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Bright Futures Farm

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  • EIN 25-1856756
  • (724) 496-4960
  • 238 Old Franklin Pike Cochranton PA 16314 USA

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Accept retired horses that are no longer used for racing and work with several loca famlies interested in first time ownership of horses with classes in care feeding maintenance nutrition and safety

Programs: Operations of rescue horse farm

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Crystal25

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter had volunteered ant Bright Future Farms for her senior project. So I got to see hands on the time she spends with her rescue horses and the hard work she does every day with them. And this does not even account for the time she spends finding the horses a new home. Little did we know that Bright Futures Farms (Bev) would be such a huge help when we needed help rescuing our horse and finding him a new home. We had found our horse a new home since we were moving and would not have the facility to keep him any longer. We thought the people were going to give him a wonderful loving home, only to find out he had lost about 200 pounds in 6 months. I had talked with Bev who helped me from day one at trying to find him a new place to live that would give him a home with loving people. She did just that! The hard work she does for Bright Futures Farms and the care she gives to each and every horse is such an unconditional love for animals. I truly do not know what I would have done without her help. She makes sure that each horse is going to get the care it needs so that it will not be mistreated and that the new owner and horse would be a good match so the horse can live the rest of its life happy with its new owners. Thank you Bright Future Farms! Crystal Milford

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have nothing but the utmost respect for Bright Futures Farm and the owner/creator, Bev. She is an amzing person that is incredibly inspirational with all that she does for th sake of these animals. I have adopted the horse that has truly become one of my best friends. He was an ex-racehorse that did not prove himself a racetrack winner so he was to be shipped off to his death until he was rescued by Bright Futures Farm who saw his amazing potential. Bright Futures Farm is a wonderful rescue where I have not only found my dream horse but was also helped tremendously when trying to rescue another horse that was about to suffer the same fate had nothing been done. She found an adopter for him right away and he now has a happy life which could not have been possible without Bright Futures Farm. I would be more than happy to continue to help out there anytime!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted the horse that has truly become one of my best friends. He was an ex-racehorse that did not prove himself a racetrack winner so was to be shipped off to his death until he was rescued by Bright Futures Farm who saw his amazing potential. Bright Futures Farm is a wonderful rescue where I have not only found my dream horse but was also immensely helped when trying to rescue another horse that was about to suffer had nothing been done. She found an adopter for him right away and he now has a happy life which could not have been possible without Bright Futures Farm.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are an adoptive family to a thoroughbred former race horse mare that had an injury to its hoof that ended its racing career. The glitz and glamour of the racing days is interesting to research but the real joy we have is the daily beauty and enjoyment of being able to care for and absolutely love such a fine horse. Her years of training and regimented racing career make her such a pleasure to have at our family farm. Bev and Bright Futures Farms have made our dream home and dream horse farm a reality. We are extremely happy to know that this horse that gave so much to so many will "not" be merely discounted and sent to slaughter or mistreated and abused in any way shape or form, but is now at her forever home and loved as she should be!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Sue Latkowski. I live in Washington county Pa. were my sister and I take care of several horses and other animals. Up until last year we had always been able to rent farmland or pasture to keep our horses on. We have 4 mares, 3 geldings and a paint breeding stock stallion who is 20 years old. We were keeping our stallion and 1 of our geldings together on a farm in Houston PA. but last year the owner passed away and the farm was sold. We had less than 2 months to remove the horses and could not find any property to rent to put them on. Here in western Pa there has been a gas well boom from the Marcellas Shale and nobody was interested in keeping up fencing and renting property anymore. None of the boarding facilities wanted a stallion and Black was to old to geld. We were backed into a corner and faced with the prospct of putting Black down. I decided to put out a general plea for help to all of the area rescues through e-mail and Bev Dee from Bright Futures Farm called me. To be honest, I was more than a little surprised to hear from anyone. I know how overwhelmed most rescues are and finding one that would take a stallion was a real long shot. But Bev told me Bright Futures worked with a woman up in New York who was able to keep 2 stallions at her facilty and because one of them had passed away last year they had an opening and could give Black a home. My sister and I were overwhelmed because we so close to having to put Black down. It wasn't that we couldn't afford to take care of Black, it was because we didn't have a farm of our own and had no where to keep him. We had owned Black and most of our other horses for 15 years and it was devestating to think of losing him that way. Bev and Bright futures farm gave Black his life and a home. She came and picked him up and drove him all the way to New York where he is today. I'll never be able to thank Bright Futures Farm and Bev enough for giving Black a second chance.

