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South West Florida Horse Rescue, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: South West Florida Horse Rescue, Inc. is dedicated to saving the lives of our local horses from abuse, neglect, and slaughter by providing the best vet/farrier/feed to bring these horses back to health in a safe and positive environment. With community in mind, we strive to gain an excellent standing with all we come in contact with. Finding "forever homes" for these horses is our priority.

Target demographics: our community

Direct beneficiaries per year: many horses in need as well as individuals in our community.

Geographic areas served: South West Florida

Programs: Equine directly related programs: Equine Rescue, Equine Adoption, and Equine Owner Assistance Community involved programs: Volunteering, Equine Education, and Outreach

Community Story



Rating: 5

SWFHR is a very special place. Tina Garrett and Matt Venaleck had a dream to create a safe haven for neglected, abused, and abandoned horses and donkeys. With no paid employees and all volunteers that dream is coming true. From the first day my husband and I visited the rescue we knew we had found an endeavor we wanted to be a part of. We have seen horses come through the gates sick, starving, frightened and hopeless. Under the loving care of all at the rescue they begin to get better and hope returns to their eyes. We are proud and grateful to be a part of SWFHR.