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Beauty's Haven Farm and Equine Rescue, Inc.

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Beauty’s Haven Farm & Equine Rescue, Inc. is a rescue, rehab, and re-home organization that was established in 2006. Our mission is to help equine in need, to educate the public about proper horse care, what to do if they come across a horse that is being abused or neglected, to provide assistance (when possible) to horse owners going through a short period of financial hardship, and to help humans through helping horses. We try to get youth involved – they are the horse owners of tomorrow. Awareness and education are key in helping our equine friends. Through helping horses, we hope to help people too. We give horses that have been neglected, abused, and/or abandoned a chance to begin their life, again--without pain and worry, but with dignity and respect. We welcome horses that are no longer needed, wanted or useful to their owners and we place them in good homes. We don’t feel there are “unwanted” horses--some are just “misplaced.” We try to help as many as we can find a good, forever-home before they end up in the slaughter pipeline where they would be at high risk of being sold to kill buyers and trucked across the borders where they are slaughtered for human consumption. We also network with other organizations and individuals to help horses. We offer sanctuary to a limited number of horses with special needs. We have taken in babies as young as two hours old, pregnant mares, and our oldest rescue was 43 yrs old! Age and breed to not matter. We often take horses that others would not take for various reasons such as requiring extensive and/or costly rehab – we feel they all deserve a chance. Quality of life is always a factor in determining the future of each horse. We are pro-life – we do not euthanize any equine to make room for another. We have an excellent care team that includes professionals in traditional and holistic medicines, dentistry, equine podiatrists, etc. However, we do euthanize when it is in the best interest of the horse – we don’t deny a peaceful and loving end to any equine that is suffering or has a poor or painful quality of life that can’t be rehabilitated. We have taken in horses with birth defects, broken bones, mutilations, cancer, blindness, COPD, Cushing’s disease, are extremely emaciated, and have other serious diseases. We also help other animals (dogs, cats, pigs, goats, etc.) in need on occasion. In 2012 Beauty’s Haven was awarded Verified status by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). GFAS is the only globally recognized organization that provides standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries.

Target demographics: equine in need and through helping equine we try to help people too!

Geographic areas served: Florida and surrounding states

Programs: helping equine in need, educating the public about proper horse care and what to do if they come across a horse that is being abused or neglected, providing assistance (when possible) to horse owners going through a short period of financial hardship, and to help humans through helping horses. We try to get youth involved – they are the horse owners of tomorrow. Awareness and education are key in helping our equine friends. Through helping horses, we hope to help people – horses are very therapeutic.

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197 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Linda209

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following this rescue since late 2012. It was just after the Sandy Hook shootings, and all of a sudden up popped a picture of the most starved horse I think could have ever stood on 4 feet. Theresa named him Solace, and he was truly a miracle. Theresa Batchelor and the volunteer staff nursed him back to health. It was amazing to watch. I volunteered at BHFER in March of 2013, because it is important that I know where my donated money is being used. Theresa proved to be an open book about the rescue. She explained how some decisions are made, where the money is spent, the different needs of the horses. I went back and volunteered again in March 2014. I am not able to visit right now, due to health issues, but I have no doubt that any money that I donate is well spent, and spent on the horses and donkeys. Also, because BHFER does not buy from kill pens, there is no "bail" to be paid to save an animal. They are signed over to the rescue. BHFER is also helpful with "seized" animals that have been abused or neglected and starved.There are many respectable rescues out there. But I believe there is no one more dedicated than Theresa and Bob. The picture is Genesis, a draft horse that had just had his eye removed. He greeted me at the door!

4 Linda410

Donor

Rating: 5

A rescue like I've never seen before. The animals are so cared for above and beyond. It's amazing to see the hard work and dedication that goes into this rescue.

3 Doris7

Donor

Rating: 5

I started following Beauty's Haven a couple of years ago. This is a rescue far above the others. The care and love that is given all of the animals is so heartwarming. They take in many animals and have brought many back from the brink of death. There are so many rescues out there. but this is truly an honest, caring and loving team, who gives more than 100% to any animal in their care. I would recommend all who can, to support them.

