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Arabian Rescue Mission Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The Arabian Rescue Mission is dedicated to rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of horses in need, focusing on the Arabian and Arab crosses. Our primary goal is to facilitate their gentle release, prior to the necessity of seizure. Our secondary goal is the education of those handling rescue and rehabilitation, first responders at time of seizure and owners, where surrender may be iminent. We are charged with the task of discreetly negotiating the release of animals in decline, initiating programs to help owners facing life challenges with their commitment and providing the tools necessary for a safe and legal seizure, where necessary.

Results: In 17 years we have helped over 2000 horses out of bad situations or just into new homes. Our new gelding assistance program has helped 25 stallions become geldings .Our euthanasia assistance program has helped 4 horses cross over the Rainbow Bridge. Our owner assistance program has helped one owner keep her horses so far. All our assistance programs are on an "as funds are available" basis.

Target demographics: Horses in need, in situations where neglect and abuse are present or imminent due to circumstances beyond an owner's control, in threat of shipping to slaughter or otherwise in harm's way.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Hundreds

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: Rescue, Rehabilitation & Re-Homing and we are successful in all 3 areas.

Community Stories

152 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Taylor M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing and caring people behind this rescue! The horses are always first priority and they take great care of them in every which way they are capable of.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A rescue in the true sense of the word. Terry and the whole ARM crew are very knowledgable with the rescue horses needs. So grateful for any help received and never ever complains when things get tough! I recently adopted a wonderful Paint (it's not just Arabians) Philly, and plan on adopting more when the time is right. ARM is one of a kind!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Arabian Rescue Mission has rescued thousands of horses. They live by their mission statement "Making A Difference, Everyday! They are an expert in rescuing large herds of horses. They have a nationwide volunteer network that gets the job done. Great organization that truly cares about horses.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great Organization! beyond passionate for the cause. I accidentally contacted them regarding a horse that was, again, lost. I live hundreds of miles away and the person in charge, Terry F. Knew everything about the horse. She recalled the original name of the horse and its markings by memory. This is a horse without any registration- A MUTT- . They are interested, educated enough to remember what bloodlines where probably connect to her.
EVEN though a horse has more monetary value with registration , The REAL value of an equine happens when there is a history, story to be told and would not have been able to happen without ARABIAN RESCUE MISSION!

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Donor

Rating: 2

I have got a real problem with charities that SEND money to get money. That said, I have asked to removed from their mailing list. How can non-profits afford to do this? How much money does ARM waste by sending out half dollars, hoping for a donation? Very irresponsible in my book. I'm a huge animal lover, and it could be they do great work, but I won't support a non-profit that does stuff like this.

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info208 06/16/2015

I'm sorry you feel that way and that you won't support us. It is a difficult decision on which types of fundraising to allow, however since that particular letter generated new leads and quite a few new supporters it was certainly worth the effort. What you don't realize, and quite frankly neither did I, it doesn't cost us a penny to do these mailings nor very little time invested. The support the mailings generate are people who otherwise would not have even known about our work and were not already supporting us. So even if it were to supply us with one new supporter who donates, it has helped. Again, I apologize for any inconvenience and upset this may have caused you.

6 Amie3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm going to try and keep this review short and to the point. But in order for you to understand I will need to write a brief story on why I love this rescue!! There is much more to this story but there is no need to bore you!

One winter evening I was watching our local news. A story came on about a herd of Arabians being rescued from the state of West Virginia. A rescue group was relocating them to a town near me to start evaluation and the adoption process. I had never heard of this organization at this point. I decided to get involved. I contacted the owner/president of the rescue. I informed her I was an experienced horse person and wanted to help. She invited me down to volunteer. I showed up with a muck bucket, a manure fork and loving touch. I was ready to work.

Everyone involved with the rescue was very helpful and informative. I walked around to each stall, about 20 of them, taking just a few minutes with each horse, to learn their personality and reassure them that they were now safe. I had a few more to go when I walked into a stall where a fragile little grey gelding stood hunkering in the corner. I opened his door. Closed it behind me and just stood there. I didn't say a word..... I had this odd feeling as I looked over him. After a few seconds, he looked over at me and we locked eyes. I was stunned. There is no way to describe the feeling I had that day. Another volunteer was watching from outside the stall, she never said anything just handed me a brush and smiled. The next 20 minutes I spent with this horse. I couldn't seem to pull myself away from him. He was coming home with me......

I didn't go there to buy a cheap horse. I didn't go there to be noisy, well maybe I was a little noisy! I wanted to know who this rescue was. I wanted to know how things were being handled. But most of all, I went there to help, help these horses. Totally oblivious to the fact that I would be bringing home a new friend! I had met my new best friend that day. I also made a few new human friends because of him that I am truly thankful for.

Razr is now a sort of "spokes horse" for the rescue here in our area. We enjoy going places to represent the Rescue in any way we can. He loves people. And he loves telling his story!

I'm very proud of this little horse, but don't tell him I called him little! He doesn't know he's not 16 hands! He loves the trails and even completed a 25 Competitive Trail ride last fall.

