounting background, numbers are really important to me. Knowing where every dollar goes and seeing every detail posted on the internet for anyone to see makes all the difference to me. I'm now in my seventh year volunteering with SAFE. My "career" has been one of the most rewarding of my life. Watching horses transform from severely undernourished (sometimes skeletal) and sometimes completely unhandled into worthwhile equine citizens has been a wonderful journey. An added benefit is the camaraderie that develops among volunteers caring for these horses. There simply are not enough superlatives to describe the quality of this non-profit.

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1 Gizela B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am really proud to be part of such a great organization. Everyone there deeply cares for the horses. It is inspiring to see overtime how much they improve. There is constant daily stable management, horse care routine, emotional and physical horse training… and so much more!! Safe A Forgotten Equine is just a really amazing place!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at Safe, a place that empowers horses to be the best they can. They take the time to take care of their physical and emotional needs like no other place. They provide a clean and safe environment, proper nutrition, visits to the vet as well as the highest quality of training by professionals who understand horse behavior and allow those horses to overcome fear, abandonment, trauma, misunderstanding...SAFE demonstrates a genuine level of commitment, dedication and highest level of care for those horses. As a volunteer, I consider myself lucky to be able to contribute to such a great organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

SAFE equine is an amazing organization! Their ability to assist horses that have been abandoned, neglected, or whose humans have hit hard times is unparalleled. Not only do they take on horses in desperate need of care, they also have a hay bank and blanket bank for owners needing just a bit of assistance to make ends meet. The training their horses undergo creates horses that are unlikely to ever need 'rehoming' due to behavioral issues. They do follow up with horses that have been adopted to assure their continued success and proper treatment don't fall by the wayside. They provide hands on programs for their lucky volunteers, so the people who volunteer through SAFE can fall in love with the horses and remain involved long term. All in all, this place is amazing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If I could give SAFE 10 stars I would! About 3 months after having my daughter, I needed to get out of the house and get active. I did research on animal rescues near me and found SAFE less then 2 miles from my house. I thought “Well, that’s lucky!” But it turns out it was fate, not luck. Literally from day 1, I found a sense of peace. It filled a little horse shaped hole in my heart I didn’t even know I needed until I drove up and smelled that ….unique smell. ❤️ First off, the staff and other volunteers are friendly, hardworking, patient when needed (I like to ask questions), knowledgeable and so much more. Secondly, It’s not the kind of rescue that saves an animal just to find them a home ASAP. SAFE cares about these horses and takes the time to care for them medically (some are very sick), mentally (some are abused) and physically by training them to trust, listen and hopefully love again. I must stop now because I could go on and on and on. If you’re ever wondering where to donate your time or money, have no worries, you will be so happy you chose SAFE!

Linda G.9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at SAFE and I know first hand what incredible individualized care every horse is given when they come to live at SAFE. Horses get the care and training they need to get another chance at life.

Christina M.14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great facility with people who really care about the horses well being. They do everything they can to ensure the horses are happy and healthy. This often means long rehabilitation and special attention. As a horse owner I love that they are there to help horses in need find great homes.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined SAFE as a volunteer a year ago. It has been one of the best decisions and organizations I have ever been involved with. I am a health care provider and have a background with horses and have been thoroughly impressed with the care they take of the horses and the training they give to the horses and the volunteers. I hope to always be able to find time to volunteer in some capacity and would recommend everyone helping out- be it financial or in person- if you are drawn to horses and their health and well being.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I grew up around horses but had not had the time to volunteer. However, during the pandemic I realized I had time and decided to offer my time to SAFE.
Every week that I have gone there for the past 9 months I am beyond impressed. This organization is professional and dedicated and take their commitment to the horses and volunteers beyond seriously. They use Buck Branaman style of training through one of his past students who comes monthly to help guide the horses and staff. The stalls and paddocks are well maintained and health needs, should are arise, are always top priority. During the PNW heatwave in June 2021 the horses were hosed off twice a day, given sweet water and kept in the shade. All did well.
I highly recommend looking into donating to this organization to help support their/our dedication to the horses who sadly and then luckily arrive at SAFE.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Save A Forgotten Equine (SAFE) is a trusted horse rescue in Redmond, WA which provides loving care and rehabilitation to abandoned, abused, and neglected horses. If you are searching for a credible, impactful non-profit organization to donate to with confidence, SAFE should be a top choice. The founder has a heart of gold and the volunteers are angels for these magical creatures. SAFE is an extraordinary organization with high standards, and it's an honor to volunteer here and interact with these precious horses.

