Rescue Stories

SAFE’s history is filled with incredible stories. Our horses truly are unforgettable. 

Happy Trails, Scooter!

Happy Trails, Scooter!

In February 2012, SAFE was contacted by Pierce County Animal Control about 16 horses seized from an Arabian breeder the previous November. SAFE rallied to the call for help, agreeing to take five of the horses, including two stallions. What we did not know at the time…

Brio

Brio

Horse rescue has its highs and lows, and in order to keep going, we focus on the highs whenever we can: the before & after photos, the success stories, the happy adoptions. But today, we’re feeling pretty brokenhearted. We know that we can’t save them all. But…

Sunny

Sunny

Sunny was 28 years old when he found himself unwanted, neglected, and homeless. When he was taken in by SAFE, he was pitifully thin, his hooves overgrown, his chestnut coat dull. His teeth had not been cared for in several years, making it hard for him to chew his…

Corona: Always a Star

Corona: Always a Star

He was a show horse, used to the best of everything. Corona was a courageous jumper who won ribbon after ribbon for his owner. And when she had to sell him in order to go to college, she thought things would never change for him…but she was wrong. Corona’s new owner…

Sinatra

Sinatra

His life nearly ended before it really even began. An accidental breeding brought him into the world, and for Sinatra and the other horses where he lived, the world was a harsh, unfriendly place. There was not enough to eat, and horses were dying. When Animal Control…

Thanksgiving: the Story of Sarah

Thanksgiving: the Story of Sarah

We recently lost an old friend — at the grand old age of at least 30, former SAFE horse Sarah was humanely euthanized due to her declining health. Sarah left this world surrounded by the people who knew and loved her — her adoptive family at Bedlam Farms. In honor…

The Spirit to Survive: Whisper’s Story

The Spirit to Survive: Whisper’s Story

We first heard about Whisper from our friend and former adopter Laura Clarke, who is also a police officer with the City of Snohomish.  She called to ask for our help in caring for three horses that had been seized from a 27-year old woman who lived within city limits…

Sampson’s Story

Sampson’s Story

Sampson’s dam, Delilah, was rescued from a neglect case after she and three other mares were seized by King County Animal Control. We quickly became aware that this pretty 5 year old draft mare was very pregnant! Not long after, Sampson arrived, to the delight of…

Transformation: the Story of Desert Spark

Transformation: the Story of Desert Spark

Desert Spark, or “Desi” is a 6 year old 16h chestnut Thoroughbred gelding by Desert Rival out of Strip N Get, born in Arizona. He raced and trained at Turf Paradise up until 2005, no winnings on record. He was rescued on September 11, 2006 at a feedlot in Colorado. He…