Southwest Florida Horse Rescue


It wasn’t that long ago that Tina Garret and Matt Venaleck recognized the immediate need for a sincere horse rescue.Southwest Florida Horse Rescue

In 2010, they poured their passion into what has now become Southwest Florida Horse Rescue, Inc. a registered non-profit organization also known as SWFHR.

In just 5 years, they have saved the lives of over 100 local horses. Even more extraordinary, Matt and Tina personally funded and operated the rescue while working their full time jobs. In addition to the myriads of daily demands, they continually host monthly fundraisers to help off-set the mounting operating costs of feed, veterinary and farrier care. To this day, Matt and Tina founders of SWFHR have no paid employees and are grateful for the growing community of volunteers and contributions. Not only does SWFHR benefit, but so many of the volunteers have found a sanctuary that touches their own hearts. It is incredibly fulfilling to watch horses, who come in broken and scared, begin to thrive as a result of everyone’s contributions.  One of the best parts of this volunteer community is that it enables the organization to put forth all raised funds directly towards the rescue horses. By putting the horses first and having a community who backs them up, Southwest Florida Horse Rescue can focus on their reputation of integrity, caring and success.Southwest Florida Horse Rescue

As you can imagine, new volunteers and contributions are always welcome!  There is always an opportunity to help the horses thrive and get ready for their forever homes. To be a part of this amazing team, you can contact…Southwest Florida Horse Rescue


The Rescue Facility: Tina Garrett Matt Venaleck
14811 State Road 31

Punta Gorda, FL 33982


Phone: (239) 567-4111

(President & Co-founder) (Director & Co-founder)
Email: info@swfhr.org Email: tina@swfhr.org Email: matt@swfhr.org
Website: www.swfhr.org