SAFE News & Events

Welcoming Melinda!

SAFE is overjoyed to introduce you to a new staff member who will be joining us in early January. Melinda Merryman is a veterinary technician who has accepted a position with SAFE to oversee the health and well‐being of our horses. Melinda has been volunteering with SAFE since 2013 and has held a position on our Operations Council for the past two years as our Herd Health Manager. As a volunteer, Melinda has done much to improve the level of…

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Happy Help A Horse Day!

April 26 is officially ASPCA Help a Horse Day! SAFE officially celebrated last Sunday with a huge Open House Celebration at our new home in Redmond. Huge thanks to the over 400 people who joined us on Sunday for the End Hunger Games at SAFE. Our volunteer team walked guests through 13 Districts where they learned about each step in the horse rescue process – from rescue and rehabilitation, feeding and care, through to adoption and a new forever…

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Announcement: SAFE is Moving to a New Home in Redmond!

After nearly 5 years in our current Woodinville home, SAFE is going to be moving to a new location. On Feb 1, we will begin packing our belongings and moving our horses to a fabulous equestrian center located in Redmond WA. This facility has 30 stalls, an indoor arena, a covered arena, a covered round pen, and an outdoor arena, all on 11 usable acres with plenty of turnouts and grass pastures for the SAFE horses. The location simply cannot be…

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SAFE Holiday Card Sets Available Now!

SAFE is thrilled to offer this great holiday card set featuring Sunny D and Shasta playing in the snow. This set of 15 greeting cards with envelopes is just $20, which supports the horses in SAFE’s care. Quantities are limited and you must act quickly! Pre‐order before the end of the day on Sunday Nov 19th. Save shipping costs by picking up your order at SAFE’s Holiday Open House on Sunday December 3rd in Redmond.

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SAFE Receives a Training Grant from the ASPCA

We are proud to announce that SAFE has been awarded a $5,000 Training Grant from the ASPCA Equine Fund. This grant was given in recognition of SAFE’s commitment to producing good equine citizens who are ready to succeed, through the use of professional training and the development of our Volunteer Riding Program. The APSCA Equine Fund’s Training Grant was created to improve adoption rates through training for established equine rescues. A…

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Day of Caring 2016 — Thank you, Allytics!

Thanks to United Way of King County, September 23rd, 2016 witnessed excellent changes at Save a Forgotten Equine (SAFE) in Woodinville. As part of the nonprofit’s annual Day of Caring event, 50 volunteers from the Redmond‐based company Allytics ventured out of their office for a day of team building hard work at SAFE’s farm on Hollywood Hill in Woodinville. Under gray and drizzly skies, the group from Allytics divided into teams to tackle major…

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The Passing of the Pants

If you’ve had a chance to cheer jockey Joey Steiner to victory at Emerald Downs this season, you might have noticed a familiar logo and name on his white racing pants…SAFEHORSES.ORG. Joey and his wife, artist Dagmar Galleithner Steiner, have been supporting the SAFE horses for many years in many ways. They are regular visitors to Safe Harbor Stables, bringing their infant son Jonah to say hello to his mom’s favorite horses while Dad talks…

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Cheers to our Show Volunteers!

There are not enough words to say how extremely grateful we are to all the magnificent volunteers, sponsors and judges who helped make this years SAFE Benefit Horse Show possible. So much energy and love was given in preparation and execution to make this show a success. Here are a few words of thanks from our Executive Director, Bonnie Hammond: “My dear friends — my heart is filled with so much joy and gratitude for each and every one of you.…

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Meet the SAFE Operations Council

What is the Operations Council you ask? Only the glue that holds everything together here at Safe Harbor! From a broken faucet to a horse with hives, these volunteers are the ones we call to ensure things run smoothly and are here supporting our horses behind the scenes day and night. This core group of volunteers is always the first to stand up and say “yes” when help is needed. They are a smart, creative, caring and loving group of…

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Open Positions on our Volunteer Team!

SAFE Horse Rescue is looking for new volunteers in a couple of specific areas! Read the following volunteer descriptions to find out if one position is right for you. If you are interested in lending some of your time to help our organization for any of the following volunteer positions, please email our Operations Director — Terry Phelps at terry@safehorses.org. Assistant Facilities Manager — SAFE is in need of a volunteer with experience in…

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Thank you from ALL the horses at SAFE!!!

A heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who donated during the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG event May 3rd and 4th! Generous donors like you raised over $16 MILLION dollars for non‐profits in the Greater Seattle area. SAFE is so very thankful to all of you who donated over $12,000 to support injured and neglected horses in Western Washington. The final total will go up with employer matching funds from Microsoft, Tyco, and others, as well as SAFE’s…

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Introducing Lisa Garr, Weekend Barn Manager at Safe Harbor

As SAFE grows, we continually find ourselves wanting to do more for the horses in our care. Compared to even just three years ago, the amount of daily activity and labor at Safe Harbor has easily doubled. Every day we have volunteers cleaning stalls, throwing hay, and bagging grain…turning horses out and bringing them back in…grooming, blanketing, and wrapping legs…soaking hooves and soaking…

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Introducing SAFE’s Operations Team!

At the beginning of 2015, SAFE embarked on a new chapter within our organization with the separation of the Governing Board of Directors and the creation of our Operations Team. Over the last 8 months, the Operations Team has been growing and developing. Some absolutely amazing people have come forward to lead individual departments in our organization. Each of these roles are volunteer positions and this team gives their time, energy, and…

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New Board Members: Welcome Lara Lutz and Meghan Hoey!

We would like to introduce two new additions to the SAFE Board of Directors: one, a familiar face, and the other, a new friend! Lara Lutz has been involved with SAFE since the day she opened her home and heart to a rescued mare named Amber, way back in 2010. Since then, Lara has been an active volunteer for SAFE, lending her expertise in accounting, bookkeeping, and event planning. And since the only thing better than adopting one SAFE horse is…

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A Message from the President: “Am I crazy?”

Am I crazy?”   This was the title of the document SAFE’s president, Debi Shatos, shared with the Board of Directors last September. Our resounding answer was “NO!” The potential craziness in question outlined a plan to lease the house adjacent to Safe Harbor Stables and establish both an office and a residence. Today, four weeks after helping unload a 20‐foot U‐Haul truck, I am thrilled to announce that SAFE now has both on‐site…

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Introducing the 2015 SAFE Board of Directors

First off, I want to thank all of our supporters and volunteers for making 2014 an amazing, incredible year for SAFE. We are finishing the year in such a strong, healthy place, and we truly did it as a Team. I am so proud of this organization and what we have been able to accomplish together! There are some exciting changes taking place at SAFE in 2015 to be announced over the next few days. I’d like to start by introducing some new members and…

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Thank you Pilchuck Vet Hospital!

Over the course of the past year, SAFE has been extremely fortunate to have received donated veterinary services from Pilchuck Veterinary Equine Hospital. Their expertise and generosity has made it possible for us to perform diagnostic work on horses that we wouldn’t have been able to afford—or even justify—without their help. It’s hard to sufficiently express what an honor it is to have the support of such an incredible group of…

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The Paddock Paradise Project

Turnout. Every horse owner wants to provide more of it, but that’s often easier said than done. Land is expensive, and here in the Pacific Northwest, our winters and our horses can turn a lovely pasture to mud faster than you can say “What happened to my lovely pasture?!” Here at Safe Harbor Stables, we struggle with the same issues…we have 12 horses in residence at any given time, and limited areas in which to turn them out. Terry…

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SAFE Values Statement

SAFE is currently going through an exciting period of development and growth, and as a result, we’ve had the opportunity to take a closer look at who we are and why we choose to do the things that we do. Having defined these values for ourselves, it seemed to make good sense to share them with the people who support our mission and make our work possible. The resulting document — our Values Statement — is something that we are very…

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SHS Anniversary Open House — Sunday, August 24

 You are invited to help us celebrate 2 years at Safe Harbor Stables in Woodinville at our next Open House! We’ll have vendors selling arts & crafts, a tack sale, a bake sale, and of course, the horses of SAFE will be there ready to say hello! We’ll also be grilling hot dogs for lunch! We hope you’ll stop by and join us! When: Sunday, August 24 from noon to 3pm Where: Safe Harbor Stables, 16509 164th Ave NE in Woodinville Everyone…

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