Donor

Rating: 5

SAFE's dedication to the horses that they take in is absolutely astounding! They promise every horse that comes through their program a lifetime of safety and security. When you adopt a horse from SAFE, you do so knowing that they will ALWAYS have a soft place to land and an entire tribe looking out for them.

In addition, SAFE's commitment to building, maintaining, and constantly improving their community of - AND FOR! - their donors, adopters, and volunteers makes it an exceptional organization to be part of.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having been a donor, volunteer, employee, and adoption alumni, I can confidently say that I have seen just about every side of SAFE- and they all CONTINUE to amaze.

The people here are phenomenal; giving, caring, and dedicated to the horses, community, and to one another. The Governing Board, Operations Council, and Staff all work together to ensure that the organization stays responsible to it's mission and donors, sustainable for it's future and the future of the horses, and dedicated to the happiness and education of the volunteers.

From Rehab to Rehome, the horses that pass through SAFE's barn doors are treated with love and kindness, but also given an education and skillset that will keep them (and their future family!) safe and healthful for all of their years.

Supporters and Donors can. In just a few steps, see all there is to know about where funds come from, how they are allocated for budgeting, what they are spent on, and why. The transparency the organization offers, not only financially, but in regards to the care, training, joys, and heartbreaks of equine rescue, is incredible and really sets SAFE apart from many animal rescue organizations.

SAFE brought me to my "heart horse", and SAFE remains my "heart place".

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering here in September and am so impressed with how kind, welcoming and compassionate everyone is. The mission of this organization is truly caring and centered on the horses. This place is well organized, clean and well run. The horses are well cared for and are being thoughtfully and expertly trained.

Carrie S.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at SAFE in January 2021. I was so impressed with the organization of the volunteers, the level of communication, and incredible appreciation of both volunteers and staff. I felt welcomed and supported from the first day. After six months, I've fallen even more in love with this special non-profit. They truly understand how to rehabilitate horses and make sure they are well-homed for their lifetime. Alumni horses and ponies are still part of the larger family and celebrated. They understand how important training is in order for these precious animals to be ready for adoption. I think I'm a lifer here. Thank you SAFE!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

This Equine rescue is truly the best. They do it all. Take in abused, neglected, and forgotten equine. Give them the vet care and nutrition they need and when the horse is ready both mentally and physically they spend as much time needed to train or retrain each Individual horse before finding them the perfect home. I searched high and low to give to an equine rescue that met all the criteria needed to rehab horses and SAFE exceeds my expectations. They are an amazing group that gives their all for equine in need. Their facility is clean and tidy and the horses live in a safe environment while in their care.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a well-run organization. I drove up to an hour to volunteer here, and I was never disappointed. They have a special magic in assembling diverse volunteers who work together quite seamlessly to create a SAFE place for horses who need a little help. There is order, compassion, laughter, vision, and cohesiveness. Whether you are thinking of volunteering (please do) or donating (please do), the experience will change you. You might even find that the best parts of yourself get better and that it changes you. That is my experience with SAFE!

Mariah L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I'd actually followed SAFE for years via social media, long before I became a volunteer. Once SAFE moved their headquarters to my area. Fresh out of the psychiatric hospital, I was eager to try and pick up the pieces of my life that I'd left behind--particularly horses.
Luckily, SAFE is probably the closest knit and most devoted community I've ever encountered. I tried other ways to make a difference in the lives of horses, but never until SAFE had I felt so completely supported, heeded and understood. I'm not overstating when I say that my work at SAFE helped me recover from a truly grueling 5 years worth of a mental breakdown. Our work rescuing, rehabbing, retraining and adopting out our horses has been a greatly fulfilling part of my life. I've seen horses go from skeletal, somber wraiths blossom into shining, proud, sensitive steeds under SAFE's care and the personal hand of our staff and volunteers. We also have a hospice program, to offer any terminally ill horses a remaining life in a proverbial field of clover. For the others, our adoption process ensures that the adoptee knows the responsibility that comes with taking on one of our (often special needs) horses. This is our ultimate hope and happy ending for one of our rescues. But for those who must return to us, we do so gladly should we be alerted.

