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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

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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 Tristine Barry

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.

1

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

3

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.

2

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

4

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...

4

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.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Serenity Saviors transported my rescue from NC to FL in a nice big comfy trailer equipped with camera to monitor how he was handling the ride. Cherina and Allen sent me these pics and updates during the trip to let me know how he was doing. They treat every horse with the TLC you would expect if you were transporting a show horse:-)

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer who has been going to Serenity for almost a year now. I have been going to assist myself with military PTSD. I was recommended to me to find animals to work with to help with copping with my disability. I contacted Cherina through a friend and explained what my disability was and the recommendations I had received and she was more than willing to have me come out and help. Since then I have gotten to know her and her family as well as all the horses very well. I have watched young children come and advance in their riding since they started. They care so much for the animals located there as well as all their volunteers and guest that come to see the farm and the horses. I feel if it was not for the friendship that I have gained from Serenity I am not sure if I would able to cope with my PTSD as well as I do today.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a horse from a kill pen last year and requested a name of a hauler to transport her to SC. Allen Bornscheuer from Serenity Saviors was the person recommended to haul her to us. Although we had a vet check done and all the necessary paperwork for traveling across state lines, we had to wait 2 weeks before he was able to pick her up. Allen went to the facility to pick up our mare in June and contacted me immediate noting her terrible condition. He refused to leave her there as she had an upper respiratory infection and he knew if he left her she would not get the proper care or treatment she needed. He sent pictures and a video to show me what condition she was in so I could contact the kill pen owners, who obviously said they didn’t care. Serenity Saviors took charge took her to a stable to be quarantined and treated, as he was not able to bring her directly to the 4H Barn she was scheduled to be boarded at. After a month of treatment she was able to proceed to the 4H boarding barn. I cannot say enough about Serenity Saviors, their dedication to not just adopt out a horse but the concern they showed in making sure our mare was given the proper care and treatment she needed. If you are considering adoption for a horse, please consider Serenity Saviors, they not only take great care in adopting horses they recuse but in all horses who have been rescued and in need.
Note: pictures below show Poco when Allen picked her up and last month with her 1 month old baby, surprise she was PG too.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

Serenity Saviors is a Florida based Equine Rescue and the Saviors are the horses they help, all at the end of the line , with no place to go but to end their lives in a slaughter house , this rescue is fighting day after day , week in week out to save as many lives as they can , The Mighty American Saddlebreds are their special horse but they step up and help each and all ! from the smallest Donkey to the large Drafts all are cared for as if they were the most valuable equine in the world , as I Stated the American Saddlebred is their special Breed most of them are former Amish Buggy Horses, when they can no longer work the long hard hour's they are replaced with new younger horses and they most often are sent to auction , scared worn out, sick , dirty , and most are sent right to the kill pens !! The Rescue's are there trying with all their might to help save as many as possible ! and Serenity Saviors are there, alway there, they help the Saddlebred taking these Horses home and healing them , retraining them , rehoming them giving them a new purpose and finding them forever home's, I have watched Chernia and Alan work magic with the horses , taking living beings that had given up and had no hope left , to horse's racing round and round, playing, bucking , happy to be alive ! and knowing someone cares for them, that someone is Chernia and Alan, Serenity Saviors .

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have nothing but appreciation admiration Serenity savers!! Not only did they save my Sweet Caroline AKA Lina from Slaughter but they transported her to their Farm in Florida.. got her all nice and healthy and then they transported her all the way West Oregon!! They are truthful and honest and you know what's going on with your horse at all times. If anybody is considering adoption for a horse, please consider Serenity saviors for your adoption needs and transport!! You will NOT be disappointed!!

2 Sandy138

Client Served

Rating: 5

Almost a year ago a skinny aged Saddlebred gelding came across my feed being offered for sale from a broker program. If not sold during his aloud timeframe he would be shipped to slaughter. Something about his defeated look and the description given by one of the volunteers there at the sale as to being just a sweetheart spoke to me. I offered if funds could be raised I would give this guy a home. This was my first contact with Cherina at Serenity when she offered to help raise the funds to get this forelore gelding now known as Oscar a forever home in Kentucky. I'd seen and I think I had donated to Serenity in the past but never really had worked personally with them until rescuing Oscar. They were awesome to work with from the initial securing funds for Oscar,to helping find a quarantine to his transport to Kentucky. Over the last year I've continued to follow and help when I can all the good work they do at their rescue. They continue to help rescue,rehab and home previously unwanted horses along with educating the public to the issue of slaughter bound horses.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I first came across Serenity Stables 8 years ago when my daughter went there for riding lessons. More than just how to ride she learned what it takes to care for and understand the needs a horse has. She experienced how to connect with them and the love they give in return. Because of the hands on education and mentoring she had we now have 2 horses of our own. One neglected and starved the other abused and head shy. Now those two beautiful horses are rehabilitated physically & emotionally. The two horses and my daughter are able to pass along some of that love & mentorship taught by the example of what is now Serenity Saviors. It is such a blessing to see Allen & Cherina through their hard work & love allow horses to have a second chance. We are forever grateful!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

You won't find more a qualified or dedicated team. I've worked on this farm and can tell you first hand that Allen and Cherina are professional and heartfelt in the level of love and care for horses - especially those who have been given a second chance. Whether for boarding, lessons, showing or saving/transport, Serenity is your best choice!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have known Cherina and her husband for several years now, and adopted my first saddlebred from them. I ended up adopting three horses in total and now fostering one. We have been in constant contact and became friends throughout this process. The rescue is one of the best and most passionate I have ever come across. Cherina and Allen dedicate their timeand funds to bail these needing horses, transporting them and getting them the medical care, love, training and nutrition they need. They are very thorough in researching and approving adopters, to ensure these horses get their forever happy, healthy life they all deserve. I have the utmost respect for their work and wish there were more honest and caring folks running rescues like them!

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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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I purchased 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

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Cherina B. 05/07/2017

Lisa, We are so pleased to have facilitated the perfect match between you, your daughter, and Abbigail. Adoption grows families, and we are happy to have helped you find your sweet girl! - Cherina nd Allen

4 elissaberger

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Serenity Saviors helped me pull my boy from a kill lot. After months of having him and loving him and training him I had a few life changes. They came from Florida no questions asked and brought him to their rescue. He's up for adoption but I hope and pray that one day we will meet again. These people go above and beyond and I will be forever grateful. I tear us as I wrote this.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Serenity Saviors are the most genuine loving caring people not only do they do riding lessons but they travel all over the united states rescuing horse donkeys goats from kill shelters from people that rather see the poor animals die then take care of them thank cherina and allen for having such wonderful hearts and souls

4

Donor

Rating: 5

While scrolling through pages and pages of Facebook posts about horses destined for slaughter, I came across a particularly impressive horse. He had big, soul touching eyes and I couldn't stop thinking of him. Serenity Saviors stepped in to take him and I had steady communication with Cherina the entire time as we both worked to raise the money to save him. When all was said and done, Samson was saved and taken to his paradise-like home at Serenity Saviors. Cherina, just as she promised, keeps me updated with pictures and videos of Samson thriving in his new life. I honestly could not have felt better about the entire experience. A lot of people warned me about these "rescue groups" but I trusted my instincts and Cherina has been nothing but wonderful. I highly recommend supporting this rescue group - they do the work that no one else will for these incredible animals and do so with grace and integrity.