Saffyre Sanctuary, Inc.

Where Rescues are Treated like Royalty!

Sylmar, CA   |  www.saffyresanctuary.org

Mission

OUR MISSION : TO RESCUE AND REHABILITATE HORSES, AND HEAL THE WORLD WE SHARE! Saffyre Sanctuary is a rescue and rehabilitation program that cares for horses that have been abandoned, abused, or neglected. By allowing them to rediscover their true nature, we provide every opportunity for them to experience the possibility of enjoying a second career, or a well deserved retirement due to soundness issues, age, or owner hardships. Saffyre Sanctuary specializes in rescuing horses that would have no other chance of being saved. Our focus on quality, not quantity, enables us to give the horses in our care the very best chance of complete physical, mental and emotional recovery.

Ruling year info

2010

President & CEO

Ms. Esta Bernstein

Main address

P.O. Box 921708

Sylmar, CA 91392 USA

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EIN

27-0333811

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Agricultural, Youth Development (O52)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are working to address the challenging placement and needs of senior horses that are no longer suitable for riding or competing, and figuring out solutions to place them as companion animals, and asking why people would want such an expensive companion animal? Horses have much more to give us than only what they can do for us physically, and we are working to show people the emotional and health benefits of caring for a horse who wants to receive love just like any other species.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Green Facility

Our ultimate goal is to create an environmentally friendly equine facility that will set a nationwide standard in animal husbandry, including but not limited to holistic nutrition, rehabilitation, equine housing, and green facility management.

Educational programs are provided free to children and the community, which emphasize the importance of proper care, ownership responsibility, and the consequences of neglect. Included are donor supported sponsorship programs which allows inner city children and under privileged families to assist in the care and rehabilitation of the resident horses. The education provided assists us in raising pubic awareness on issues concerning proper equine care and irresponsible breeding practices.

The initial geographic area served is Southern California. As we expand our services and alliances with other organizations in various states, programs will be available nationwide.

Population(s) Served
Adults

What makes Saffyre Sanctuary's educational experiences so special, is the method in which we conduct our programs. Our highly individualized approach to equine learning, self awareness, and oneness, can only be described as an overall spiritual awakening that is unique to each person which MUST be experienced first hand.

We offer these programs as alternative healing methods to people of all ages, including those with medical or emotional issues that are seeking other ways to view and understand what life is really about. These fee based programs, help us support our rescued horses that willingly give of themselves to save us.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Since our inception, we created a re-homing program which is an equine placement service for horse owners who are no longer able or willing to care for their lame or senior horses. We aim to give people a safety net, providing an alternative to sending their horses to auction and potentially slaughter. We would like horse owners to contact us before their situations become urgent, to have the time and the resources to find exactly the right match for their horse(s). We are also seeking a property of our own in Los Angeles or Ventura County to offer permanent sanctuary to those horses we are unable to place.

We are networking with individuals, outside organizations, and other corporations to assist us in locating the resources needed to meet our short and long-term goals. We are actively involved in community events that increase our exposure throughout our state, specifically through social media and personal appearances.

We have been a small grassroots organization since our inception. We have a dedicated team of board members who are engaged, and contributing their time and efforts to our cause. We have a strong following on social media as well as the number one listing on Google when searching for horse rescues in Los Angeles.

We actively apply for grants that will fund more of our long-term needs, and continually seek outside services that can be of assistance to us. In other words, we are pounding the pavement to ensure our sustainability.

Our social media team is actively engaging our followers, keeping them informed of the horses we rescue and their background stories, so more people can find us and see the work we do on a daily basis.

We have placed 90 sanctuary horses in the past 12 years, we have a volunteer list of over 2000 people, collaborated with groups such as Coupla Guys and Gals, Phoenix house, LAUSD, and the City of Los Angeles DOR Program. We also have our own equine therapeutic educational and certification program, Equalia Actualization.

Saffyre Sanctuary currently cares for thirteen rescued horses by providing them with the feed and supplements that meet their specialized dietary requirements, including veterinary care, farrier care, and housing. These horses have health and emotional issues, which have made them unadoptable.

Esta Bernstein's book entitled “Changing Horses”, was published in February 2020, and explains the foundation of Saffyre Sanctuary while furthering the organization’s outreach and expansion. With over 100 books sold, all proceeds from the book go directly to our organization, creating more sustainability and exposure. The book was a Winnie Award Winner at the 2020 Equus Film and Literary Festival, virtually held due to the travel restrictions of COVID-19.

On June 1, 2021, The Horse Project Santa Barbara, became a subsidiary of Saffyre Sanctuary. This merger allows us to offer expanded services and programs, benefits from fundraising and administrative efficiencies, which will leave more time for our all-volunteer operation to rescue and work with more horses.

Financials

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Saffyre Sanctuary, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Esta Bernstein

None

Term: 2009 - 2022

Esta Bernstein

None

Lori Reyes

None

Ken Del Alcazar

PMC

Cass Del Castillo

None

Audrey Jorgensen

None

Linda Kiefer

The Horse Project Santa Barbara

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/7/2021,

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/07/2021

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.