Safe Haven Horse Rescue Mission Statement
We are a group of people who care about horses and their quality of life. As a non-profit, no kill, volunteer organization,
we can improve their lives by providing a safe environment and good nutrition and teaching others to do as well.
We offer the horses a life where there is trust and hope. Through the efforts of Safe Haven Horse Rescue and Sanctuary,
we care for the equine, restoring health and well being and when possible placing them in loving, caring homes.
History & Background
Safe Haven Horse Rescue was established in January of 1995 by president and founder, Linda Richards.
Growing up in Monterey, California, Linda enjoyed having her very own horse, Sunny. By the young age of sixteen,
she had already begun a career as a veterinary technician. Linda always thought she would be able to live in harmony with Sunny,
but as time went on, and life became so busy, she had to make the difficult decision to find him a new home. Luckily,
she was able to find someone who would not only had the time to spend with him, but also loved Sunny the way she did.
This experience gave Linda her first hint that she wanted, some day, to be involved with horse rescue, knowing
others were in the same predicament she had been in and wanted to help them as her friend had helped her.
Years later, Linda attended some auctions where she sadly witnessed the mistreated and neglected horses. This broke her heart because she knew they deserved a much better life, with someone who would love and care for them.
Lindas compassion, personal experiences, hard work, drive and vision brought Safe Haven Horse Rescue to reality.
In 2000, Safe Haven became a non-profit organization. We run solely by hard working volunteers and are funded by donations,
adoptions and fundraisers. All proceeds that are raised go directly to the care of the horses and maintanence of the ranch.
There are no paid empolyees, just volunteers with the same compassion as Linda.
Today, not only feeding and caring for approximately 60 horses at the ranch, Safe Haven has rescued hundreds of horses from many different backgrounds and experiences, such as neglect, starvation, abandonment, kill pens and the crisis of the economy. Giving them all a second chance at life through adoption, sponsorship, a fostering program and permanent sanctuary.
Safe Haven provides opportunities for various volunteer work for caring people of all ages,
from ranch work and hands on work with the horses, to fundraising and grant writing.
We also have opportunities to love a rescued horse through our sponsorship program, riding lessons and summer camps.