In a nut shell, I guess I'm trying to just say thank you to a rescue that truly cares. Puts there blood sweat and tears into something that they love. I trust this Rescue. I have worked beside them and I will stand beside them any day of the week! They are the reason I have Razr. They saved him, gave him a second chance. I couldn't be more thankful. Aside from that, I am very blessed to have made new friends that I can trust.



3 Becky19

Donor

Rating: 5

Arabian Rescue Mission is so much more than arabians, they go above and beyond to help herds of horses in danger of losing their homes, they work tirelessly to find just the perfect home for every animal that is in need. Open and easy to talk to, operated by passionate people that will go the extra mile and do what has to be done. I don't hesitate to donate and support Arabian Rescue Mission

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Donor

Rating: 5

Arabian Rescue Mission is about so much more than help one breed of horse, they help many breeds. This is one rescue that is never afraid to jump in and help whole herds of horses in trouble, but will also take the time to help make one single horse's life better. They also never ask for money for general expenses, unlike 99 percent of the other horse rescues. All money donated goes exactly where you ask it to go, so if they are fundraising to help a herd of 30 starving horses and you donate, you kow that the money you send is helping to fill bellies. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this rescue because this is one that actually deserves to be called a rescue.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If only horses could type...
You would see the true importance of ARM. If it wasn't for ARM, my Red (who was part of the West Virginia herd rescue) wouldn't be with me today. Since then we help in whatever way we are able and it is always appreciated. I was also fortunate to be able to help with the Canonsburg Herd rescue. Red is just one of many who have been saved by ARM. Helping a horse in need is what they do. Red and myself are forever grateful to ARM, just as thousands of other horses and people are too. The best way to find out what they are about is to get involved yourself.

3 MarshaO

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve been a supporter and contributor for over 5 years and have seen ARM constantly working to save horses in peril. This Rescue has drawn volunteers, sponsors, donors and adopters from all over the country because they know what they’re doing and remain true to their mission. They have successfully saved hundreds of horses from starvation, kill pens, abuse and neglect. They are compassionate and dauntless in their efforts!! I admire and hold dear, Terry Figueroa, founder and leader of ARM. She is selfless and resolute in her persistence to save all that cross her path. ARM is truly a “champion of the cause” and I am grateful to have the opportunity to join ARM in its quest to provide a safe and loving life for the horses that have fallen upon hard times. God bless them all!

4 Sue_110

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being in the horse world, I can honestly say I've never met a rescue that is so true to what they do. I had the pleasure of meeting the people of ARM as well has having the opportunity to volunteer. They are the most genuine and caring folks I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with.. They have accomplished incredible things for the horse community making a world of difference not only for the many many lucky horses that end up at ARM but also for the people who get to interact with the rescue. ARM is a blessing, and a place that will continue to always be appreciated. You our are every day hero's for the horses, and and inspiration to people that want to make a difference.

4 Shadee

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband volunteered at ARM a few years ago and had nothing but wonderful things to say about this organization and the amazing work they do. I ended up tagging along to visit one weekend, then the next weekend and pretty soon almost every weekend and even some week days whenever we could.

The people at ARM are wonderful and they work so incredibly hard to rescue, rehabilitate and then place these horses in suitable homes. Seeing the transformation of these horses from when they first arrive to when they're ready for a new home is such a great thing to experience. Even the geriatric permanent residents there look amazing and don't look anywhere near their age.

We eventually fell in love with two of the rescue horses there ourselves and ended up each adopting one. We're incredibly happy with our new family members and with ARM for providing this experience for us and for helping these horses get a second chance.

3 Geri C.

Donor

Rating: 5

Thank God for Terry and the hard work she puts in for horses in need. I do not for a minute doubt that my donations go directly to help rescue horses and make their lives better. I have followed ARM for a couple of years now and consistency of mission and dedication to rescue is amazing. Keep Up the good work!!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

God bless Arabian Rescue Mission for doing what they do. They are saving the lives of so many horses, and giving them a second chance at life. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Their hard work and compassion for neglected, abused, and slaughter-bound horses is a blessing for these majestic animals, and for the people that get to love them in their new home!

3 morduun

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wrote a review almost two years ago for ARM when I first got involved as a volunteer. I was impressed then by the level of care for the horses at the rescue, and the dedication and devotion of the organization to making a difference to horses in need no matter where they were or how hard it might be to achieve a victory.

In fact, I was so impressed that if you spin forward almost two years later, my wife and I have since adopted two horses from ARM's rescue efforts -- and we could not be more pleased with what we've seen and experienced since then. Terry and her crew remain as dedicated as ever to finding and helping horses in need, and what comes out the other side after the rescue work is done is pure gold. So many horses find great new homes, and others who for whatever reason can't seem to find their new family quite so quickly find friends and companions with the volunteers and staff.

ARM are great people in a tough business, and I'm proud to say I support their cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Considering the condition so many horses are in when they first arrive at the mission -- so many whose prior lives included abuse and malnourishment, so many older horses who are 'no longer useful' to their owners and cast aside like broken toys -- and the limited resources that any non-profit volunteer organization has to cope with on a regular basis, the horses at ARM are some of the healthiest, happiest and best cared-for horses I've ever seen. Twenty- and even thirty-year olds with energy, drive and affection to spare, with healthy coats and springs in their step -- simply amazing, not to mention inspiring.

