Florida Research Institute for Equine Nurturing, Development & Safety, Inc. aka F.R.I.E.N.D.S., Inc.
EQUINE WELFARE NETWORK PROFILE



Florida Research Institute for Equine Nurturing, Development & Safety, Inc. aka F.R.I.E.N.D.S., Inc.
19801 Sheridan Street
Southwest Ranches, FL 33332

Mailing Address:
C/o 1840 NE 65 Court
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308


Phone: 954-492-0168

EIN: 59-2825751
Founded: 1987
Profile Last Updated February 05, 2021

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Office Supplies
Cases of No Jam Copy Paper 8 1/2 by 11
Ink Cartridges HP 952 XL Black
Ink Cartridges HP 952 XL Colors Magenta Cyan Yellow
Number 10 Envelopes Peel and Seal
Free or Low Cost Printing
Postage Stamps
Account Payments
Payment on our Feed Bill at Finish Line Feed Dania Florida
Payment on our Vet Bill at J.W. Hilton, DVM,P.A. Cooper City Florida
Volunteer Supplies
Cases of Gatorade
Cases of Water
Horse Supplies
4 Gallons of Red Cell per month
Large Containers of Weight Gain
3 Jars of One AC Per month
6 Cans of Wound Kote
Cases of Horse & Pony Fly Spray Oil Based
50 Farnam Ivercare Paste Wormers every 7 weeks
10 Gallon Bottles of UNSCENTED Clorox Bleach
Shampoo and Conditioner
Large Buckets of Electrolytes
Triple Crown Equine Senior
Boxes of Elasticon
Vet Wrap in Various Colors
Maintenance
Gift Cards to Home Depot
Gift Cards to Lowe's
10 Large Metal Garbage Cans
Cases of Husky Contractor Clean Up Garbage Bags
200 Tarter Red 12 by 12 Extra Heavy Duty Panels
Self Propelled Lawn Mower
A Riding Mower
Generator 6500-8000
Trees
Used Asphalt to Pave our Road
Stall Fans Please Call for info
Clean White Sand
Weed Wacker
Shovels
Rakes
Hard Bristle Push Brooms
A New Kabota
A New Agri Supply Manure Spreader

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES!


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Become A Member & Volunteer Up To Four Days A Week
Minimum Age: 13
If you sign up to become a member you may volunteer Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 12:30-6:00. Once you sign up, you will need to choose the Orientation & Safety Class that is best for you. We hold them on the 1st Saturday and the 3rd Sunday of every month at 1:00.

If you are a minor, your parent must come in with you on your first visit. Minimum age to be dropped off is 13 years old.

Regular daily chores include: dump/scrub/fill water buckets and troughs, stall cleaning, bathing, grooming, braiding, feeding, mow grass, painting, maintenance and anything that comes up.

Please wear closed toe shoes or boots. Attire is casual, jeans or shorts and a t-shirt. Please do not wear jewelry or clothes that are important to you as they may get lost or stained. We still need volunteers when it is hot, cold or rainy.

You may want to have sunscreen, bug repellent, rubber boots, a raincoat and work gloves. However, none of these items are required.

Please bring a small cooler with your own drinks and snacks as we do not have a refrigerator or vending machines. We look forward to seeing you at the ranch!
Horse Lover Volunteer Opportunities
F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Horse Rescue & Sanctuary needs volunteers on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Please sign up prior to attending.
If you are a minor, your parent must come in with you on your first visit to sign the releases and waivers. Minimum age to be dropped off is 13 years old. However, if you are under 13 years old you may volunteer if your parent stays out there while you volunteer.

Regular daily chores include: dump/scrub/fill water buckets and troughs, stall cleaning, bathing, grooming, braiding, feeding, mowing grass, painting, maintenance and anything that is needed.

Please wear closed toe shoes or boots. Attire is casual, jeans or shorts and a t-shirt. Please do not wear jewelry or clothes that are important to you as they may get lost or stained. We still need volunteers when it is hot, cold or rainy.

You may want to have sunscreen, bug repellent, rubber boots, a raincoat and work gloves. However, none of these items are required.

Please bring a small cooler with your own drinks and snacks as we do not have a refrigerator or vending machines. We look forward to seeing you at the ranch!
Equine Welfare Network Guardian
AWARDED ANNUALLY
Effective Date
March 27, 2020

We are proud to be an EQUUS Foundation Guardian and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

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Awarded Annually
Effective Date: March 27, 2020
Last Updated: August 06, 2020

MISSION & PROGRAMS

Mission:
F.R.I.E.N.D.S. mission and vision are to provide a permanent safe haven for all horses that are asymptomatic carriers of Equine Infectious Anemia within the state of Florida as well as to aide any horse in immediate need of assistance in Broward, Dade or Palm Beach County. Our goal is to prevent the needless destruction and slaughter of unwanted horses. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. provides a lifetime of sanctuary to every horse 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 be in need of help again. Our primary financial goal is to acquire sustainable funding to provide these noble animals with the dignity of allowing them to live out their lives while meeting both their psychological and physical needs. We provide them with the best possible care and the loving interactions they so deserve. Our moral position is to advocate and participate in ongoing research to find a cure, vaccine or aide in creating a more accurate test for EIA. We offer aide by providing researchers with test tubes of blood, drawn by a licensed veterinarian for their work. It is also our intention to factually educate the public regarding EIA thus allowing us to dispel the myths and misconceptions that lead owners to believe their only option is euthanasia. It is our ethical obligation to surrounding communities that we continue to give back to them in a worthwhile and enriching way by maintaining and enhancing our many interactive programs that benefit local families, organizations and horse owners, thereby positively impacting the entire community.

