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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Serenity Saviors is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization and a Florida registered nonprofit. We are an equine rescue located in Spring Hill, Florida. Serenity Saviors' mission is to offer horses salvation from high-risk and life threatening situations, such as neglect, abuse, and slaughter. We offer a chance for them to recapture their brillance by giving them time to heal and recover physically as well as emotionally... They learn to be useful and loved again. We provide each animal with the care, training, and space to recover, for however long they need. While our goal is to find lifelong, loving homes for our horses, those who have suffered too much in their past will remain with the rescue to live out their lives in a caring, comfortable fashion. If a horse cannot recover, they live with us while they are comfortable and will cross over with dignity and with friends by their side. Decisions are made based on what is best for each horse on an individual basis. Every horse that comes into our rescue will receive immediate medical attention to address all immediate physical needs and they will receive ongoing veterinary and farrier care thereafter. A rehabilitation and training program is tailored for each horse to help them reach their full potential and to address the emotional and physical scars that cruelty or neglect has left on their lives. We hope to educate the community on responsible equine stewardship, prevent future cruelty, and bring awareness of the need to end the inhumane slaughter of horses. Our ultimate goal is to find lifelong, loving homes that are the perfect fit for the horse and their new adoptive family. *****

Target demographics: American Saddlebreds and other equine

Direct beneficiaries per year: 115 equines

Geographic areas served: Spring Hill, Florida

Programs: Rehabilitation and retraining

Community Stories

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a saddlebred mare from Serenity Saviors and the experience from the first communication until the delivery of my fabulous horse was nothing but spectacular. The care and dedication they give to their saved horses is evident from every aspect of the business. They really work with you and help you choose the horse that best fits your needs. They are not just trying to adopt out a horse but really try to fine them a Furever home. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to adopt a rescue! Lisa

1 Marcie P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cherina s ability & Love for her
Animals is unsurpassed .
Her Rescue Standards
Intensely focus on
her Equines .
Serenity Saviors
Goes far beyond Rescue
The Love & Devotion -Shows
In everything they do ❤️Ⓜ️


1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I sadly found myself in a situation that forced me to make the difficult & heartbreaking decision to surrender my horses. I checked out rescue after rescue and although 2 were willing to take my horses, after talking with the people running those rescues it just didn't feel right. Something was missing, something felt off. So I decided to keep looking and to keep praying for the right one to show up. Enter Serenity Saviors! I can not say enough wonderful things about this rescue. I talked with Cherina and Allen on the phone and immediately felt a sense of relief and peace of mind come over me. I knew almost immediately that they were the ones that I could trust my beautiful babies with. It is apparent to anyone who is paying attention that these two kind & beautiful souls have hearts of gold and have compassion for not only the horses but for people as well. My horses have been at SS for over a month now. And although I miss them tremendously, I couldn't be happier for them. They are being well taken care of in all aspects as well as truly loved by their new mom & dad. I know if they end up being adopted, that the adoptive home will have been checked out thoroughly by SS and I will be comfortable knowing that their new home will be a great home. ( shhhh I am hoping they stay at SS ;) ) I have not had one regret, one inkling of doubt, one worry about any of them since they arrived there. I will never be able to thank them enough for helping me thru a rough time. They not only have shown my horses compassion but have had the utmost compassion for me and my situation also. This world needs more people like Cherina and Allen, more rescues like Serenity Saviors. Thank you to all of the volunteers at SS also! 5 STARS all the way, 10 if that was an option.

2 Heather J.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I would hands down recommend this rescue to any one. Weather adopting, or taking lessons, even volunteering. What they do to help this horses is amazing. The time, care, patience and love is strong. The helped me, with my anxiety and depression. Before I started saddle seat lessons, I was constantly feeling bouts of Depression, but after spending time with these horses it's been a lot easier on me. They not only wanna help save these beautiful animals but also help people as well. They are amazing in everything they do!!

1 Courtney R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Extraordinary people run this exotridnary place. Cherina and Alan care for the “residents” of serenity stables with their entire heart and soul.