Everyone I've met that's involved with the rescue genuinely and deeply cares about ARM's mission, and about each and every one of the horses in their care. For what it's worth, I take great care in choosing my causes, and I'll be volunteering to muck stalls and haul loads for these guys for a very long time to come.

3 jodi tuft

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A rescue that performs miracles! They can raise awareness and money when there was no hope.. Saving lives- everyday! Excellent communication, transparency like no other. A rescue worthy of your donation dollars as so few really are.. Thank you for all you do!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Arabian Rescue Mission (ARM) is a wonderful organization run by folks that have a passion for the well-being of the Arabian horse. There are so many unwanted, misplaced, starved, abused, etc. horses that, without the help of all people of ARM, these horses would end up going to slaughter or left to suffer a brutal death by starvation. Please help these people help the horses with the placement of these beautiful animals to live out their lives in the company of people who care.

I would give these folks from ARM a FIVE STAR RATING!!!

1 Sue_73

Client Served

Rating: 5

Arabian Rescue Mission is a wonderful horse rescue. They have rehabilitated and helped so many horses (not just Arabians) find their new forever homes, as well as helping owners in trouble. I adopted from ARM and am very happy. Arabian Rescue Mission and their volunteers have my full support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Arabian Rescue Mission (ARM) is an amazing horse rescue. ARM steps up to the plate time and time again helping horses, assisting horse owners in need and future horse owner through qualified placement and counseling. They really know their horses and work hard to match the right horse with the right new owner. I adopted a Half Arabian through ARM from their KY location 18 months ago. Being new to the horse rescue world, Terry Figueroa and Karen McDonald were so compassionate and helpful in guiding me through the process. Adoptive homes for the rescue horses are carefully screened to ensure the horses have good forever homes. They went above and beyond helping to meet my needs and the horse’s needs to ensure we were a good match. ARM does this for every adoption. They also help place many horses that are in need of rescue due to abuse. All horses at ARM are well cared for at both locations while awaiting adoption or re-homing. This Rescue is the Real Deal, making a difference day after day, one horse at a time.

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Cindy118

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This rescue is amazing at what it does. Not only do they do wonderful things helping all breeds of horses in need. But she is excellent at working with the owners (who don't always realize they need help) and people that help her with the rescues.

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Mary117

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted two fabulous Arabian mares thru Arabian Rescue Mission. Originally I asked to foster and told them to pick whatever horse they wanted me to take. Someone there remembered I had donated money to the rescue of a little gray mare they named Serra who was at Camelot auction. We picked her up on our anniversay and what a gift she has been. Iniatially was was scared and anxious but soon learned we were a safe place and I fell in love with her and ended up adopting her. She has been one of the safest most fun horse I have ever ridden. She gives pony rides to the girls next door, takes my friend on hunter paces and has done some 30 and 50 mile rides with me.
When my endurance horse wasn't working out for me my husband said I could get another horse but only thru a rescue. After explaining my prefrences to ARM they sent me a black 6 year old mare and she fit my needs perfectly, I couldn't have found a better horse looking myself. They really know their horses well and can match the right horse to the right home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful rescue group. Horses are well cared for and they seem to really know what horses belong with which people. I have adopted 2 fabulous horses from them. Neither one would I have picked for myself but they wanted me to foster or try each one and they are perfect for me. The first foster mare I fell in love with as did my vet, she is fabulous! This mare got me over any riding fears I had developed and showed me how easy and forward an arabian can be w and be safe. Thank you ARM for saving her from the auction Next I asked Jeff for a horse with certain criteria and he sent me a horse with geat endurance potential and exactly what I asked for, I also knew if it didn't work they would always help to find her a wonderful home. The horses come first with them, no questions about that. It's not about the most perfect looking farm but about the love and care a person will give the horse.

Lisa323

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have helped any way I can for quite some time now. I have mostly purchased things thru different fund raisers and shared horses that are in need of homes. It is amazing what the Arabian Rescue Mission does for the Arabian breed. Most recently I have been involved in transporting and fostering horses and helping with the rehoming process. This has been an amazing experience and I hope to do more in the future.

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Robin66

Donor

Rating: 5

This rescue steps up to the plate time and time again helping horse owners in need through qualified placement and consulting. They also help place many horses that are in need of rescue due to abuse.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to Arabian Rescue Mission for several years now and have no double that they will put my money to good use rescuing horses that would otherwise be sent to slaughter. They step up to the plate and help when no others will.

Tamra A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer and donor with Arabian Rescue Mission, and have been for many years. Terry Figueroa runs a dedicated and compassionate Rescue mission that has saved over 2000 horses. When the need was critical, she has stepped outside the realms of her original goal and rescued horses of other breeds, not just Arabians.

I personally feel that Arabian Rescue Mission is a cut above most Equine rescues. Adoptive homes for the rescue horses are carefully screened to be sure the horses have good homes. She makes sure the person adopting the rescue horse is a good fit.

My friends and I were recently faced with a rescue situation in our own neighborhood, and Terry / Arabian Rescue Mission was there with advice and support all the way through the rescue of 6 Arabian horses. Without her we would have been at a loss on how to proceed and the proper way to handle the horses; working as volunteers under A.R.M. gave us the support and knowledge to negotiate a tragic and difficult situation, and achieve the most positive outcome, for the beautiful animals whose lives were in jeopardy.