Our organization provides programs involved with equine rescue & retirement
Our organization provides community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses.
Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of equines involved in our programs.
99% of our total programs and services are horse-related.
Number of facilities/locations where horses used in our programs are HOUSED AND CARED FOR or were HOUSED AND CARED FOR during 2020: 1
     1. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Horse Rescue & Sanctuary  * Operational in 2020

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to foster, overflow and/or satellite facilities: Not Applicable. Our organization does not use foster, overflow and/or satellite facilities

Summary of organization's goals, strategies to achieve the goals, accomplishments, and capabilities to meet the goals, including its long-term plans to sustain its programs:
Our goals are to be able to continue to raise the necessary funds to provide the horses under our care with all of their needs, to be able to accept horses in immediate need of assistance, and to be able to continue to offer and expand our various community interactive programs.
     We would also like to mention our constant goal will always be to accept any horse in the State of Florida that tests positive for EIA and to be able to continue to offer researchers the blood samples needed from the EIA horses in an effort to help them find a cure or vaccine for EIA. If we are ever able to reach this goal, it will benefit all horses in the USA. As long as the research continues using the blood samples from the EIA horses, there is always a chance for a vaccine, a cure or more accurate testing methods. Without continued research toward creating a more accurate test, a vaccine or a cure can never happen.
     As always, we will continue to have fundraisers, apply for grants, and rely on the continued generosity of the community. We will also rely on the various interactive programs we offer such as our Volunteer Member Program, the Magical Mini Program and the Member Sponsor A Horse Program. As long as we can continue to care for the psychological and physical well-being of the horses, and provide them with all of their needs, we feel we are successful. We also believe that we are successful if we are able to do our good work while continuing to offer these programs while educating our community about horses, horse ownership and owner responsibility.
     F.R.I.E.N.D.S. will be 33 years old this June and we believe that we have shown our dedication to our mission through our many successes over the years. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. has a very dedicated group of members, volunteers and sponsors that help with the daily care of the animals. Our Sponsor A Horse Program is very unique and has proven to be a huge asset not only to our community but to the horses in our area as well. We welcome the novice because we get the opportunity to show them what real horse ownership is going to be like. We help families figure out if horse ownership is a good fit for them or if they should continue to rent or lease a horse. For some families, they quickly realize that their kids don't really want a horse after they have learned about the physical work and time that is required to properly care for a horse. Parents learn about ownership responsibility and that they could potentially have this animal for 30 or more years. Many people don't want to make that kind of commitment and our program gives them the chance to try it before "diving in the deep end". Others find that they are ready for their own horse and they are happy that they took the time to volunteer and get the "know how" before getting a horse of their own. We believe this program helps keep the number of unwanted horses down in our area because people get the big picture before going out and buying a horse.

Horse Rescue, Rehabilitation, Retraining & Re-homing:
Overview of our programs involved with rescue, rehabilitation, retraining, re-homing and/or retirement:
     VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
     In January 2010, we began our "Volunteer Merit Program". That year we had 8 diversion programs, 37 local private and public schools and 16 various group visits and multiple clubs that participated.
     The program has inspired volunteers whether they were volunteering for school, court or “just because”. The program is based on hours served so everyone has the same opportunity to “achieve”. As the member volunteer serves 20 hours at a time, they are acknowledged for their efforts. As time served accumulates, the member volunteer will receive small tokens of thanks at each level. The growth of volunteer support over the last several years has been tremendous. In 2010, there were over 30,000 volunteer hours served. It is our practice to accept the kids that are not accepted or welcome anywhere else. We also have volunteers that come from Hands On Broward and VolunteerMatch. Most of the volunteers we get never been around horses or farm animals before, so it is very gratifying to watch them grow and bond with the different animals. Since then, the program has grown tremendously. We have been the proud participants of the Disney “Give-a-Day, Get-a-Day” program, Disney"s Family Days, National Help A Horse Day with the ASPCA, Weekend Today Make A Difference Day, the 100 Horse Challenge, the Time to Ride Challenge, National Meet A Horse Day, World Animal Day and we have been a Jane Goodall Roots and Shoots Program for several years. We have had 1000’s of families come out through to participate in our various programs. Many of them still come back on a regular basis. While we are rich in volunteer support, we are still in need of funding sources that are available to us.
     
     SPONSOR A HORSE PROGRAM
     Our Sponsor-A-Horse program offers people an affordable opportunity to “sponsor a horse” to groom, ride, care for, enjoy and appreciate. Sometimes we are able to fulfill a lifelong dream, or it can help reconnect parents with their children through our many horse themed family events at the ranch. The reason people choose to sponsor may differ but, it is appealing to them that they have a horse to “call their own for as long as they wish to sponsor”. If a member sponsor decides they no longer want to be a sponsor, all they have to do is give a two week written notice. There is no time term to our contract. Member Sponsorship can be a very enriching experience for anyone who likes/loves horses. In an effort to keep our new members happy, we try to match their riding ability to one of our orphans. We have beginner, intermediate and advanced horses. We want “sponsor members” to stay, so it is our job to help them pick the horse they are most comfortable & compatible with. We welcome all levels of horse lovers!
     This program gives families/people the opportunity to see if they truly have what it takes to “OWN” a horse. Can they financially afford it? Are their children truly into horses or is it just a fad? Do their children have the dedication for the long haul? Can they commit to the required time it takes to properly care for a horse? Are they really interested in caring for a horse or is renting or leasing a option better for them? It is a great way for everyone to test the waters without diving in head first.
     
     CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM
     Our Corporate Sponsorship Program is directed toward corporate donors that can donate a set amount to “sponsor” the needs of a chosen horse for a year. For these donors we offer several venues of acknowledgement for their support. First, a banner will be placed on the fence line at the ranch with their name and logo. An engraved plaque is placed on the stall of their sponsored horse acknowledging their donation and they will also receive a plaque with a photo of their sponsored horse suitable for hanging in their office or store. They also receive one day private use of our facility for their employees to either meet their sponsored horse, hold a team builder or do their own BBQ for their staff. Lastly, there will be an ad and link placed on our website showing the generosity and support of the business, foundation or club.
     
