Our Mission

Is behind this door!

Fuzzy Faces Refuge (FFR) is a NC 501c3 non-profit that provides a sanctuary for endangered heritage breed farm animals where people of all abilities can interact safely with animals using positive, therapeutic experiences that build confidence, enable positive progress and afford opportunities that may otherwise be unavailable.

Freedom Steps is a program offered by FFR's PATH Int'l Member Center, providing equine-assisted activities and therapeutic riding for those who live with physical, emotional or cognitive challenges, or those enduring psychological and/or physical wounds, including children, adults, veterans and first responders.

FFR offers a peaceful, family-friendly environment that promotes personal growth, provides rewarding experiences, enables new friendships and creates a sense of freedom…one step at a time.


Who We Are

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Fuzzy Faces Refuge (FFR) is an all volunteer 501c3 North Carolina nonprofit organization that is enhancing the lives of people and animals through programs that benefit both.

As part of our education and conservancy effort, we offer therapeutic experiences with critically endangered heritage livestock breeds. We are also home to the Freedom Steps Equine Services program, providing therapeutic riding and equine interaction activities to children with special needs, Veterans, First Responders, Community Heroes and their families. 

In addition, we have an exclusive partnership with Animal Assisted Therapy of the Triangle. Dr. Christina Strayer and her team of counselors bring their clients to the Refuge each week for therapeutic, healing activities.

The beautiful, private refuge setting includes areas for individuals and their families to engage in therapeutic activities and learn horsemanship. All visits are by appointment only to ensure your best experience and privacy.

First Responders and Veterans Programs are available!

We are a 501c3 and PATH International Member Center, offering therapeutic riding and rehabilitation focused services for Children with special needs, First Responders and Veterans, their families and others with special challenges who may be in need of personal growth activities and education within our community through our Freedom Steps Equine Services programs.

We are a proud partner with Animal Assisted Therapy of the Triangle (AATT). For anyone who is struggling with difficult or painful life issues, searching for life balance, managing stress or wanting to increase strengths and happiness, Your therapist (human and animal) can help guide you to a stronger you!

A PATH Int'l Center

Our Freedom Steps Equine Services (FSES) program provides equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) to children, adults, veterans and first responders who struggle with physical, emotional or cognitive challenges by promoting personal growth, enabling rewarding experiences, enhancing quality of life, and instilling a sense of self, hope and freedom ...one step at a time.

A Sanctuary
An Educator
A Safe Place
A Community Partner