I would never hesitate to donate money, benefit auction items, or my time, energy, and equine facility if required, to help horses rescued by Arabian Rescue Mission, and I certainly can’t say that of many other alleged “rescues” out there. I always know my money is going to help the horses, my time is not being wasted, and precious lives are being saved!

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Jennifer300

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I went in search of a safe, reliable trail horse for our then 7yo daughter after her other horse was injured and retired. We had taken in a mare that we had to rehome due to undisclosed back issues that caused her to buck our daughter off after a few miles. Both our daughters are avid trail riders and are now entering their 3rd year of endurance riding. We sent in an application to ARM and had expressed interest in a mare that turned out to have adoption pending. After a long talk on the phone with Terry discussing our needs and expectations for the new horse and the personalities, experience and abilities of the horses available we decided a 6yo mare named Belle might fit the bill. Terry arranged for Belle to be moved to a foster home closer to our home so we would be able to see her without so much travel to the ARM Farm. Belle showed to be exactly as Terry said she was and although not love at first site we definitely saw her potential. Belle was smooth gaited, sound minded and friendly. We went ahead with the adoption and our daughter renamed her Fiona. Six months later our oldest daughter rode Fiona in an endurance ride, as well as two others that year. Fiona proved to be everything we wanted and so much more! She has taken wonderful care of our daughters on all their adventures, we could not be happier with her! Fiona completed 155 Limited Distance endurance miles in 2013 with my youngest daughter and they have been awarded the AERC Regional JR LD Distance Award!!

Our experience with adopting from ARM was wonderful and we could not be happier with the outcome. Fiona is exactly what we wanted and more and she will spend the rest of her life with us. Words do not express how blessed with are to have Fiona with us and how grateful we are to Terry for pointing us in her direction! We have recommended adopting from ARM to others and will continue to do so. Would not hesitate to adopt from ARM again!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a young 3 yr old Arabian gelding who had been through auction, somehow avoided slaughter, and ended up at Arabian Rescue Mission INC. The transaction went very smoothly. Terry was extremely helpful in guiding me through the process, and finding me a reliable safe shipper. I am so happy with this young Arabian , and just adore him. Have started some natural horsemanship training. I plan on using him for a little competitive trail, when he gets old enough. He has a bright future and will NEVER end up in an auction lot again. I give this organization 5 stars for their dedication and work in saving and placing Arabian Horses.

1 Kim V.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating money to horse rescues for several years now. There are some great ones out there that are really helping horses. But if I had to choose one that I really want to give my money to it would be ARM. For them it is all about saving horses, rehabbing horses, rehoming horses. What is best for the horse is always the top priority. And their rehoming contract protects the horses future safety. We all know that letting your horse go is very risky. When ARM is involved, that's about as safe as it gets. I will be continuing to donate to this rescue for a very long time.

Client Served

Rating: 5

adopted my arabians from ARM in 2010 and Terry and ARM have been there whenever I needed anything. I can't think of a better charity, or better people to work with. They always have the horses best interests at heart and I know if I ever needed to I could call them and they would be there.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first heard about the arabian rescue mission about a year ago. since then Terry Figora has helped change my life and that of three wonderful arabian horses. She has given me advice, monitored the foster care I deliver, and been a real hands on saving grace. She was right on the phone with the details of what horses I was going to adopt, and which were foster care. She helped me arrange trailers, helpers and appplication checks on me and the pasture areas I was moving the mares to. I only wish foster care providers for children could be so monitored, helped and encouraged.

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Anthony28

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i volunteer here on weekends and my free days, everyone here is wonderful and cares so very much for the horses. Cj, Terry, Cindy, and everyone else has such an amazing knowledge of horses and horse care taking. Every horse is as happy as the people taking care of them. There is a fantastic crew here. the trainer Vicky is great, she has a way with the horses, i call her the horse whisperer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I absolutely love ARM. CJ & Terry not to mention Ashling & Cindy have so much knowledge of horses & how to take care of them. We have been there a long time about 7 years I believe & in that time I have watched CJ (she lives on the premises) wake up every 2 hours during the night to take care of a sick horse, no matter if he/she is a borders horse or rescue. They do everything & anything in their power to rehabilitate a horse who has come from a battered home. Terry has driven as well as CJ thousands of miles to help other rescues with their horses when they are in distress.
We have a Morgan horse, he is about 26 they take such good care of him & love him like he is their own. I would not want to be anywhere else. As a matter of fact we did go elsewhere (not my idea) and came back (thank God). Our horse is so very happy to be "home"!!