     HANDS ON VET TECH PROGRAM
     In our ongoing hope of giving back to our community, furthering the education of the public and ensuring a better future for all horses, we host visits from SANFORD BROWN INSTITUTE for their VET TECHNICIAN PROGRAM as well as the NSU Pre-Veterinary Club. We provide a hands-on experience for the students with the horses and pigs that allow them to have the experience with large animals outside of the scope of their textbooks in handling and treating animals.
     
     THE MAGICAL MINI PROGRAM
     We are firm believers in helping the future of our country… and our children. We work with many child advocacy groups within the community providing the children with a chance to come to the ranch and interact with the horses and other animals. We see the powerful and transformative effect interacting with our animals has on them.
     The “Magical Mini Program” began on Saturday, January 9, 2016 and continues to operate once a month. Our community has been very receptive to the program and we are pleased to say there have been several children that have come back more than once. We are also very proud to say we have never had a child leave unhappy after the class. This is a one day class for children 6-10 years old. Because the children are handling miniature horses, the fear factor of a large horse towering over them is removed. The lesson plan was put together by a school teacher who volunteered her time to teach the children about grooming, how to put a halter and lead rope on and how to lead a miniature horse through the obstacle course. These miniature horses not only give the children a hands on experience, they give them a great sense of accomplishment.

Community Outreach and/or Public Education:

Overview of our programs involved with providing community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses:
     We have three main interaction programs for our community to participate in; the Sponsor A Horse Program, the Magical Mini Program and the Volunteer Member Program.
     
     We accept groups from all walks of life. Our Volunteer Coordinators sets up dates for both public and private group visits throughout the year. Some of these groups come from: group homes, hospitals, police department camps, diversion programs and various other organizations. They have their own staff that comes with the group and we facilitate the interactions.
     
     When we have a public group visiting, most of the people have never been around horses before. We give them a brief informational overview of what we are going to do and what they should not do. Our staff does not turn the group loose with the horses. These are monitored visits and they are only doing ground work such as grooming and stall cleaning.

Our Programs/Activities that are not equine-related and/or involving animals other than equines:
 We do not conduct any programs using the six goats or six potbellied pigs, two farm pigs, 1 sheep or the cat that we have. Unfortunately, there are no rescues in our county that will accept pigs so, when the police need a place for them, we will accept them and try to place them when possible. The goats were dumped at the property and we have had them for a long time.


GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & FINANCIAL REPORTING

Staff & Volunteers:
Chief Staff Officer (CSO):  Robert Barwick
Employees:   Full-Time:  0  Part-Time:  0  Volunteers:  500
Staff Recruitment, Screening and Training processes:
    Prospective staff complete a written application
    Prospective staff must provide in writing if they have ever been convicted of a felony, convicted of a sexual offense, or convicted for animal cruelty or neglect
    Every member of the staff is required to complete a Liability Release/Hold Harmless Agreement
    Every member of the staff is required to provide Emergency Medical Information
    Every member of the staff is required to sign a Photo Release
    Every member of the staff is required to undergo a Background Check
    Every member of the staff provides parent/guardian information if applicable
    Every member of the staff carries current health insurance
    Every member of the staff has a written job description
    Every member of the staff is evaluated on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in their job description
    Every member of the staff is updated on all the organization's policies and procedures on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in policy or procedure
    Every member of the staff receives training that includes safety guidelines, confidentiality, horse handling, horse identification, and emergency procedures; additional training is job specific
    Every member of the staff has a supervisor and is responsible for keeping their supervisor up to date on work related activities
    One or more staff members are trained in CPR and human first aid
    One or more staff members are trained in equine first aid
Not Checked:
    The organization provides an Employee Handbook to every member of the staff
    The Employee Handbook includes employee-related information, such as hours of work, vacation, sick leave, dress code, cell phone usage, and the protocol for dismissal
    The Employee Handbook is reviewed annually and updated
    Every member of the staff is subject to Random Drug Screening

Volunteer Recruitment, Screening and Training processes:
    Prospective volunteers complete a written application
    Prospective volunteers must provide in writing if they have ever been convicted of a felony, convicted of a sexual offense, or convicted for animal cruelty or neglect
    Every volunteer is required to complete a Liability Release/Hold Harmless Agreement
    Every volunteer is required to provide Emergency Medical Information
    Every volunteer is required to sign a Photo Release
    Every volunteer is required to undergo a Background Check
    Every volunteer provides parent/guardian information if applicable
    Every volunteer carries current health insurance
    Every volunteer has a written job description
    Every volunteer is evaluated on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in their job description
    Every volunteer is updated on all the organization's policies and procedures on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in policy or procedure
    Every volunteer receives training that includes safety guidelines, confidentiality, horse handling, horse identification, and emergency procedures; additional training is job specific
    Every volunteer is assigned a supervisor (staff member and/or senior volunteer) and is responsible for keeping their supervisor up to date on work related activities
    The supervisor assesses the volunteer's abilities and assigns specific duties to the volunteer based on their skills
    The organization records and maintains written attendance information and hours on every volunteer
    The organization provides a Volunteer Handbook to every volunteer
    The Volunteer Handbook includes volunteer-related information, such as hours of work, dress code, cell phone usage, and the protocol for dismissal
    The Volunteer Handbook is reviewed annually and updated
    The organization holds regular orientation sessions for volunteers and prospective volunteers that includes an overview of the organization, its mission, activities, volunteer responsibilities and expectations, safety guidelines, and a tour of the facility
Not Checked:
    Every volunteer is subject to Random Drug Screening

Governing Body:
Board meetings per year:  4
Number of Board Members:  7  Number of Voting Board Members:  7

Board Compensation:
Is Board Chair compensated?  No  Is Treasurer compensated?  No
Are there any other Voting Board Members that are compensated?  No

Board/Staff Relationships:
Are any members of the Board or Staff related to each other through family or business relationships? Yes
If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member.
The President is married to the Treasurer and they are both on the Board. Neither the President or the Treasurer are paid to be an officer or on the Board.

