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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Services, Animals

Mission: Our goal with www.specialhorses.org is to provide fundraising opportunities, marketing assistance, educational opportunities, and community outreach for registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit groups involved with equine rescue, rehabilitation, and retirement.

Results: Since 2009, Special Horses has raised several thousand dollars each year to help gold standard, in-the-trenches equine welfare organizations carry out their missions.

Target demographics: gold-standard 501(c)3 equine welfare organizations with their rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming efforts.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 11 rescues by raising over $13,000 to help with their rescue efforts.

Geographic areas served: the United States

Programs: on line fundraisers (auctions, Secret Santas), promotion and marketing, creating brochures and flyers, and assistance with grant applications.

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71 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Linda Skardon P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Special Horses is a wonderful non-profit that helps many equine rescue organizations around the country with fundraising efforts and more. As one who is in the grantmaking rescue field for 20 years, I can vouch that Special Horses has emerged as one of the top in what they do to help.

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Special Horses Thank you - as someone in the field who we so greatly admire, your comments mean so much to us!

Donor

Rating: 5

I personally know the founder and director of this organization. With very limited outside help it does a job helping groups who take in and care for horses that nobody wants and saves them from an inhumane death. All this while maintaining the highest ethical standards. I cannot say enough about this great nonprofit.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I support several organizations dedicated to animal welfare. What makes this nonprofit stand out is that it is managed by one person, founder Wendi Neckameyer and her beautiful horse Ted. I have known Wendi for 14 years and I have never met anyone who works as hard as she does to make Special Horses successful. Not only does Wendi work tirelessly with no staff and limited resources, she also manages Special Horses with integrity and holds herself to the highest ethical standards. Unfortunately, not all nonprofits can say the same. In addition, the organizations that receive funding from Special Horses have all been thoroughly vetted by Wendi to ensure that they too operate with high ethical standards that are true to their missions. When I contribute to Special Horses I know that my money goes directly to help horses in need and not to support inflated salaries or extravagant lifestyles. Special Horses may not be the biggest nonprofit but it’s contribution to animal welfare is huge.

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Special Horses 09/10/2018

We are overwhelmed by your comments!!

1 Stephanie N.4

Donor

Rating: 5

"I am proud to help a cause as worthy as Special Horses, Wendi is a fantastic administrator that helps all equines. As a donor, I offer an ongoing site wide discount coupon code SPECiAl HORSES at stephanieneofotis.com.

"As someone who took in and now owns mustangs who were at risk I consider myself a very astute judge -- Special Horses is among the very best equine care non-profits."

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Special Horses 06/02/2019

We are so grateful for your support and generosity!

1 Stephanie M.10

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a fabulous organization. So many non-profits out there all looking for donations. I wish I could help them all, but I can't. Special Horses advocates for certain groups. This tells me the group has been vetted and I don't need to worry if my donation is being used for something other than the horses' welfare.

The original advocate Ted Wells (an off the track Thoroughbred) certainly had a place in all of our hearts. Just go to his page, (he passed away a short while ago) you'll see the heartbreak that spread across Facebook. Special Horses has a new Jr. Advocate - Niles. I'm sure he'll do a great job carrying on Ted's work.

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Special Horses 06/02/2019

We so appreciate your acknowledging the true heroes of Special Horses - Ted and Niles!

1 Kim R.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Special Horses people go above and beyond to help horses. They make the world a better place. Their fundraisers have such unique items!

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Special Horses 06/02/2019

Thank you so much!

1 Irene J.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to their auctions for years and winning some of them! I LOVE it when Wendi offers her fudge!! It is FANTASTIC.
All these horses are expensive to maintain but these people that run them do without, so the horses have what they need.
There are 5 rescues/sanctuaries Special Horses Inc supports. It's no joke the time and effort this takes for Wendi to organize all these fundraising auctions.
If you decide to help... you don't have to worry where your money goes... DIRECTLY to the rescue to help the horses.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Talk about working tirelessly.. this is where to learn how to do it! I have been donating for years now . Wendi Neckamyer is constantly organizing online auctions which is no small task. The 5 rescues put their horses first and their needs second to make their lives as cushy as possible. There are a bunch of spoiled horses in these rescues that will ALWAYS be spoiled!

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Special Horses 07/02/2018

Thank you so much!!

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Special Horses 06/02/2019

Thanks to our Emergency Fund and our ability to extend ourselves a bit more, we have been able to help more rescues! And as we grow, we plan to assist even more!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There is absolutely NO other Not For Profit like Special Horses. Their tireless and unselfish dedication to raising money for horses in need is... in a word... relentless. In a world where people are more inclined to talk the talk, Special Horses WALKS it. They make a difference.

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Special Horses 06/01/2019

Thank you so much!! We so appreciate your comments!