Claudia F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After loosing my Arabian mare Sherilee in April 2012 I wanted to get another to replace her so I looked and looked all over and by chance ended up on ARM's website. I read all about their operation and saw that many horses had found great homes so I went to the horses that were available for adoption page. There were many but this one beautiful bay mare really caught my eye, but I continued to look at horses for sale everywhere. The problem was I kept being drawn to that beautiful bay mare on ARM's website. Finally after several days I went on the site and looked at that horse and swore she was looking at me. So, I called Terry at ARM and inquired about the mare. Her name is Julie MB and Terry said she was in Kentucky. I told her I was an older and tall rider and was looking for a horse that I would be able to ride safely and could carry me easily. Terry said Julie had been ridden and said she has a great personality,is a very healthy horse, and after talking we decided she would be a great match. I filled out an application and soon was approved. I was so excited. I found a shipper and in early May she arrived. It was raining and Julie had a long ride, but when she walked out of that trailer she was the most beautiful Arabian ever and I took the lead and brought her to a stall. She acted as if she had been mine and there forever. We have been best friends ever since and enjoy trail riding in the Mountains of NEPA. She loves being ridden and the tougher the terrain the better she likes it. She does everything I ask of her and forgives when I mess up. Terry matched us perfectly, she has a way of knowing what horse will match well with someone and is also honest when it comes to her decisions. I had also inquired about another bay mare and she told me honestly that it may not work out. I will forever be thankful to ARM for Julie and when ever it is possible I will send in a donation to help rescue another horse so it may be fortunate to find a forever home. Terry keeps in touch with me and I have met some wonderful people that have also adopted a horse from ARM. Thank you Terry and ARM!

1 Cynthia53

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can not find the words to say how caring & wonderful ARM is ..they not only helped place my Arab in a wonderful home..they also gave me peace of mind that Huck will b safe always...wonderful rescue group thank u all! Cindy

Elinor S.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to the Arabian Rescue Mission for several years. In that time I have come to know Terry (Founder), the volunteers and several of the Board of Directors quite well. Although it's primary goal is to save Arabians from neglect, abuse and slaughter, no breed is ever ignored or turned away when help is needed. Terry travels to many states to secure the safety and placement of not only individual horses in trouble but last year assisted in the relocation and safety of quite a few herds. In fact they adopted out or re-homed over 400 horses. Many times thee wonderful people, especially Terry, do without themselves to provide for the medical and emotional needs of these horses and ponys. Doing all this in a very tight economy and dependence on dwindling donations because of this.
I'd also like to add that a little over two years ago I also becme an adopter of an ARM horse. With Terry's guidance and complete honesty in evaluating my mare, it's been a match made in heaven. All clients of ARM receive this individual attention.
I am also a monthly donor to two of ARM's permanent senior residents.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Terry and the workers at ARM are relentless in their devotion to the abused, abandoned and needy horses of all breeds, both Arabians and all others. I've seen Terry (founder) do without herself to give the horses the care and medical attention they need. I support them on a monthly basis and have also adopted a senior Arabian mare who enriches my life every day.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Arabian Rescue Mission goes above & beyond to save horses all over the US. I contacted ARM a few years ago, looking for a good horse for my riding lesson program. They responded very quickly with what turned out to be the perfect candidate. ARM continues to help arabians & other horses around the country in such a great manner. In my opinion, the Arabian Rescue Mission is a rare gem & the world is better because of them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This rescue does a good job in my experience with them. I adopted two horses from them over the years, and they were honest and fair. I saw something about the NJ Consumer Board but when I read the article it stated that the co-mingling of funds also showed significant personal dollars were paid to the rescue, it sounds like bookkepping errors as the article had said, as I can't find any files actually charged anywhere in any public records.

They seem to be involved in rescues across the country and do a good job of finding fosters and permanent homes for horses that would otherwise end up euthanized. I always do my homework before getting involved or adopting from any rescue and I have always had good experiences here.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This rescue is a scam artist and a fraud. They have repeatedly taken in to many horses, She boards them and DOES NOT PAY once she does. Of which she allowed two horses to starve to death, others where in very sad shape. Her excuse was, I trusted her to take care of them ans she let me down.

This is because ARM NEVER PERSONALLY TOOK CARE OF THEM OR CHECKED ON THOSE HORSES. They died because of this disgusting joke of a rescue who uses the money for their own personal reasons and the horses do not get the care they deserve/

Her rescue has 40 horses in KY right now. She refuses to update people or show pictures. I am assuming that means they have been sent to slaughter, I would not put that past this so called rescue at all. EVEN The STATE of NJ charged them with FRAUD.

http://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases12/pr20120321a.html

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was finally in a situation where I was able to get a horse and after some research I decided to put in an application with Arabian Rescue Mission. The people I spoke to on the phone were efficient, friendly, knowledgable and most of all very focused on matching the right horse with the right family. We adopted 2 mares from them and they are each the perfect fit for the family member we got them for, one of them being for my 5 year old son. I have kept in touch with both Terry and Jeff (NJ and KY sites) and they are both wonderful, caring people who truly put their hearts into all they do for these horses. I can't recommend ARM highly enough to anyone looking to adopt a horse.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met the people of ARM about a yr and a half ago.. I have since fostered, and adopted a horse through them. There is nothing these animals need that they dont get. (from supplements to surgery). If the money is not there, it appears when needed whether through a quick fundraiser or out of the pockets of those that run the rescue. When they say they are on the road or at a site..They are! These people are not sitting behind a desk pushing orders. They are knee deep in crap cleaning stalls and cleaning wounds, cutting up bad fencing, repairing and assisting an overwhelmed owner while placing animals and on the other end of the lead line while animals are freaking out from thier situations. They do it all!! And they are the ones who see the situation from start to finish. This is an excellent group of people and a pretty small group of people that get an awful lot done with the resources they have. I applaud thier energy and efforts. A well deserving organization when it comes to donations.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In October, 2012, I came to see one mare and left with two! Not only did I add two members to my family, but I adopted two beautiful mares with very notable bloodlines. Jeff spent several hours just letting me bond. He had things to do and places to be, but the most important thing to him that day was to ensure that two of "gray girls" were finding a loving home. He answered countless phone calls and text messages from a new horsey mom trying to make things just right! I wouldn't hesitate to send any of my friends to ARM to find a new four-legged friend! They are very open and honest with how they spend their donation money and have developed fun and creative ways to raise funds. This is a first class rescue with hearts of gold!

