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Save A Forgotten Equine

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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 200 horses rescued, rehabilitated, and retrained since 2005.

Target demographics: horses facing neglect, abuse, or starvation

Direct beneficiaries per year: 17 horses rescued, 13 horses adopted out, and 3 horses ended their suffering

Geographic areas served: Pacific Northwest

Programs: Horse Rescue & Rehoming Training & Re-Training Community Outreach Program Serenity Fund

Community Stories

104 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jerri E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with SAFE doing barn chores in 2015, something that was completely outside my comfort zone. I was welcomed, guided, coached and encouraged and I have immense respect for how well this rescue cares for and works with these animals with the goal of finding them a forever home where they will be loved and cared for as they deserve.

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.

cmahan92

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SAFE is a wonderful nonprofit that I am happy to be apart of, I've been volunteering there for a few months now and am so proud of to be apart of such a well rounded organization. They take great pride in assuring that the horses are taken care of in every aspect of their lives, making sure they are comfortable in their stalls, always have clean water and kept up on their diets, making sure that they and the volunteers feel comfortable. I've seen first hand new horses coming to SAFE, that have been neglected, not fed, and other conditions, and after just a few weeks, the care they provide time and time again has given these horses a whole new life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff, board and volunteers at SAFE are passionate about rescuing and protecting horses and finding them permanent and safe homes.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Safe Volunteers are delightful people to work with, all with a caring, loving attitude towards these beautiful animals. There are jobs for every skill level.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Save A Forgotten Equine for almost 3 years. Great organization with a large volunteer team that truly cares about what they do on behalf of injured and neglected horses. There are volunteer opportunities for any interest level and availability - from onsite chore shifts, maintenance and repairs, administrative tasks or events and fundraising...something for everyone.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at SAFE for 4 years and still love it. I am very privileged to be part of the amazing dedication and very hard work this organization commits towards the well being of these wonderful animals. Thank you SAFE!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Save a Forgotten Equine does great work on behalf of horses. As a donor, I'm pleased with how they manage their donations in making sure that every dollar counts and they're spending funds in a way that does the most good.

Caren M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've never before have been involved with an organization that cares so passionately about its mission! I work along side other volunteers who show up to fulfill their commitments to 'our' horses regardless of weather, holidays, time of day, or even their own health situation. We observe 'barn time' which means you might be scheduled to help out for a couple hours but end up being there all afternoon. Or all day. And that's OK. It's a very special bond we all share--for the love of the horse.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this organization! I support SAFE financially and with my time and energy. I've mucked stalls and fields, fed hay and grain, cleaned water troughs, exercised and groomed horses, followed up site checks on horses who've been adopted, trained other volunteers, whatever's wanted and needed.

Grew up as a horse crazy girl riding other people's horses through school until life happened. Hadn't been in a barn for about 45 years when I discovered SAFE. Recently retired, I jumped at the chance to get back in the barn! In my fourth year now working with SAFE, what initially drew me to SAFE was its financial transparency. And that's still true. Plus, management and volunteers are amazingly dedicated to help horses be horses until the end of their lives.

The abused, neglected, starved horse that's rescued by SAFE receives the best vet care, diet, love and retraining to be adopted. And every horse and its potential adopter go through a trial period only after which the adoption is complete. It's like a money-back guarantee! The transformations of these lucky horses, documented each step of the way, are remarkable.

I cannot say enough great things about this organization and the work it does, the success stories of its horses rescued. I will continue my work with SAFE as long as possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel honored to support S.A.F.E. both financially and personally. What impressed me most about this organization initially is its commitment to rescue only as many horses as it has resources to help. It's clearly not a one-size-fits-all operation - it's responsibly run by an amazingly dedicated and energetic core of horse loving volunteers. Having been around horses most of my life and away from the barn for about 25 years, I'm especially pleased to be able to be back amid the wonderful smells and sounds of horses and responsible for their feeding one evening a week. Every encounter with the organization has been positive.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am writing this review as both a volunteer and as a person who adopted a horse from SAFE. I began following SAFE back in 2008 when they took in Annie. The first photo I saw of her broke my heart but I felt an instant connection. I followed the blog updates they did on all their horses which really help you feel like you know the horses while their rehabilitation and training unfolds. For me that was the main thing that kept me going back and just following the horses in their care and watching them go from horribly emaciated to thriving members of the equine community. When you adopt a horse through SAFE, you know what you are getting. You can see the training updates and where the horses strengths and weaknesses are. They are upfront with everything. You get the vet records that they have. Believe me, their adoption fee nowhere near touches the amount of time and money that are put into the horses. And you get a trained horse if it has been evaluated and put into a training program. Their belief is that if you give the horses skills they will have a better chance at finding a good home that will keep them forever. And this is true. I was asked to be a volunteer and I had to interview like I was going in for a real job. As a volunteer I can say that this is a very well run organization. The financial information is on the FRONT PAGE of their website. They make sure the funds are there BEFORE taking in a horse to ensure that horse can be cared for properly. They don't take in too many horses and get overrun. And the majority of the horses that come into SAFE are animal control seizures or legitimate owner surrenders. Adopting a horse from SAFE frees up the room for them to truly help another horse.