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beautys-haven-farm-and-equine-rescue 05/01/2016

Thank you so very much for the review and the nice comments!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am truly in awe of the tireless work that is done at this rescue. I have been watching then for over a year now and believe that Theresa and her family and the volunteers go way above what I expected from a rescue. They help so many animals, horses, dogs, cats, birds, donkeys, and whatever comes by them in need. They truly meet and raise the standards for any rescue. God bless them all!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization- some of the stories are so heartwarming. Love Jo Jo and his little videos.

1 Barb21

Donor

Rating: 5

Like so many others who are fans of this wonderful rescue, I became acquainted with BHFER through the miraculous rescue of one particular equine in dire need, Betsy Rose. Watching the Intensive care provided throughout that little mare's recovery was truly amazing. It also highlighted the skill and dedication of Theresa, Bob, and all the volunteers that make this rescue and sanctuary so special.
I love that it doesn't matter the breed, the age, or the potential for re-homing, BHFER steps up and does the very best for every case that comes their way.
I hope to someday visit the rescue but for now have to be content with following them online and donating when I can.

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beautys-haven-farm-and-equine-rescue 05/01/2016

Thank you so very much for the kind words and for your support. :-)

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm very careful when I select non-profits to support; I do my homework. I always look for those organizations who have a very modest % of my donation spent on administrative costs. I have no qualms with Beauty's Haven Farm and Equine Rescue. They go out of their way to make sure that no animal is turned away or euthanized just because it has problems that will take $$$.
Theresa Batchelder and her crew of volunteers, Vets and Farriers are just awesome! I highly recommend them to horse lovers and animal lovers everywhere.

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beautys-haven-farm-and-equine-rescue 05/01/2016

Thank you so much for the kind words, recommendation, and the review!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of Beauty's Haven Farm & Equine Rescue a few years ago when the story of Betsy Rose grabbed my attention and my heart strings. I diligently followed each Facebook post with every step of this precious little mare's treatment and her unbelievable progress. From what was undoubtedly a hopeless situation due to severe neglect, I watched as Theresa and her team of amazing volunteers and skilled medical professionals worked tirelessly around the clock to restore Betsy Rose back to life, health and happiness with their compassion, dedication and love. This was the most miraculous endeavor I had ever witnessed. Theresa saw something in Betsy Rose's eyes that made her "believe" the little mare wasn't ready to give up and she was right. This was just one of the many many cases where Theresa, Bob and the Beauty's Haven village have stepped in and cared for horses, ponies, donkeys (and a calf) who found themselves in hopeless situations. I am in complete awe and gratitude to Theresa, Bob and all the volunteers who take on some of the most severe neglect and abuse cases and do not ever give up on them. Theresa always finds a way to provide the best medical, dental, nutrition and hoof care possible.

I had the great privilege of visiting Beauty's Haven a couple months ago and to meet Theresa, Bob, some of the volunteers and of course all the incredible 4 legged residents of the farm, including dear little Betsy Rose, herself. The farm is exactly what the name implies - a "Haven" for these lucky residents, actually more like "Heaven". Every animal there is clearly well loved and taken care of in the best way possible and the farm itself is beautifully maintained and very lovely. Everyone there works extremely hard dedicating themselves to the welfare of these precious creatures. I just wish I lived closer, I would be there all the time volunteering and I really look forward to having another chance to visit again. This is undeniably the best rescue organization ever and I proudly support them with donations whenever I can. I am so grateful for Theresa, Bob and all the volunteers - God Bless you all, you truly are angels on earth!!

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beautys-haven-farm-and-equine-rescue 05/01/2016

Thank you so much for the kind words and the review! I'm so glad you got to come visit and hope you get to come again someday! I'm glad you got to meet Jingle before he was adopted too! We truly appreciate you and your support!

2 horses1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beautyhaven is really the place where abused horses and other animals get to begin life again no one is to bad to be saved beautyhaven does not give up until the horse says it's time to give up most horses that come through there know that they are in a safe place and the bad things that happened to them is behind them they get to know love and care even if it's only for a short time or for the rest of their life this is truly a great non-profit when you go through the gates of beautyhaven they just know they are safe.The volunteers make up the village Theresa and Bob need to make it all Happen and the supporters and Grants and Great animal Organizations that help them Care financially for their care is all what makes The Rescue work and save so many that have given up Hope and by saving the Animals It gives Humans Hope that One animal soul can save so many human souls

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beautys-haven-farm-and-equine-rescue 05/01/2016

