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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

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I adopted a mare from Bright Futures Farm in 2003 by the name of Dexter's First Lady (Abby). She was a starvation case and was so weak that Bev had her slung up in a sling in her stall when I first met her. She was approximately 26 years old. I fell in love and agreed to adopt her if/when she was strong enough to travel. Bev brought her to my farm 3 weeks later on my birthday. Abby passed away a year and a half ago, but over the years I had her Bev and I stayed in touch, even after I moved cross-country from PA to KY. Bev even came to visit Abby. : ) Several months after Abby died, Bev told me about a TB mare rescued from the Sugarcreek auction in Ohio. She was in foal and needed a place to have her baby. I agreed to foster "Singing Breeze" and drove to Ohio to pick her up. As it turns out, this pretty little mare is a daughter of the great Affirmed and the dam of several racehorses who have earned respectable amounts of money. She was in foal to Stephen Got Even. It is unclear how she got to Sugarcreek. When I had her checked by my vet in KY, she had lost her foal. Not at all surprising, given the stress of the auction and the travel involved. Through the kindness and relentless networking of Bev and many others involved in horse rescue, she was bought off of the van headed to a Canadian slaughterhouse. Breezy is now my mare, no longer a foster. (Once again, I fell in love.) Over the years I have been happy to help Bright Futures however I can. Bev SUCCESSFULLY was able to bring charges against the woman who starved Abby using pictures and weight-tape measurements that I religiously reported monthly to Bright Futures. When Bev had a filly at a training center here in KY who needed to be photographed and examined, I was able to help out. That filly, Invisible Girl, now happily resides in OH. I have helped Bev procure the halters of famous horses for her fundraiser every year. When a gelding somehow related to Barbaro needed radiographs before being placed in a home, I radiographed him and got a vet to read the films for no charge. Even just today, I asked Bev to list a horse I know who is in need of a home. Within an hour, he had many hits on his page. What makes Bev and Bright Futures extraordinary in my eyes is her commitment to the whole rescue/adoption process. She carefully screens each adopter and follows up to be sure that the horse is being cared for properly. She networks with other groups and pools resources. She maintains strong relationships and looks for ways to improve her organization and provide funding. And, of course, she LOVES the animals in her care. She is passionate, hard-working, and selfless in her efforts. I believe that it is a testimony to her organization and herself that people such as myself who have adopted one (or two) of her horses continue to help and support her. If I had the money, I'd send her all I could...but like many of us, I need to feed my own four-legged babies! Please strongly consider Bright Futures Farm as the beneficiary of your award. It would go such a long way in helping them help our equine friends in need! Thank you!!!

Review from Guidestar

Kelley W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bright Futures is a great organization that cares for the welfare of every animal, not just the horses. Bev Dee has a huge heart and continues to look after her "kids" even when they are no longer in her care. I've been to her farm and seen firsthand the hard work and dedication she puts in on a daily basis to provide quality care to the horses she's saved. She has called me for advice on training issues for fosters and OTTB's because she wants to see them go on and be great horses for their new families. If she can help in any way, she goes above and beyond to do it. The world needs more people like her.

Review from Guidestar

Janice D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

If anyone knows how much work horses are, although very relaxing and who knows where the time goes. But it is time very well spent. I don't know if people really realize what goes on behind the scene of a horse rescue, there is a lot involved. For starters Feeding, grooming, cleaning stalls, water buckets, blanketing in the winter. Most expensive expenses are probably between feed and Vet care. Then you have vaccines, farrier "foot care" etc. Also horses need to have their teeth "floated" on occasion. Horses are not usually well taken care of when rescued by a rescue so it takes extra expenses and a lot of tlc. That is were Bright Future Farm comes into play. They are a wonderful, caring facility. Rescue has many sides to the picture, sometimes the horse doesn't make it, because it was too far gone when rescued. Thank you Bright Future Farm for all of your hard work.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Being highly involved in horse rescues, I can attest to the honesty and professionalism that Bev Dee and Bright Futures Farm conducts themselves. In a world of shady rescues, this is a stellar example of how a rescue should be run with the truly compassionate manner the horses are dealt with and ultimately rehabiliated and rehomed, not only to anyone who will take the horses, but homes that have been screened and that assure that each horse will end it jouney of fear and abuse to live in it's forever home. I can't express enough how deserving Bright Futures Farm is to be granted the $5000 to continue their mission of saving horses.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I adopted a thoroughbred from Bright Futures. He may have faced a slaughter house had if Bright Futures had not rescued him. Although this wonderful animal was only 6 yrs old at the time, his life could have ended miserably simply because he could no longer race. The sad truth for many of the thoroughbreds off the track is that they are considered disposable when their racing careers end. Bright Futures Farms rescues as many of these great athletes as possible.

Review from Guidestar

Laura M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bright Futures Farm is an EXCELLENT organization! They rescue horses in need - horses that have been abused, starved and neglected - and successfully rehabilitate them and find them loving, forever homes. Many of the horses they save are from the auction pipeline, so Bright Futures rescues them from being slaughtered in Canada or Mexico.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In these troubling economic times folks are struggling with choosing between putting food on their table or taking care of their animals. Needless to say the human food comes first. Consequently Rescues and Shelters are being inundated with animals. Now if all these animals were cats or dogs - it would be much easier to find space for them - they however are not - they are Equids ( Horses, Donkeys, Mules, Ponies and the like) and they require a fair amount of space, and fair amount of feed, not to mention the assundry care - veterinarian, farrier, equine dentist. You cannot just throw a horse out into a pasture and forget about them.
Because of the overwhelming abundance of horses in danger of heading to Auction House feedlots/slaughter pens, there have been many many "rescues" pop up overnight - and the majority of overnight ones are bogus. It is very easy to say you are a rescue, what it is not as easy to do is actually rescue these animals and take care of them 24/7 365 days a week. This is where Bright Futures Farm has stepped up to the plate. They take in the forgotten, the neglected, the owners down on luck horses. Unfortunately they CANNOT do it alone they rely on donations and volunteers. One horse - with no medical issues - who lives in your backyard - so no board fee, and proper care costs an average of $1500 a year . Multiply that by the number of horses the rescue has and that is a phenominal amount of money. Bottom line is - they need your help. I am a foster for Brite Futures Farm - this means I am fostering a horse for them - he is a 11 y/o Standardbred gelding who won over $213,000 in his racing career, but he is more than that, he is a horse that holds a piece of my heart. I couldnt fathom what his life would have turned out to be had Brite Futures not stepped up to the plate to help him. Sometimes you do the right thing because its the right thing to do. Awarding this deserving rescue with this money - IS the right thing to do.

Review from Guidestar

Fivesmoothstones Rescue A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Beverlee Dee is absolutely professional and runs a top-notch equine rescue organization. Our group evaluated Bright Futures Farm before becoming associated with Bright Futures Farm and found that they not only take EXCELLENT care of their horses, but also hold to every legal requirement in their fundraising and financials. They are completely transparent and honest in everything they do. This is an excellent organization in every way!