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Save A Forgotten Equine

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Our mission: To rescue, rehabilitate, and retrain horses facing neglect or abuse and provide them with the best opportunity for a permanent home and a lifetime of safety.

Results: Over 250 horses rescued, rehabilitated, and retrained since 2005.

Target demographics: horses facing neglect, abuse, or starvation

Direct beneficiaries per year: 24 horses rescued and 23 horses adopted out

Geographic areas served: Pacific Northwest

Programs: Horse Rescue & Rehoming SAFE Horsemanship Program Community Outreach Program Serenity Fund Mayday Emergency Fund

Community Stories

156 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

D Gail B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a current volunteer, I’ve been impressed with the dedication, sincere concern, and unselfishness shown by SAFE. This organization is boundless in it’s efforts to rescue, retrain and rehome abused ponies. Each horse gets individual attention from the time it enters the barn to its “graduation” and permanent adoption. Medical challenges are addressed quickly and completely. Physical concerns are identified and cured. I’m sure these animals feel the love and protection they receive from SAFE staff and volunteers. I’m privileged to be associated with SAFE!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently a volunteer at SAFE. I have been involved with other non-profits in the past but this one is a standard above the rest! I've never seen such a dedicated group of people that put in so much work to keep this place running and saving neglected horses. SAFE is a very organized well oiled machine and I am proud to be part of it. If someone was going to donate money or time anywhere, this is the place!❤

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Four years ago this week, I started volunteering at SAFE. Though my role has changed over those years, my respect and appreciation for what they do has not. I've watched the dedication of each person working towards a common goal of making life better for each horse rescued. This includes those who do the chore shifts, the maintenance crew, the fostering families, the riders and trainers, those who monitor their health, those who work to bring in donations and the ones who fill in the gaps and make it all run relatively smoothly. All but a small handful of these folks are volunteers and it is their love and appreciation for the horses and SAFE that keeps them there. I'm proud be even a tiny part of this organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m a volunteer of 3 years and in those 3 years I’ve seen horses go through unbelievable changes and improvements! Each horse is loved as though it was the only horse in the world and it shows. Working at SAFE is a privilege and an honor

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at SAFE once a week for six months. I LOVE how well they take care of their horses! The program is very organized, the barn and outside areas are so clean. The horses are treated as though they are worth millions. (which, of course in our view they are!) Going and working alongside fabulous volunteers and watching these horses transform is a joy!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It wouldn't be possible for me to cover all of the wonderful things about SAFE in this review. I helped my mother-in-law adopt a companion horse from SAFE. Everyone who works and volunteers for SAFE truly, genuinely cares about the well-being of these horses and puts their heart and soul into what they do, as well as countless hours of their time. The horses are extremely well cared for, the facilities are clean and beautiful, and the horses are all so happy. It was my mother-in-law's first horse (a lifelong dream of hers) and she had l limited horse experience, and instead of being turned away, SAFE offered to help her learn by volunteering and providing one-on-one sessions with her to learn the basics of caring for and handling the horse she was interested in prior to adopting. We now are enjoying having Vida home--a very well-mannered, sweet, respectful mare who no doubt gained a lot of these traits during her time spent at SAFE with these wonderful people.

Lauren E.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Without SAFE, we wouldn’t have met our two horses that we adore. The work they do everyday, the care for each horse and their positive volunteers make this place so special. We are so thankful for all that they do, and did for our two horses. I will forever be thankful and help SAFE whenever we can. They truly are amazing!

Elizabeth C.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I didn't adpot horse through SAFE, but a family of supportive friends adopted me and my horse. I was at my rope's end and Bonnie befriended me and my horse at a clinic and changed my life. Without her and SAFE....well, it was life changing. THANK YOU!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for a regular shift for 3 years. I loved the atmosphere, getting to know the horses and others who volunteer there, and those who run the orginixation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am fortunate enough to have two amazing horses from SAFE, both are Thoroughbreds who had some tough times. I've had Kai for two plus years and Anakin for just over a year. Every day I go to the barn and wonder how I got so luck to have them, they're beautiful, kind, loving, spirited animals... sometimes it makes me teary-eyed when I think about it. The first time I saw Kai was on the SAFE website. That was it, decision made, I fell hard for this big guy!

