The Florida Research Institute for Equine Nurturing,Development & Safety, Inc.

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Sports & Recreation


19801 Sheridan StreetSouthwest Ranches, FL 33332 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. mission and vision are to provide a permanent safe haven for all horses that are carriers of EIA within the state of Florida as well as for any horse in immediate need of assistance in Broward County preventing their needless destruction. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. provides sanctuary to all horses we accept. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. does not buy, sell, trade or give away horses. Instead, we offer them a lifetime of sanctuary so these animals will never need help again.


F.R.I.E.N.D.S., Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization that was established in 1987. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. offers various programs to the community in an effort to welcome everyone to the world of horses and volunteerism. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Horse Rescue & Sanctuary rescues all EIA positive horses in Florida, which would otherwise be destroyed. We are a quarantine facility with 52 equine plus other small farm animals. All of our funds go to the direct benefit 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 programs and events where families and friends can participate.


Would you recommend The Florida Research Institute for Equine Nurturing,Development & Safety, Inc.?
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by Briana J. (January 20, 2021)
I can recommend this organization to a friend or a colleague because it requires helping animals and learning about a farm habitat.
by Debra B. from Fort Lauderdale, FL (Administrator for this Organization) (October 22, 2016)
This organization is amazing. The horses are gorgeous, well cared for and loved by the volunteers, members and sponsors. They have several programs so people can choose what they would like to do. They have been around a long time and it is obvious they know what they are doing. If you like horses, you are going to LOVE this place.
by Maria L. (October 19, 2015)
My family and I volunteered this past Saturday. We had a wonderful experience helping with the horses. I think the ranch staff and all the volunteers do a wonderful job. I would recommend for everyone to come, help out and donate items too. We are planning to go help out as much as possible every month. Loved it!
by Valeria V. (July 20, 2012)
I really enjoyed it! The horses and staff are great! I try to go as much as possible! I recomend you bring a lunchbox with bottled water and some fruits for lunch. :)
by Tracy S. (March 10, 2010)
This is a wonderful organization that provides a loving, clean and healthy environment for these beautiful horses and a couple of goats too =). Debbie and her staff are such friendly people who are so very dedicated to the well-being of the horses that come to F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
by Courtnee P. (February 12, 2010)
This is a wonderful organization fully commited to helping these beautiful animals. They keep their living areas very clean and don't cut corners! You know that the horses always come first.
by maria V. (February 8, 2010)
We went all the family and we enjoyed so much see the horses so cleaned and everything was beautiful there. We hope come back again and enjoy more the horses and help out to comply with the mission have.
by Cecilia B. (February 6, 2010)
It was a wonderfull experience and I recommend it to everyone. The horses are well taken care of, by the generous support of volunteers. They are truly loved and appreciated. I loved spending time with them and doing the work was very rewarding. I can't wait to go again!
by Michelle M. from Plantation, FL (February 6, 2010)
The FRIENDS ranch is a wonderful place to do some good old fashioned hard work for a great cause! Seeing the animals is a pleasure and a lot of people all helping out to maintain the ranch for these beautiful animals makes for a great team effort. Many people that come out to volunteer decide they want to participate in the sponsor-a-horse program which is a great way to have and care for a horse of your own. They also have a MERIT program to reward the generosity of the volunteers and to recognize their hard work! Community involvement is evident at this fun and peaceful place to give back and help maintain a haven for the rescued horses. I would recommend others to go to the ranch and volunteer your hours! Very enjoyable !
by Debbie B. from FL (Administrator for this Organization) (March 27, 2009)
The work can be hard but the horses are beautiful and it is worth it to help them out. This horse rescue needs a lot of help so i would recommend it to people that love animals and aren't afraid of a little hard work! the other volunteers are really nice and the staff pitches in to help too. Be sure to bring clothes and shoes that can get dirty and bring snack and beverage.

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