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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

135 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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!

Lori M.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I started out over 2 years ago volunteering my skills as a licensed Equine Massage Therapist for this organization. I was so impressed with how well they took care of the horses. Not just the basics food and water but much more. Looking out for the the best care they could provide for these animals. I adopted a horse from them. Miss Scarlett. An 18 year old wuarterhorse who has broke her withers before coming to SAFE. She is such a wonderful addition to my herd. This is an amzing organization. They are what other rescues need to strive to be. The leaders in their field. I now am so blessed to be working as their Barn Manager. The best job in the world.

Jackie Dodds L.

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.

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!

Bear C.

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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Donor

Rating: 5

Save a Forgotten Equine (SAFE) is a wonderful organization that rescues forgotten and abused horses. They nurse each horse back to health and teach the horses to trust humans again. SAFE is staffed by selfless, caring individuals, who are mostly unpaid volunteers. The work they do is truly amazing, and deserves to be recognized and supported. Thanks to SAFE, many of these horses go on to find their forever homes.

You can find out more about SAFE at www.safehorses.org

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Where to begin? My life has changed in so many ways since I began volunteering with SAFE five years ago. Although I'd ridden horses through my childhood and into my twenties, I really knew nothing about caring for them. Volunteering with SAFE has given me the opportunity to learn about feeding, about vet care and equine diseases, about farrier needs, about saddles and bridles and blankets and boots, about farm management . . . there's always more to learn and there are always kind, patient teachers at our barn.

The level of care our horses receive is top notch. Every possible and reasonable comfort is provided. Our farm is well fenced into paddock areas for daily turnout for all horses. The acreage takes on park-like beauty in the spring and summer, in large part due to another group of dedicated volunteers on our Facilities Team. Our horses' training is extensive and fostered by a select team of capable volunteer riders under the leadership of Operations Director Terry.

Once a SAFE horse finds its forever home, the horse and its adoptive owner are visited regularly by a SAFE volunteer to check on the horse's well-being, to see if the adoptive owner has any issues or questions.

As a long-time donor, I take great pride in the careful oversight of funds to insure horses are cared for as well as possible within our means. I'm proud to be one of 150 active volunteers at SAFE and look forward to many more years volunteering with and contributing to SAFE.

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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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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!