The team from SAFE worked with me through the process, they couldn't have been nicer. They checked references, my property, interviewed me—it did take some time, but was so worth it. I knew the minute I "test rode" him for the first time that we were going to be a forever team and we are. I know he had a tough time before me, I also know that when he decided that I was his person, it was one of the happiest days of my life.

Then came Anakin. He was found almost starved to death, in December of 2015. He had to be picked up with a crane as he was so weak he couldn't stand on his own. I saw him on the news and found out he was going to SAFE so I call them. I spoke to the operations manager and told her that I knew that horse they just took in was going to live and then he was going to come live with me. Most people would have written him off he was in such terrible condition, but not the people at SAFE, they worked with WASART, local vets, and the SAFE volunteers mobilizing a small army to manage the care of this horse.

Lots of people followed his recovery as his health improved a little at a time. I visited throughout seeing his progress. It's hard to believe that after everything he went through, he's still kind and trusting. He's an amazing boy. And that army of people? I thank them every day for making it possible for me to give him a home. If you want to see the goodness in people, SAFE and people associated with them is a great place to start. We've had them out so they can see how the boys are doing, tears of happiness seem to always be in order. I know I will always have my friends at SAFE, both the two and four-legged kind. I love them all.

Erika S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at SAFE (Save A Forgotten Equine) in January 2014, after attending a very rainy holiday open house. As soon as I walked through the barn door, I felt like I was home, and that feeling only expanded as Operations Manager Terry took me on a tour of the facility. During my tenure, I have met many people who have the same great love for horses that I do, and we all work together to promote SAFE's mission of finding a forever home for all our rescues. I am blessed to be a part of such a fantastic organization, and whenever I have the chance to, I encourage others to join!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering here in July 2017 and have found an amazing place. The volunteers and employees care so deeply for these wonderful horses. The care taken, the work dedicated, the careful use of every dollar donated is awe inspiring. I am proud to be a part of Save A Forgotten Equine.

Jerri E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with SAFE doing barn chores in 2015, something that was completely outside my comfort zone. I was welcomed, guided, coached and encouraged and I have immense respect for how well this rescue cares for and works with these animals with the goal of finding them a forever home where they will be loved and cared for as they deserve.

cmahan92

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SAFE is a wonderful nonprofit that I am happy to be apart of, I've been volunteering there for a few months now and am so proud of to be apart of such a well rounded organization. They take great pride in assuring that the horses are taken care of in every aspect of their lives, making sure they are comfortable in their stalls, always have clean water and kept up on their diets, making sure that they and the volunteers feel comfortable. I've seen first hand new horses coming to SAFE, that have been neglected, not fed, and other conditions, and after just a few weeks, the care they provide time and time again has given these horses a whole new life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff, board and volunteers at SAFE are passionate about rescuing and protecting horses and finding them permanent and safe homes.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Safe Volunteers are delightful people to work with, all with a caring, loving attitude towards these beautiful animals. There are jobs for every skill level.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Save A Forgotten Equine for almost 3 years. Great organization with a large volunteer team that truly cares about what they do on behalf of injured and neglected horses. There are volunteer opportunities for any interest level and availability - from onsite chore shifts, maintenance and repairs, administrative tasks or events and fundraising...something for everyone.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at SAFE for 4 years and still love it. I am very privileged to be part of the amazing dedication and very hard work this organization commits towards the well being of these wonderful animals. Thank you SAFE!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Save a Forgotten Equine does great work on behalf of horses. As a donor, I'm pleased with how they manage their donations in making sure that every dollar counts and they're spending funds in a way that does the most good.