Board Affiliations:
Are any Board members or Staff associated with and/or compensated by another organization with a relationship or business affiliation to your organization? No

Conflict of Interest:
Does your organization have a written conflict of interest policy and regularly and consistently monitor and enforce compliance with the policy, including requiring officers, directors or trustees, and key employees to disclose annually interests that could give rise to conflicts?  Yes


Organization documents available on our website:
    None

Organization documents available on request:
    Most recent Financials
    Most recent IRS Form 990
    Most recent Annual Report
    Equine Intake Guidelines
    Adoption/Foster Agreement
    Volunteer Handbook
    Bylaws

Additional explanation regarding governance, staffing and volunteer practices or further explanation of the answers above.
While we do not have paid employees, we do have a management team of 5 members. This team does receive a "Manual" on how situations are to be handled, a "how to" on how the horses are to be handled and maintained, and the ranch rules. We do not have a employee handbook. Our volunteer information is all online at our website and it is all talked about during our Orientation and Safety Class. After the class, they are shown how to do the various tasks and they are all rotated around to the different tasks as needed. All of our information is located Guidestar and we are a Platinum Organization and have been for several years.

Financial Reporting:
Budget:  *Missing
Equine Budget:   *Missing
Month Fiscal Year Ends: *Missing
Type of Financial Reporting (Audit, Review, Compilation): *Missing
Type of IRS Filing (990, 990-EZ, 990-N): *Missing
Does the uploaded Pro Forma 990/990 represent 2020? *Missing
IRS Form 990/Pro Forma 990 has not been uploaded for this facility.


EQUINE COSTS

Total Facilities: 1

Actual Horse Care Costs
$     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$     Bedding
$     Veterinarian
$     Farrier
$     Dentist
$     Other Therapies
$     Manure Removal
$     Medications & Supplements
$     Horse Transportation
$     Maintenance
$     Horse/Barn Supplies
$     Horse Care Staff
$     Horse Training
$     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
*Missing     2020 Total Horse Care Costs
Donated Horse Care Costs
$     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$     Bedding
$     Veterinarian
$     Farrier
$     Dentist
$     Other Therapies
$     Manure Removal
$     Medications & Supplements
$     Horse Transportation
$     Maintenance
$     Horse/Barn Supplies
$     Horse Care Staff
$     Horse Training
$     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$     2020 Total Donated Costs

**Equine Costs *Missing/*Error
**Equine Costs or Census *Missing/*Error Average direct cost per day per horse: $0
**Equine Costs or Census *Missing/*Error Average total cost per day per horse: $0
**Equine Census *Missing/*Error Average length of stay for an equine: 0 days (/0)


POLICIES

Acquisition
Our organization acquires horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Return  
    Surrender  
    Seizure  
    Abandonment  

Our organization does not acquire horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Donation  
    Free Lease  
    Purchase/Adoption from Owner  
    Auction  
    Kill pen/Feedlot  

Our organization will accept the following:
    Geldings
    Mares
    Pregnant Mares
    Foals
    Stallions
    Only Stallions to be castrated

Additional information about our acquisition policies and practices:
We do accept stallions but they are immediately castrated. When possible, we would like to have them castrated before they come, but we will not leave them in a bad situation to have it done first.

Intake, Assessment & Training
Prior to a horse being accepted and/or arriving at the facility, the organization requires the following with respect to the health status of the horse:
    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, our veterinarian will administer appropriate vaccinations
Not Checked:
    A current Coggins
    Vaccination records that have been administered within the last 12 months
    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, the owner is responsible for having vaccinations administered.

Prior to a horse being accepted and/or arriving at the facility, the organization has the following policies in place:
    The owner of a potential horse is interviewed over the phone or in person prior to seeing the horse
    The horse is evaluated at its place of residence
    The owner completes an application/contract which constitutes the agreement between the owner and our organization
    Horses are not taken on trial
Not Checked:
    The owner is financially responsible for the shipping of the horse to and from the organization

Upon intake, the organization has the following quarantine policy in place:
    The horse is confined to a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine at the facility for a prescribed period of time
Not Checked:
    The horse is confined to a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine off-site for a prescribed period of time
    The horse is not quarantined

The typical length of quarantine is:   10 to 20 days

Following arrival of the equine at the facility, the following is performed:
    Physical examination by a veterinarian
    Physical examination by trained barn staff
    Photographs are taken
    A Henneke Body Conditioning Score is assigned
    Physical examination by a farrier
    Physical examination by a dentist
    Coggins test
    Blood work other than Coggins
    Vaccinations
    De-worming
    The horse is scanned to check for a microchip
    The horse is microchipped if the scan indicates that there is no microchip
Not Checked:
    Fecal test

Following arrival at the facility, the horse is assessed for following skills and behaviors:
    Retrieval from a pasture/paddock
    Leading with a halter and lead rope
    Temperament, disposition and attitude, such as rated from very calm to very high spirited
    Saddling
    Bridling
    Lunging
    Loading onto and unloading off a trailer
    Mounting and dismounting
    Riding at the walk
    Riding at the trot
    Riding at the canter
    Riding by a beginner and/or unbalanced rider
    Tolerance to unusual objects and loud noises
    Known vices, i.e., cribbing, biting, kicking, weaving, stall walking, etc
    Grooming
    Bathing
    Clipping
    Tolerance to multiple handlers at the same time
Not Checked:
    Jumping
    Driving (Pulling a carriage)

Horses provided formal training (groundwork or riding):   As needed; no set schedule

Additional information about our intake, assessment & training policies and practices:
We accept all horses in immediate need of assistance and we will not leave a horse in a bad situation. Every horse is evaluated upon arrival, given shots and worming, and a full check up. Within a week, the farrier is out to do the hooves unless he is needed sooner. We let the horses "settle in" and acclimate to our facility. They are kept in a separate paddock and turn out area for up to 3 weeks. We begin assessments upon arrival. Test riding is done within a month.
     
