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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.

Community Stories

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have both donated and bought items from the online auctions run by Special Horses. Super easy to do and very affordable items in their auctions. Something for everyone. You know the money raised is going to reputable horse rescues and will be 100% for the care of horses. Wendi and her trusty steed (the handsome OTTB Ted) work tirelessly throughout the year on these online auction fundraisers. I am happy to help. Monetary donations are welcomed any time of year by this nonprofit and a donation receipt is quickly sent Added bonus, I've actually made new friends via Special Horses, cant beat that, help horses and improve your social life at the same time!

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.

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.

1 Sabra K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Special Horses is a wonderful organization. Highly professional. Very competent. I participated and bought a wonderful sweatshirt, helping a horse rescue. Win win!

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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!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have both donated and bought items from the online auctions run by Special Horses. Super easy to do and very affordable items in their auctions. Something for everyone. You know the money raised is going to reputable horse rescues and will be 100% for the care of horses. Wendi and her trusty steed (the handsome OTTB Ted) work tirelessly throughout the year on these online auction fundraisers. I am happy to help. Monetary donations are welcomed any time of year by this nonprofit and a donation receipt is quickly sent
Added bonus, I've actually made new friends via Special Horses, cant beat that, help horses and improve your social life at the same time!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Your $$$ will be well spent when donating to Special Horses, they allocate funds to horse rescues who have many success stories. Their spokes horse works tirelessly promoting online auctions (I suspect he has human help at times) I have both won and donated auction items, it was a very easy process. I was very happy with the jewlry I had the winning bid on. I highly recommend checking their auctions, some great stuff shows up and the more you buy the more horses you help! Keep up the good work Special Horses.

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Special Horses 10/07/2016

Thank you so much! We try and make the auctions fun and the items appealing and affordable for all - so we can help more horses! We so appreciate your donations and your participation!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Special Horses is an honest, amazing asset to the world of horse rescue and sanctuary. They have helped us keep running in times of need. We are a 9 year old rescue and could not have continued our good work without their help.

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Special Horses 09/10/2018

This is exactly why we run Special Horses and we are so grateful we have bee able to help!

2 Bette F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the most helpful charity you will ever find. This charity helps other charities all around the country. They are so knowable and always willing to lend a hand, they have on line auctions for fundraisers for rescues and contribute extensively by helping with ideas and creating fundraising ideas. They make such a difference!

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Special Horses 08/16/2018

Bette, thank you so much for your comments! We are happy to help make a difference!

Donor

Rating: 5

FANTASTIC! Superb communication, and quick and knowledgeable answers to questions. Always willing to assist in any situation, in any way possible. I adore this charity for its mission and accomplishments.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Special Horses began with one woman and one special horse who recognized the need to help other, less fortunate animals. They support all facets of, and many varied, equine rescue. There is always another idea and goal to meet. Plus, they put the FUN in fundraising using social media, with zany and unusual auctions that are eye-catching and attractive, even to non-horse people. I love supporting Special Horses!

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Special Horses 08/06/2017

Thank you so much for all your support!

Nina E.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is not the first time I have written a recommendation for Special Horses, and it won't be the last. I consider it an "umbrella" charity as they exist to assist several rescues financially. I donate via my rescued OTTB mare's name, Princess Madeline. I help so that other horses can have a chance to be as safe and loved as she is. The donated items and funds are not for the benefit of Special Horses. This charitable organization does God's work and they only ask for help so that they can provide needed funds for horses at risk.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported Special Horses (as a donor) for several years now. Their umbrella charity raises funds for a group of charities that benefit equines in need. I think so highly of Special Horses that I look for items that would be attractive to bidders both on eBay (where Special Horses is often a beneficiary) and also for the online auctions that are held throughout the year by Special Horses. I have also donated money towards the website and for the Secret Santa fund for horses and other worthy equine causes that Special Horses supports. I own an OTTB like Ted Wells, and my horse is also a rescue who was at risk to go to slaughter when she did not sell at auction. To honor her and to remember all the thoroughbreds who have worked so hard, I often make my donations using her name (Princess Madeline). Her photo is attached. All horses should be treated the way my former racehorse is treated - with utmost care, respect, and love... safe forever. Thank you Ted Wells and Special Horses for looking out for our "brethren."

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Special Horses 08/05/2017

We cannot thank you enough for all your generosity on our behalf!

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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.

2 Irene J.

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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Donor

Rating: 5

They are constantly working to raise money. There are no DOWN DAYS at Special Horses! They help several rescues and will go the extra mile for each one.

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Special Horses 10/03/2017

Yes we do, and thanks to your support, we will always be able to go the extra mile!

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Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful, passionate advocacy for Equine welfare - always working to help a variety of honest, hard working TRUE rescues across the country. My small business, Rebel Pencils, is a proud supporter of Special Horses.

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Special Horses 07/02/2018

Thank you so much! We are honored to have you helping us help so many rescues!

1 Bonnie Jean W.

Donor

Rating: 5

Nice people who realy care about the horses. Respond fast and fix any isues with auctions. :)

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Special Horses 10/19/2017

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

1 Julia S.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wonderful people doing amazing work to responsibly help horses in need.
They shine a warm light in a too often cold and dark World.
Bravo to Special Horses!
I'm a long time supporter and urge you to join us.

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Special Horses 10/03/2017

Thank you so much for all your support and generosity!

2 Pat_81

Donor

Rating: 5

I've come to trust this charity- so much so that I donate money and items to help with their fund raising. There's too many groups that are cheats, so it means everything to me that the money actually goes to the right people and horses. And, when your spokesperson is a horse and an adovocate for his fellow species, how can you not want to help Ted Peeplover!

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Special Horses 10/03/2017

Our goal is to be as financially transparent as possible so that every donor knows the proceeds support the equines and rescues in need!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Honest, dedicated and supportive of horses rescues! I have donated numerous art works to help with their mission to supply funds to needy horse rescue groups. I trust them completely to make certain the monies go to the group and not a scam.

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Special Horses 09/02/2016

Pat, thank you so much. Our goal is to be as financially transparent as possible! We also thank you for your generosity!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Special Horses is a fantastic organization that does so much for the equine community. There advocacy and work on behalf of horses makes them one of the more worthy nonprofits.

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Special Horses 10/03/2017

Thank you so much for your support!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A good, honest, diligent group who obviously cares strongly about what they do.

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Special Horses 10/03/2017

Yes, we do care! and we are so grateful for your support!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Special Horses was very helpful for the non-profit equine rescue that I used to run. They were a god-send with giving much needed donations. So many smaller rescues are over-looked when it comes to donations. Special Horses provides a much needed service to them.

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Special Horses 10/03/2017

We do our best to the in-the-trenches rescues! Thank you!

Theresa G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Always ready to help horses, this organization does not hesitate!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Diligent with tracking donations and communicating with donors, this organization also holds funds for emergency donations to other rescues in need.

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Special Horses 10/03/2017

Thank you so much for your generosity and support!