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                         MISSION STATEMENT

  Our mission and vision is to continue to provide a permanent safe haven for all horses that we rescue. 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 they will never need help again. We rescue all asymptomatic carriers of Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) within the state of Florida. We also accept any horse in immediate need of assistance in Broward County and our surrounding areas. Our priority is to prevent the needless destruction of horses. 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 their physical needs. We provide them with the best possible care and the loving interactions they 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 samples 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 think 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 programs that benefit local families, organizations and horse owners thereby positively impacting the entire community.


                  Our newest EIA Rescue, "He's A Leader" aka HERCULES

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Just 4 years old, this beautiful, Thoroughbred, gelding tested positive for EIA.  Without the help of F.R.I.E.N.D.S., this horse would have been  needlessly be destroyed. Instead, his owners wanted him to live, so he will live out his years with us just being a happy horse without the physical and mental stress of racing. We are so happy to have been able to help him.

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                                    Coggins Test Totals Based on Actual USDA Statistics Issued

12 Years of Testing    # of Coggins Tests Done     # of EIA Horses Found      # of EIA Premises

      2007                                  2,013,745                                120                                         70

      2008                                  1,877,682                                113                                         84

      2009                                  1,788,915                                  37                                         30

      2010                                  1,681,570                                  49                                         32

      2011                                   1,572,868                                 82                                         30

      2012                                  1,443,959                                  36                                         27

      2013                                  1,373,008                                  38                                         23

      2014                                  1,410,030                                  63                                         36

      2015                                  1,354,454                                  69                                         36

      2016                                  1,279,579                                  52                                         34

      2017                                  1,299,683                                  80                                         38

      2018                               1,187,536                               51                                       33


       12 Years                          18, 283,029                             790                                    473  

                        * Cost calculation done by F.R.I.E.N.D.S. as an average cost


     Average Cost Per Coggins Test; $ 50.00 Vet Call + $ 40.00 Coggins Test = $ 90.00 Per Horse

                  Total Horses Tested 18,283,029 X $ 90.00 Per Horse = $ 1,645,472,610.00

                  (Estimated amount spent on testing over 12 yrs = BILLIONS on Testing)

      $ 1,645,472,610.00 Spent on Testing (Divided By) 790 Horses Found Positive = $ 2,082,876.71

   Amount of money spent to find EACH ONE of the 790 EIA Positive Horses over the last 12 years.

   $ 2,088,876.71 YES, that is MILLION, to find each EIA positive horse. 

  That is without adding the cost of the Department of Agriculture Representatives Salaries and          Operational Expenses to do this. 


  Lastly, keep in mind that EIA cannot and will not be eradicated for the following reasons;

  1. No one has established where the disease comes from so it will continue to pop up.

  2. Not all horses in the United States are tested regularly because there is no one to police the law.

  3. Just because a horse tests EIA positive does not mean there is an “Outbreak”, it is usually a horse that has never been tested and they may have had EIA for years. 


         The USDA will not allow the Chinese Vaccine into the U.S. so there is no vaccine here. 


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

Florida research Institute for equine nurturing, development & Safety, Inc.

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