     We do require all of the horses to be ground trained so they can be handled by our all volunteer staff. If we did not do this training or maintain the standards that we do, we would not be able to manage the horses under our care and people would get hurt. Our programs teach people of all ages how to properly handle and care for a horse. This includes but is not limited to; stall cleaning, grooming, putting on a halter, putting on a lead rope and properly leading a horse. We also teach people to groom and bathe, and the horses must be able to be handled. If we did not do this training, we would not ever be able to have their hooves done, paste worm them or have the vet tend to their medical needs. We also believe that if everyone is taught the same way, the horses know what to expect when volunteers or sponsors go into their stalls to handle them.
     
     All new horses are separated from the other horses for at least 3 weeks. This gives them time to get acclimated to how things work at our place and so the "volunteer staff" can get an idea of their manners and what and how much the horse knows. Initially, the people handling the new horses are seasoned, long term members and management only. Once we know any issues, we begin working on them right away.
     
     One of our main programs is the Sponsor A Horse Program. This program allows "Member Sponsors" the opportunity to groom, bathe and ride the horse they have chosen to sponsor. We are not a training facility however, we do have horses that can be ridden. We have several horses that used to be jumpers. They can never jump again, but they can do light riding in the ring. We have horses that are at all levels. We have horses that kids and beginners can ride and we match the horses to the sponsor and their ability. In exchange, the sponsor covers the costs of that horse monthly. These horses are never ridden two days in a row and they are not ridden for more than an hour in the late afternoon. We are very strict. The sponsor funding helps us cover the expenses of an unwanted horse and the horse is getting lots of attention from their sponsor family. We have plenty of older horses that can walk through poles, trot a bit on the rail and be useful in teaching what "horse ownership" would be like. Along with the riding, they must do stall cleaning and other chores. We do have horses that are young and untrained, we also have older horses that are not trained. These horses are worked with by seasoned riders and trainers in an effort to get them into our program. We also have horses that can never be ridden for various reasons. All of these horses belong to F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and will have a life in sanctuary whether or not they are ever rideable. The horses we get are usually dumped off, on foreclosed property, left behind when people leave, left due to an unpaid bills or after "a season" is over. (racing, jumping etc.)
     
     In Florida, the law requires those 18 years of age and younger are required to use a helmet. We do have individuals that ride without helmets although we recommend that helmets be worn and we post signs. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. does not require any specific "riding attire" other than requiring helmets on kids 18 and under, and we also require boots or closed toe shoes.


Breeding
The organization has the following policies related to breeding and stallions:
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, does NOT breed horses.
    Our organization prohibits the breeding of horses/equines when re-homed or this statement is not applicable as all horses/equines remain at our organization for their lifetimes and are not re-homed under any circumstances.
Not Checked:
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, breeds horses
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, are permitted to house stallions

Additional information about our breeding policies and practices:
F.R.I.E.N.D.S. does not breed horses. We have all horses castrated prior to or within two weeks of arrival. We do have two older miniature stallions but they are not used for breeding.

Euthanasia
The organization has the following policies related to euthanasia:
    Our organization will never have a horse euthanized for space
    Our organization will never have a healthy horse euthanized under any circumstances
    Our organization may have a healthy horse euthanized if it is a threat to itself, other horses, or people
    Our organization may have a horse euthanized after all reasonable treatment options have been explored
    Euthanasia is done on site when possible to decrease trauma from transport
    Disposal of the carcass is handled within 24 hours
Not Checked:
    Euthanasia is done at the veterinarian's facility

Horses will be euthanized upon the recommendation of:
    Veterinarian
Not Checked:
    Senior staff member without a veterinarian's recommendation
    The Board of Directors, or a member of the Board of Directors, without a veterinarian's recommendation
    Not applicable. The organization does not euthanize horses

The following are authorized to administer the procedure for your organization in accordance with state laws:
    Veterinarian
Not Checked:
    A certified euthanasia technician
    Senior staff with appropriate training
    Employee of animal control shelter or humane society with appropriate training
    Veterinary student under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian
    Not applicable. The organization does not euthanize horses

The organization utilizes the following methods of euthanasia:
    Intravenous administration of an overdose of barbiturates
    Intravenous administration of a solution of concentrated potassium chloride (KCl) with the horse in a surgical plane of general anesthesia
    Gunshot to the brain

Additional information about our euthanasia policies and practices:
Gunshot to the brain will not be used unless the horse is in severe pain, already down, and there is no Vet available.

Rehoming
Our organization has the following re-homing (adoption/purchase) policies and procedures in place:
    Our organization does not re-home horses under any circumstances; our organization retains custody of our horses and ensures care of the horses for their lifetimes.

Our organization has the following policies and procedures related to horses that need to be retired, are no longer useful, or are no longer manageable:
    Horses remain at our organization for their lifetimes
    In the case a horse is unsound and/or unhealthy and cannot be treated to relieve suffering, the horse may be euthanized
Not Checked:
    Horses may be found suitable homes by our organization
    Horses may be returned to their owners
    Horses may be sent to auction
    In the case a horse is unmanageable and demonstrates repeated dangerous behaviors, the horse may be euthanized
    If a suitable home cannot be located within 12 months, the horse may be euthanized


Additional information about our rehoming policies and practices:
Our organization does not normally rehome horses. However, there have been a few occasions over the last 32 years where we felt it was in the best interest of the horse to look for "outside placement". Outside placement is done with the help of the owner of the horse. We try to help local horse owners find that perfect place for their horse. Generally, we use word of mouth or personally known people. We have a closed page on Facebook to share photos and information about the available horses and their owner. If for some reason the placement does not work out, we will take the horse into our fold as a last resort.
Re-homing Agreement not applicable.