1 Lynn33

Donor

Rating: 5

I can attest to the kindness and caring given to horses that are rescued by ARM. Terry and all of her volunteers go beyond what most would do for these wonderful animals. I am the very proud owner of a mare that was hours from slaughter. Everyone associated with ARM is helpful and available to assist with owners that need help to save their horses. Thank you Terry, and all for the incredible work that you do. I'm proud to know you.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arabian Rescue Mission consists of a group of incredible people. To be on-site during a large herd rescue is a life changing event. I only helped a few days, many of them spent all day everyday caring for the horses until adoption. To return a second time and see their weary faces was inspiring. To turn and see the change in the animals in their care was another story. IT was like the energy and vigor left the rescuers bodies and was transferred to the horses, yet they continued. I adopted a mar.e and her foal that are incredible animals. This group of individuals are heros not only to the horses but to people who's lives are changed through the experiance.

1 Joan N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I would like to nominate Arabian Rescue Mission in Colesville, NJ. Terry and her staff are wonderful. No matter how overwelmed they get they Always step in to save the many more. Terry has a heart of gold and knows each & every one of her horses by name, their habits, their likes and dislikes.She is a true horse whisperer. When I visit Arabian Rescue Mission Terry escorts me around her farm and introduces me to all of her new charges. It is a honor to walk with her as she can communicate to them without words which is why I know she has a real connection to all of them. They come to her starved, abused, and brokenhearted. After they arrive you can see their healing begin right before your eyes.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted three sweet beautiful Arabian horses through the Arabian Horse Rescue Mission (ARM) this year, and was immensely impressed with their Kentucky farm and all staff. From what I have seen in about a dozen visits to the Glasgow farm this year, the horses are truly well cared for, the grounds and facilities are well kept, and those involved genuinely care about the horses. I was treated well, and was introduced to all horses and given time to visit with them. Helping the horses and finding them good homes genuinely seems to be their top priority, and they work hard to pair the right horse with the appropriate person. They feed and nurse horses back to health which haven't had enough to eat; and rescue and help rehabilitate horses which have been abused. They assist horse owners who ask for help when a crisis occurs and the individuals can no longer care for their horses.. ARM will assist in finding new homes for these horses. I've never seen horses any more loved and cared for than those at the Glasgow farm, even horses who are only there for a short time. From everything I have seen, ARM is a caring and outstanding charity ... truly worthy of any and all assistance given them in helping to feed and give shelter to sweet, beautiful loving horses.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Arabian Rescue Mission has made supreme efforts to save and re-home Arabian horses for many years. When they find one that fits the description of Al Khamsa Arabian horse, they go the extra mile to contact us at Al Khamsa, Inc. and we try to re-home this special group with a preservation breeder. They are great to work with, knowledgeable and caring and always do what they say they will do.

Jen U.

Board Member

Rating: 5

WE have had done many herd rescues this year and it just keeps going. We are all about the horses Arabian or not, no horse is turned away..it is the only way to make a difference!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

In Oct.of 2010 I adopted my mare through Arabian Rescue Mission, which in itself was a blessing itself. As I talked to Terry and her other board member at the time I became close with them, that winter I became a board member as did my husband, it was our way of giving back to this wonderful organization. Since then we have placed many horses and we have really moved forward. We recently placed a big herd of horses, and it was amazing, heart wrenching and rewarding. I will give my all for Terry and the horses of Arabian Rescue Mission because I believe in "US" together making a difference every day saving one horse at a time!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm wondering what experience you have had with Terry and ARM in 2012. As far as I know none, since no contact has been made this year with any of the Ohio people because of the 8 herds ARM has rescued in the last 9 months.

