SAFE’s Community Outreach program started when a horse owner who had fallen on hard times contacted us requesting help feeding her horses. Since then, SAFE has had the opportunity to help other horse owners who want to keep their horses but are having difficulties doing so at the present time. For circumstances of exceptional need, we have provided hay & grain, vet and farrier care, and training, as well as hands-on assistance from our volunteers.
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/.
SAFE’s Community Outreach Program offers several different kinds of assistance for horse owners in need, including:
Surrendering a Horse to SAFE
SAFE has a limited amount of space in our program to take in horses that are facing or 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. If you want SAFE to consider intaking your horse, please submit your request using the form at the bottom of this page.
If you find yourself in a situation where you can no longer care for your horse, we have put together some information that can help you rehome your horse safely and responsibly. Click here to read SAFE Options for Rehoming Your Horse.
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 using the form at the bottom of this page.
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 using the form at the bottom of this page.
Serenity Fund (Humane Euthanization)
Individuals with horses facing old age, illness or injury, or documented behavioral problems can apply for assistance with humane euthanization and removal. You must demonstrate financial need.
To inquire about obtaining assistance, please submit your request using the form at the bottom of this page.
SAFE can provide up to 3 months of hay and/or grain for horse owners facing temporary setbacks. You must fill out the application for assistance below and demonstrate financial need, as well as a plan to be able to afford sufficient food for your horses in the future. Funds will be paid directly to a feed store that is convenient to you and you will need to pick up the donated items yourself. Please submit your request using the form at the bottom of this page.
SAFE has created a Facebook group called Mayday Horses where we can help advertise horses that need new homes on their owner’s behalf. SAFE takes no responsibility for any claims made in these ads, and interested adopters will communicate directly with the horse’s owner. To request a listing for your horse on our Mayday Horses group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Every November, SAFE holds a Blanket Bank, distributing waterproof rain sheets and winter blankets at no charge to horse owners who are concerned about being able to keep their horses warm and dry over the winter. No qualifying process, no hassle, no questions. The Blanket Bank has concluded for 2019, with more than 85 blankets distributed in our community.
If you are unable to complete the online form below, please download the appropriate form below and mail to SAFE Horse Rescue, PO Box 2769, Redmond WA 98073-2769