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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 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

156 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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1 Mariah L.1

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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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1 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.