hellojet

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started volunteering SAFE more than 8 years and have been impressed every step of the way. The integrity of the organization and the dedication of the people make an amazing difference in the lives of horses.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I discovered this rescue in 2008 after spending time with other equine related organizations. The huge difference for me was the honesty and professionalism among the group and it's supporters. I never expected to find quantifiable results but have now grown to expect it. It's level of care and follow through sold me early on and is the reason I chose to become part of the team.

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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!

Chrissie Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SAFE takes the placement of their horses extremely seriously. They know that the proper match, not just a home is critical.

Trisha R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Safe is a wonderful non-profit to be a part of! They keep their volunteers, sponsors and anyone who wanders across their website connected to everything. I felt like I already knew the horses so well before even stepping into the stable. They are open with their thoughts and goals and make sure they let everyone who supports them know just how much they are a part of the organization. It is very obvious that they always keep what is best for the horses in the front of their minds. I regularly point people toward them and will continue to.

Jayne T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SAFE is a great place to volunteer with horse time and friendly folks to work with. They take excellent care of the horses. The horses get plenty of food, clean water, grazing time, training, vet care, and love from everyone. Safe practices are in place to keep horses and volunteers from getting hurt. Lines of communication are open with emails, signs on stalls, and information on a white board. Only wish I had more to to give.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started at SAFE this summer and was welcomed with open arms right from the start. I was immediately impressed with their grapevine of communication and the way they are structured...leaving no room for confusion. They are really great at trying to help you find your own nitch-comfort zone. They are well organized and very clearly have the best interest of every single horse they take in...no matter what the story is...each horse is treated equally and respectfully. I appreciate how quickly they move to get the proper care for the new horses and how they seem to have things pretty well streamlined to get them back into a normal life as soon as possible. What is most surprising to me is the way they never give up on a horse no matter how bad things get...and even if a horse is in their last days they do everything possible to make sure their last days are dignified and as comfortable as possible...that means more to me than words can ever say. I hope to be involved and support SAFE for many years to come. What I like most is that even though I don't have the financial support available for them at this time, that I am still allowed to help in other ways... There seems to be a place for everyone, whether you donate money, supplies, time, love or muscle... it's all welcome and appreciated...and I swear it sometimes seems like the horses actually know we are all there just for them!! LOVE..LOVE..LOVE you guys!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SAFE is a committed, engaged and thoughtful group that is very devoted to the well-being of abused and neglected horses. They are practical in approach, not overly sentimental and at the same time, loving and compassionate. I appreciate the regular updates on horses, neglect cases and adoptions on the website and Facebook. I began volunteering this summer with little experience around horses and limited availability and was welcome all the same. As a donor, my monthly gift was immediately acknowledged graciously and gratefully.

Although I've since learned more horse handling and care skills, I feel like any effort I contribute at the barn is meaningful. I've had the opportunity to meet and connect with some great horses in a small setting and love working with them. SAFE is a great community of people and horses!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SAFE is a stand-out horse rescue and I'm so glad I found it after moving to the area. I was welcomed and put to work immediately doing whatever needed to be done--exactly what I was looking for. The barn is well-run, the leadership is pragmatic and involved, the volunteers dedicated to keeping the horses healthy and happy, and all funds go towards the care of the horses and the upkeep of the facility. Thanks for everything you do, SAFE!

Heather116

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I moved from Michigan to Washington and was looking for an organization to volunteer with. The landscape of Northern Washington is very different from Metro Detroit! I knew this area could offer me new opportunity's . I decided to volunteer at a horse rescue but which one? I didn't know my way around very well, ok I didn't know my way around AT ALL. I honestly choose SAFE because it was in one of the few cities I knew. It was the BEST random decision. I'm coming up on 2 years of being a part of SAFE. I love the horses, the facility, the other volunteers. You can give as little or as much of your time, money, or heart; and they are grateful for it!