EQUINE CARE & SHELTER/FACILITY INFORMATION

Total facilities at which our organization cares for and shelters horses used in our programs: 1

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to foster, overflow and/or satellite facilities: Not Applicable. Our organization does not use foster, overflow and/or satellite facilities


F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Horse Rescue & Sanctuary
F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Horse Rescue & Sanctuary
19801 Sheridan Street Southwest Ranches FL 33308
Contact: Robert Barwick
Contact's Phone: 954-609-5943
Contact's Email: HorseRescuer@comcast.net

Does your organization own, lease or use a part of this facility? Lease

Please list all local, state and federal licenses held by the organization, including the expiration dates, or indicate that no licenses are required at the local, state or federal level. Please also list if this facility is accredited and recognized as compliant with the published standards of an accrediting organization, including the name of the organization and the date of the accreditation.
     We are a Accredited Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries organization (GFAS). We are a 2020 Platinum GuideStar Organization. We are a 2020 Adopt-a-Pet.com Approved Rescue. We are 2020 Top Rated Great Non Profit. We are also a Jane Goodall Roots and Shoots program. We are registered with the State of Florida. We have also been the recipient of multiple grants from the ASPCA.

Provide the contact information for the individual or organization responsible for investigating abuse in the county where the facility is located, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     BSO - Animal and Elderly are assigned to the Special Victims Unit. There is not one person handling each case. (954)321-4200 Broward's Sheriff's Office 2601 West Broward Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Does your organization conduct Equine Assisted Services (EAS) at this facility in accordance with the EQUUS Foundation Guidelines on Qualifications of Organizations Conducting Equine Assisted Services (EAS)? No

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Horse Rescue & Sanctuary:

Grounds
Total number of horses involved with your programs at this facility: 43
Of the total number of horses involved with your programs at this facility, the number of horses that are microchipped: 49
Total number of horses at this facility INCLUDING those not involved with your programs: 49
Maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 60
Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 10.5
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 3  Run-in sheds: 7
Pastures: 2  Paddocks/Pens: 4
Uncovered Outdoor Rings: 2  Covered Outdoor Rings: 0  Indoor Rings: 0

















Regarding structures at this facility where horses are stalled:
Do horses have assigned stalls in the structure(s)?    Yes    
Do all stalls/enclosures allow horses to lie down, stand up and turn around?    Yes    
Is there adequate ceiling & beam height (a minimum of 12 feet above the tip of the horse's ear) when standing in all stalls/enclosures?    Yes    
How often are the stalls/enclosures cleaned? 6-7 Days a Week
Are floors constructed and maintained for both good drainage and traction?    Yes    
Is there a ventilation and circulation system in place to control temperature and prevent buildup of toxic gases?    Yes    
Is wiring inaccessible to horses and maintained for safety?    Yes    
Are fire prevention/protection measures (fire alarms, extinguishers and sprinkler systems) maintained and in good working order?     Yes    
Is there adequate lighting to ensure safety in all areas of facility?     Yes    
Are emergency contacts, including veterinarian contact information, conspicuously posted in easily accessible locations?    Yes    
Are human and equine first aid kits easily accessible?     Yes    

How many hours per day, on average, are horses stalled? 9-12
How many hours per day, on average, are horses turned out:
    Horses are out 1 to 3 hours per day
    Horses are out 4 to 8 hours per day
    Horses are out 9 to 15 hours per day

The following describes the pastures at this facility:
    This facility has a written plan in place for pasture management, which includes guidelines for seeding, fertilizing, irrigation, mowing, dragging, harrowing, manure removal, removal of debris, the control of poisonous plants, and a schedule for cleaning
    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for pasture management
    All pastures are fenced to prevent escape or injury
    Fencing checks, such as broken or missing planks, loose fence posts, exposed or loose nails, detached wires, etc., are done regularly
    Pastures are rotated
    Pastures have man-made protection for horses (i.e., shelters)
Not Checked:
    This facility does not have pastures where horses can graze on pasture grass
    Barbed wire is used for fencing
    Electric fencing is used; electric wires or tape fence are visibly marked
    Pastures have natural protection for horses (i.e., trees)

The following describes the turnout areas other than pastures at this facility:
    This facility has a written plan in place for the maintenance of turnout areas, which includes a schedule for cleaning, manure removal, and dragging
    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for the maintenance of turnout areas
    All turnout areas are fenced to prevent escape or injury
    Turnout areas have man-made protection for horses (i.e., shelters)
    Fencing checks, such as broken or missing planks, loose fence posts, exposed or loose nails, detached wires, etc., are done regularly
Not Checked:
    This facility does not have turnout areas
    Barbed wire is used for fencing
    Electric fencing is used; electric wires or tape fence are visibly marked

The following policies and procedures are in place at the facility to restrict public access and to keep horses safe:
    By Appointment Only signs are posted.
    No Trespassing signs are posted
    Hold Harmless signs are posted
    Authorized Personnel Only signs are posted
    Entrance gates are locked at night
    Visitors are only permitted at specific times
    Visitors are only permitted in specific areas
    The property is fitted with motion lights
    The property is fitted with a security system that is monitored internally by staff (or the property owner)
    The perimeter of the property is fully fenced
Not Checked:
    The property owner, staff member or caretaker lives on the premises and ensures that public access is restricted and is responsible for the security of the facility and horses
    A security guard is present at night
    Horses are checked overnight
    The property is fitted with a security system monitored by police or a professional service

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Horse Rescue & Sanctuary

Veterinarian Information
*Vet Assessment Not Current.

