SAFE’s Community Outreach program is meant to help horse owners who want to keep their horses but are having difficulties doing so at the present time. For circumstances of exceptional need, we can provide short term assistance with hay, vet or farrier care, as well as gelding surgery or humane euthanasia.
IF YOU ARE NOT LOCATED IN WASHINGTON STATE, WE ARE UNABLE TO ASSIST YOU. SAFE has a limited amount of funds available each year to help horse owners who are facing temporary financial difficulty. Because our funds are limited, we can only help horses and horse owners who live in Washington state. If you are located outside SAFE’s area, we suggest you contact a rescue organization closer to home. You can find a list of rescue organizations who may be able to help you at https://homesforhorses.org/members/.
The following types of assistance are available to applicants in need of help:
Horse owners struggling to feed their horses can apply for short term assistance from SAFE’s Hay Bank. You must be located in Washington State to apply for this assistance.
If this is your first request for assistance and you own fewer than five horses, please submit an application for our Hay Bank at this link.
If this is your second request for assistance, or if you own five or more horses, you will need to fill out the Outreach Application below. This will give us more information about your situation and help us understand how best to help you.
If you own a colt or stallion, we may be able to help him become a gelding, either by negotiating low cost gelding options on your behalf or by paying these costs directly. This is a no-questions-asked service that SAFE provides, and while it is our intention to help horse owners in need, we will gladly pay for gelding surgery for anyone who asks. You do need to have the ability to provide your horse with the necessary after care following the surgery. Please submit your request by filling out the Outreach Application below.
Assistance with Vet or Farrier Care
Horse owners who are facing a temporary financial setback may apply for assistance from SAFE for routine or emergency vet care or farrier care. You must demonstrate financial need and you must also have a plan in place to be able to afford future care of your animals. Funds will be paid directly to the equine professional providing this care, and we are happy to work with any legitimate veterinarian or farrier in the local area. Please submit your request by filling out the Outreach Application below.
Serenity Fund (Humane Euthanasia)
Individuals with horses facing old age, illness or injury, or documented behavioral problems can apply for assistance with humane euthanasia and removal. You must demonstrate financial need. To inquire about obtaining assistance, please submit your request by filling out the Outreach Application below.
Surrendering a Horse to SAFE
SAFE has a very limited amount of space in our program to take in horses that are experiencing neglect or abuse. We have a firm cap of 30 horses in our rescue program at any given time, and priority for those spaces goes to Animal Control seizures and horses in desperate situations who are facing imminent neglect. We cannot accept the surrender of horses that are not in danger, so if you have a horse you no longer want to keep, please take responsibility for your horse by finding a new home yourself. Before you ask SAFE to take your horse, please ask yourself this question: Is my horse in danger of being neglected or abused? If the honest answer is no, we have put together some information that can help you rehome your horse safely and responsibly yourself. Please read this information before you reach out to SAFE: SAFE Options for Rehoming Your Horse. If after reading SAFE Options for Rehoming Your Horse you still find yourself unable to help your horse, please submit your request by filling out the Outreach Application below.
If you are unable to complete our online application form, please contact us at email@example.com or click here to download a printed application form and mail it to SAFE Horse Rescue, PO Box 2769, Redmond WA 98073–2769
Questions marked with a * are required and must be answered before your application can be submitted. Completing and submitting this application does not guarantee that assistance will be provided.