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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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a veterinarian and deal with a lot of animal "rescue" groups through my work. Often times I am appalled at the efforts of the "rescue organization" and don't feel they are doing the animals much of a service and sometimes questionable neglect. So when I encountered S.A.F.E; another rescue group, my expectations were not high. But the organization had the perfect horse that I so desired, so I pursued my interest. I drove up to Monroe, WA to visit "Willow" and was extremely impressed with the provisions for the horses, their condition, their cleanliness, and the love that was shown to the horses. Many of the horses were out in green pastures and not standing in mud, all had clean stalls at night to sleep in, and many had adjoining runs. The horses were clean, had blankets, and good quality feed. The fences were secure and safe for horses. The facility had a beautiful arena and was clean in general. Jamie who runs the Monroe site was extremely friendly, knowledgeable on each of the horses, and showed enormous amounts of love and compassion for the horses. I adopted Willow and in doing so acquired an amazing horse. Willow had a harrowing tale of abuse and neglect and through it all became an amazing and beautiful horse thanks to the rescue efforts of S.A.F.E. Willow's tale was open for all to see and one could follow her story and her physical appearances as she slowly turned from a walking skeleton who lost her foal, back into the gorgeous mare she was intended to be. I have since followed the S.A.F.E. organization on their website, and than on Facebook and am always impressed with the amount of care they put into each horse, the stories they share, the energy and inspiration they exude. I could not recommend this organization enough. Their horses are well taken care of when in their hands and they are looked after once they leave this facility and enter into their "forever" home because S.A.F.E. follows up annually with each of the horses to assure they stay safe in the years to come.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with SAFE (Save a Forgotten Equine) since April 2011. I very much enjoy my work (farm chores) and am impressed by a number of their "success stories". To see the transformations that take place in some of the worst neglect/abuse cases is truly remarkable. I am impressed with their placement procedures for rescued horses and the efforts they make to match the prospective horse with the adoptive family's needs to best insure that the new partnership is a success for both horse and human alike. Their continued involvement (i.le. site visits) to monitor the welfare of placed horses is also impressive. No horse ever seems to be forgotten once he/she leaves the rescue facility.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started working with SAFE back in March 2011. I grew up with horses and missed being around them. I found SAFE and felt drawn to help this organization that gave these beautiful animals a second chance at life. Many of the horses there have come from rough backgrounds, and you can tell they are so happy when someone comes up to greet them and take interest in them. It's so rewarding to see all the horses personalities come out when they are happy and secure because they know that they have guardian angels at SAFE looking out for them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think that SAFE is an outstanding nonprophet orgonization that deserves more recognition and awareness. I have been with SAFE for a year and a half and they have done many amazing things since I have been there. I first heard about safe when a news paper article talked about how SAFE had gone to a slaughter house and found Buckey-B-Luckey, the grandson of Seattle Slew. They have gone far above the expectations that I had for them. Since I have been there they have rescued lots of forgotten equine, built stables so they can rescue more, and found homes for quite a few of the rescued horses. I enjoy going to SAFE because everyony there is friendly and helpful. When I go to SAFE I muck the stalls, groom and feed the horses, cleen the water troughs, and fall in love with the horses. I feal that the horses we rescueed lives have been changed for the better.

