My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Save A Forgotten Equine, Redmond, WA, USA
I’ve only been volunteering with SAFE since January of 2019, but I’ve worked with other equine charities over the past 25 + years, and I can say without a doubt that SAFE is the most organized, well-run, safety-conscious, and horse-centered among them. Lots of rescue organizations have passion, but combining that with smart leadership, organization, and constant improvement is what sets SAFE apart. Volunteers are thoroughly and continually trained in horse care and handling, regular clinics with equine professionals provide the chance for volunteers, horses, and members of the public to learn good horsemanship, and strict protocols are enforced to promote volunteer safety and horse health.
Beyond merely turning abused and neglected horses into healthy and well-fed ones, SAFE puts a foundation of training into the horses such that their behavior, quality of life, and value to adopters ensures they will have a long and happy life (whether they are able to be adopted as riding horses or “pasture pets”). This organization stands by their work and horses, taking back into care those that were previously adopted but fell on hard times, making tough but humane decisions to ease the suffering of horses when necessary, and setting strict operational boundaries so that they do not overextend themselves into the unsustainable behavior that can easily be the downfall of animal rescue organizations.
In the time that I’ve been a volunteer, I’ve been embraced into an amazing community of passionate and like-minded people who care deeply about the horses in our care. Highly recommend this organization.