About Save a Forgotten Equine horse rescue

Our mission: To rescue, rehabilitate, and retrain horses facing neglect or abuse and provide them with the best opportunity for a permanent home and a lifetime of safety.

Since 2005, Save a Forgotten Equine (SAFE) has been rescuing and rehabilitating horses that have been starved, neglected, abused or are unwanted. We have formal agreements in place with Animal Control agencies in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties to support their fight to protect horses in this region. SAFE also provides assistance to horse owners struggling to care for their animals in the current economy.

SAFE is deeply committed to its rescued horses. We have extensive experience in equine rehabilitation and have successfully brought many neglected horses back from the brink of starvation. Our rehabilitation efforts are supported by local veterinarian Dr Hannah Mueller DVM’s Northwest Equine Stewardship Center and several other local equine veterinary professionals. All of our horses are provided with routine vet care, dental care, vaccinations, and farrier care. Once a horse has been successfully rehabilitated, we carefully evaluate them to discover their strengths and suitabilities, and we provide many of these horses with professional training to help ensure them a safe and productive future. While at SAFE, horses receive a lot of personal attention and handling. Our rideable horses are worked on a regular basis by our on-staff trainer and by qualified volunteer riders under her supervision.

Once a horse is ready for a permanent home, SAFE undertakes a rigorous screening process to find the ideal placement. We carefully review applications, check references, and conduct site visits, with the goal of finding a long-term home that will benefit both horse and adopter. After a horse is placed into its forever home, annual follow-up visits are conducted to ensure the animal’s continued well-being and SAFE will take a horse back if its adopter can’t continue to care for it.

Despite our years of success helping horses in the local area, SAFE remains a small, modest organization that operates on a shoestring budget and works hard to make every penny count. We rely on public donations to pay the majority of our operating expenses. The funds we raise are used to feed, house, care for and train our horses…essentially paying for everything needed to enure them a safe and productive future. We have minimal management expenses, and only four paid employees (two full time, two part time. The heart of SAFE is our volunteers — from our Board of Directors to the more than 100 volunteers who handle the day to day care of the horses — an incredible group of people who believe in SAFE’s mission and give the best of their talents and energy to make it succeed.

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To learn more about SAFE, please explore these links:

Frequently Asked Questions about Save a Forgotten Equine and its policies

This is what accountability means to SAFE What does it mean to you?

SAFE’s Quarterly Impact Statements Progress reports — horses coming in, horses going out

SAFE in the News

Volunteers of the Month Read what our volunteers have to say about their experiences with SAFE

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History of SAFE

The founding members of SAFE met online on the Chronicle of the Horse (COTH) bulletin board in the spring of 2005. What began as a few people pooling money to purchase a single horse off a feedlot turned into quite a large group of people banding together in support of a Washington feedlot rescue group. Money raised on COTH was used to purchase and sponsor a large number of slaughter-bound animals, and the group expanded to overseeing the adoption of these horses into permanent homes.

At the end of 2005, the group broke away from the feedlot rescue to form a rescue of their own that would have a greater focus on rehabilitation and careful adoption processes. The new rescue was christened Save a Forgotten Equine, or SAFE. SAFE created a new website, a bulletin board, and a Board of Directors, who worked together to establish formal adoption policies and guidelines, adoption contracts, and foster home criteria.

SAFE became a non-profit corporation in Washington State in October 2006, and received its 501(c)(3) status in June of 2007.