1 elissaberger

Donor

Rating: 5

These folks are not only very dedicated, but they are both experienced horsemen. When dealing with horses, you need that particular combination to ensure proper care and placement of your charges. They work tirelessly to rescue and place their horses and they often use their rescues in smaller horse shoes to encourage adoptions and bring attention to the Saddlebreds that they rescue. They also trailer horses throughout the country, thus helping many other rescued horses reach their destinations safely and quickly. Time is often of the essence where rescues are concerned and I have never seen Cherina and Allen hesitate to assist, when there is a need. We are very fortunate to have them in the state of Florida.

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5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am proud to support Serenity Saviors. They are so appreciative of everything you do for them, as well as every dollar donated. I have personally seen them step up for many horses that would have gone to slaughter. In addition, they are knowledgeable horse people who know how to rehab abused and neglected horses and then place them in appropriate homes.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I contacted Serenity Saviors seeking a safe haven for two bonded older horses who seemed destined for the kill pen. I did a great deal of research to find a true "rescue" organization dedicated to the welfare of the horse. After several conversations with Allen and Cherina I was convinced that these were knowledgeable horse people who were sympathetic to the rescue situation, and to my considerable relief and gratitude the horses moved to Serenity. I am impressed with the variety of opportunities Allen and Cherina make available to veterans, children and adults with special abilities, lessons, fun shows, rescue runs, rehoming efforts, fundraising and regular communications. As a lifelong horse person, I know that this time is in addition to the demands of taking excellent care of the horses in their charge, many of them older and in stages of rehabilitation. This is a remarkable organization!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted several horses from serenity saviors and have had nothing but great experiences! The passion and care they put into these horses are admirable. Not many people walk the walk. But here I can definitely say that what they say they will do and go above and beyond to safe a horse and help a human also! It's is such an honor to know this organisation and be directly linked to them through my horses.

2 Stanley S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Visited Serenity Savoriors for the first time last month, at their “May the horse be with you” event. Great chatting with Allen and Cherina and walking around their farm. The horses are well kept, cared for and happy.

1 Tristine Barry

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing people doing amazing things!! Allen and Cherina are truly dedicated to this cause.

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I AGREE with all the wonderful great stories that have been posted. Allen and Cherina are extremely dedicated and like someone said, it shows and shines through their horses. There's nothing but love, passion, and dedicated hard work at Serenity Saviors and it is an honor to be able to volunteer and donate as I can. These horses are all so beautiful and Allen and Cherina are at the top of their game. They're not only helping the horses but they're helping me and they help adults also.

2 Denise S.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Drove 6 hours to visit Serenity saviors equine rescue & therapy center! well worth the trip!! Allen & Cherina are dedicated, compassionate & tireless people who love their horses and their community! Not only do they care for their horses but help others to learn, recover & save countless equines who would end up at slaughter houses! For their community, they offer young horse advocates an opportunity to care, ride & learn riding skills for these well trained horses who were considered throw away horse. Also help people who suffer from mental illness and PTSD symptoms to our veterans. They are a wonderful couple and certainly deserve the recognition of their program.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Serenity Stables helps my daughter to get confidence. We love this place. Thank you to Cherina and Allen for all their support for this past year.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I just Love what they do for all the animals and people. They have a genuine caring heart and will go to great lengths to help.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Serenity saviors! They are top-notch in every way!

3 Joyce Burns S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The care that goes into each and every horse is the best, the facilities are always managed well,horse's always well groomed and fed. The support they give back into the community and our soldier's.

5 mariannne

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just met these wonderful people....They are truly an inspiration for all animal lovers ... they give thier whole lives for these abandon babies...they live it ....and breath it... I’ve been following them on FB for sometime now... they inspired me to try to make a difference for some of these orphans ...I rescued two horses a few months ago and keep them with serenity.... they couldn’t ask for a better home.... and I’m sure I couldn’t find one .... thank you for being such selfless people...

