I have moved to DE in 2005, and became aware of Whimsical Equine Rescue shortly after I moved here, I met with Karen and explained to her that I was interested in Adopting a horse. Karen was so nice explained how the adoption program worked and explained to me it was not as easy as just picking out a horse. Over the next 6 months of visiting Whimsical Equine and getting to know HotShot Dancer along with all of the other wonderful horses that they had looking for homes, Karen had me meet Lisa, at that point they came to my home and made sure that not only did I have enough room, but I had the proper fencing and proper shelter, I loved that they just did not allow me to adopt a horse but they cared so much about HotShot Dancer that they wanted to make sure that he was going to a good home, Well HotShot Dancer has been with me since 2007, and I hope to be able to bring more to my home. Whimsical Equine Rescue are not just a Rescue, They love each and every animal that comes to them, and they are very cautious and very thorough about who is lucky enough to adopt one of their precious Horses.
My name is Laurie Demitry and I started a non-profit with my daughter called Nova Therapy Minis www.novatm.org/ We adopt rescued abused/neglected miniature horses and train them to be therapy horses. Two of our three miniature horses came from Whimsical Equine Rescue. At my age, I believe I have what one would call a seasoned perspective and there's not a lot that really impresses me. Whimsical Equine impressed me or the women that run Whimsical Equine impressed me. in truth, I have a daughter I would love to have exposed to them on a regular basis if I were only closer. They are committed, unselfish, caring and incredibly hard working. The facilities were immaculate and as a horse owner myself, I know how much work goes into that kind of standard of care. On another note, we adopted one mini and then went back for his half brother. They are the backbone of our program and are adored wherever they go. Rescue work is physically and emotionally exhausting and Whimsical Equine is an example of the best of rescue. I hope that knowing two of their rescues are bringing great joy to everyone they interact with brings them joy as well. Definitely a GREAT non-profit!! Laurie Demitry, www.novatm.org/
While being a small rescue group, with no funds except for donations and their own money, Whimsical Equine Horse Rescue has always been quick to offer their help.
I do rescue transport (dogs and cats) as well as post for shelters and rescues. Any time I get a plea for a horse, I always email Whimsical. They may not always be able, at that time, to take the horse but they are always there to help, whether it be in aiding the owner in resolving a problem which allows him to keep his horse(s) or to assist with finding placement with another rescue.
I contacted Whimsical Equine Rescue in hopes to adopt a horse that would be great around my two young children. They advised us of a great older Arabian mare named Ariea. My family went to visit. The staff was amazingly helpful, friendly, and compassionate. They are very knowledgeable about their animals. We adopted Ariea months ago from Whimsical. Ariea has been wonderful with my children, great with other animals, intelligent, great on trails, and has been one of the best horses I've ever owned. We had a great experience with the agency. There needs to be more adoption agencies out there like Whimsical!
We adopted our Thoroughbred from Whimsical Equine Rescue in 2006. He has been a great horse for our family and has helped my daughter win many blue ribbons. Whimsical was very up front with us about the horse before we adopted him...what they believed his strengths and weaknesses were.
We couldn't be more pleased with our relationship with Whimsical. They have remained connected to us, always available with help and advice.
I LOVE that they retain ownership of the horse, ensuring that the horse will always be cared for. They also must ok where the horse is kept. This gives us a sense that there are people besides us who care about how our horse is treated. We were novices in horse ownership and Whimsical Equine Rescue guided us and we still now that their expertise is available to us if we need it.
I have been an active board member of Whimsical Equine Rescue since 2005 and with many hours of sweat and tears. This rescue has shown their love for horses, their care and well being. The horses on Tri State peninsula has experienced it first hand so many times. I know that 100 percent is given at all times. Many horses and persons have benifited from the services and funds received from Whimsical Equine Rescue. Whimsical Equine Rescue is a lifetime protection for the horses in their program.
In July of 2009 I was looking for a horse for my 9yr old niece, Logan. I came across Whimsical Equine on the internet through their ads in The Guide. My first phone call got me. I spoke with Karen and she was so friendly and helpful with what I was looking for that the up coming weekend I went to meet them. I actually went to meet Arthur but met Missy as well. Through the following 4 months I came and went as much as poss. to visit Missy. Logan falling in love more and more each time. Logan and I talked all of the time about Missy becoming part of our family. But me being the protective Aunt I wanted to make sure I made the right decision. Who would have thought Logan being a real beginner would have a 20+ yr old standardbred mare as her 1st horse. Missy is the best. She and Logan are a real pair. And she and my gelding are glued at the hip. Thank You So Much Karen for your time and patience with us. Whimsical is a wonderful facility. They care and recondition horses to find their forever homes.
I have been volunteering at Whimsical Equine Rescue, Inc. since May 2009. In that short time I have seen volunteers come and go and I have seen horses come and go. I have seen Karen and Lisa make themselves sick trying to care for all of them. I have continuously tried to find ways that I could help because I truly believe in what they are doing. These animals are part of America’s history. We used them to work our farms before the machines took over. They run at our race tracks and make money for their owners, just to be tossed aside when they can no longer run. Some owners do care enough to see that they end up in places like Whimsical where they can find good homes. Some just send them to auction and the animals ends up who knows where. Whimsical’s biggest need is for money. I know everybody asks for money. I always have the same reaction “you and everybody else”. Back in October I saw the horses brought in due to neglect and abused. The horses were so malnourish, it broke my heart. With hard work and a lot of money they are almost ready to find their new homes where they will get the respect and love they deserve. What does Whimsical get out of this? Just the warm fuzzy feeling knowing they helped make it happen. These horses are receiving a second chance at a happy healthy life they deserve. I work a full time job and have a family to care for. I put in the time and financial support I can and I am proud to have just a small part in helping. I orginally wrote that story for the March 2010 Whimsical newsletter. Since that time I was asked to become a board member. Naturally, I said yes even though my only reward is that warm fuzzy feeling of doing what's right.