Brittanie M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at safe since September of 2011. I will say that SAFE is an exceptional place for horses in need. Having been there for a few months, I have seen and assisted the process and progress of new horses that come in. Most come in hungry, scared, hurt, or not sure of human interaction. SAFE gives these horses a chance to change all of that. Horses that don't want anything to do with people soon become excited to see us and gladly allow a halter over their head and ears. It really proves that everyone deserves a second chance at trust and love.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is an honor to be associated with an organization full of such knowledgeable, compassionate and professional people. Always with a priority on what is best for the horses and with an understanding of the importance of integrity and transparency. SAFE is rescue done right.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spend most of my free Saturdays volunteering at S.A.F.E., doing general barn chores, cleaning, and helping feed the horses. Everyone I've met within this organization is truly and wholly dedicated to helping the helpless - taking in these animals that are sometimes nearly at the end of their line, caring for them, and rehabilitating them into the magnificent, amazing beings that they all have the potential to be. The horses receive full care and training - they are healthy, well maintained, and mentally sound. Every time I am there, everyone works hard, and we don't cut any corners. On January 21st with a snow storm rolling in and thick hail starting to come down, no one left the site until all the chores were finished. I feel proud to be involved with such a top-notch organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was the best experience for me,looking for a horse to adopt,I saw Whiskey on their web site,contacted Jaime Taff from SAFE,they did give me the opportunity to go and try the horse,one of they volunteer did bring the mare to a riding area trails,rode with her for few hours,and i wanted that horse,SAFE,made sure that i will be able to care for the mare,with visit to my home,and my background,after all that was done,they did think i would be a good owner for that mare,we did seal the contract and i did adopted Whiskey in May 2009,2 years later they did come over to check on the horse,as far i am concerned they are the best rescue place in Washington,i love my mare,we do trail riding,and also go to the high country that horse is awesome,we make a good pair and have a great time.Thank you SAFE.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was looking for a horse,and came across of S.A.F.E,this was a great experience to have done business with this folks,i have adopted a beautiful mare from them,this mare was taking care and trained by S.A.F.E and the volunteers,this organization is very professionnel,they look through
your life to make sure you will be a good horse owner,it was a pleasure to work with them,and with such beautiful mare and club member,people ask me all time,where did i get this mare,so they all know about S.A.F.E and recommend them,for all they do for horses.Their are awesome.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my horse Leo through SAFE in November 2011. I first met him at a fundraiser for another horse. Leo was getting care at the same facility after being gelded and for some other illnesses. My whole family fell in love with Leo at first sight. After we left that evening, we decided to pursue getting to know and adopt Leo. What we didn't know was the extent of his illnesses. All the people at SAFE were so generous and forthcoming about everything going on with him even though he was not available for adoption at that point because of his health. There were a lot of unknowns with Leo and I feel like SAFE did an excellent job working with us and the various vets to make sure we were able and willing to take on Leo. The processes that you go through to adopt a horse through them was throughly explained on their website and they went just as explained. They have been a fabulous non profit to work with and I would recommend them to anyone wanting to adopt, volunteer or support. Leo is doing fabulously now with us and we will forever be grateful to SAFE for rescueing and rehabilitating him!!!

crickertabra

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of adopting a horse from SAFE a couple years ago. I was very impressed with the care given to their horses, their honesty, and their financial transparency. My little Arab filly was born at SAFE (out of a mare that had been seized by animal control) and was a pocket pony from the moment she came home as a yearling. It was obvious that she was well loved during her time at SAFE.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to adopt a horse from SAFE in 2010. The amount of love and care that they put into this mare in her rehabilitation process was truly amazing. This is true of every horse that comes through SAFE. SAFE is dedicated to responsible horse ownership and is thorough in their adoption process, making sure each horse is placed well in their "forever home." My experience in adopting a horse through SAFE was excellent. I felt that SAFE was in every way honest and transparent about every aspect of the horse I adopted and the adoption process. I am also impressed with how SAFE takes the time to follow up on the progress of each horse once adopted. I hope to adopt more rescue horses in the future, and my first choice would be to adopt through SAFE!

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the work SAFE does to help horses in need. I follow SAFE horses - both current horses and horses that have found new lives through SAFE. I love hearing the stories of how they reach out to horses in need. Also, I have attended their fun show (entry fees used to help horses). Someday when I'm able to adopt a horse in need (currently have 2 horses) I will go to SAFE.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had been looking to adopt a horse for quite sometime, and was very happy when I was able to adopt "Chance" through the safe.org. This NP was so thorough in the process of checking out the potential homes for their animals, I was amazed. They had only the best interest of that animal in mind. The horse community that this NP sprang from is so devoted to their cause, I have nothing but the utmost respect for these caregivers. I have recommended this NP to several of my Nursing friends, and have continued to boast about my horse "Chance". It has been just over a year now that i have had him, and am still continually amazed by the amount of support ( advice, friendships, knowledge) that i still receive.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SAFE placed two horses with a client of mine and I was so impressed with the whole transaction. They sent someone out to look at what my client had to offer. They checked for safety and comfort for the horses and suitability of the herd they would be entering into. They then selected two horses that best met the needs of my client. They then transported the two and made sure the transition went smoothly. They were in contact with them every step of the way and they continue to get updates. What a joy it is to find an organization that cares so deeply for these horses who in many instances would end up at a slaughter house. I have recommended a check of their site to many of my horse friends, trainers and clients. I can only hope that with support they can continue their very worthwhile venture.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was so impressed with the care horses receive at this facility. They don't have a lot to work with financially, but make every dollar count.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't say enough good things about SAFE. I was a foster home for several SAFE horses, and I was amazed at the care given to all of the horses in need. I started out just wanting to offer a safe place for a horse to stay to becoming a true believer in what SAFE does. They put the horses interest above all else to make sure that they are loved, cared for and introduced into a qualified forever home.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know Jodi, a weekly volunteer at Save and her love & passion for these extaordinary animals is inspiring. I'm greatful to all of their volunteers, taking time from busy lives to care and love these animals
and show them the good in the world. It's what is right in the world. My favorite thing that Jodi does is to buy horse treats and when they see her coming they know right away it's going to be a good day. They come running up to her and she gets nudged and bumped until she hands over
the goods!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow, I can't say enough good things about these folks. Perhaps a list would be a good place to start.
* dedicated
* hard working
* careful with their money
* help the community by taking in horses in need
* support the community by letting 4-h kids use their riding arena
* support students learning to be vet techs by allowing them to work on their horses for dentals and exams with a teacher
* Jaime is incredible with the hours she donates- including being with horses 24/7 when they are foaling or ill
* horses are seen by a vet when needed
* horses are well fed, at good weights, and always have clean water and shelter. They wear well fitting, clean blankets in the colder weather. Blankets are removed periodicaaly to check the horses' progress and weight.
*horses receive farrier care

