Saffyre Sanctuary - Our Story
Saffyre Sanctuary, Inc. was incorporated in June 2009 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation,TIN #27-0333811, and has been certified by the IRS as a tax-exempt charity. All donations made to Saffyre Sanctuary are fully tax deductible as allowed by law.
Saffyre Sanctuary, located in Los Angeles, California, is a horse 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 offer them a well deserved retirement due to soundness issues, age, or owner hardships.
Esta Bernstein, Founder of Saffyre Sanctuary, Inc. always knew that the horses were "calling" her to make a film. But it was not until a series of events that the actual subject matter would reveal itself in the most magical way. During her journey of the horse consciousness, and the unfolding of the horse's message, people on the same path started to come into the world of Saffyre Sanctuary. Breathing new life into not only what Saffyre Sanctuary does, and our understanding of why horses are here, the teachings of the horses have solidified their foundation in everything we do and wish to accomplish.
Changing Horses is being written by the horses, and we welcome you in joining hands and hoofs in the circle of the horse collective!
Saffyre Sanctuary - Facilities
The ultimate goal for our rescue is the creation of an entirely "green" dream facility. While we have yet to decide on a permanent location, Blackburn Architects has generously donated the plans for our barn. Our vision includes a thirty stall barn on a minimum of ten acres, which is run entirely on solar and wind power. Water purification, reclamation, and composting systems will also be implemented. We hope to be a model for other facilities that are concerned about their impact on the environment.
Until our dream becomes reality, Dark Horse Ranch, located in Sun Valley, California, has permitted us to use a portion of their facility to help some horses in need. This alliance allows us to carry out our mission and ensures that the horses in our care benefit from the combined environment of both programs.
"Saffyre Sanctuary has worked non-stop to save, rehabilitate, and re-home Arabian horses in California, and in the surrounding southwest states. Integrated care in feeding, veterinary and medical treatment, emotional cognitive interventions, and therapeutic plans for rebuilding the horse's body and soul, are a few key ways Saffyre Sanctuary functions as a go-to resource..."
"I volunteered at Saffyre Sanctuary and was very impressed by the love and the dedication these woman, men and children volunteers put towards these amazing horses. You feel the love and respect for the horses while you are there. They have high standards for the living conditions of the horses. Keep up the good work!"
"Saffyre Sanctuary is truly a sanctuary for the equine and human soul. Esta is truly an angel amidst us. She is empathetic, authentic and truly open hearted. She connects with these horses and wants to heal their body and heart and place them in a connected, correct situation. I am honored to help her and humbly call her my friend."