Facilities crew member and chore volunteer Brandee Warren is October Volunteer of the Month for Save a Forgotten Equine. Among the special projects she has helped with, fellow volunteers may recall seeing her geared up and pressure washing stalls at the Woodinville property before the move last February.
The Issaquah resident first learned about SAFE when she joined a Day of Caring event in 2015, and began volunteering a month later. “SAFE has been my ‘go-to happy place’ for two years now,” she says.
Brandee’s grandmother, herself an avid horsewoman in her youth, helped inspire her early love for horses. “She and my parents provided me the opportunity to ride when I was younger,” she says. While she has never owned a horse, she finds many horses to love at SAFE and acknowledges a soft spot for Ruger and Stormy, and a lasting love for alumni Phoenix and Anakin.
Asked what she likes best about volunteering with SAFE, Brandee says, “Besides the obvious of getting a weekly horse fix, it is truly the people at SAFE that are so fantastic. I have never met a more welcoming, supportive and dedicated group of people. I have made many great friends and had awesome experiences with my friends at SAFE!”
When not helping out at the barn, she said she is focused on work and on building her own farm and stable in Issaquah as her retirement landing spot.