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Horse Rescue Relief and Retirement Fund Inc

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Causes: Animal-Related, Animals

Mission: The mission of Save the Horses is to improve the quality of life for all horses, thereby improving the lives of people through their bond with the horses. We are committed to the rescue and rehabilitation of equines suffering from abuse, as well as the successful retirement of working equines. We strive to improve public awareness and knowledge regarding the standards of care necessary to insure the health and safety of all equines.

Results: Thanks to your generous donations, we have been able to help rescue over 1000 needy horses since 1998. We are funded totally by donations and fund raising. We receive no government assistance. You are the angels who help us Save The Horses. With horses are therapist's, hundreds of humans have been touched by these wonderful animals every day.

Target demographics: horses, children, elderly and all humans bond and find comfort in their daily lives.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 100 horses find safe homes and 27 Barn Buddy participants loved and bonded with the horses.

Geographic areas served: Georgia and SE U.S.

Programs: BARN BUDDY PROGRAM for foster and adopted children to bond with horses in foster care at the rescue farm. PINK HORSE SHOE FUND to raise money for horses who have cancer to get lifesaving treatment. FIELD TRIPS, SCOUTS, COMMUNITY OUTREACH. NURSING HOME VISITS with our miniature horses bring smiles to the residents.

Community Stories

111 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

John C.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We love SaveTheHorses! I started bringing my daughters a couple of years ago. The rescue has become like a second home to us. It is a place that fosters love, patient's and kindness.
We loved it so much we moved to the country and adopted 2 horses. Our family will never be the same again and I wouldn't trade it for the world.

1 Sue P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been like coming home!! I grew up with horses and missed them over the years. Then I found STH! I would truly be lost if I didn’t have this in my life!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Cheryl in 2004 and although due to my poor health I have not been able to volunteer like I aspired to; I can say with full confidence Cheryl is a vessel used by god to do good for animals and people. She has a giant heart overflowing with compassion like I’ve never experienced before. Her compassion has led her to create an amazing nurturing environment. I’m grateful for the volunteering we’ve done through the years- painting the goat barn, mucking stalls, socializing horses, feed, water and grooming. If you’re hesitant to volunteer- do yourself a huge favor and go and learn the happiness that only comes from giving in the manner that Cheryl has. We love you Cheryl!!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are absolutely devoted to the rescue and care of these incredible animals, many of which would have been put down without the heart of cheryl and all the volunteers. I'm proud to have her as a neighbor and friend.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for over a year and it has been a welcome therapy from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The animals I have seen come through change you, they help you to become a better person just as much as you help them with their issues. No matter the terrible situations they come from they are so forgiving of so much and still find a way to overcome so much and recognize that you are here to help them. When I can't work at the barn because of life I still try to help out with fundraisers and donations as much as I can. I have found my special horse here and am in the process of adopting him and wouldn't consider any other option. The joy I get from seeing the animals as they are transformed and get their own forever homes is the greatest reward of all. Save The Horses saves more than just horses too so you get to enjoy a variety of animals and give them love as if they were your own because, in a way, they are....and they all love you for it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Save the Horses for two years and it changed my life. I am very grateful to Cheryl for making this happen. End animal slaughter!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I moved to Georgia not knowing how my life would be changed in such a profound way! Being an empty nester in a new state, I set out to volunteer. That's where Save the Horses comes in. After attending their orientation I started to volunteer three days a week. The owner, Cheryl Flanagan, and the people who volunteer there took me in and embraced me as a friend right away. After seeing all the good that Cheryl does through this organization I immersed myself in volunteering not only with chores but spending hours with these beautiful souls...meditating, grooming, and just sharing space, helping them become comfortable with people again. My experience over the past nine months has impacted me so greatly that I have taken natural horsemanship classes and can no longer separate myself from horse rescue life. Although I was sad to move out of Georgia I am happy to say that I have adopted one of the rescues and I'm thrilled to welcome Tucker into our family! My heart is so full and I am so grateful for everything this organization does! Just scroll through pictures to see what he looked like when he came in...this organization performs miracles and saves lives every day!

1 Pading

Volunteer

Rating: 5

2015 began a new journey for me, when I retired following a company merger. I wanted to spend part of my retirement volunteering, so was looking for an organization where I could serve. I found Savethehorses.org on the Internet, and was impressed by their website, so signed up for their next volunteer orientation. I arrived early that morning, so wandered through the barn to see some of the 25 horses housed there. They were beautiful. Just as I got to the end of the stalls, there was a horse that literally took my breath away. She was so skinny, her ribs and hip bones stuck out. She had that look that was unmistakably one of giving up, with glazed over, so sad, eyes. Her name was Ruby Red. I started volunteering the following week and rarely miss a Wednesday at the farm. I became immediately hooked, serving these horses who came from all kinds of difficult backgrounds, injuries, neglect, with no reason to trust any human. Each week, I would gravitate toward Ruby, checking on her. Starvation and malnutrition create all kinds of physical problems with a horse, and Ruby was no exception. Patches of skin were missing, she had a pronounced limp, among many other issues. Over the next year and a half, I watched Ruby gain weight, gain confidence, and now she is a beautiful mare, who just about prances as I lead her out to her pasture. Ruby is a great example of what this organization does for horses who have gone through very tough times.

2 Paula83

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at Save the Horses for 2 years now. It first started as a way to occupying my free time with helping animals, but this place is so much more than just volunteering. This place is surrounded by love and good people that are now friends. It's a place that your forget all your problems and just fulfil your soul with happiness. I love STH.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been working as a volunteer at Save the Horses for almost one year and I love this place. They do a really good job helping not only horses, but all animals in need. The animals are well taken care of and they must feel all the love everybody gives them. It's great to be part of this rescue.

