Gentle Souls Horse Sanctuary Inc
7847 SW Hwy 72
Arcadia FL 34266-7003
Our mission is to rescue horses from abuse and neglect, provide a dignified retirement to elderly, special needs horses and rehabilitate the ones who can be placed in loving homes. 
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Ms Hannah Louise Farrell
Board Chair Affiliation Founder - Gentle Souls Horse Sanctuary
General Info
Organization DBA
Gentle Souls Horse Sanctuary
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2016
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2018
State Registration Yes Apr 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
Impact Statement
2016 Accomplishments
1. Maintained the health and well being of the horses here at the sanctuary and maintained the property and barn
2. Expanded our fundraising efforts in two ways 1) Our first annual sanctuary benefit, a new area of fundraising we had not explored before but found was very well supported and successful in the local community and 2) An online quilt raffle, which also proved to be popular among our supporters
3. Expanded our online monthly fundraising auctions to include a larger number of items and variety of items, gaining new supporters
4. Added new monthly sponsors to our closed online VIP Facebook group, covering a larger portion of our monthly running costs through sponsorship
5. We ran a very successful Christmas auction which helped provide additional funds.
 2017 Goals
1) Add more monthly sponsors to our VIP sponsorship program to help with running costs
2) Continue to improve the Gentle Souls facility by expanding drainage ditches, trimming trees, clearing fence lines and filling in low lying areas with fill dirt
3) Continue to expand our fundraisers to include more local businesses, more participation from the local community and attend more public events to raise awareness about Gentle Souls Horse Sanctuary
4) Allocate more time to researching and applying for grant opportunities and corporate funding
5) Expand our community outreach program to include helping more struggling owners be able to care for their horses during times of hardship and offer resources for temporary help to owners needing to re-home their horses, while networking for horse placements in our organization or other rescue organizations.
Needs Statement
Being a financially struggling, small, non-profit, hands-on time with the horses is limited, due to the constant need to raise funds. Any help with the following needs would be tremendous:
1) A Kawasaki mule or similar vehicle with flat bed to help with chores around the sanctuary ($5,000)   
2) Donations towards monthly operating costs of $1000 per month (or approx $12,000 per year)
3) Machinery - in particular a bucket/bush hog attachment for our current smaller John Deere lawnmower or a larger tractor with attachments to help clear brush/trees/palmetto bushes ($3500-$15,000)
4) Volunteers to help run fundraisers and grant writing 
Background Statement
From the age of two, I was horse crazy. I grew up knowing rescuing animals and in particular, horses, was all I ever wanted to do. Nursing them back to health, giving them back their dignity and loving them for life were all goals of mine. Gentle Souls was born in 2012 from a little girls dream and the sanctuary was built naturally and with nothing but horses well being in mind. I seem to find/attract the worst cases, the horses no one else wants, for whatever reason and to be able to nurture their spirits, transform them physically and mentally gives me a wonderful sense of purpose. I was born in England and moved to America - first Boston, then Florida. Gentle Souls began in Florida and I built a functional facility, mostly funded personally.  We held online and public fundraisers, and established a monthly horse sponsorship group. The Gentle Souls "property" was sold in early 2017 and has started over, now in Arcadia, FL.  I worked hard to secure enough personal funding to move to a smaller property, have downsized the sanctuary, and continue run as many fundraisers as possible. We are still short of what is still needed, but have a temporary plan while additional funds are gathered. Gentle Souls Horse Sanctuary is greatly needed in this community, the number of horses needing sanctuary placement is increasing, the need to help decrease the back yard over breeding is growing and we want to continue to help make a difference. Gentle Souls has helped countless horses. In 2016 we were granted 501c3 status. Elderly, abandoned, neglected and abused horses NEED sanctuary placement, long after their use to humans has passed, giving back to them what they deserve.... a dignified, peaceful retirement and a humane passing. That's why Gentle Souls Horse Sanctuary exists and we hope, through passion and determination, to re-build it to it's fullest potential once again.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- DeSoto
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
FL- Lee
Areas Served Comments Gentle Souls has tried to serve mainly local areas with rescue help, but has, on occasion helped horses in other states or helped in other counties when it has been a large scale rescue with the involvement of law enforcement.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
I am currently the only full-time volunteer, the board chair, the founder, the caretaker, the fundraiser,  It is challenging to come up with new ideas and new ways forward without help. New fundraising ideas have been successfully implemented and well supported, but I am always looking for other ways to increase our audience.