Veterinarian: J.W. Hilton, DVM, P.A.
Clinic Name: J.W. Hilton, DVM, P.A.
5121 SW 90 Avenue Suite 5
Cooper City   FL   33328
Phone: 954-980-2660

Equine Care
Horse Health Care/Barn Management Records: What system is used to collect and store health/horse care records?
    Notebook or equivalent (technology not utilized)
    Our organization utilizes a software application to maintain records
    The organization utilizes its own system to maintain records
    Our organization would use free cloud-based barn management software if available

The following items are consistent with our feed management plan and practices:
    Horses are provided with individualized feeding plans, including supplements, according to age and any health issues
    Feed plans are determined in consultation with a veterinarian
    Supplement plans are determined in consultation with a veterinarian
    Horses are fed in individual stalls
    Staff and volunteers are trained in proper feed measurements and protocols and observed periodically to ensure they are feeding correctly
    The feed chart is centrally located and updated as needed
    The area(s) where hay, feed, grain, and supplements are stored are kept clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals in rodent-proof and mold-proof containers and grain bins
    Feed, supplements and hay types are clearly labeled
    Water sources, i.e., buckets, troughs, automatic waterers, etc. are kept clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals
    Medications are kept in a locked, climate-controlled area
Not Checked:
    Horses are fed in groups

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to the ongoing assessment of horses in its care:
    Horses are assigned a Henneke Body Condition score upon arrival at the facility
    The Henneke Body Condition score is updated annually
    The Henneke Body Condition score is updated with each visit by the veterinarian
    Photographs are taken of each horse upon arrival at the facility and kept with the horse's health records
    Photographs are taken of each horse monthly and kept with the horse's health records
    Photographs are taken of each horse annually and kept with the horse's health records
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine chiropractor
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine acupuncturist
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine massage therapist
Not Checked:
    The Henneke Body Condition score is updated monthly
    Photographs are taken of each horse with each visit by the veterinarian and kept with the horse's health records
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine nutritionist

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to the weight-carrying or workload capabilities of horses/equines in our care:
    Our organization evaluates the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine at least annually
    Our organization maintains a written record for each equine that documents the results of each evaluation of weight-carrying and workload limitations
Not Checked:
    Our organization does not evaluate the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine
    Equines are not ridden; not applicable

The following variables are considered in determining the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine:
    Equine age, weight, breed, body condition, fitness, balance, health and soundness
    Equine conformation to include the top line, length of back, strength and width of loin, bone density (measured by the circumference of the cannon bone just below the knee)
    Size, shape, condition and angle of the hooves
    Participant weight, height, body proportions, balance, fitness and riding skills as well as behavioral issues and safety concerns
    Weight and proper fit of the saddle and other equipment
    Terrain and footing in the working environment
    Duration and frequency of working sessions, as the frequency with which an equine is subjected to maximum weight carrying and/or workload
    Nature and pace of work, repetitive or varied, radius of turns, degree of incline and regularity of footing when equine is subject to maximum weight-carrying capacity
    Temperature and/or weather conditions
    Seasonal impact on the equines' workload and weight-carrying capabilities and limitations
Not Checked:
    Our organization does not evaluate the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine
    Equines are not ridden; not applicable

Do horses have access to clean drinking water at all times?     Yes    

Hoof Care: How often is hoof care provided for each horse? Every 4-8 weeks and when an issue arises

Dental Care: How often is dental care provided for each horse? Annually and when an issue arises

Physical Examinations: How often is each horse given a physical exam by a veterinarian? Annually and when an issue arises

Horse checks: How often are horses visually and physically checked by personnel at the facility? Every day or 6 days a week

Parasite Control: Our organization has the following worming protocols in place: (Check all that apply
    The protocol for each horse is determined in consultation with a veterinarian
    A de-wormer is used without fecal testing

Fly/Insect Control: What remedies are used to control flies and insects?
    Fly parasites
    Fly Spray Repellent
    Fly Masks
    Fans

The following represent the biosecurity practices in place at facility:
    Our organization follows the AAEP's Biosecurity Guidelines and/or the UC Davis Biosecurity Guidelines
    The organization has a written biosecurity plan
    All staff are trained in best practices related to biosecurity
    All volunteers are trained in best practices related to biosecurity
    A specific individual is assigned to care for sick, affected and/or quarantined horses
    Sick, affected and/or quarantined horses are cared for last if the caretaker must also care for healthy horses
    Sick, affected and/or quarantined horses do not have contact with other horses or other animals
    Restricted access signs are posted at primary points of access to sick, affected and/or quarantined horses
    Hand sanitizers and footbaths are available at all primary points of access to sick, affected and/or quarantined horses
    Manure and bedding from sick, affected and/or quarantined horses is disposed of in specific areas designated for infectious materials - not put in open air piles, and not spread on pastures
    Stalls, aisle ways, and common areas are disinfected after conclusion of the quarantine
    Horse trailers/vans used by sick, affected and/or quarantined horses are cleaned and disinfected after each use and cleaning takes place away from where horses are sheltered
    Horse-specific equipment used by sick, affected and/or quarantined horses is not shared and is clearly labeled
    Shared equipment used by sick, affected and/or quarantined horses is cleaned of organic debris and disinfected after each use
    Latex gloves are worn when working with sick, affected and/or quarantined horses
    Personnel are required to leave the facility (or shower and change clothing) after working with quarantined horses
Not Checked:
    Horses/equines are not quarantined.