1 Alejandra Pena

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Save The Horses is honestly a Safe Haven for both animal and humans. I've been volunteering at STH for 4 years now and I don't have a single negative comment to say about this place. I've loved horses my whole life and I learned so much about them that I am now helping new people who want to learn!! The whole community is so friendly that they became family to me. All the horses and animals that have came to STH have the most heart breaking stories, but it is incredibly amazing watching them grow to be healthy and trustful again. I'm so happy and blessed to be part of this wonderful community for the past 4 years. Thank you Cheryl and everyone for all that you do for the horses!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's a great place to learn and get involved with horses!! I've been there for one and a half years now and it's been the best times of my life!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been volunteering 2 days a week for a year and a half. .We moved her from Ohio and wanted to volunteer and help out less fortunate people or animals..We went to the orientation and we were hooked! This place is AWESOME..The horses think they have died and went to heaven and all the other animals ( sheep, pigs,goats, turkeys and chickens ) finally have a home that they are fed and loved. .Most days it is hard work...but my husband and I feel blessed to spend time at this wonderful Rescue. I must also say the people that volunteer here are" My Kind Of People" hard workers, big hearts, and lots of love to give. ..

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

How to explain about a place that saves lives and can steal your heart. Save The Horses literally saves lives, animal and human. As a volunteer, adopter and foster for 5 years, this rescue truly rescues. It has helped me to relearn a lot of my horse knowledge and to know that I am doing my part in helping to save lives. We have seen so many positive outcomes for animals and humans. It is therapy to volunteer at Save The Horses.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for 4 years, an adopter for over 1 year and a foster for a couple of months...this is true rescue...it truly is about saving lives and providing loving care.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My best friend took me to Save the horses over a year ago and at first I believed since I "did a public service" one time was enough. I suffered a great deal of anxiety at that time, and I was a bit nervous about working with horses since I had zero experience. So I started off just volunteering once a week and it slowly graduated to four to sometimes five days a week haha. I developed such bonds with all the animals and I made friends with all the amazing volunteers before I had to move. Save the Horses helped me gain a confidence about myself I never knew I had and it gave me a purpose. I miss everything there is about this amazing rescue, thank you for everything.

1 Soph C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can not say enough great things about save the horses. I am never happier than when I am at the barn. Save the horses provides people and animals a happy place to be. I have learned so much since I started volunteering here. I have met the best people in my life here as well as the best horses. These animals have no reason to trust any humans ever again but with Cheryl's loving touch ( and the other volunteers) these horses learn to love and trust again. It's a beautiful thing to watch and I'm grateful to be part of it. My day is not complete if I do not go to the barn. Yes it is work but all the great people make it fun! Truely an amazing barn that has saved many people and animals❤️️ My best friend at save the horses is a goat named Roo. She was very sick when we got her but is doing well now. It has warmed my heart to be able to work and love this little girl. Tommy is just one of the many horses at save the horses. He has a story that would make you cry. He is very loving and sweet. He is still learning things and has become a lot braver now that he is being ridden and worked with more. These animals are loving and sweet.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a privileged team member at Save the Horses. I serve among amazing, dedicated and big hearted people, all drawn together by the desire to help animals that would be otherwise left to die. This organization is so much bigger than saving just horses. Pigs, chickens, turkeys, goats, cows, they all matter. Every single life matters and these animals are brought to safety and loved, sometimes for the first time in their lives. This isn’t about playing with horses and going riding, it’s about serving at the pleasure of the rescues. You can’t rush a halter on a horse and some times you sit there in the dirt waiting for an animal to come to you because it’s what they need. It isn’t glamorous. You scoop poop and scrub stalls and carry water. You level floors and clean equipment because it needs to be done and at the end of the shift you are relaxed and fulfilled. I think about my next visit everyday. Save the horses is an organization that deserves every penny that is donated and more. I truly believe that as the volunteers work to rehab the animals, the animals are rehabbing the volunteers just as well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

What a great charity to volunteer for! Great folks, happy horses and good works!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for about 2 1/2 years now. Everyone is very nice and cares about the horses!! I am there every chance I get.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering here since August 2015. I had no experience with horses whatsoever. All the volunteers are really patient, kind, and actually care about horses. It's really fun to volunteer, and it's a good way to relax and get stresss off.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Cheryl with Save the Horse last year and she instantly inspired me seeing her rescuing these amazing horses & farm animals. I wanted to help but i suffer with major depression, PTSD, anxiety & chronic migraines so i had no idea how i could ever make a difference! Cheryl believed in me and gave me a chance there are no words to describe the remarkable healing abilities these horses have! Before volunteering with STH i rarely left my house and spent most days sitting in my reclinner suffering, now i thank God for every single day, every moment and all the sweet kisses i receive from helping & being with these horses! This rescue group has change my life in more ways imaginable, i am forever grateful

3 Whitney12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Save the Horses since Feb 2016 and it's what I look forward to every week. Working with rescued horses is good for the soul. Same goes for goats, pigs, chickens, sheep, dogs and Theodore the turkey, which are all a part of the menagerie at STH.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known Cheryl and been involved with the Horse Rescue Relief and Retirement Fund (Savethehorses.org) for about 15 years. They rescue equines of every kind from dwarf miniatures to huge draft work horses. Almost all who come to the farm need veterinary care from injuries, illness, or neglect. Some are blind, some struggle with cancer, all receive the love and care they need. They care for any animal in need, and frequently have pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, and other animals that need help.
An amazing team of volunteers keep the place running like a well oiled machine! New people are taught how to care for the animals properly and safely. Volunteers organize events, seminars and fundraisers to pay for feed, good care, veterinary care and so many other things! :-)