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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

113 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

hellojet

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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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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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.

Bear C.

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am fortunate enough to have two amazing horses from SAFE, both are Thoroughbreds who had some tough times. I've had Kai for two plus years and Anakin for just over a year. Every day I go to the barn and wonder how I got so luck to have them, they're beautiful, kind, loving, spirited animals... sometimes it makes me teary-eyed when I think about it. The first time I saw Kai was on the SAFE website. That was it, decision made, I fell hard for this big guy!

The team from SAFE worked with me through the process, they couldn't have been nicer. They checked references, my property, interviewed me—it did take some time, but was so worth it. I knew the minute I "test rode" him for the first time that we were going to be a forever team and we are. I know he had a tough time before me, I also know that when he decided that I was his person, it was one of the happiest days of my life.

Then came Anakin. He was found almost starved to death, in December of 2015. He had to be picked up with a crane as he was so weak he couldn't stand on his own. I saw him on the news and found out he was going to SAFE so I call them. I spoke to the operations manager and told her that I knew that horse they just took in was going to live and then he was going to come live with me. Most people would have written him off he was in such terrible condition, but not the people at SAFE, they worked with WASART, local vets, and the SAFE volunteers mobilizing a small army to manage the care of this horse.

Lots of people followed his recovery as his health improved a little at a time. I visited throughout seeing his progress. It's hard to believe that after everything he went through, he's still kind and trusting. He's an amazing boy. And that army of people? I thank them every day for making it possible for me to give him a home. If you want to see the goodness in people, SAFE and people associated with them is a great place to start. We've had them out so they can see how the boys are doing, tears of happiness seem to always be in order. I know I will always have my friends at SAFE, both the two and four-legged kind. I love them all.

Erika S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at SAFE (Save A Forgotten Equine) in January 2014, after attending a very rainy holiday open house. As soon as I walked through the barn door, I felt like I was home, and that feeling only expanded as Operations Manager Terry took me on a tour of the facility. During my tenure, I have met many people who have the same great love for horses that I do, and we all work together to promote SAFE's mission of finding a forever home for all our rescues. I am blessed to be a part of such a fantastic organization, and whenever I have the chance to, I encourage others to join!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering here in July 2017 and have found an amazing place. The volunteers and employees care so deeply for these wonderful horses. The care taken, the work dedicated, the careful use of every dollar donated is awe inspiring. I am proud to be a part of Save A Forgotten Equine.

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.