Caren M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've never before have been involved with an organization that cares so passionately about its mission! I work along side other volunteers who show up to fulfill their commitments to 'our' horses regardless of weather, holidays, time of day, or even their own health situation. We observe 'barn time' which means you might be scheduled to help out for a couple hours but end up being there all afternoon. Or all day. And that's OK. It's a very special bond we all share--for the love of the horse.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am writing this review as both a volunteer and as a person who adopted a horse from SAFE. I began following SAFE back in 2008 when they took in Annie. The first photo I saw of her broke my heart but I felt an instant connection. I followed the blog updates they did on all their horses which really help you feel like you know the horses while their rehabilitation and training unfolds. For me that was the main thing that kept me going back and just following the horses in their care and watching them go from horribly emaciated to thriving members of the equine community. When you adopt a horse through SAFE, you know what you are getting. You can see the training updates and where the horses strengths and weaknesses are. They are upfront with everything. You get the vet records that they have. Believe me, their adoption fee nowhere near touches the amount of time and money that are put into the horses. And you get a trained horse if it has been evaluated and put into a training program. Their belief is that if you give the horses skills they will have a better chance at finding a good home that will keep them forever. And this is true. I was asked to be a volunteer and I had to interview like I was going in for a real job. As a volunteer I can say that this is a very well run organization. The financial information is on the FRONT PAGE of their website. They make sure the funds are there BEFORE taking in a horse to ensure that horse can be cared for properly. They don't take in too many horses and get overrun. And the majority of the horses that come into SAFE are animal control seizures or legitimate owner surrenders. Adopting a horse from SAFE frees up the room for them to truly help another horse.

Chrissie Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SAFE takes the placement of their horses extremely seriously. They know that the proper match, not just a home is critical.

Trisha R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Safe is a wonderful non-profit to be a part of! They keep their volunteers, sponsors and anyone who wanders across their website connected to everything. I felt like I already knew the horses so well before even stepping into the stable. They are open with their thoughts and goals and make sure they let everyone who supports them know just how much they are a part of the organization. It is very obvious that they always keep what is best for the horses in the front of their minds. I regularly point people toward them and will continue to.

Jayne T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SAFE is a great place to volunteer with horse time and friendly folks to work with. They take excellent care of the horses. The horses get plenty of food, clean water, grazing time, training, vet care, and love from everyone. Safe practices are in place to keep horses and volunteers from getting hurt. Lines of communication are open with emails, signs on stalls, and information on a white board. Only wish I had more to to give.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started at SAFE this summer and was welcomed with open arms right from the start. I was immediately impressed with their grapevine of communication and the way they are structured...leaving no room for confusion. They are really great at trying to help you find your own nitch-comfort zone. They are well organized and very clearly have the best interest of every single horse they take in...no matter what the story is...each horse is treated equally and respectfully. I appreciate how quickly they move to get the proper care for the new horses and how they seem to have things pretty well streamlined to get them back into a normal life as soon as possible. What is most surprising to me is the way they never give up on a horse no matter how bad things get...and even if a horse is in their last days they do everything possible to make sure their last days are dignified and as comfortable as possible...that means more to me than words can ever say. I hope to be involved and support SAFE for many years to come. What I like most is that even though I don't have the financial support available for them at this time, that I am still allowed to help in other ways... There seems to be a place for everyone, whether you donate money, supplies, time, love or muscle... it's all welcome and appreciated...and I swear it sometimes seems like the horses actually know we are all there just for them!! LOVE..LOVE..LOVE you guys!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SAFE is a committed, engaged and thoughtful group that is very devoted to the well-being of abused and neglected horses. They are practical in approach, not overly sentimental and at the same time, loving and compassionate. I appreciate the regular updates on horses, neglect cases and adoptions on the website and Facebook. I began volunteering this summer with little experience around horses and limited availability and was welcome all the same. As a donor, my monthly gift was immediately acknowledged graciously and gratefully.

Although I've since learned more horse handling and care skills, I feel like any effort I contribute at the barn is meaningful. I've had the opportunity to meet and connect with some great horses in a small setting and love working with them. SAFE is a great community of people and horses!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SAFE is a stand-out horse rescue and I'm so glad I found it after moving to the area. I was welcomed and put to work immediately doing whatever needed to be done--exactly what I was looking for. The barn is well-run, the leadership is pragmatic and involved, the volunteers dedicated to keeping the horses healthy and happy, and all funds go towards the care of the horses and the upkeep of the facility. Thanks for everything you do, SAFE!

