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Healing Ranch and Sanctuary

$346 of $450k goal

Raised by 15 people in 21 months
Christi Hubbard
for Animal Rescue And Veteran Support Services Corp
 LAKE MARY, FL

Animal Rescue & Veteran Support Services (DBA Veteran Rescue) is a 501c3 nonprofit in Lake Mary, FL. Since 2011, Veteran Rescue has helped both veterans and animals alike, pairing them together to combat PTSD, stress, overwork and to give a second chance to animals living on the street.

Veteran Rescue's original goal was to always have a ranch for veterans to use, for equine therapy, to relax, refocus and re-energize themselves. Now, five years after its inception, Veteran Rescue has the opportunity to obtain a ranch instead of partnering up and renting out pieces of ranches, like it has been done in the past. Never before has our main goal of having a ranch for our nonprofit been closer in our sight.

This is where you come in. We need your help to get this ranch. 

With the ranch, Veteran Rescue can be 100% operational. Our main goal has always been to assist veterans overcome the challenges they may face coming back from deployment or dealing with PTSD. With this ranch, we can reach out further and help pair human and animal together - to heal, to form companionship and to rejuvinate the spirt.
To learn more visit http://veteranrescue.org

While many people serving in our military come home fine to their families, some come back with varying trauma. These brave warriors can face post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sometimes homelessness, joblessness and problems with drugs and alcohol.  This is where Veteran Rescue comes in. Since 2011, Veteran Rescue has dedicated hard work into caring for the veterans and active military that face these issues every day. We want them to know that they are not alone and that help is available. 

Veteran Rescue is embarking on an ambitious project to keep serving our veterans.  We receive calls and referrals from other organizations but our current facility is way too small to accommodate the needs of everyone.


We envision a 162 acre ranch that would house our rescue animals and veterans and service personnel. A ranch at its most basic needs a $85,000 down payment for a $425,000 purchase. With this ranch, not only could we house veterans to be rehabilitated, but we could pair them with animals specifically trained to be companion or service animals. This ranch would also serve as a retreat for Veterans, their families and government workers.  Outside of a large ranch purchase, there are smaller monetary needs in pet care costs (for active service animal training) and general administrative costs. 


“I have served on the Board of Veteran Rescue for several years now and it is a cause near and dear to my heart. On the Road as Miss USA, I saw first-hand the damage that PTSD inflicts on the lives and livelihood of our men and women in uniform. To me, Veteran Rescue is everything a service oriented organization should be. They are fully committed to serving our heroes in any capacity needed.  While their focus is animal assisted therapies to aid in the treatment and relief of PTSD, they use their time and resources to support service members in any way they can, whether it is a simple home repair, a calling card, or just an ear to listen. From the most basic need to the greatest, Veteran Rescue gives their all to find a way to meet the needs of our service members. They listen and support service members in a way I rarely see anymore. Christi works tirelessly to provide for and serve our heroes. She inspires me every  day with her selfless determination and commitment to serving those who serve."  - Heidi-Marie Ferren, Miss USA, heidi@veteranrescue.org 

According to Military Pathways, it is estimated that 11-20 of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, 10 of Gulf War Veterans, and 30 of Vietnam Veterans experience PTSD symptoms. Of the general American population 2.2 of the American population, - 7.7 million people, may have PTSD symptoms.  Can grooming and riding horses foster recovery from mental illness? According to a recent article published in the Psychiatric Times, the answer is "yes".  "Evidence has continued to accumulate; more rigorous controlled studies are being conducted, resulting in the emergence of a significant body of literature supporting the therapeutic value of the human-companion animal interaction." An article reviewing the benefits of animal-assisted therapy has even appeared in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association. 
Animal assisted therapy reduces suicide rates by 30%!!

Animal Rescue & Veteran Support Services, Corp (Veteran Rescue ®) is a 501c3 nonprofit created by Ms. Christi Hubbard (primary owner, founder and CFO) to use animal assisted therapy to assist Veterans in their rehabilitation and reorientation through various services. Since 2011 we have been assisting veterans with home repair projects, rehabilitating rescued animals and paring them together to heal both with plenty of care. We utilize the following services primarily:  Equine Therapy: Retreats for Veterans suffering from PTSD: Animal Rescues: adoptions, no-kill shelter. Home Repair Projects. Animal Assisted Therapy.

In regards to animal rescue, Veteran Rescue currently takes in and cares for several animals. The animals are spayed, neutered, vaccinated and socialized before they are adopted out. If they have injuries, their injuries are taken care of. The animals are used in therapy and paired up with families in need. Veteran Rescue makes sure that the people who adopt the rescued animals can take care of the animals in need by screening potential adopters through phone calls, interviews playtime with the animals and house visits. 