Thank you very much for the review and for your support!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beauty Haven is Home to so many horses that were the worst of the worst where no one even thought they could possibly live thru what has been done to them. I have to admit there were quite i few that I said to myself My Goodness how do these Poor HOrses endure the pain of what was done to them. But Theresa and the Volunteers Never Give Up . THis truly is not only a Safe Haven for the abused but HEAVEN . though i dont get to be hands on volunteer any more due to work and TIme shortage . Its so true that it takes a Village to raise just one. and Her crew of Volunteers are dedicated Hard working,! Its tiring endless dedication with little time for relaxation for theresa and the crew. Please if you see your neighbors animals being abused, and starve DONT WAIT FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO CALL. !!! pick up the phone call the authorities and keep on calling them if you have to. !!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After the passing of 2006 Derby winner, Barbaro, I became involved in the movement to stop horse slaughter and was looking for a place to volunteer for horses in need. A fellow FOB (fans of Barbaro) recommend BHFER as a place I might enjoy.Well, I am forever grateful for her advice. I have been volunteering at Beauty's Haven since 2007 and have witnessed miracles you would not believe.
Sure, you say, miracles smiracles.....well visit Theresa's Web site and see for yourself.
The special touch she has for animals in need, cases of need that no one else will help, will make you a beliver.
Beauty's Haven is a very special place of love and caring. I am proud to be a volunteer



1 Joyce67

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watched this wonderful rescue save so many horses, donkeys, and even a calf.

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beautys-haven-farm-and-equine-rescue 04/29/2016

Thank you!

2 Marilyn38

Donor

Rating: 5

I was so impressed with this rescue I started donating to them in 2006...and continuing supporting them..they are so compassionate about every animal.but most of all the love they give to each and everyone one of them..what a wonderful loving rescue.

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beautys-haven-farm-and-equine-rescue 04/29/2016

Thank you! We are very thankful for your support!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Visited Beauty's Haven in February. What a wonderful place for these horses and donkeys to be. They are one big happy family ❤️ All the animals receive the best care possible and lots of love. Too bad I don't live closer cause I would love to volunteer here.

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beautys-haven-farm-and-equine-rescue 04/29/2016

Thank you for the kind words and the review!

2 Wanda21

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I lead a 4H horse group. We volunteer at Beauty Haven. This is one of the best run rescues. Horses are all cared for like they are worth millions of dollars. They are showered with love. The horses want for nothing. The people are also very nice and welcoming.

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beautys-haven-farm-and-equine-rescue 04/29/2016

Thank you Wanda! You and your 4H group make a difference and are very much appreciated!

2 Britta H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I took in a rescue "Archer" from BHFER and gave him a forever home. I was very impressed with Teresa and the rescue when I visited the place initially and met Archer. This organization is a wonderful example of how rescues should be run. All the animals are happy and regaining their health. Teresa makes absolutely proper decision for each and every animal. She is a wonderful and caring individual and we are blessed to have her. Thank you so much for all your work Teresa.

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beautys-haven-farm-and-equine-rescue 04/29/2016

Thank you so much for the kind words! And thank you for opening your heart and home to Archer. He landed in a wonderful home and is so blessed to have a human that cares, truly cares - he's been very blessed. I wish all of the horses looking for homes could find a human like you.

1 Leslie93

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

All of the animals at Beauty's Haven is well taken care of loved and it shows. The animals comes first and the kindness and care is top notch

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beautys-haven-farm-and-equine-rescue 04/28/2016

Thank you so very much!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following Beauty's Haven for quite some time. In November, I finally had the opportunity to visit Theresa and Bob and all the horses, donkeys and mules. That day was probably one of the best days ever. I saw first hand the dedication, care and love that goes into each and every animal in their care. From cleaning Donovan's leg, to medicating, clipping and bathing Mishka to keep him comfortable and checking Daisy's eye under her fly mask. They are all given the absolute best of care and every one of those beautiful creatures adores Theresa. They know how much she cares. She works until she can barely move and then works some more because the animals' needs ALWAYS come first. The volunteers work just as hard and are just as dedicated. It was an honor to be there and meet everyone (horses and humans). I personally feel this is one of the best rescues I have ever come across. I'm hoping my next visit can be soon to this little slice of heaven on earth.

