Our mission: To rescue, rehabilitate and retrain horses facing neglect or abuse and provide them with the best opportunity for a permanent home and a lifetime of safety. The founding members of SAFE met online on the Chronicle of the Horse (COTH) bulletin board in the spring of 2005. What began as a few people pooling money to purchase a single horse off a feedlot turned into a large group of people banding together in support of a Washington feedlot rescue group. Money raised on the COTH was used to purchase and sponsor a large number of slaughter-bound horses, and the group expanded to overseeing the adoption of these horses in permanent homes. At the end of 2005, the group broke away from the feedlot rescue to form a rescue of their own, one that would have a greater focus on rehabilitation and a careful adoption process. The new rescue was christened Save a Forgotten Equine or SAFE.