Gentle Souls finds horses in need through many different avenues. We receive e-mails, social media messages or phone calls alerting us to situations that need monitoring, sometimes the owners themselves contact the sanctuary for assistance. On occasion, a veterinarian or farrier has alerted us to a particular situation, sometimes it can be as simple as driving by and noticing an underweight horse in a field. Horses are entrusted to our care, mostly through communication with the owners of the horse(s), sometimes with the assistance of law enforcement. They come to us in various conditions. Most common is emaciated, requiring very cautious initial care. They are often physically sick or emotionally scarred, sometimes both! The rehabilitation care provided can be short term or long term depending on the horse and all are evaluated by our veterinarian and farrier to decide the best course of action. 
Budget $5,078
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success Often,the horses who come to us are near death,so the short term success is, simply put, saving a life. Just removing a horse from an abusive situation is the initial goal.  
Long Term Success By working closely with our farrier and veterinarians, I am able to figure out how to bring out the best in abused horses, to gain their trust and help them FEEL better in every sense of the word. Sometimes a horse who comes to us completely emaciated, emotionally closed down can be brought out of their shell with patience, understanding, a good diet and natural horsemanship training. This ensures long-term success for these horses to become well balanced members of the herd and live a healthy, happy life. 
Program Success Monitoring The progress of the horses is constantly monitored by myself and we also rely on feedback from our farrier, veterinarians and sponsors. Often it is obvious when a horse is thriving, because the once fearful horse is relaxed during a procedure than was once terrifying, you can't help but notice the progress being made. It is a very visual thing to see a horse gain weight and condition, start to develop muscle and a playful drive, and be more relaxed in behavior and sometimes gain a more gentle demeanor with both humans and other horses. 
Program Success Examples
"Annie" was rescued from a local situation. She was emaciated (painfully underweight), had overgrown hooves, and her tail was so matted! Annie was absolutely TERRIFIED of having her hooves picked up, trimmed or even cleaned, striking out in fear, with zero trust for a farrier. A very dangerous situation. Through patient, gentle, natural horsemanship Parelli training methods, Annie was shown there was nothing to be afraid of. Good habits were rewarded and built upon and over a period of just a few months, Annie became very relaxed while having her hooves trimmed, all of her fearful behavior went away and today she is the star horse on hoof trimming day!! Her physical condition was transformed with good consistent nutrition and her mane and tail is once again untangled and beautiful!
Description Once a horse is nurtured past initial rehabilitation, if the horse is elderly and has ongoing physical/emotional permanent issues, that horse is not fostered or adopted out (because we mainly deal with horses no one wants), but becomes a permanent resident here at the sanctuary. This is a giant undertaking, because the horses who live here require a lot of care, often extra supplements, medications or conditions to help them thrive. There are no programs here that use the horses in any way to raise funds, such as rides, summer camps etc.... the horses here purely live out their time in FULL retirement. Each horse remains at Gentle Souls Horse Sanctuary until it passes either of natural causes or via euthanasia if their quality of life is no longer there. 
Budget $17,500
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success In many cases, the horses who have found their way to us, being elderly (20+ years old) have already had many homes during their lifetime. By placing them in full retirement and in sanctuary, the short term success can be seen in the horses building strong bonds with one another and enjoying every day with their herd mates. I find that horses from all walks of life will instantly gravitate towards certain other horses, forming friendships and habits that are only to be encouraged and nurtured. Sanctuary means these horses, who have often been though some of the worst situations, none of it their own doing, will never have to be passed around or forced to endure anything negative again.
Long Term Success It is very visual to watch horses transform over a year or two years etc.... I see the horses gain weight, I see them gain muscle and a beautiful shiny coat. Their manes and tails grow and strengthen. Their eyes become bright and full of life, their hooves become balanced in length and condition. They begin to play, to run, to engage in mutual scratching with other horses. To SEE a horse go from a bag of bones, shaking, scared, sick and lethargic..... to a running, playing, picture of health is everything you see and more in permanent sanctuary placement. This is where Gentle Souls Horse Sanctuary does it's best work. 
Program Success Monitoring
To see an initially awkward or depressed horse interacting positively with other herd members is extremely gratifying. The horses are observed by myself, any of our service people - farrier, veterinarians, body work specialists, equine dentists and visitors to see how they are progressing. Issues observed are always addressed and we constantly adjust routines and tailor diets to each individual horse's needs. 
The long term successes can simply be seen among the herd members and watching horses transform and thrive is all the proof I need to see to know the program is working.  
Program Success Examples
"Tuffy" - an aged gelding who came to us in 2013 as part of a 51 horse rescue effort by Gentle Souls in Hendry County, FL. Tuffy was near death - emaciated and FULL of hook worms. Through our rehab program, Tuffy survived, but through our permanent sanctuary program, Tuffy is thriving. 
"Annie" - an aged mare who came to us in 2011 from a neighbors house. Almost starved to death, terrified and with a severely matted tail, Annie became one of our permanent residents. Today she is thriving, her physical appearance transformed, her emotional scars healing more with every passing year and Annie will never be starved or neglected again.