Sincerely,
Sue Latkowski

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

When it became obvious that the new home we had found for our beloved horse was not providing proper care, Bright Futures Farm helped us find him a loving and caring home.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bev is a dedicated individual with a kind heart. We adopted our first "rescue" horse from Bev.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was looking for a forever home for a retired draft horse and pony. Despite the fact that neither fit the retired thoroughbred or riding horse scenario Bev helped to place both in a timely and sympathetic manner. I recieve updates on both animals and am very pleased with the homes provided for both animals. I appreciated her understanding and work to make it all happen. It was a great experience and have recommended Bright Futures Farm many times.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is well-maintained, well-organized, and devoted to second chances for many talented and giving animals. Their primary motivator is the well-being of the animal and they should be commended for it.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Without the help of Beverly and others working to help Bright Futures Farm my family would not have our wonder horse La Mamasita. La Mamasita was a race horse and when her race season ended she was given to another trainer that said she would be racing her the next year. The new trainer was less than honest and La Mamasita ended up at a few auctions and became scared when she was left at her last auction. The results were she was too scared to let anyone near her and she sold to slaughter. With out the help of Bright Futures Farms she would have ended up in a very bad situation. Thousands of horses every year end up on slaughter trucks heading to their death. Alot of these horses were just sold because their owners could no longer afford them or don't know any other way to sell their horses to get them a new home before they can't afford to feed them not knowing what their fate will be at the end. Bright Futures Farm steps in when there seems to be no hope for these horses left and saves as man as they can to be re-homed into loving families each horse Bright Futures re-homes Now has a Bright Future ahead of them.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a horse that was in desperate need of a new home. Not only did Bright Futures farm step in to help when they were already over full, they found him the exact environment I had requested. I am happy to say that the horse today enjoys a very comfortable life as a lesson horse. he is well loved and well cared for.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

About 10 years ago, I found myself with a very sweet 12-year-old horse who had chronic COPD. I could no longer afford to keep her and I was terrified she would end up in a bad place. On the Internet, I found out about Bright Futures and contacted Beverlee. She came out to NJ to pick up Brenda, and I felt confident Brenda would be able to stay at Bright Futures even if she was never well enough to be ridden again. Brenda got the care and medication she needed to cope with her breathing problems (and other medical issues). She lived another 1 1/2 years at Bright Futures before dying of natural causes. I will always be grateful to Bright Futures for letting her live out her time with dignity under the care of someone who also loved her.

Review from Guidestar

Annette F.

Client Served

Rating: 4

We took 2 Thoroughbred horses that needed a good home. Gene and Brittany are awesome and we have had nothing but pleasure with them. Bright Future Farms ensured that we were an acceptable farm and was adequately qualified to adopt these two horses. Bev has been wonderful and I send her pictures of the horses progress. With places like Bright Future Farms; horses have a chance to have a normal, safe, loving home, and I appreciate them.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bev does an absolute wonderful job w/ her horses. We adopted Tommy's On A Roll from her about 7 years ago. She makes sure that the adopted horses go to great homes. And all of the advocate work she does for retired racehorses exceeds expectations. She has truely given up her life for the love of horses.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was looking for the horse of my dreams and I found it at Bright Future Farms. My horse, Abraham, had been abandoned and left to die. I was a little hesitant about buying a horse I had never ridden before. Bright Future Farms videotaped Abraham being ridden and sent it to me. I bought my white Arabian immediately. AND their customer service is awesome because I had a million questions that Beverlee answered so patiently. I emailed her so many times. Her expertise proved invaluable to me and to Abraham. I love BFF and the personnel that work there. I have recommended them to my friends who were seeking horses.
Sincerely,
Denise Fischer in PA

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I donated my TB to Bright Futures Farm because he was injured and could not do dressage. They took excellent care of him, found him a perfect home, and have kept me updated on his status for the last 7 years. They do what they say they do and fulfill a very great need for those of us that love horses.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I rescued a horse in a desperate situation in 12/10 through a contact that was facilitated by Bev Dee at Bright Futures Farm. I have livestock experience, and I had plenty of room in my barn for an old horse with no shelter named Bandit. Bev was tireless in her support of telling me exactly how to care for him (my first horse), down to every detail. Without her moral support and guidance I could never have done such a good job with him.
I also met Bev and saw her 14 horses at Bright Futures Farm. Her horses are extremely well cared for and happy. she patiently answered all my questions and took the time to show me her set-up in the barn, even though it was a very cold day.
Bev's dedication to saving the lives of as many horses as she can is such an inspiration to me. She's my hero.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was looking for a horse and somehow ended up on the website for Bright Futures Farm. I went to the site several times and finally one day found the horse of my dreams. I called Bev Dee, the director to ask about his availability and when I found he was still available, I filled out the application and sent it along. Bev was very careful to scrutinize my answers to be certain the horse was going to the proper home where he'd be cared for appropriately. I was very impressed with the extent of the questions and felt comfortable that I was dealing with a good organization. There is no question in my mind that Bright Futures Farm is very consciencious about its adoptions and should be helped financially in any way possible. All rescue organizations should be as good as this.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a lovely TB from Bright Futures in 2004. Since that time he was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder that eventually caused him to go blind. Bright Futures has never stopped being kind, supportive, compassionate and helpful. They truly are wonderful people doing wonderful things for horses and other animals. Our 4-legged friends are fortunate Bright Futures exists.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

We purchased a horse from Bright Future Farms. We are very please with what they are doing and highly recommend them to anyone.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a really great organization. I was looking for a horse for myself when I found their website. I ended up fostering a great thoroughbred named Envious and ultimatly helped find her a permanante home.

My experience with Bright Futures has opened my eyes to the plight of OTTB's and was a motivating force for starting my own business that supports these animals as sport and pleasure horses. I am now working with horse lovers in my area to get more of these great animals out of the auctions and into the stables.

Review from Guidestar