To close, SAFE is the most reputable, organized, gentle rescue I've ever dealt with in my experiences in the rescue community and as a volunteer. For it is not only equine lives we save and change, but the lives of humans as well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a big step forward in my recovery from a truly dark half-decade of my life, I decided to start volunteering at SAFE in summer of 2017. I've followed SAFE since I was 13 (I'm 24 now)--even visiting one of their opening houses at their old location. When I'd learned that they had moved to Redmond, I simply couldn't wait to sign up for volunteering there. I signed up for Tuesday's PM chore shift.

Doing so, truthfully, has been a massive benefit to my life and still rather fragile-but far more stable-mental health. It has helped me find camaraderie when I thought I never would; has helped me make new friends when I thought it wasn't possible; has helped me come out of my shell and above all else: It allows me to change lives, via the horses in our care. I help fill once famished bellies with grain; clean the paddocks of horses who used to live in filth; and show love and stability to horses who either have forgotten, or never received, one or both.

Even on the Tuesdays where I feel like I just can't take another second of being in public, or interacting with anyone, SAFE always ends those days on a positive and optimistic note. This is all thanks to my wonderful covolunteers, SAFE's amazing volunteer community and our dedication to giving these rescued horses a SAFE place to recover and move on to a new and better life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with SAFE for 4 years now. They are always so respectful of their volunteers and are always finding ways to show their appreciation for us. Their love and care of the horses in their keeping is very evident in the dramatic changes that are seen. I always highly recommend SAFE as a place to volunteer and to be able to really make a huge difference in the lives of these abused, neglected, and abandoned horses lives!

Diane J.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered a few short months at Save A Forgotten Equine and enjoy every moment I am there. The care, devotion, and love that staff give to these horses is absolutely amazing and very heartfelt. Two new horses have come in since I began volunteering there and it has been so wonderful to watch their progress both physically and mentally. Staff definitely knows what they are doing and are doing everything for the right reasons. I feel blessed to be able to volunteer there because of their good works and commitment to saving and rehabbing these beautiful animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve volunteered with non-profits for most of my adult life, and I’m 66. When I assess a non-profit, I look at its mission, management, fiscal transparency, community outreach, and how it engages and maintains its volunteers. Save a Forgotten Equine (SAFE) rates highly in all of these categories. Of special note is the professionalism of staff, demonstrating at once their commitment and compassion for the abused and neglected horses that come to SAFE. It reflects well on an organization when volunteers remark at the sense of family that develops quickly when volunteering at SAFE. Already with 15 years history, I hope SAFE continues for decades to come. I truly love volunteering with SAFE.

Allison M.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SAFE is an amazing place to volunteer! The organization operates with unbounded integrity in all areas. It is truly a joy to be involved with them and I feel valued as a contributor to the first-class care system that SAFE has established.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

SAFE is a place that not only rescues horses in need, but helped me in being a place where I felt at home again.

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Sarah V.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve only been volunteering with SAFE since January of 2019, but I’ve worked with other equine charities over the past 25 + years, and I can say without a doubt that SAFE is the most organized, well-run, safety-conscious, and horse-centered among them. Lots of rescue organizations have passion, but combining that with smart leadership, organization, and constant improvement is what sets SAFE apart. Volunteers are thoroughly and continually trained in horse care and handling, regular clinics with equine professionals provide the chance for volunteers, horses, and members of the public to learn good horsemanship, and strict protocols are enforced to promote volunteer safety and horse health.

Beyond merely turning abused and neglected horses into healthy and well-fed ones, SAFE puts a foundation of training into the horses such that their behavior, quality of life, and value to adopters ensures they will have a long and happy life (whether they are able to be adopted as riding horses or “pasture pets”). This organization stands by their work and horses, taking back into care those that were previously adopted but fell on hard times, making tough but humane decisions to ease the suffering of horses when necessary, and setting strict operational boundaries so that they do not overextend themselves into the unsustainable behavior that can easily be the downfall of animal rescue organizations.

In the time that I’ve been a volunteer, I’ve been embraced into an amazing community of passionate and like-minded people who care deeply about the horses in our care. Highly recommend this organization.

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Jackie Dodds L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started as a foster home for the horses in 2012. The more SAFE people I met the more I wanted to help. The more I helped, the more I learned about the organization, their mission, their integrity, their passion and their process. They respect and appreciate the volunteers and are devoted to the horses. I am proud to be a part of SAFE.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over 5 years ago I became a foster home for SAFE horses. I was very impressed with the care they provided for the horses even though they were off-site. As time went by, I began to spend more time at the barn. The more I learned about SAFE, the more I wanted to help. I still have foster horses, but now I also donate financially and volunteer as often, and in as many ways as I can. This is a well run organization which puts the horses first, is conscious of costs, appreciates and respects volunteers. I am grateful and proud to be a member of the SAFE family.