So I guess my question would really be: what fraud did she perpetrate? She said she would find good homes for all the horses and that happened. She told everyone the horses would be out of the fairgrounds by the end of the week and that happened. She promised the horses they would have good lives in good homes and that happened. She spent more money on that rescue then donations that came in, but then you should know that, since your local HS got over $80,000 in donations and spent nothing. So really, who's the fraud here? And from what I am told, she is very much looking forward to "crossing swords" again as well LOL.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Our local Humane Society was involved in a horse rescue several years ago and we had the extreme displeasure of having to deal with this organization and its president, Terry Figeuroa. This female is a fanatic and very adept at not being truthful. I look forward to the possiblity of "crossing swords" with her again, but this time we will take her for the fraud she is.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In October, 2010, Arabian Rescue Mission (ARM) intervened in an unbelievably horrific neglect situation in Selma, Alabama rescuing 26 arabians I believe..not quite sure of the number. Out of those 26 horses were a mare and foal which my husband and I adopted shortly after they were rescued. ARM was instrumental in saving these horses. My mare and her foal, whom we call Faith and Rooster, were horribly emaciated..probably a 2 on the body condition scale. These horses were sent to ARM fosters for the first 30 days to recouperate and begin the long road to recovery. Faith and Rooster were taken in by a wonderful couple who treated and cared for these horses like they were their own. Within 30 days they were both looking more like horses than skeletons. My husband went to Alabama to pick them up the day after Thanksgiving and it was such a wonderful day when they arrived at our place. Faith and Rooster are thriving! I honestly believe if it had not been for ARM my babies would not have made it another 30 days. Terry Figuero and her team at ARM are WONDERFUL! I can't say enough good about this group. They have saved more horses from neglect situations than I can count. Many horse in need of expensive medical care, farriors..some with hooves that actually turn up...dental..horses that have serious dental issues causing them to be unable to eat and thus deteriorate from lack of food. Their hearts are in the rescue business for the right reason! They are my hero's and I will be ever grateful for what they did to save the 26 horses in Alabama and the many , many other neglect situations in which they have intervened. I am proud to say I know these people personally and cherish their friendship and what they stand for. God bless them in their future endeavers! Gloria Gonzalez, Shellman, GA 39886

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a farm owner with 30 years experience in taking care of horses. I have been to Terry's farm and have seen fat, healthy horses. Terry gives her all, unconditionally, to helping horses sometimes neglecting her own needs. I am always amazed on how ARM gets the job done on large herds that needs help. And it doesn't matter if it's one horse or 50, she is there. She has helped me tremendously in caring for my senior horses, her wealth of knowledge is tremendous. I know if I have a problem with a horse I can depend on her to take the time to help me. She is one in a million. JnL Pocono Stables

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Donor

Rating: 1

Very disappointed:( This nonprofit was investigated and found to be commingling donor funds with a for-profit business as well as their personal accounts (http://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases12/pr20120321a.html). The investigation findings and details can be read at: http://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases12/Arabian-Rescue-Mission.pdf. Although they are now registered in New Jersey as a nonprofit to solicit donations (as long as they provide accounting of funds properly), I cannot support a nonprofit again that was this irresponsible with donor funds, even if their intentions were good; no one will ever know where that money went. I will never know where my donation to them went...

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Donor

Rating: 1

http://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases12/pr20120321a.html NEWARK – The State Division of Consumer Affairs has settled its investigation of an unregistered charity that rescues horses, with two trustees of the organization agreeing to pay $6,000 back to the organization, under terms of the Consent Order.
Therese A. Figueroa, 55, and Cynthia J. Millar, 36, both of Branchville, each have paid $3,000 to The Arabian Rescue Mission, Inc. (“ARM”). Both are trustees of ARM.
ARM, which operates a facility in Wantage Township, has never been registered as a charitable organization with the Division of Consumer Affairs as required. During its investigation, the Division determined that Figueroa and Millar commingled charitable donations with payments made to a for-profit stable operating on the same Wantage Township property as the horse rescue organization.
Additionally, the for-profit stable charged ARM for boarding and feeding horses, but payments records were inconsistent and incomplete.
“Potential donors did not receive, and could not get, the financial transparency from this organization that they are entitled to,” Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said. “The Arabian Rescue Mission now is registered and it will annually report financial information required under state law.”
ARM’s federal taxpayer identification number was used by other organizations unaffiliated with it, the investigation found.
A $25,000 civil penalty assessed against ARM, Figueroa, and Millar is suspended but can be reinstated if the terms of the Consent Order are not met.
“We’ve increased the public’s focus on how charities use contributions through our ongoing ‘Investigate Before You Donate’ initiative,” said Thomas R. Calcagni, Director of the State Division of Consumer Affairs. “Consumers should always check whether a charity is registered to solicit donations in New Jersey, and how those donations are spent.”
The “Investigate Before You Donate” initiative launched last year includes a bi-monthly report on the 10 most inquired about charities at the Division’s Charities Registration Section. The report for each charity details spending on the charitable program’s purpose, fundraising, and management/general expenses.
Anna Lascurain, Special Deputy in Litigation, represented the State in this matter. Supervising Investigator Larry Biondo and Investigator Patrick Mullan in the Charities and Fundraising Fraud Unit conducted the investigation.
The Division’s Charities Hotline may be reached at 973-504-6215 during regular business hours.
Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, can file a complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey ) or 973-504-6200.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered to help with the WV herd at Westmoreland County Fairground in PA, I helped with the set up and also vetting day and a few other odds and ends days. This was my first experience with ARM and also with an effort of this size and they are a wonderful organization. Terry was amazing with each and every horse, and each one of them had gotten wonderful individual care. It was an amazing expereience that I am glad to have been a part of !

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I don't understand how someone can say bad things about this rescue mission. They moved mountains to save the wv herd. I think it is a honor to have helped and will continue to help.

