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Horsesisters & Associates Inc

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Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Children & Youth, Health, Human Services, Rehabilitative Care, Youth Development Programs

Mission: HorseSisters Mission Statement promises: With finely trained volunteers, we promise to rescue neglected, abused and homeless horses and provide them sanctuary through rehabilitation, retraining and then adoption for some to approved homes. With equine assisted therapies, we strive to educate the public about how we can provide a special link between rescued horses and the dignified treatment of all children and adults with emotional, behavioral, social, mental, physical and/or spiritual needs. At any given time, as humans help the horses, the horses help the humans.

Results: Saving over 400 horses since our inception in 1998, we continue to help horses and humans. We are actively seeking a new, more permanent location where we can invest time and donations long term. Several new programs have been designed and will began 2013 with veterans and prisoners programs our highlight.

Target demographics: Anyone ages 3 and up that can benefit from equine therapies be that physical, emotional, spiritual, or educational. Those with any limitations will find miracles happen with horses. We offer programs for at-risk youth, provide community service hours, and have an equine 4-H at the Common Sense Ranch.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 56 horses, 2125 clients

Geographic areas served: The entire state of Florida, Brevard, Volusia, Seminole, Orange, Indian River counties

Programs: Special Olympic team, differently-abled riding and driving classes, 4-H activities, horsemanship training for volunteers, able-bodied riders & drivers classes, internships... "Stable Life" - equine assisted learning skills for children of all ages & their families or modified for at-risk youth and foster families, Red Ribbon Kids - Anti-bullying, Anger Management & Violence Prevention for children ages 8 - 18 Work & Ride - Entrepreneurship skills for children ages 6 - 22 The Art of Horses - equine assisted drawing & painting for children 3 - 22, Home School & Private School Equine Assisted Learning, Dignity Memorial® Escape School® - Stranger Safety Skills for children , Youth Group Awards & Scouting Badges, Bright Futures Scholarship Hours - mandatory community service hours for Florida college scholarships, beginning in the 9th grade, Brevard Community College & University of Central Florida service hours, "Rainbow Bridge" children's grief program, State of Florida Juvenile Justice Service Hours, P.A.Y. - Prosecution Alternatives for Youth Program, Native American Full Moon, Sunrise & Puberty Ceremonies

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Rating: 5

I am a retired police officer. I am embarrassed by the comment posted by Firefighter Mike. The fact that he uses his public office, via his icon, to vilify a private non-profit horse rescue is positively disgusting. Mike states that he “turned around at the gate because the place did not look legit and the lady who promised to be there was not there at the time we agreed upon”. Doesn’t look “legit”. What was he expecting, Cinderella’s Castle? This is a non-profit horse ranch and anyone possessing a third brain cell would realize that. He turned around at the gate. How does that qualify him to know one single thing about this rescue? The lady that wasn’t there to meet him the very second he appeared at the gate, her name is Clairese. She is a woman in her late 50’s with a heart condition and mobility problems. Way to go Hero Mike. I don’t know what kind of comment she made regarding his parenting skills but I can assure you that the way he acted in front of his children taught them that they should behave this way as well. This rescue has been under attack by a small group of malignant people including a couple of government employees in retaliation for Clairese’s refusal to accept wrongdoings. Hmm I wonder if this firefighter knows any of them. Now I will tell you the truth. I know Clairise through another rescue. She has demonstrated integrity. She is truthful. She has a heart bigger than Canada when it comes to taking care of animals. The worst thing she has done has been to reach out to ask for help when she was low on fundraising income to care properly for these animals. Instead of helping her she was attacked. At some point this horrible behavior will result in enough damage to warrant a tort action against individuals. I will lead the fundraising effort for this if it becomes necessary. I am that furious!