Heather116

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I moved from Michigan to Washington and was looking for an organization to volunteer with. The landscape of Northern Washington is very different from Metro Detroit! I knew this area could offer me new opportunity's . I decided to volunteer at a horse rescue but which one? I didn't know my way around very well, ok I didn't know my way around AT ALL. I honestly choose SAFE because it was in one of the few cities I knew. It was the BEST random decision. I'm coming up on 2 years of being a part of SAFE. I love the horses, the facility, the other volunteers. You can give as little or as much of your time, money, or heart; and they are grateful for it!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I only started volunteering at SAFE a couple weeks ago, but I already feel as if the barn is my home away from home. Every volunteer I have met has been so friendly and wonderfully helpful! Being at the barn is always the best part of every day I am there, and on the days I can't I am wishing I could be! Even the smallest volunteer tasks can make a huge impact in the lives of these horses and you can see the appreciation in their sweet faces. When I turn the horses out in the afternoon, it is so much fun to watch them frolic and run around in their paddock. Its like they really understand they've been given a second chance at life because of SAFE.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wanted to "get to know a horse".

I tried other rescues but they were involved with human therapy and I was unable to get close to a horse.

SAFE allows you to make a difference in the life of a horse. I have met many, become friends with several, fallen in love with a number; none of whom I will forget! ! !

I have been able to make a difference in a horse's life and they have certainly made a difference in mine.

All thanks to SAFE

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I'm one of those horse lovers who can't afford their own horse, but wants to get "barn time" under their belt. And I can't afford donating money or tack, but I have a lot of time and elbow grease.

I volunteer a couple of hours each week to two equine related non-profits in my area. At S.A.F.E., I do basic barn chores (mucking, feeding, watering, little odds and ends as requested) and find my time there to be rewarding, and informative. Due to the varying age, health and training backgrounds of rescued horses, I'm learning much more about all things equine that relate to horse behavior and healthcare, than I could ever learn just taking lessons at a conventional lesson barn, even though I'm not actively involved with the vetting and training of the rescues at S.A.F.E. Everyone is always really friendly, and happy to answer my sometimes dumb questions, which is much appreciated.

For prospective volunteers... Volunteers don't generally get to ride horses at rescues, and S.A.F.E. is not an exception. This has never been a problem for me, as that isn't what I do my volunteering for, but it's good to keep in mind, if you're considering volunteering in exchange for lessons.

The orientation was a little shallow and quick compared to what I'm used to at other places, be they work or volunteer orientations. People with any kind of "I rode horses as a kid"-type of experience will get the hang of it in no time, but if you don't have a lot of horse experience, just make sure to ask questions as you go along. Nobody will force you out of your comfort zone, but just make sure to ask for information, or help if you're unsure. Everyone is happy to help, which to me, is the draw and keeps me waking up early on my volunteer days, to go there again. :)

My favorite part in volunteering for a horse rescue is to find out a horse has been adopted. Sure, I'd love to bring them all home with me, but I know better, so whenever I hear or the happy endings and new homes, I get a sense of collective accomplishment.

Sara57

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at SAFE for about four months, it is a magical place. To see a skinny little horse with limited people skills grow into a round horse with good ground manners is really something to see. All of the volunteers are people who really love horses and it shows through the daily chores and feeding. Whenever there is a call out for help there is always people there to give a helping hand. This is a great origination that has really touched my life and I hope in the future that I can do more to help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at SAFE after I visited one of their open houses and wanted to get involved helping abused/neglected horses. What I have discovered through volunteering at SAFE is these folks are are totally committed to the welfare of these horses. All the decisions are made based on what is BEST for each individual horse. They are also very inclusive and friendly and really make you feel appreciated. I really can't say enough good things about this organization. I just wish I could do more to help them. I would recommend them as a place to volunteer or a place to adopt your next horse. One thing you can count on is that they are the "real deal" every day taking care of their horses!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at SAFE I have witnessed first hand the remarkable recovery of many neglected horses. This organization is run by a group of smart, dedicated horse lovers who tirelessly work to improve the lives of those they rescue. They have the connections and knowledge to do this efficiently and offer full disclosure of their finances and fund raising efforts. It has been a very inspiring learning experience helping out the herd.

Dominique H.

Donor

Rating: 5

What a great organization! My 10 year old daughter raised money for her birthday to donate to help a horse rescue. She emailed 6 of them, and this is the only one which responded. They were very kind and told my daughter that she was amazing to choose to donate instead of getting gifts. We ended up driving 3 hours to bring a horse blanket to one of the horses personally. The people at SAFE were really great and do great work for the horses..