The cost of caring for these animals in need is extensive and space is limited within Veteran Rescue's facilities. Because of this, Veteran Rescue is looking to expand its facilities but resources are limited and needs must be prioritized. The needs include the cost of food, shelter, shots, spaying, neutering, de-flea/de-worm treatment, first  aid, toys and room for the animals to play and grow.  Veteran Rescue prides itself on its care. It has won 6 awards for Best of Lake Mary animal shelters. Veteran Rescue pledges to continue this quality of care, despite the need for resources. Support of any kind is more than appreciated, in the form of in kind donations, gifts, monetary donations, grants, CFC funds, fund raising and word of mouth. As good stewards, Veteran Rescue is open to visiting with local representatives in any of our national branches. 

  Fact: With an estimated 24 US Veterans take their lives every day! These women and men need our nation’s help. Many of our Veterans are negatively impacted by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury and depression. Transitioning out of the military is difficult for many Veterans; resulting in drug/alcohol abuse, relationship issues, violence, unemployment and homelessness. About 25% of those who are homeless on any given day are Veterans. Veterans may find comfort and companionship in have a dog and/or using equine therapy; in knowing they have the job skills necessary to gain and maintain a job; and knowing they have support of a community and the nation.

The Goal: Purchase an Equine Therapy Ranch where Service Dogs will be trained with their handlers, Veterans and Family members can go on Retreats and Heal. Rescued Animals will get a new start on life including Horses for our programs. 

The Need: We receive calls on a daily basis and referrals weekly from other organizations. Our current facility is way too small to accommodate them all.

The Solution: Businesses and People Nationwide pledge to match funds and Donate Today to help Veteran Rescue Raise the Funds needed to purchase the ranch and immediately begin helping a 1000 Veterans and animals instead of dozens for the exact same cost per year!

The cost needed to raise is: $150,000 annually with startup purchase of $450,000. Animal Rescue & Veteran Support Services DBA Veteran Rescue needs your support. Share. Donate. Network. Let’s show politicians how we care for our Military Veterans and animals in need.

It takes a dedicated community helping their nonprofits to succeed.  Veteran Rescue can not do it ALONE, We need the community to step up and support us whether donating in kind items such as pet food and other supplies, or holding fundraisers on our behalf, or even introducing us to local movers and shakers. It takes a community of supportive people working with the nonprofit. Please donate and share this with your network.

Veteran Rescue needs a new facility now. Bear, Queen, Numa, Angel, Chester, and others deserve the space just as our Nation’s heroes deserve the fresh air and animal assisted therapy, not being over medicated or suiciding. Veteran Rescue’s original goal was to always have a ranch for veterans to use, for equine therapy, to relax, refocus and re-energize themselves. Now, five years after its inception, Veteran Rescue has the opportunity to obtain a ranch instead of partnering up and renting out pieces of ranches, like it has been done in the past. Never before has our main goal of having a ranch for our nonprofit been closer in our sight.

This is where you come in. We need your help to get this ranch. I see all kinds of money going to dead or dying, why not help the living to succeed not commit suicide or self-medicate. We’re not asking for much. With the ranch, Veteran Rescue can be 100% operational. Our main goal has always been to assist veterans overcome the challenges they may face coming back from deployment or dealing with PTSD. With this ranch, we can reach out further and help pair human and animal together – to heal, to form companionship and to rejuvenate the spirit.   To learn more about Veteran Rescue, please see http://veteranrescue.org 
http://veteranrescue.org/about-ptsd    http://veteranrescue.org/recreational-therapy

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Fact: There are nearly 21,000 in the line of duty police officer deaths over the past 200 years. There have been 25 K9 in the line of duty deaths. There have been over 4500 fire fighter in the line of duty deaths over the past years. Military in the line of deaths only major combat wars: Since 1980 7,673 deaths, since 1775 1,354,664 died.



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Tier 1: Get a personalized thank you card. 
Tier 2: Thank you mug + card
Get a  personalized thankard AND a 16 oz mug as a thank you for donating card
Tier 3: Get a personalized thank you card AND a Veteran Rescue shirt for donating. Please email info@veteranrescue.org with your name, address and preferred shirt size if you have one. If you don't provide us with this information, we may send you a size Large by default, or whatever stock is on hand. If you email us but haven't claimed this reward on GoFundMe, we cannot send you this reward - apologies!

Future rewards/stretch goals:
These can be added once we know we have the interest but the ranch MUST be purchased and operational! These will be added once we hit our 50k goal.

-Discounted visits to Veteran Rescue
-FREE visits to Veteran Rescue

Thank you for all you do!