1 Heather C.7

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported this non-profit for years and can say that everyone there works tirelessly to raise money and awareness for equines in need. They are unique in that the funds are given to different equine charities.

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Special Horses 06/01/2019

Thank you, and thank you for YOUR generosity and support!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The good that Special Horses does goes beyond words. Horses that would otherwise be forgotten and allowed to slip through the cracks are given a second chance at a life full of purpose and love. Horses that have been starved and neglected are brought back to health and finally know a kind voice, a gentle touch, and a full belly. The public outreach, through the use of Equine Advocates, is nothing short of amazing. They speak for those who can't speak for themselves, and educate the public on the need to care for these amazing animals after their career at the track is done or when they have been failed by those they relied on and served. I have been a proud donor to this group year after year, having two of my own ex-racehorses, and can't think of an organization more worthy of supporting.

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Special Horses 06/01/2019

Thank you so very much for your kind comments!

1 Rebecca W.5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have watched this non-profit from the sidelines for some time. I worked rescue two decades ago before it was fashionable. Special Horses keeps that Very proud tradition of special horses and special horse people alive in Honorable fashion. With all the fly-by-night organizations out there, Special Horses is a shinning example of all that is right,good, and true in this portion of the equine industry.

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Special Horses 06/01/2019

Your comments mean so very much to us, thank you!

1 Anita A.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have personally known management for many years, and am always impressed with how Special Horses makes a positive difference with equines in need. As founder of North American Thoroughbred Society I always do what I can to support and assist Special Horses.

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Special Horses 06/01/2019

We are so very grateful for your support! Thank you!

1 Casey Lassiter W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Special Horses is unique in that it supports horse rescues across the United States. Through on-line auctions, funds are raised that support rescues in time of critical need. The social media presence is light-hearted but never fails to relate the urgency and importance of supporting local rescues.

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Special Horses 06/01/2019

Thank you so much! We so appreciate all your support!

1 Volunteer2017

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great responsible nonprofit dedicated to helping horses in need!

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Special Horses 06/01/2019

Thank you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have known the founder of Special Horses, Wendi Neckameyer for many years. A woman of high professional accomplishment and solid integrity, Wendi developed Special Horses to be a central hub for raising awareness and funds for equine organizations that rescue and rehabilitate rescued, abused and abandoned horses. The charities which rely upon her assistance are all 501(c)(3) rescue organizations which which are thoroughly vetted before they are allowed to register with Special Horses for funding assistance. Fundraising drives include seasonal auctions, art auctions, hay bank funding drives and mini-donation drives for equine rescues in deep need. Community outreach is a cornerstone of her very successful and most necessary program. This non-profit is one that does it's homework in vetting and registering deserving horse rescues , and works tirelessly to help them do their work in the face of a seemingly endless sea of horses in desperate straits. A donation to this group is one that goes to those in real need.

Nancy Canarelli W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Special Horses works tirelessly to help equines in need, providing countless fundraising campaigns for reputable horse rescues. They have aligned themselves with organizations who work for equine protections, always engageing their network to get the word out on action alerts, and always with a kind word. Their efforts and fortitude are endless. They have earned great respect within equine communities from coast to coast.

1 v1fancher

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

There are very few non profits that I support however the best is Special Horses. Always professional, have great fund raisers and most of all they really care about their cause! Special Horses goes out of the way to have the highest standards and goals to help.

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Special Horses 06/01/2019

Thank you so much for your support!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are wonderful. They help so many horses out. But it takes money and time. But the volunteers with special Horses give so much to keep it going. Thank you too a bunch of Volunteers at Special Horses.

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Special Horses 06/01/2019

Thank you so much!

1 Kathryn17

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a very active nonprofit. It does a lot of good for horses. I would definitely recommend it.

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Special Horses 06/01/2019

Thank you so much!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Special Horses is a rare bird (pony). It doesn't try to 'ransome' animals at feedlots, nor has 'crisis mode' fundraisers. Instead, SH helps fund LEGITIMATE, established rescues with a proven track record with emergency assistance, education and ongoing needs all around the country. SH is and always has been TOTALLY transparent with funds and has a PLATINUM rating with Guidestar.

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Special Horses 06/01/2019

We so appreciate your comments and your generosity in supporting our auctions!

1 Merri F.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that raises money for legitimate horse rescues. It is well managed and contributes a lot to horses in need.

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Special Horses 06/01/2019

Thank you so much!

1 Sidna Baker M.

Donor

Rating: 5

The volunteers of the Special Horses organization work diligently to raise money and awareness for various horse rescues across the nation. They try to advocate on saving horses from slaughter auctions, and try to create awareness about the many rescue organizations that are out there, giving people a lot of options for adoption. They will raise money for medical needs, feed, farrier, or general operations and donate all of the funds they raise unselfishly. They are the main organization I donate to because I trust their mission and their values.

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Special Horses 06/01/2019

Thank you so much for your kind comments!