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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The Arabian Rescue Mission is dedicated to rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of arabian horses in need. 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 13 years we have helped over 2000 horses out of bad situations or just into new homes. Our new gelding assistance program has helped 10 stallions become geldings and our euthanasia assistance and owner assistance programs are slated to begin this year in 2017.

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

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopting a horse... ARM makes it easy.

I adopted an Arabian gelding from ARM in the Fall of 2016, which prompted me to visit the Kentucky farm twice and interact extensively on the phone with Terry and her staff responsible for the application process. I have been very impressed by this organization and how smooth the adoption process has been for me from beginning to end. ARM is a true no-nonsense rescue organization that will work with you in a very professional and collaborative manner to give you the best chance to adopt the most suitable horse for you. They will honestly disclose all they know - even if it is not much - about the horse's background, its level of training and their perception of the horse's personality, will help you arrange transportation and respond to your questions, even after the horse has left their premises. Michelle Preston, the trainer in KY, is an excellent rider and a patient and experienced trainer who ensures the horses are given the best start possible at their farm, no matter how difficult the horse and how terrible its past life may have been. She treats every horse in her herd as an individual and every horse gets some attention. Terry does not count her time when it comes to discussing horses you may be interested in, she has a deep knowledge of Arabian bloodlines and the potential future career of each of the horses on her farms. She truly works with you to make it a win-win for the horse and its future owner.

In my experience, ARM is composed of a very dedicated team of experienced and caring horse professionals and is providing a terrific service to the horse community. It deserves our respect and support.

Pennilynn M.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I was introduced to Arabian Rescue Mission when my beloved Arabian horse Banner my companion while I was growing up and during my military service passed away 3 January 2013. We had adopted a rescued horse from Longmeadow Rescue Ranch Michelle Banner did have a buddy and we could all take turns riding and Duncan and I were lost when we lost Banner. Friends of mine emailed me different links to different rescues. I emailed & called Terry from Arabian Rescue Mission. She responded quickly with empathy, compassion, understanding, & help. Now, 4 years later, not only did ARM help Duncan & me rebuild a little of our herd, heal the impacting loss of Banner, & help a rescued horse have a forever home, I am honored to be able to have help Foster transport rehabilitate rehome other horses for Arabian Rescue Mission as well as adults a couple of other horses to have a forever home with us. Arabian Rescue Mission not only helps with saving the Arabian Horses, their bloodlines, & protecting their heritage & ancestry, but the organization & various members rally to different states even to help horses in bad situations, like from abuse & neglect & seizure from breeder / owners to get to safe places. ARM has networked across the country so there are a few people, volunteers like me, that help foster horses to be able to help each other in various situations. Whether a foster horse is having a difficult time in particular foster home we network & find a different foster home, sometimes "trading" foster horses. Several times, the fostered horses found their forever home within days of being moved to a new foster fARMly. I am so grateful to be able to help ARM with helping transport & foster horses. In loving Memory of Banner.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I lost my equine companion of 25 years 3 January 2013. We had adopted a rescued horse from another wonderful rescue organization August 2012 to be Banner's companion and additional riding partner for our family. Duncan and I were devastated and lost with the loss of Banner. Duncan refused to move from the Banner's stall or paddock to eat; I moped, wandered, cried, and often Duncan and I would stand together in sorrow by Banner's empty stall. It took me a few weeks to even be able to clean the stall and reorganize. Duncan and I went for long walks. as I posted my sorrow on facebook, several friends very gently offered me a couple websites for adopting horses, one of them being the Arabian Rescue Mission. I started opening the website, and kept seeing a horse named Maksymiliian the 1st one to pop up needing a halo, and a new home. My husband, over dinner one day, very gently said he noticed Duncan seems to lost, and I am still so sad; wondering about getting another horse for Duncan...
So after discussion and contemplation, I was able to contact Terry Figueroa at the Arabian Rescue Mission. She was so understanding, personable, up front, & honest. She was able & willing to work with me, and eventually, a month later, 2 March 2013, I picked up Maks as well as another horse Isaak who was attached to Maks and in desperate need of fostering and retraining from the Ky farm of Arabian Rescue Mission. I was able to stay in contact with Terry, via email, facebook, texts, and phone calls. She offered help, advice, and contacts in trying to help Isaak getting his new forever home. Presently, I am proud to say, I am able to help transport and foster a couple other rescues at a time to help out ARM. I am grateful to be able to be a trusted person in their huge ongoing endeavor to help horses and owners in desperate situations all over the country. Over the past 2 years, I have seen this rescue organization go the 2nd, 3rd, 4th mile; above and beyond trying to help horses of any breed, not just Arabians, from seizures, slaughter, abandonment, or owner surrenders and finding foster or forever homes for them, helping desperate owners, even traveling states away to pick up horses and move them to safe havens.
Arabian Rescue Mission also works so hard to match horses to prospective owners. A detailed, thorough adoption request with pictures is required and thoroughly evaluated before any horse gets adopted out to hopefully prevent recurrence of negative situations. Discussion of how the horse will be managed, housed, fed, vetted, used, etc. Potential contingency plans as well in case something were to happen. Continued correspondence with many new owners.
I have no qualms with adopting another horse from Arabian Rescue Mission or being able to help with any that need transportation or fostering, because I know I have their support and the horse' s best interest in mind.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

If it wasn't for Terry, we never would have found ARM. A recent heartbreaking loss sent us on the quest for another quality Arabian. To be completely honest, we weren't looking for a "rescue" horse. We were a bit prejudiced…rescued Arabs surely need loads of work from years of neglect and abuse, or their conformation must be horrible for anyone to give them up, right?

That night surfing online changed our minds and our lives for the good permanently. For whatever reason, we decided to google Arabian rescue and the rest is history as they say. The email, led to a call which eventually led to the arrival of this absolutely wonderful youngster. He is everything we could ever have asked for, which proves that there is the right horse for someone out there. We just need to open our minds and hearts. Any unfortunate circumstance can place a person in a situation wherein they need to re-home their horse(s).

Terry has been absolutely amazing to deal with. She has taken time out of her busy life to talk on the phone and through countless emails. She is an absolute blessing to the Arabian and those of us desiring a horse that needs a loving forever home.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved in horse rescue for many years, I have seen many well meaning people try to rescue. But the only rescue I have seen stick to thier mission, help others achieve thiers and truly help horses is Arabian rescue mission. Thier ethical and open practices leave no complaints. I have donated several times over the years, I have witnessed this orginization take on entire herds of neglected horses and turn them around and re home them. If you are interested in thier projects please take a closer look into ARM to see what a rescue is supposed to look like. They are always first to step up and see it through for all of the animals in thier care. Amazing orginization with ethics and a heart the size if texas.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Terry and Arabian rescue are so much more then just a rescue. They are family. Their work for the Horses in nothing short of miraculous. Every horse gets special love and attention. Something they probably never had. Terry has gone beyond for me. She has become a very special person in my life. She allowed me, someone who knows very little about horses, to adopt one special appaloosa. She worked with me and taught me everything I needed to know. My horse and I now share a life long bond filled with love and respect. I believe in anything can happen and it has been proven to me through the work that Terry and Arabian rescue Mission do everyday. God Bless her, her volunteers and all the people involved in this truly miraculous organization.

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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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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 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.

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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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.

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.

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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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

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.

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.

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!