SAFE News & Events

Why are there foals at SAFE?

Why are there foals at SAFE right now? Because this year, we rescued three mares who were pregnant. We have not changed our stance against breeding, nor did we have anything whatsoever to do with the breeding of these mares. One of the three mares, Asha, came from an Animal Control seizure in which she and another mare were removed from a situation of neglect and starvation. Her foal was born Sept 1, so she was likely bred in October 2017. This...

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Save a Forgotten Equine of Redmond, WA is Verified by Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

October 12, 2018 (Redmond, WA) – The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Verified status to Save a Forgotten Equine as of October 9, 2018. Verification means that Save a Forgotten Equine meets the criteria of a true equine sanctuary/rescue and is providing humane and responsible care of the animals. To be awarded...

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Guess the Foaling Date for Luna and Mina!

Do you think you can guess when Luna and Mina will have their foals? We’re going to have a fun contest to see who can guess the closest to the actual birth! We’ll give a you a clue to get you started. The two mares were both palpated and ultrasounded by equine repro specialist Dr Brandi Hollihan from Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital on April 26, 2018. Here’s what we learned at that exam: Luna was estimated to be at 175 days into...

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WEG 2018, Tryon NC

What started as a vacation turned into a bit of a work holiday for three members of SAFE’s staff, who traveled to Tryon, North Carolina for the first week of the World Equestrian Games. This was a trip planned a year in advance and made possible by a personal friend who invited us along to share her WEG adventure. We were thrilled by this opportunity to experience a world-class equestrian event and then we realized that we would also have...

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Our New Partnership with Roam Consulting LLC

Leadership with Horses is a program of Roam Consulting LLC. They are a professional, credentialed team of coaches, facilitators, and experienced horse people, who get excited about helping their clients think, feel, and act differently to achieve and sustain excellence. They believe horses offer a powerful metaphor for what happens in the business world and love facilitating breakthroughs that stretch their client’s perspective of what it means...

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Thank you, Jolene Duncan!

We want to recognize and thank a very special member of both our Operations Council and our Volunteer Riders, Jolene Duncan. For the past 3 years, Jolene has given her time, energy, and talents to helping in a multitude of facets at SAFE. Starting out as a Volunteer Rider, Jolene helped train, start, and ride many of our horses. Her time and effort helped prepare horses for their future lives and helped make their successful adoptions possible....

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And the nominees are…

2017 was an absolutely incredible year for SAFE. We moved our entire operation from 3 acres in Woodinville to 11 acres just down the road in Redmond. We also had a record setting year in terms of adoptions, new intakes, and new volunteers, but the story for 2017 is going to be “The Move” and “The New Home.” An extraordinary amount of work went into making this transition go as smoothly as possible, and making sure the...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 beetpulp…repairing,...

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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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