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This organization does really great things for horses that are abandoned or sick/injured. The volunteers have a great deal of compassion and drive.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

SAFE has really been a great place to volunteer so far. Everyone gives all the horses the love and kindness that they deserve. It's just amazing how far some of these horses have come both physically and mentally. One horse in particular, came in all skin and bone and depressed. I've only seen pictures of her back then because I wasn't here when she first came, but now she is just beautiful and has such a spunky flirty personality. She performs now in shows and gets great training! I just love what they are doing, helping these horses that were once forgotten, they are now loved and cared for by the people at SAFE. I also believe they are fair in their adoptions. Not too strict, but also have reference and property checks. Therefore, horses WILL find great new forever homes :)

They have given me the oppurtunity to help and care for these horses, just showing them love and affection I think helps a lot.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Imagine a pasture full of horses, unfed, unwatered, without shelter from rain, wind, sun, left alone except with their comrades in suffering, to starve. And the local Sheriff, accompanied by a local rescue organization, armed with determined initiative and heart, puts all legalities in place to seize the animals simply to save their lives that moment, that day, some of whom would not survive another.

Imagine a horse being so abused and mistreated by its owners or “handlers” that it cannot tolerate being approached, touched, petted or loved, let alone brushed, haltered or saddled. And a local rescue organization, simply for the love of horses and their inherent value to our lands, our culture, our history and their own, slowly works to reestablish in this horse a trust of humans, an acceptance of love and a gentle hand.

Imagine a yearling, wearing a halter too small for its head, having been left in a field, neglected, the halter not changed or simply removed as the horse grew, such that the baby's head grew around the halter, cutting through it's nose bone as the bone grew around the halter.

Imagine a racehorse, at five years of age, being sold because he cannot race anymore, to be turned into meat, dogfood, or glue, a gorgeous animal filled with love and forgiveness, pulled off an auction block at the last minute, just before being sent to slaughter.

Save a Forgotten Equine (SAFE) has saved lives of horses, has given them a chance not only simply to survive but to live long and healthy lives, whether as companions (some, due to previous abuse, injury or unattended illness, etc., cannot be ridden), pleasure (trail riding, e.g.) or show horses (jumping, dressage, Western).

For some of these animals, mere survival was a miracle in itself. But for some survival was a heartbreaking impossibility due to the horribly advanced stages of their illnesses, extent of their injuries and effects of the abuse they suffered.

Save a Forgotten Equine survives because of the generous donations of those who love horses, and who understand and care enough too. This non-profit organization is run solely by volunteers who help clean stalls, feed and water the horses, turn them out to pastures for exercise, and love them. Through volunteering of their time and effort, the volunteers also learn about these animals, how to care for them, and most importantly how their touch, their love, merely their presence, makes an invaluable difference in the lives of some of our most majestic animals.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

SAFE has always showed leadership and great guidance in the rescue field. They have helped our county in many rescue situations. They provide a very professional and organized rescue faciltiy. I refer people to them for finding potential life-long equine friends and they do an incredibe job with their rehab program. They are an outstanding example of an efficent, giving non-profit.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Almost two years ago, one of my beloved horses passed away, and left behind a very lonely buddy. SAFE was able to match us up with a foster horse to be a companion to Mac. Fostering was a great option for us, and helped us through a very difficult time. When we lost Mac to age related issues, we brought in a second foster horse.