Catherine N.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place has helped me learn as a person and a horse person. To be able to help give these horses a new life, is incredibly rewording thing to me. The horses always come first. They are able to learn to forgive and overcome their past. We know that if the horses want to fight for the life that they deserve, we will fight right along side them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a silent contributor to this fantastic organization! I've visited the farm, several times, even brought my grandchildren there to see all the beautiful horses! I've never met a more dedicated group of people, and the love and care they show all these prescious animals is without question! SAFE is the only horse rescue I refer people too, for questions, rescues, help with their own animals, and even adopting. My love for this nonprofit is profound!

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1 Julie V.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at SAFE for over three years now. From the beginning, I have been extremely impressed by how well the horses are treated and rehabbed. Not only that, SAFE is an excellent organization from a business standpoint, run by amazing people. What’s even better is that I was able to adopt one of their horses. SAFE has truly changed my life and my horse’s for the better.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at SAFE with no horse experience, just a love of them. My shift leads and barn managers trained me and helped me to achieve my goals. I became a shift lead myself and continue to work on improving my chores and horse handling skills. I’ve been with SAFE for two years now and am still in awe that there is a place that wants to help me grow in my skills and encourages us volunteers to provide feedback and become personally involved.

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1 Samantha J.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering @ SAFE almost 4 years ago. I knew I wanted to do something physical and at the same time help animals in need. I hit the jackpot when I found SAFE. This organization is run with the utmost care and responsibility for all involved, horses and volunteers alike. They have an excellent staff that exhibits a breadth of experience and compassion for our horses. Making the tough decisions when they have to, always with the horse’s best interest at heart. It’s such a joy to watch these horses and their transformations, both physically and emotionally. To know that they know, they are now safe and able to live their best lives is a gift I will always be grateful for. I am so proud and honored to be working with such an outstanding organization and group of people. They have changed my life in the best way possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am continually amazed by Save A Forgotten Equine! From the volunteers, staff and board members to the love and compassion that this organization has to support its mission daily. I am proud to have been a long time volunteer and donor. I have seen first hand unbelievable transformations from horrible physical and mental distress put upon the horses that make their way to SAFE. Through rehabilitation the light in their eyes, the spark in their soul, and the regain of human trust is an experience to witness. I am proud of SAFE and their exceptional transparency, connection with the community, drive to educate and most of all the can do attitude of the entire program. It takes a village to make miracles happen to those without voices. SAFE makes those miracles happen every day.

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1 Cathy O.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for SAFE almost six years ago. The transparency of SAFE is incredible, one just needs to read the annual reports to get a sense of that. Staff has always been open and willing to share information and explain situations whether it is concerning the care and feeding of horses or related to facilities.

I am so proud to be a part of this organization. As a volunteer I have been supported and encouraged and have a deep sense of belonging and feeling appreciated. It is truly a blessing to be a small part of helping to create so many happily ever afters for equines and humans alike.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering for this organization for over 5 years. The leadership and volunteers are continually striving to be a strong, transparent and respected organization. That’s why I stay! SAFE has a strong outreach program that helps horse owners KEEP their horses and reduce the number of horses needing to be rescued. That’s forward thinking!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am always blown away by this no. Profit. They have 100% transparency. Their heart is in the right place. Giving horses a better and new life. They go above and beyond just food and water. They rehabilitate, train and shower these animals with love. Diligence goes into finding just the right home for these animals. Not just the first person that shows up. One walk around this farm can tell you just how happy and healthy these horses are. Safe is made up of the best volunteers and staff. It takes a village and that village is strong at Safe.

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2 Cjmcmillen

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came for the horses, I stayed for the people. This is truly one of the best organizations I’ve seen. The professionalism, dedication, knowledge of what it takes to rehabilitate, train and find the right match to give these horses the best home possible is outstanding. They not only have given their hearts to these horses, but they also help the volunteers to achieve whatever goals they may have to get involved in the world of horsemanship.

SAFE is the reason I get up every day.