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beautys-haven-farm-and-equine-rescue 04/28/2016

Thank you for the kind words and for your support. Looking forward to your next visit!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

we have been volunteering at Beauty's Haven for several months. We are honored to be part of Bob and Theresa's organization. The first gentle giant we met was Matilda. She would follow us around and make us feel at home. I am tearful as I type this of hearing of her passing on. So sorry Theresa, Kylie and everyone else who cared and loved her. Sharon and Lew

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beautys-haven-farm-and-equine-rescue 04/28/2016

We're very thankful for your support - you make a difference!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful and honest rescue. I live in California and became aware of BHER in Florida through a blog I read, several years ago. My husband I would donate throughout the years. About 2 years ago we happened to be in Florida and I realized we were a short drive away from the rescue. I contacted Theresa and asked if we could visit. Not a problem. Theresa was gracious and her volunteers very lovely. My husband and I were so impressed with the rescue. The pastures were clean, the horses well-loved, the property neat and tidy. We were so pleased to know our donations are going to a well-run and organized charity that are using ALL their donations for the animals. And we were so happy to see that for ourselves. I always recommend BHER to anyone who wants to support a loving horse charity or any charity for that matter. I hope they can continue do to this excellent work for many years to come. Blessings to BHER

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beautys-haven-farm-and-equine-rescue 04/28/2016

Thank you so much for your kind words and for visiting!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is Kara Maki and I met Theresa in March of 2009 after a friend of mine in Florida told me about Beauty’s Haven. I will never forget my visit to the rescue, and how my life changed as a result of that visit, but I’ll let someone else tell you the rest of the story.

Hi everybody, my name is Joy, well Sammi’s Pride-N-Joy to be more exact. My Momma was Samantha, she was rescued from a man loading her onto a truck that was going to take her to a place I don’t even want to think about, and with me in her belly!!! My story almost ended there, but no siree, Theresa wasn’t having any of that and saved my Momma and brought her to Beauty’s Haven in January of 2009.

A few months later in early March someone came to the rescue and spent some time with Momma Sammi because she reminded her so much of her horse Pride that she had lost to colic a few months earlier (I don’t like that colic thing!). I could hear her talking to Momma Sam telling her to hurry up and have that baby (yep she was talking about me) while she was there or she would give her such a big hug she would squeeze me right out of there. But of course I didn’t make my appearance for another few weeks, after she left to go back home.

Shortly after I was born a request was made to adopt both me and My Momma!!! Could it be??
I got to stay with my Momma and we got our own human, our own home, our own family.
How cool is that!!!!!

None of this, no Momma Sammi, not me, not our new home, would have ever been possible if it hadn’t been for the love, determination, dedication and love (did I say that already?) of one woman –
Theresa and Beauty’s Haven Farm & Equine Rescue – We love you!!!!!

I’m the luckiest girl in the world, I have a birthday. Need I say more?!!

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beautys-haven-farm-and-equine-rescue 04/14/2016

Thank you Kara for sharing their story - love to all of you! I am so happy that Sammi and Joy got a wonderful home together with you - it meant so much to me. You have a beautiful heart. I can never thank you enough!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at this wonderful organization. The owner's, Bob and Theresa, have so much love and devotion in their hearts in making sure all needs are met. I absolutely commend them for their dedication and am proud to be a part of it.

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beautys-haven-farm-and-equine-rescue 04/14/2016

Thank you so much for your kind words and for your support. Without volunteers we couldn't do what we do!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following Beauty's Haven Farm And Equine Rescue for a few years now, and although I am not presently in a financial position to regularly support them financially, I do most enthusiastically support them in ways such as this. Trying to get the word out that they truly are an amazing rescue. I am in complete awe and gratitude to Theresa and the volunteers that take on some of the most severe near death horses and work their miracles with love, faith, and lots of hard work. I urge anyone reading these reviews to consider helping them in whatever way they can. Every little bit helps.

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beautys-haven-farm-and-equine-rescue 11/13/2015

Thank you for your kind words and for your support.

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General Member of the Public

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I've been following there FB page for some time now. I love their posts showing what's going on with their rescues. One recent case Zahara! She was in really bad shape when they got her and I just saw an updated post of this stunning creature. All the before a and the after posts awesome! They have an amazing staff and Vets that support "Mommy Theresa's" Beautiful farm. Pictures speak a thousand words!

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beautys-haven-farm-and-equine-rescue 11/13/2015

Sahara is doing wonderful! She's such a beauty - inside and out! Thank you for your support!