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Review for Florida Research Institute For Equine Nurturing Development & Safety, Inc. aka F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Horse Rescue, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This is a rescue driven by love and dedication. They do so much with the small amount of funds they have at their disposal. FRIENDS has many community programs that gives back so much to the people in and around the rescue. I would like to see much more funding for this long established south Florida rescue that has been in existence since 1987. The economy has put a lot of pressure on the rescue this year and they are having difficulty making ends meet for the over 50 horses in their care so I am hoping more people will take the time to donate to this fine organization so they can continue to do their good work!

This non-profit horse rescue is an amazing place for not only the horses they save and give sanctuary to but also for the community that FRIENDS gives so much back to. They have several interactive community programs that benefit many different segments of the local community including equine therapy, volunteer hours for both high school and other volunteer hours, they also introduce "city" children to "the farm", host activities for youth groups including Girls Scouts and Boy Scout troops, and many more events of interest which can be seen on their web site at The best program in my opinion is the Sponsor-A-Horse Program where for a small donation amount each month that covers the care of the horse, a family or individual can have a wonderful horse of their very own to help save, care for, love and ride! My daughter has taken part in this program for several years and we have had many wonderful days of wholesome family activities out at the ranch including BBQ's, trail rides and fun competitions. I wholeheartedly recommend FRIENDS to anyone looking for a great experience!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the many people and horses that benefit from the organizations programs. My daughter and other young boys and girls benefit so much from the interaction with the horses and from the volunteer work they do here. The adults do so as well and it is a great fun place for family interaction and involvement!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to help find someone to assist with the fundraising and grant writing to further their cause as they are struggling in this economy for lack of donations. They receive no public funding and rely on donations to continue their good work.

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What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

The plight of the rescue and the horse's need

Why did you make your donation at this time?

The rescue is always in need of funds.

What would you tell others about this organization?

You cannot imagine the impact interacting with these horses can have on you and your life until you experience it. I would definitely recommend that you volunteer here for a few weeks to understand the rewards coming back to you.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Donor & I have volunteered and taken part in many of their activities, and volunteer hours including the SPONSOR A HORSE PROGRAM.