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hellojet

Board Member

Rating: 5

Completely impressed with the genuine dedication of the staff to making a difference in the lives of horses and one of the strongest volunteer communities I've ever seen.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization and have witnessed the miraculous for nine years transformation of horses. Being a horse lover, this makes.my heart xtremely happy.

What I didn't anticipate was the amazing way the organization touches the lives of the people who volunteer here. They become family. I see them come together to daily to tend to the well-being of the horses as well as the organization and the community it supports & unites.

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Bear C.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been involved with SAFE for 5 years, mainly as a sponsor, but also with some of the work parties. Every volunteer and staffer has one goal, to provide a safe and loving home to horses that often have not known such a thing. Top notch organization full of caring people.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter of SAFE for about 3.5 years and have watched countless amazing transformations of starving, neglected horses brought back to health. Animals that have suffered so much, become trusting again. The horses are not only nursed back to health, but go on to receive training so that they can be adopted into loving forever homes. SAFE is mainly staffed by volunteers and is fully funded through charitable donations. They use the money wisely and stretch every dollar. The facility is well maintained and the horses receive the best of care. A++++++

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for SAFE ,have previously owned thoroughbreds trained in dressage and would like to state the horses at SAFE receive the best of care. Starving horses are rehabilitated to beautiful horses and then adopted as riding or companion horses. Before and after photos on the SAFE website show the accurate story.

Nicky De R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Safe is made up of such a wonderful, dedicated team of people who are truly passionate about horses and making a difference to the lives of these horses. The care taken throughout all stages of rescuing horses, rehabilitation, training and finding forever homes is incredible. I am privileged to be part of such special nonprofit. I am also an active donor and try to do as much as I can to make a difference to the horses we work with. Anyone can help and horse experience is not required.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

How and where do I begin to describe the most incredible and well run non-profit that I can imagine? This organization touches many, many people and horses on so many levels, and in so many ways. SAFE began in 2005 with a group who bonded together to rescue a horse from a Washington feedlot and has developed and grown in a short period of time to what I believe should serve as an international model for Equine Rescue. Having always chosen to rescue or adopt the many animals I have had over the years, I began my search two years ago to adopt my first horse and began looking at Equine Rescue organizations in the Pacific Northwest. Although I came across many great places, nothing compared to what I found at SAFE. Their board members, dedicated team of community professionals, incredible staff, and around 200 well trained volunteers work around the clock to ensure successful rehabilitation and training for their horses who eventually go on to find their forever homes. I decided to sponsor a horse I was interested in learning more about at SAFE, but thanks to Terry, SAFE’s Operations Director and horse matchmaker extraordinaire, I ended up with a different horse named Sierra, who could not be more perfect for me. One of the many wonderful things about SAFE is their focus on finding a forever match for their horses and wanting to make sure you end of with the right fit for your goals and skill set. Their inspection process is thorough, serving both horse and human well, and their adoption rate success speaks for itself. SAFE offers ongoing continued training workshops throughout the year for anyone interested in attending and there are volunteer opportunities for just about any type of job you can imagine doing. I have loved being a monthly sponsor for SAFE horse Prince and it has been heartwarming to follow his progress on SAFE's website! From the top on down SAFE is run with integrity and transparency and goes far beyond the extra mile to make life for their equines special. I feel so fortunate to be part of the SAFE family and am beyond grateful for the friendships I have made there!

CKintzley

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a honor to be a part of such an amazing organization who is dedicated to providing a safe haven for horses that have suffered horrible consequences in their lives. SAFE has wonderful caring, dedicated and compassionate volunteers who make a difference every day. It isn't just feeding, mucking stalls and riding. It is also community outreach, awareness, fundraising, and being stewards to help others in the equine community. SAFE's complete transparency lets the donors know exactly where their donations are be used. I would give them 1000 stars if I could!