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Update 23
Posted by Christi Hubbard
2 months ago
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We are excited we found the perfect ranch, at a great value. Now we must secure it and that takes money. We are eagerly awaiting our CFC numbers and we were recently awarded $5000 cash from Cargill. Together we might have enough, but with Veteran Rescue's supporters and donors contributing to this ranch to feel a part of Healing would be the best thing ever.
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Update 22
Posted by Christi Hubbard
5 months ago
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It's that time of year. Take advantage of tax breaks by donating to Veteran Rescue.

http://veteranrescue.org/donations-work

Want to donate to Veteran Rescue? We have several options to make sure your donation is used effectively and efficiently. Check this page http://veteranrescue.org/donations-work/donations to see what specific in-kind items we are in constant need of, such as pet food and office supplies. You can also schedule a recurring donation with our fast, easy and secure system.

See your donations at work! All donations go directly to our programs in need.

Get Started: Help Out Today Multiple Award Winning Nonprofit: Veteran Rescue is mostly run on a volunteer basis, in time, effort and love. If you would like to help out today, we appreciate all donations, whether big, small, virtual, physical, in kind or through social media. Veteran Rescue is 501c3 approved, CFC approved and tax exempt.

Veteran Rescue ® is a 501c3 nonprofit created by Ms. Christi Hubbard to use animal assisted therapy to assist Veterans in their rehabilitation and reorientation through various services. Since 2011 we have been assisting veterans with home repair projects, rehabilitating rescued animals and paring them together to heal both with plenty of care.

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For all that you donate to Veteran Rescue, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. Every donation is a sign that you care and that you are here to support not only Veteran Rescue, but the animals we take care of and the Veterans we work with. Let us show that we care about what you have done for us, by continuing to provide high quality care and love to the people and pets we encounter daily.

Thank you,
Everyone at Veteran Rescue

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8 million dogs and cats enter shelters in the United States each year according to the humane society.

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Veteran Rescue’s goal is have a ranch for veterans to use, for equine therapy, to relax, refocus and re-energize themselves.

It was estimated that U.S. improvement and repair expenditure amounted to about 326.1 billion dollars in 2015.

In American population 2.2% or 7.7 million people may have post traumatic stress symptoms and the military was not included in this fact.

$25 can feed 5 cats or feeds 1 dog for 1 month.

$50 can feed 5 cats, 1 bag of litter or feeds 2 dogs for 1 month.

$100 can pay for feeding 5 cats, 2 bags of litter, flea medication for all feeding 2 dogs and provides flea medication for all, for 1 month.

$500 has several options: can feed 1 horse for 1 month, paired with a Veteran for 4 equine therapy sessions, can pay for simple vet care such as shots, worms, spay/neuter, farrier, etc
can pay for 1 Veteran Landscape project.

$1000 also has options:can feed 2 horses for 1 month, paired with 2 Veterans for 4 equine therapy sessions can pay for 1 X-Ray or long term Vet care.

$5000 also has options:
pays for 5 Veterans paired with horses for equine therapy sessions pays for 1 Veteran home repair project

$100,000 can pay for
15 Veteran home repair projects in their entirety
boarding 8 horses and 80 Veterans’ equine therapy sessions

$1,000,000 pays for a new facility with healing retreats.

For everything you do, thank you. Veteran Rescue is more than grateful for a donation of any size.
When you donate to Veteran Rescue, you help an animal out and more.

Veteran Rescue sincerely appreciates your support and donations. We look forward to hearing from you.
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Update 21
Posted by Christi Hubbard
5 months ago
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Home Depot Foundation approved a $5000 grant for Veteran Rescue to help Veterans and their families enjoy Home Repairs. We are pleased to announce 18 projects were completed. Our waiting list is finished!

Pet Supplies Plus donated $250 to Veteran Rescue along with pet supplies like food, treats, toys, and more.

Our Nashville Concert Fundraiser raised zero dollars, we lost a great deal.

Our CFC speaking events are going great!!

I am writing my 3rd business books to help Veterans and the community learn how to do what I do, create their own company, and more.

I still pet sit and donate all funds to Veteran Rescue.

I worked myself so much trying to get Veteran Rescue a ranch that I nearly died. I have been sick for 3 consecutive months recovering.

My only regret is we still do not have our own facility and it's been years we've been doing social fundraising.

Share the message, Donate, Give the gift that keeps on giving. Bear, Queen, Numa, and many others thank you from the bottom of their hearts.
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Update 20
Posted by Christi Hubbard
5 months ago
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We've added photos, videos, and details to our campaign. We are still far short of our goal. We need your help. Share the message, donate, and show your support today.
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$346 of $450k goal

Raised by 15 people in 21 months
Created July 23, 2015
Funds raised will benefit:
Animal Rescue And Veteran Support Services Corp
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Lake Mary, FL
EIN: 320337515
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