"Dusty and Mama" - an aged mare and an aged pony who came to us via owner surrender. Despite joint issues, limited vision and breathing/allergy issues between them, both are doing extremely well under our permanent care, monitored closely and maintained with diet, supplements and medications tailored to their needs.
Description This is our most poorly funded program, but one of the most important areas needed in the community. Often members of the public come to us for temporary assistance. This can stem from job losses, ill health, the death of a family member etc... where Gentle Souls can step in to 'bridge the gap'. This often means helping temporarily feed horses while they are placed in new homes or other rescue organizations, or until the owner can get back on their feet and continue being a good horse owner. Networking with other rescue/sanctuary organizations to place horses is also part of this program and sometimes paying for transport or veterinary treatments of horses going to new homes is necessary.
Budget $1,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success We have successfully helped provide veterinary treatment to 2 horses over the past few years that would otherwise have been suffering. We have been able to network homes/placements for several horses also, facilitating their removal from bad situations. Often, horse owners do not know where to turn in an unexpected emergency situation and would maybe send a horse to auction thinking that there was no temporary solution allowing them to keep their horse long term.
Long Term Success Long term, this program could ultimately help many more horses and people in difficult situations, while reducing the workload on rescue organizations in general, by allowing some horses to stay in their homes. My hope is to reduce the number of horses being placed because of a temporary situation, that would be alleviated in a short time, allowing us to focus on more permanent situations where abuse, neglect and abandonment are the culprit. 
Program Success Monitoring The success of this program is measured mainly by the feedback given by the members of the community we help and by monitoring the well being of the horses after our help is no longer needed. 
Program Success Examples
Gentle Souls was able to donate supplies to maintain a horse's well being while her owner found a new job. Today that horse is still with the owner, doing well and they have just purchased a horse property where the horse will be moving to shortly. Without assistance, the couple were considering giving up their horse.
Several years ago, Gentle Souls stepped in to feed 6 horses at a struggling rescue that was closing down. The horses were already declining in condition, so new placements were found for all of the horses and they were fed and maintained during that time, by our organization. Without help, the situation could have been a different outcome for the horses.
Gentle Souls temporarily fed, provided veterinary care and placed 49 of 51 horses in a large scale rescue in Labelle FL in 2012. Personal funds and extra funds were raised due to this program being underfunded, but the situation warranted immediate action due to its severity and condition of the horses on the property.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 2
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
1) Gentle Souls Horse Sanctuary collaborates with a farrier, several veterinarians and an equine dentist for our horses health and well being
2) Gentle Souls collaborates with local feed/supply stores for the horses rehabilitation and nutrition needs
3) Gentle Souls has worked with both Hendry Co and Lee Co sheriff's offices on horse rescue cases as well as the Dept of Agriculture for the transportation of horses
4) Gentle Souls has collaborated with other rescue organizations for fundraising events and for placement of rescue horses 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Horse Rescue & Relief AwardHorse Training Methods2013
Gold ParticipantGuidestar.org2016
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms Hannah Louise Farrell
Company Affiliation Founder - Gentle Souls Horse Sanctuary
Board Term Feb 2012 to Feb 2022
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr Thomas Earl Allen JrCommunity Volunteer
Ms Hannah Louise Farrell Founder
Mrs Valerie Jocelyn Fay Retired
Mr Michael Headley Fay Retired
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 2
Board Term Lengths 5
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 25
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $30,000.00
Projected Expenses $29,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose Gentle Souls Horse Sanctuary is in need of clearing trees/brush and building fencing at the new property. Fundraisers and donations will be needed to help us reach our goal of providing more grazing area for the resident horses.
Campaign Goal $9,000.00
Campaign Dates Oct 2017 to Apr 2018
Amount Raised To Date 500 as of Oct 2017
IRS Form 990s
Form 9902016
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$21,017$20,671$16,510
Administration Expense$0$2,407$1,139
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.341.040.69
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%90%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$20,358$11,318$5,133
Current Assets$19,311$11,318$5,133
Long-Term Liabilities$0$35,047$29,845
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$20,358($23,729)($24,712)
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $28,120Contributions, gifts, grants $24,061Contributions, gifts, grants $12,182
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%310%581%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization The former Gentle Souls property was sold due to a divorce, but over the past 3 years, fundraising efforts were increased, more time allocated to monthly online fundraisers and an annual benefit set up. Those extra funds raised were saved and allocated to the move in 2017. The new smaller Gentle Souls property is currently being set up to accommodate all animals comfortably.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from unaudited compilations.  For 2016, financial information taken solely from the Federal 990-EZ.  Contributions may include foundation and corporate support as they are not separately stated on the tax retun.
Nonprofit Gentle Souls Horse Sanctuary Inc
Address 7847 SW Hwy 72
Arcadia, FL 34266 7003
Phone 941 387-4514