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This horse rescue is 10 stars. Allen and Cherina have devoted their lives to these horses. As a volunteer, I have witnessed their love and commitment to these horses . I am blessed to get "horse smell " on me. All the horses are the sweetest, kindest, and smartest you could ever find. And absolutely beautiful . If you've ever thought about donating to a rescue, this is the one! Even $5.00 a month will help. And if you've considered adoption, then you've come to the right place. I love them

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Allen and Cherina At Serenity Saviours Horse Rescue as a volunteer in August this year after moving from the U.K. I cannot praise them highly enough for the commitment and dedication to these mostly rescue horses. Often nursing them back to full health and finding them their forever homes. I am honored to call them my friends and I love every minute I spend With them and their horses, donkeys, goats, dogs and cats at Serenity Saviours.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough good things about these people. They are totally sold out to, and work selflessly at, saving equines and finding them their forever loving homes. We recently adopted a mini mule from them, she was relinquished to them from a person who had rescued her from a feedlot, then fell on hard times.we are so happy to be able give this poor girl the love she deserves!!! And Serenity has been very helpful to us as we work at regaining this animal's trust in humans. Thank you folks for all you do

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

If I could give Serenity Saviors 5 million stars I would. Both Cherina and Allen are amazing people who have the biggest heart's. My daughter Michaela started her love of horses when she was about 2 years old, like most little girls she just wanted to ride horses, when she turned 6 years old she received the greatest gift from her Auntie, a gift certificate for riding lessons. We went around to a lot of the local farms only to be turned away, because 6 year olds don't have the attention span or dedication for riding and caring for horses. Well we found Serenity they welcomed us with open arms. Michaela was a very shy, quiet introverted little girl that would hide behind Mommy and Daddy. Cherina and Allen have both worked with and has shown Michaela that she is a smart, talented, confident and strong little lady who can do anything she sets her mind too. I do not have the words to describe what they have done for us...
 Then they started rescuing these amazing and beautiful creatures that people just toss aside like an old coffee cup. Serenity Saviors has rescued more than 120 Equines. They have been featured on What's Right With Tampa Bay? I can't say it enough donate donate donate - money, time, and supplies anything to help. Cherina and Allen work tirelessly with not only the rescue but they transport the rescued and other Equines professionally all across the country, and they teach the joy and responsibilities of being an Equestrian to try to raise funds for Serenity Saviors

Michaela rides Gracie who is one of the many horses rescued from the kill pens. The dedication and love Serenity Saviors has to these remarkable animal's is way beyond reproach... They give them (the horses) the second chance they deserve to be happy and loved, and they also give other people an opportunity to make a difference in these horses lives. I don't know about any body else, but I don't know where we would be without Serenity Saviors in our lives... They make a difference they touch so many hearts and lives. We love them and so will you... If I could give Serenity Saviors 5 million stars I would. Both Cherina and Allen are amazing people who have the biggest heart's. My daughter Michaela started her love of horses when she was about 2 years old, like most little girls she just wanted to ride horses, when she turned 6 years old she received the greatest gift from her Auntie, a gift certificate for riding lessons. We went around to a lot of the local farms only to be turned away, because 6 year olds don't have the attention span or dedication for riding and caring for horses. Well we found Serenity they welcomed us with open arms. Michaela was a very shy, quiet introverted little girl that would hide behind Mommy and Daddy. Cherina and Allen have both worked with and has shown Michaela that she is a smart, talented, confident and strong little lady who can do anything she sets her mind too. I do not have the words to describe what they have done for us...
 Then they started rescuing these amazing and beautiful creatures that people just toss aside like an old coffee cup. Serenity Saviors has rescued more than 120 Equines. They have been featured on What's Right With Tampa Bay? I can't say it enough donate donate donate - money, time, and supplies anything to help. Cherina and Allen work tirelessly with not only the rescue but they transport the rescued and other Equines professionally all across the country, and they teach the joy and responsibilities of being an Equestrian to try to raise funds for Serenity Saviors

Michaela rides Gracie who is one of the many horses rescued from the kill pens. The dedication and love Serenity Saviors has to these remarkable animal's is way beyond reproach... They give them (the horses) the second chance they deserve to be happy and loved, and they also give other people an opportunity to make a difference in these horses lives. I don't know about any body else, but I don't know where we would be without Serenity Saviors in our lives... They make a difference they touch so many hearts and lives. We love them and so will you...

6

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to work with Serenity Saviors on occasions, and find them to be exceptional in their love of and care for equine.