Jeanne S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a retired non horse person, I chose to volunteer at SAFE because it provided the opportunity to learn new skills(Equine) and get physical exercise while enjoying the outdoor life. I stay at SAFE because of the integrity of the leadership and stewardship of all donations. I keep volunteering because of the strong bonds of friendship...both human and horses.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at SAFE for nearly 6 years now. I am so proud of this organization, not only because of its amazing mission and its unwavering dedication to our equine friends but because the organization stays true to its values, no matter what. SAFE's commitment to transparency, sustainability, and quality are clearly apparent, and the volunteers and staff are a such a dedicated group of caring folks with huge hearts. It is simply an amazing organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very proud to say that I am a volunteer and a financial supporter of Save a Forgotten Equine or SAFE. This organization is very devoted to and passionate about its mission, which is to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home horses in need. The group of people that manages this organization are professional, energetic, talented, and genuine. They work tirelessly to ensure the organization is successful, healthy, and viable. I admire their devotion to this important cause!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with SAFE in various capacities for several years. Having worked with many non-profit organizations, I speak from experience when I say that it is one of the most ethical, sane, and well-run groups out there. I have known many animal rescue groups that had good intentions but ended up being none of those things...SAFE just shines in it's unwavering commitment to the animals and also to it's people.
It is awfully hard to run such a large organization on a shoestring budget and volunteer labor - SAFE makes every dollar and every hour stretch to it's maximum benefit.
I am proud to contribute both money and time to SAFE, and wish I could do more. If you want to find a great community and help horses, this is as good a choice as you can make.
No organization is perfect, and a difficult mission always includes some struggles - but I have seen SAFE take on every one of them with candor, empathy, patience, heart, and integrity - the same way they treat their horses. I admire SAFE's past and look forward to it's future!

Jessica F.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SAFE is an amazing rescue to volunteer for, it is a great community of people with the same purpose. To be a witness to the transformation of these horses is so beautiful and inspiring to see, it is done with so much love, care and dedication.

Julie W.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been involved with SAFE for years now and am still constantly impressed with the dedication this team has for their mission, the unendless creativity for solving problems, and how they turn heartbreak onto hope for so many (not just horses) but people needing a community and families seeking a four legged friend. This group runs a top notch non-profit more professionally than many businesses!

I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have adopted my own horse from SAFE last year. A filly whose owner surrendered her because they could not afford the vet bills, from a five day old severe T-post impalement to her neck, no one knew if she would survive the night when she arrived at SAFE. Fast forward to a horse SAFE fully rehabilitated and besides a scar that reminds us all, what could have been, she has a forever home and future.

Sara

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer, donor, a past board member, and general fan of SAFE for many years now. SAFE is an amazing organization for so many reasons! Top-notch care of all animals is just the beginning. Each individual in their care receives an in-depth evaluation and personalized care and training so they will have the best chance at a successful adoption. Adopters are given a complete, and realistic, history of the horse (or as much info as SAFE has) so they know exactly what they are getting themselves in to. Beyond that, SAFE is committed to constant improvement in building a sustainable organization where people can joyfully give, or participate in meaningful work, at whatever their current level of engagement is. SAFE truly embodies great animal care, transparency, and organizational stewardship.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After bouncing around a few other equine rescues, I found my "tribe" with SAFE. There are a lot of reasons SAFE has earned my ongoing support over the years including:

* A sustainable model to help horses through rescue, community outreach and education.

*SAFE routinely partners with animal control- helping encourage those organizations to remove horses from danger.

*SAFE provides not only basic care for their charges but honest evaluations and follows up with training to help horses successfully find homes.

* Financial transparency, fiscal responsibility and contingency planning

* Thorough screening of potential adopters to ensure a good match, follow-up visits, and a lifetime safety net to ensure they are never at risk again.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people take amazing care of these neglected and abused horses finding them forever homes after getting them back to health

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer, a donor, a Board member and a huge fan of SAFE for the past 8 years. I have the utmost respect for the quality of care, the training, and the careful rehoming they provide to the horses in their program. The staff are dedicated and knowledgeable. The Volunteers are hard working and compassionate, giving their time and their hearts to the horses in their care. If you are looking to adopt, volunteer, or donate...SAFE sets the bar for Responsible Rescue. Check them out!

Marie Siemens J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Save A Forgotten Equine (SAFE) is a TOP NOTCH organization that I was so lucky to have found in a google search for animal volunteer opportunities. I began in June of 2017 with an orientation day for volunteers (led by an amazing volunteer Jane). I knew right away that this was the place I wanted to volunteer my time at. That next week I started on a PM Chore shift, and shortly there after was trained for Night Check by another amazing volunteer/staffer Melinda. The happiness and caring of the volunteers at SAFE is infectious. It is apparent that it is everyone's "Happy Place" that spends anytime there, and it's shown by the love and care that goes to each and every horse. The facilities is beautiful and is so well maintained by the facilities crew with so much caring love shown in every little detail. This wonderful organization is so very transparent in how they are run. It is run by only a handful of paid staff with a volunteer list of approximately 200 volunteers all wanting the very best for each and every horse. The volunteers have a family bond in the caring for one come goal... The horses. There is such a wealth of knowledge and all are willing to share that knowledge. I am soaking up everything I can learn and am so grateful for the experiences and opportunities that I have had in this past year.