The following represent the manure removal practices in place at facility:
    Our organization adheres to the manure management guidelines set by state and/or local authorities
Not Checked:
    Manure is stored in dumpster(s)
    Manure is piled in an area where horses are not located
    Manure piles are covered
    Manure is hauled, sold or given away
    Manure piles are composted or spread on pastures

The following steps are taken to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property::
    Horses are assigned the same stall/location each day
    Name plates are located on the stall
    A notebook or binder with photos and information on each horse is easily accessible
    Horse photos and profiles are available on the website
    Staff and volunteers are provided with an information packet with horse profiles, including photos and detailed descriptions
    Staff/volunteers are provided training on confirmation, markings, colors, and breeds
    Team leaders work with new staff/volunteers until they are able to identify the horses
Not Checked:
    Photos are located on the stall
    Horses wear halters with nametags
    A map/diagram is posted showing the location of each horse with horse names and photos

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to tack, apparel and equipment:
     All horses have specifically assigned tack, apparel and equipment that is not shared
    Tack is cleaned only when needed
    Tack is inspected for overall working condition before each use by trained personnel
    Tack is assessed for fit before each use by trained personnel
    Tack is assessed for fit by trained personnel when a horse's body condition changes
    Tack is assessed for fit by trained personnel when a horse's disposition changes
    Assigned tack is clearly labeled
    Tack is stored in a climate-controlled location
    Helmets are replaced after a fall
    Helmets are replaced at least every five years.
Not Checked:
    Saddles are shared
    Saddle pads are shared
    Bridles are shared
    Bits are shared
    Blankets are shared
    Sheets are shared
    Turnout apparel is shared
    Blankets, sheets and turn out apparel are fitted and utilized for each horse appropriate to the horse's needs and the weather conditions
    Blankets, sheets and turn out apparel are cleaned regularly as needed
     Halters are shared
    Tack is cleaned after each use
    Tack is cleaned weekly
    This facility enlists the services of a professional saddle fitter at least once a year
    Helmets are shared
    Helmets are cleaned/disinfected after each use
    Equines are not ridden; not applicable.


Emergency Preparedness
The following plans, policies, and procedures are in place at the facility to handle emergencies and address weather related issues, fire safety procedures, and/or any additional hazardous scenarios the facility could potentially experience:
    Emergency procedures are posted prominently
    Emergency phone numbers are posted prominently
    The facility owns or has access to a generator
    The facility maintains at least two weeks of hay, feed, shavings and medications
    The facility collects and maintains medical information from staff, volunteers, and clients
    The facility maintains appropriate liability and/or workers' compensation insurance
    All staff/volunteers are briefed regularly on emergency preparedness/safety procedures
    The organization has a written emergency preparedness/safety plan (EPP)
Not Checked:

The written EPP addresses the following areas:
    Local fire department and/or the state's emergency planning department procedures
    Medical emergencies for clients, staff, and volunteers
    Medical emergencies for horses
    Evacuation plans
    Fire
    Natural Disasters - thunderstorm, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, etc
    Protocols to notify emergency personnel
    Building/facility exit plans
Not Checked:
    Power outages
    Terrorist attacks

The facility follows the specific procedures to help PREVENT emergency situations:
    Smoking is strictly prohibited
    NO SMOKING signs are posted prominently
    Hay is stored away from permanent or temporary structures where horses are stalled
    Permanent or temporary structures where horses are stalled are kept free of dust, cobwebs, trash, cleaning rags, and other flammable items
    Aisles and doorways are kept clear
Not Checked:
    Heaters with automatic shutoff settings are used

How often are the following checked or performed?
Fire Extinguishers are checked: Annually
Smoke detectors are checked: Annually
Electrical Systems are checked: Daily
Fence lines are checked: Daily
Turnout Areas are checked: Daily
Sprinkler systems are checked: Not at all/NA
Fire drills are conducted: Annually
Review of safety protocols with staff are conducted: Semi-annually
Review of safety protocols with volunteers are conducted: Monthly
The Emergency Preparedness Plan is reviewed and updated: Annually

Equine Transportation
2-horse trailer with truck or van:
    2 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  2 Access offsite;
3-horse trailer with truck or van:
    1 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  2 Access offsite;
4-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  2 Access offsite;
6-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;
8-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;
10-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;



EQUINE CENSUS SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 1

Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2020
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2020
Donated
Free Lease
Purchase/Adoption from Owner
Auction
Kill Pen/Feedlot
Surrendered
Seized
Abandoned
Returned
Transfer
Born at facility
Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2020
Horses adopted/sold:
Horses transferred/returned
Horses deceased
Horses euthanized
0 Total departures
 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2020
 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: on 1/1/2020+ Intakes - 0 Departures = on 12/31/2020

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Horse Rescue & Sanctuary Prior Year information not updated.





Definitions:
Donation: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent utilizing a donation document.
Free Lease: The ownership of the equine is maintained by the owner/trainer/responsible agent; the custody and responsibility for the shelter and care of the equine is transferred to the organization utilizing a free lease document.
Owner Purchase/Adoption: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent utilizing a purchase or adoption document.
Auction: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization by acquiring the equine at an auction.
Kill Pen: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization by acquiring the equine from a kill pen.
Surrender (Hardship): The ownership and custody of the equine is relinquished to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent with or without the use of an intake document.
Seizure: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization as a result of the equine being seized by law enforcement or another agency and removed from the owner.
Abandonment: The ownership and custody of the equine is transferred to the organization as a result of the equine being abandoned by the owner or the owner was unable to be located.
Return: The equine was previously a part of the organization, was adopted, and ownership and custody of the equine has been transferred back to the organization.
Transfer: The custody of the equine is transferred within an organization or from one organization to another non-profit or foster organization to provide retirement, retraining, rehabilitation and/or adoption services with no change in ownership.
Born: The equine was born at the facility.

Foal: An equine up to one year old; a colt is a male foal and a filly is a female foal.
Mare: A female equine.
Stallion: A male equine that has not been castrated.
Gelding: A castrated male equine.

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