2 Cheryl A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My best friend (Lisa Turk( and I drove from Winchester, VA with our stock trailer to help. Before we left several of my boarders got food from various feed stores as well as they purchased buckets, meds, donated halters, and in large we hauled up about 1500 pounds of feed and supplies. When we arrived we were met by Terry and some volunteers from KY. They had trailers coordinated to transport the horses from Dallas, WV to Westmoreland County, PA. EVERYONE took their time with the loading of the horses and when they stepped off our trailer at the fairgrounds they each had an individual stall with fresh straw, fresh water and hay. After about 10 minutes of horse "yelling" there was a Peace that had come over the entire heard. They knew they were safe. The move was like an essembly line. Each volunteer knew what to do and they did it. I was glad that Lisa Turk and I along with many others were able to help this fine rescue. The rescue is ALL ABOUT THE WELFARE OF THE HORSES. Thank you for letting us be a part of your team, if only for a few hours.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I must first strongly disagree with the negative review posted Feb 12,2012. As President of Mountain Valley Trail Riders, I was approached by one of our members about making a contribution to the WV herd rescue in Feb 2012. I researched the Arabian Rescue Mission for several days before presenting the request to the club directors for a vote on releasing funds for this endeavor. It was voted to set up a credit at a local feed store where another of our members worked instead of sending money directly. That way we could also "keep an eye" on the use of the credit. After the rescue was complete, a member of ARM contacted me to let me know that due to the overwhelming support they got, the had not needed to use the entire credit amount that we had allotted them. However, they were ASKING PERMISSION to use that credit to purchase feed and supplies for their next upcoming rescue effort. They could have simply "taken" the rest of the credit and claimed that it was for the WV herd and we would have been none the wiser! That shows a tremendous ethicality not often seen and of course we voted to allow them to use the remaining funds for their next rescue. I would not hesitate to donate to them again, nor would I hesitate to recommend that any other organization or individual do the same.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Its sad, but this organization is all about the money. Don't really care about the horses as long as she fills her pocket with others hard earned dollars. BEWARE. Do not give this organization any money. They HORSES will NOT see any of that money. Those who donate are BLIND and do not see the real thing... BEWARE. DO NOT DONATE..

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization!
The Arabian Rescue Mission assisted us when we decided to re-home a number of our horses. We wanted to downsize as our children are graduating from college and moving onto their own lives; this way my husband and I could spend more time enjoying our horses instead of it always being chores, chores, chores... All of the homes that were found through the ARM for our four legged friends ended up being wonderful places for them!!! This is a great organization doing a great service for all horses!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the oppotunity to get to know Terry and tour the facilities at ARM. What I found was a facility that allows horses to be just that, to roll in the mud, kick up their heels and for the rescues start to put the past behind them and start to enjoy life! Every horse I met as we toured the paddocks came up to Terry to say hello and be scratched. I had no idea two of thos loving, gentle horses were stallions until I was told! Any one wishing to adopt a rescue will get an honest evaluation of the horse and suitability for the adopter. Any one wishing to donate toward the upkeep of the animals will find it is money well spent.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Terry does a thankless job, often fighting against regulations that allow animals be be in horrible situations. She has been responsible for the improved life of countless horses, Arabians and others.

There is NO criticism in the four star review i left, it is simply that in this time of economic depression and great need, Terry and ARM are sometimes spread too thin! No one person can do all the good that she does, so she had to rely on others, and I believe at times she has trusted too much.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Terry at ARM has stepped in to rescue many horses, not just arabians, as the need has risen and more horses are at risk of being sent to slaughter. I have fostered a horse in need for them until room was made at her farm and then a home was found. She was very helpful and kind. I have also donated funds to help get horses out of deperate situations. She always seems to be able to find the resources to help horses in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Terry does a wonderful job of helping the horses. She gets right to the problem and goes to work. I know firsthand because she came all the way to Alabama to help a herd of starving, neglected Araians. She also helped me with rescuing a Belgian draft horse from the Camelot kill pen. If you donate or adopt frm ARM you are doing a good deed.

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Donor

Rating: 5

ARM provides a variety of approaches for rescuing Arabian horses in danger. The danger can include starvation, neglect, sale to slaughter, or abandonment. ARM is skilled at negotiating with owners in distress and helping them find new homes for their horses discreetly and professionally.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Arabian Rescue Mission was extremely helpful in my quest to adopt a rescued horse. Terry and CJ are knowledgeable, experience horsewomen. In a world where misrepresentation is as common as carrots and apples, the ARM remained completely honest with me throughout the entire adoption process. My horse and I have been together for over two years, and not once have I even begun to regret adopting from the ARM. In fact, I often refer horse-shopping friends to the rescue, and if I ever decide to get another horse, the ARM is the first place I would look.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful to Terry on finding new homes for two horses that I had rescued the previous year and was unable to keep them any longer. I live in OR and thought what the heck, I'll email Terry and let her know about my girls. within a few days, she had a lady back east who would take them. I was so grateful because I could not find good homes for them here in OR. These two special mares are doing great in their new homes and I am able to check up on their progress. I highly recommend Terry and her rescue organization, it all went so smoothly. Sincerely Sue Smith Terrebonne OR

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2 RuthHarper

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

In March of 2010 I visited the Arabian Rescue Mission and was given a tour by Terry Figueroa. Her knowledge and passion for horses was inspiring and to see how the horses in her care responded to her was simply heartwarming. Each horse in her care has a special place in her heart and benefits from her expert care and attention.