jmorton19

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely 5+ Stars for SAFE - Save a Forgotten Equine.
SAFE is a marvelously well run non-profit - a great role model for transparency, super volunteer program - most everything is done by a volunteer crew of over 100 committed folks. Horse care and safety of horses and humans are the top priorities. SAFE trains dozens of volunteers in horse care and feeding, horse health, handling skills - it's a great way for a wanna-be horse person to get involved with horses. SAFE treats horses well. You will be learning with the best. Another benefit - I've made great friendships with fellow volunteers.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first became a donor to SAFE when I heard about the great work they do to rescue, rehabilitate and find loving forever homes for horses in need. Two years ago I started volunteering and my esteem for SAFE just grows and grows. The commitment of the huge volunteer staff - over 100 including 70 weekly barn volunteers - is wonderful and a testament to the care and integrity with which SAFE operates. If I were an abused or neglected horse I would pray every day that SAFE would come and get me.

D Gail B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a current volunteer, I’ve been impressed with the dedication, sincere concern, and unselfishness shown by SAFE. This organization is boundless in it’s efforts to rescue, retrain and rehome abused ponies. Each horse gets individual attention from the time it enters the barn to its “graduation” and permanent adoption. Medical challenges are addressed quickly and completely. Physical concerns are identified and cured. I’m sure these animals feel the love and protection they receive from SAFE staff and volunteers. I’m privileged to be associated with SAFE!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently a volunteer at SAFE. I have been involved with other non-profits in the past but this one is a standard above the rest! I've never seen such a dedicated group of people that put in so much work to keep this place running and saving neglected horses. SAFE is a very organized well oiled machine and I am proud to be part of it. If someone was going to donate money or time anywhere, this is the place!❤

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Four years ago this week, I started volunteering at SAFE. Though my role has changed over those years, my respect and appreciation for what they do has not. I've watched the dedication of each person working towards a common goal of making life better for each horse rescued. This includes those who do the chore shifts, the maintenance crew, the fostering families, the riders and trainers, those who monitor their health, those who work to bring in donations and the ones who fill in the gaps and make it all run relatively smoothly. All but a small handful of these folks are volunteers and it is their love and appreciation for the horses and SAFE that keeps them there. I'm proud be even a tiny part of this organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m a volunteer of 3 years and in those 3 years I’ve seen horses go through unbelievable changes and improvements! Each horse is loved as though it was the only horse in the world and it shows. Working at SAFE is a privilege and an honor

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at SAFE once a week for six months. I LOVE how well they take care of their horses! The program is very organized, the barn and outside areas are so clean. The horses are treated as though they are worth millions. (which, of course in our view they are!) Going and working alongside fabulous volunteers and watching these horses transform is a joy!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It wouldn't be possible for me to cover all of the wonderful things about SAFE in this review. I helped my mother-in-law adopt a companion horse from SAFE. Everyone who works and volunteers for SAFE truly, genuinely cares about the well-being of these horses and puts their heart and soul into what they do, as well as countless hours of their time. The horses are extremely well cared for, the facilities are clean and beautiful, and the horses are all so happy. It was my mother-in-law's first horse (a lifelong dream of hers) and she had l limited horse experience, and instead of being turned away, SAFE offered to help her learn by volunteering and providing one-on-one sessions with her to learn the basics of caring for and handling the horse she was interested in prior to adopting. We now are enjoying having Vida home--a very well-mannered, sweet, respectful mare who no doubt gained a lot of these traits during her time spent at SAFE with these wonderful people.

Lauren E.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Without SAFE, we wouldn’t have met our two horses that we adore. The work they do everyday, the care for each horse and their positive volunteers make this place so special. We are so thankful for all that they do, and did for our two horses. I will forever be thankful and help SAFE whenever we can. They truly are amazing!

Elizabeth C.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I didn't adpot horse through SAFE, but a family of supportive friends adopted me and my horse. I was at my rope's end and Bonnie befriended me and my horse at a clinic and changed my life. Without her and SAFE....well, it was life changing. THANK YOU!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for a regular shift for 3 years. I loved the atmosphere, getting to know the horses and others who volunteer there, and those who run the orginixation.