Redmond resident Jennifer Anderson has been named as the Save a Forgotten Equine’s February Volunteer of the Month. She was selected for this honor because of her infectious cheerfulness, her willingness to take on new assignments, including leadership of the morning crew, her work ethic and consistently positive attitude regardless of the weather, changes in farm protocols, or circumstances.
Anderson moved from the Phoenix area two years ago and was looking for a volunteer opportunity with animals. She discovered SAFE at an information booth at Redmond’s Derby Days last summer. Anderson was astounded that she could be around horses even though she didn’t have any experience with them. “I’ve always loved horses but hadn’t had the opportunity in life to be around them. It was a perfect fit!”
When asked who her favorite horse is at SAFE, Anderson replied, “Only one?!” She loves several of the horses for their unique personalities. However, Nashville, an 11-year old Quarter Horse mare, has a special place in her heart.
Anderson says, “Volunteering at SAFE has been such a blessing in my life. I’m not a morning person, but I look forward to getting up every week to see the horses, spend time with awesome volunteers and make sure the horses are well cared for. I have learned more than I could have imagined in my time with SAFE. When I first started I was a little scared of the horses, if there wasn’t a fence between us. Now that fear has transformed into caution and awareness. I learn something new every single shift. It’s hard work, but I love every minute of it!”
When she isn’t working her full-time job or volunteering at SAFE, Anderson sings with the Redmond Chorale, is an avid reader, and enjoys wine tasting and spending time with her 13-year old rescue dog, Cody.