I've found the SAFE organization a very compassionate and caring group of folks. They truly put the needs of the horses first and they are committed to doing what's right for horses that are many times abused or abandoned. They are great folks who really make a difference.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a very worthwhile organization, especially in these times of economic difficulties when many people are abandoning their horses. This group provides much care with very limited resources and depends totally upon private donations and volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

...Having been anwoman blessed with the love of a horse that had been abused and how kindness changed her life and her unconditional love changed mine, I believe with all my heart the importance of the work of SAFE. Horses have historically been throw away items. The world needs people to save the noble equines that have given there all and deserve to live their lives out in peace.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My review is excellence. I have never seen so many people committed to love, time, affection,rehab, training and finding abused horses an adequate, loving and for keeps home. The organization and ample committed volunteers give there time, energy and love of horses consistently. The take a ruined horse and breath new life into them. It's beautiful to watch. I give Safe 100 stars for always being there.


Rebecca Lovejoy

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My horse shares a barn with a SAFE rescue horse and up until that time I didn't know any "rescuses" personally. This awesome guy was saved from sure death and has had a loving environment in which he thrives and is very much a part of the herd. SAFE is an organization that not only rescues horses but works with all areas of horse owner education and equine rehabilitation. As our world gets smaller and the economy is changing SAFE has had to work even harder to create and maintain a safe and quality environment for horses and people. Contributing to SAFE directly contributes to many areas of prevention and good quality education for anyone interested in equine ownership, volunteering or just loving horses from afar .

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SAFE is a stellar equine rescue for a litany of reasons:

- horses that come in to the rescue are evaluated by a veterinarian, receive immediate vet and farrier care, and are then rehabilitated and professionally trained, when appropriate (training improves a horse's chance at finding a long-lasting home)

- horses are matched to adopters as carefully as possible

- SAFE continues to act as a safety net throughout the lifetime of each horse adopted through SAFE

- financial transparency (all money is accounted for publicly - nearly all funds are used for program services; no one receives a salary nor is there inurement)

- SAFE is responsible with their funds and will not take in more horses than it can afford

- SAFE is ethical; any issues a horse might have are fully disclosed to the public and any potential adopters

- SAFE has a responsible and rational euthanization policy to which it adheres

- SAFE offers community outreach (e.g. help with the cost of euth/disposal; help with cost of gelding; help with feed costs) that is designed to offer temporary one-time financial assistance to qualified responsible horseowners, which helps the PNW horse-owning community

- SAFE holds an annual horse show for fundraising purposes and also to showcase rescued horses

- SAFE offers occasional educational clinics (e.g. a groundwork clinic) to educate horse owners

- SAFE is very well-organized regarding its horses: it has spreadsheets for all of its equine charges to ensure no horse misses a deworming, vaccination, or farrier care

- SAFE provides educational and advisory support to its adopters at their behest

- SAFE works with local county Animal Control agencies, as well as equine veterinarians and other rescue groups to assist horses in need

- SAFE meets and exceeds AAEP guidelines and standards, which are fairly exacting.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a horse from SAFE and he is the love of my life! Initially, I was leary of the adoption process when I read about it on paper yet, the volunteers from SAFE made the entire process easy and stress-free. There are many steps to the process to ensure the safety of the horse. The volunteers are diligent in their efforts to find these beautiful animals forever homes. I found everyone to be friendly, professional and committed to the process. The horse I adopted had been cared for lovingly since his birth and is today blossoming into an amazing yearling. Thank you SAFE for helping me to complete my family with my equine son, Sampson.

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Kristin A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SAFE is an amazing organization that helps provide care to many abused horses and to find them loving forever homes. SAFE is doing an exemplary job in providing the care that these horses so desperately needed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Save a Forgotten Equine is a fantastic organization that does so much for the horses in their care. I have been involved with them for about a year and have watched them save so many that would have otherwise faced unthinkable fates. The animals that come to them starved and mistreated are allowed, thru their efforts, to go on to new lives with loving families.

As a lifelong horse lover, I can't tell you how happy it makes me to know there is a place like SAFE around to take of the horses that need them.

jwatters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering with SAFE for a little over a year now and have been constantly impressed with their professionalism and ability to rehabilitate the horses in their care. These animals come to SAFE with broken bodies and depressed spirits and go on to forever homes as strong and loving companions. They do so much for these magnificent creatures that, by no fault of their own, find themselves in deplorable conditions. I am honored to be able to do some small part to help in their efforts.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have followed this organization from their beginning. They have done amazing work. This is one horse rescue that maintains a transparent policy. They post their financials for all to see. The one time I remember a horse they adopted out wasn't taken care of, they took him back, rehabbed him and adjusted their policies so it would not happen again. Truly an above board, effective rescue.

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Holly H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Keep up the great work S.AF.E. You are filling an important void here in Western Washington. Thank you for your love and compassion to a population of wonderful horses that others would just as soon give up on. All of God's creatures deserve respect and love. Two thumbs up!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SAFE does great work! Kudos to you and your group. My friend Debi has helped out with your organization for a long time.

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