Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Inc.

Rating: 4.14 stars   28 reviews

Issues: Animals, Children & Youth, Disaster Aid

Location: PO Box 309 Lisbon MD 21765 USA

Mission: DEFHR was founded in 1989 because of a horse named "Toby". When Kathy and Allan Schwartz, co-founders, first saw Toby he was a rack of bones and so severely infested with parasites that the veterinarian could scarcely believe he was alive. Toby's shocking condition was a "call to action" for the Schwartz's, who realized that no entity existed to meet this growing humane crisis. Most county animal control agencies had neither the capability to care for abused horses nor facilities to house them. The process begins when Animal Control Officers seize one or more horses from an owner because of cruelty or neglect. Since it's inception thirteen years ago, DEFHR has received impounded horses from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. The incoming horses are immediately placed in our intensive care facility where they receive 24-hour monitoring and medical attention including veterinary visits, hoof care (farrier visits), medicines and vaccines, a specialized diet plan, grooming, and emergency surgical procedures (if necessary). On average, a horse requires 4 - 6 months of intensive care before they have stabilized - both mentally and physically - enough to be placed on a less strenuous recuperative regime. Once horses have graduated to an extended care and maintenance program, they are eligible for adoption to qualified homes. DEFHR tracks all adoptions annually to ensure each animal receives proper treatment and a safe home environment.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

More horses keepcoming in every month. Starvations that no living thing should go through. And the fact that if the local authorities feel a procecution is warranted, they have the expertise to build the cases. Do you feel people that ABUSE and neglect should not be brought to justice???????

Some cases do not call for prosecution. But they are ready to help if it need be.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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To the volunteer that said they donated to us, I want to say thank you. I am sorry you read the report as one sided and if you could come out to DEFHR and see what the horses look like, reports and studies will become meaningless. I've been with the organization for 8 years. We DO NOT impound ANYTHING!!!!!Legal authority impounds. We document the inbound condition and every step we take to make the animal healthy. We DO NOT put horses to sleep to make room for more. I'd like to know where in our documentation you saw that. If you don't think the work we do is worthwhile, then please don't donate to us. But don't slander the good work they do because of an opinion you read. And if you don't believe me, go ask the horses we saved! Ill bet they are glad we were there for them.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I have been involved with Days End for several years. Some of the inflammatory remarks made here are very unfair to an organization whose sole function is to save and rehabilitate starved and abused horses. We are not a santuary and if a horse is in pain and cannot be cured it is humane to end it's suffering.

We do NOT impound horses. Legal authorities such as animal control call us since very few if any have the means to care for the horses. This includes the large impound of the Arabians. The legal authority felt there wasvcause to act. How can one rally see the condition of a horse in a three second TV shot. These horses hand had their winter coats groomed out.

I have never had a staff member be cross with me or anyone that was with. I do not expect to be watched but I do expect them to expect me to do what was asked properly.

No one profits from the farm. We are audited and the results are public. Everything is open. I'm thankful for the time have to give.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the horses get better and adopted out.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Can't get any better

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This organization assists law enforcement when horses are impounded due to abuse or neglect. The horses are taken from a bad situation and taken to Days End where they can get proper care and be adopted to a loving forever home. If that's not a rescue, I don't know what is.

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2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

This is not a 'rescue' as most people understand the term. This is an arm of enforcement which only deals with horses when enforcement involves them in a case. They are not neutral. They actually brag about helping to document and prepare cases for the prosecution!!! Seriously??? I'll send my money elsewhere!!!!

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

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2012

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Please review Dr. Henneke's written statements regarding the performance of this rescue in the Canterbury case. Absolutely unbelievable facts presented by Dr. Henneke!!!! Between their shenanigans in the Canterbury case and the fact that they openly state that they euthanize horses to make room for incoming horses makes this rescue the worst of the worst on my list. We need to change the laws to make this sort of group illegal.

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2012

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I have been involved with Days End Farm Horse Rescue for over 10 years and have seen first-hand the exceptional care and treatment given to the needy horses that find themselves needing rescue. I believe that Days End has raised the bar for horse rescues in both professionalism and standards of care.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I have been a supporter of Days End Farm Horse Rescue for many years, as a donor, foster care provider, and volunteer. As I work at the farm, I see the dedication of the staff and other volunteers, and I know the money I contribute is carefully used for a good cause. The horses are very well cared for, and even after they are placed in new homes Days End continues to monitor to ensure their well-being.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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2012

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I have been involved with Days End in the capacity of a volunteer, an adopter, a donor and a board member and I can attest to the dedication of this charity to the welfare of horses. I have seen first hand the compassion and professionalism and have benefited from their services with the adoption of an incredible horse who has changed my life forever. The beauty of Days End is that while they are rescuing horses from criminal abuse and neglect, they are also touching people in positive ways. Witness the young girl who has a half ton horse trust her enough to do whatever is asked, even when it is completely counter to their survival instincts, and you will understand the empowerment that I am referring to. Talk to volunteers who have just saved a group of horses from intolerable conditions, battling through bad weather, exhaustion and scrambling to make things work, and feel the joy and camaraderie of doing a noble thing. While the mission of Days End is to save the horses, they accomplish so much more than that. As they give a second chance to the horses who deserve our reverence, they change our lives by giving us the opportunity to have these magnificent creatures in our lives. I am so grateful to Days End for all that they do and personally for saving my beautiful paint Nevada for me, he was a wonderful teacher and friend.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I have been a donor at DEFHR for over twenty years. I not only read reports, do internet searches, and look over budgets, but I also VISIT the farm. This charity is run efficiently, effectively, and directs its funds in a fashion to best benefit the horses. I have been at the farm immediately after snow storms, power outages and torrential rain storms.........the volunteers and staff ignore their own comfort and well-being to continue taking care of the horses 24 hours a day. One of my major donations was for a separate barn for the more critical horses - Robin's Nest. This barn has been used continually since its construction and I am pleased to say, that my expectations for the use of this fairly large donation, exceeded my expectations.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

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2012

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I have been volunteering for DEFHR for at least 10 years. I know they use their money VERY carefully, and they do great work for the horses. The staff is incredibly dedicated.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I have been volunteering at DEFHR for over 2 years and donating to them for too many years to count. I have found the entire staff to be caring, efficient and completely focused on rehabilitating the horses that come to them for care. I know some issues surfaced when DEFHR got some rare Polish-Arabian horses that had been impounded, apparently many people thought those valuable horses should be given to them for free rather than rehabbed in DEFHR's care. This was not an option, as the horses were involved in a court case and that needed to be settled before the horses could be sent to other farms. Many people don't understand how horses come to Day's End and this results in a lot of misinformation. All of their horses are legal impounds, not owner give-ups, and the legal issues need to be settled before the horses go anywhere. The staff at Days End works very hard, 24/7 if necessary, to try to save the life of each and every horse coming into it's care.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I have been so impressed with the work all of the folks at Days End Farm Horse Rescue do for the horses. I have seen them come in there on their first day and throughout their rehabilitation. I am always overwhelmed with the horses improvement, both in their spirit and physical condition. I hold the folks who do this wonderful work in the utmost highest regard. It has always been my pleasure to volunteer and assist in any way that I can. Just being there with the horses and the staff never fails to uplift my spirit too. It is a wonderful experience to visit or volunteer.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the positive effect it has on the horses and individuals that volunteer there.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It made me have more confidence in my abilities and skills.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Glad to have the opportunity to contribute to the horses well-being.

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