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Save the Horses Human Rescue Strives to Save Both Animals and Mankind

By Elisha Neubauer

Located in Cumming, Georgia, Save the Horses Human Rescue has been hard at work changing the lives of the horses that come into their care. A non-profit 501(c)3 organization, Save the Horses (Horse Rescue Relief & Retirement Fund) was formed in 1998 and has since been providing care to abandoned, neglected, or abused animals.

The 110 acre farm currently cares for 100 horses in addition to 30 other animals including donkeys, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, pigs, a cow named Rosie (that think's she's a horse) and a turkey named Theodore who was saved a couple of Thanksgivings ago. These animals all find their way to Save the Horses Human Rescue in various, but heartbreaking, ways.

"Sometimes they are abandoned and neglected and/or abused and we hear about them via neighbors or passerbys," states Cella Nelson, volunteer coordinator for Save the Horses Human Rescue. "Many times the animals are referred to us via animal control or even other rescues that have found an animal that needs a safe place to stay. But also they will come from loving homes that have fallen victim to hard times."

When an animal comes to the organization, they do their best to make the animal's transition as easy and seamless as possible. "We will bring the animal to our farm or we will find a foster location for them," states Nelson. "In either case we will feed and care for them and give them what they need in terms of therapy or medical treatment topped off with a lot of love and attention from our volunteers." She adds, "We do all that we can to ensure that the animal feels safe."

The Human Rescue portion of the name comes from the companionship humans can receive from spending time with these majestic creatures. The organization works very hard to push the human-animal connection to the public, operating several unique programs which allow children and adults alike to bond and create special moments with the animals.

"The Barn Buddy Program of Georgia is a program created by Cheryl Flangan, Director of Save the Horses rescue farm," details Nelson. "This program has been a vision of Cheryl's for a long time. It has been her desire to partner children with attachment and trust issues and children with emotional or physical challenges with horses who have been neglected and abused."

According to Nelson, volunteers from Save the Horses facilitate the partnership between child and animal and foster the relationship between all three. "It is the goal of the Barn Buddy program to see children and animals learn to love and trust well because of their time together."

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