FRIENDS: Florida Research Institute for Equine Nurturing, Development, & Safety


    • Listing Type: Volunteer Opportunities
    • Category: Animal Rights and Rescue
    • Volunteer Type: Individual, Supervised Group, With Parent/Guardian, Other
    • Minimum Age: 13
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    F.R.I.E.N.D.S., Inc. is a non-profit SPONSOR-A-HORSE program. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. rescues EIA (Equine Infectious Anemia) positive horses, which would otherwise be destroyed as well as other horses throughout Florida.

    E.I.A. IS NOT CONTAGIOUS to humans!! We are a quarantine facility with a large herd on 60 acres. Our facility works closely with animal physicians hoping for a cure or vaccine for EIA. Other than the fact they must, by law, be isolated from other horses not at our facility, they are healthy and quite capable of having a normal lifespan. At our rescue they are able to enjoy both human and herd companionship.

    All donated funds go to the care of the horses. Our ranch provides an alternative to euthanasia for the horses and an opportunity for our members to enjoy the companionship of a horse, which is otherwise too expensive for many people. We have numerous functions where the whole family can participate, ride and have fun!

    We are open for volunteer purposes Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. For volunteer information please see information under VOLUNTEER PROGRAM below. All visits by non-members must be arranged by appointment so we can have someone available to greet you. The minimum age for independent volunteers is 13 years-old, but those under the age of 13 can still volunteer so long as a parent/guardian is willing to volunteer with them.

    To find out more on how to get started, check out our website!

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