MYLESTONE EQUINE RESCUE A NEW JERSEY NON-PROFIT CORPORATION

Rating: 4.88 stars   25 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 227 Still Valley Rd Phillipsburg NJ 08865 USA

Mission: DEDICATED TO ABUSED AND NEGLECTED HORSES. WORKING TO EDUCATE THE GENERAL PUBLIC ABOUT THE SUFFERING OF UNWANTED HORSES.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a volunteer at Mylestone Equine Rescue (MER) since August 2013. I've always loved horses and, now that I work from home 5 days a week, I wanted to ensure I got out of the house and wanted to make a difference in our community.

At MER, I've rekindled my love of horses and I know I'm making a difference in the lives of these beautiful animals. I volunteer one evening a week to serve "dinner" to the horses and have participated in many fundraising activities. I've met so many awesome, dedicated volunteers as well as other horse lovers and concerned folks in the community.

I've never known more dedicated staff and volunteers; the caring and compassion can't be measured. Everything possible is done to rehabilitate the physical and emotional well-being of the horses who come through the stable doors. We invite you to join us in our mission.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Life has not been the same for me during the last six months. In fact, it is so much better now, ever since I started to volunteer at Mylestone. Honestly, I never knew it existed until I was recruited by Cheryl at the Hunterdon Humane Open House last April. I have loved helping on the farm from day one and look forward to returning each week, especially visiting with and talking to all of the horses. While they may not “talk” back in a literal sense, just by looking into their eyes, you know they are happy you are there caring for them.

Bruce and Susankelly Thompson are the most down-to-earth, genuine people one could ever meet and they are so extremely grateful for any support given to the rescue, whether it be helping on the farm or at events, or through donations and sponsorships. It is comforting to know these horses are loved and well-taken care of by the Thompsons as well as by a group of dedicated professionals and volunteers. It is an organization one can go and physically see, knowing their donations are going to a worthy cause.

Mylestone is an impressive, eye-opening operation; one that I strongly urge you to experience if you have not yet done so. Who knows, you too just may want to volunteer and change your life for the better.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer at Mylestone Equine Rescue for a year following my retirement. Having worked as a social work practitioner, administrator, and educator over the years, I was interested in volunteering with a nonprofit group that serves animals (my second passion!). I read about Mylestone in the newspaper, attended last year's Open House in October 2013, and started volunteering shortly afterwards. Several weeks ago I was helping to recruit new volunteers at Open House 2014!

Mylestone is truly a model nonprofit that goes beyond being an organization. For Susankelly and Bruce, it is a way of life. Running a rescue for 37 abused and neglected horses is no easy feat. The horses (and a goat) receive the best of care from dedicated veterinarians, farriers, equine dentists, and other professionals on a regular basis and as needed for urgent care. In addition to having their immediate needs met 24/7, I can attest to the fact that each horse and the goat are well loved in a safe and clean environment. Susankelly and Bruce are supported in their efforts by family, friends, and a corps of volunteers. It is a joy to see the horses progress at Mylestone where they are respected and appreciated.

Given the horses' histories, the need for extensive medical care as well as different types of feed and bedding is great and very costly. It was validating, and not a surprise to me, that in 2014 Mylestone was selected by the ASPCA as one of five equine rescues nationwide to be awarded $10,000. The gift was well deserved.

I hope to continue volunteering at Mylestone for years to come, helping to care for the horses as well as supporting fundraising efforts.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a sponsor for many years now. MER has been helping horses for 20 years. I have sponsored several horses over the years and the dedication these people have to the horses is just amamzing. Many of these horses are older and require so much care. They feed 4 times a day, which surprsied me. It was explained in one of the sponsor letters that they do a late night feeding around 8pm to check on all the horses. If one of the horses is not well, it is better to get a handle on the problem then having the horse wait until the next morning. They start feeding at 5am. This truly is 24/7. The sponsor letters make me feel included in the day to day care of the horses. I was so happy to hear MER won one of the five ASPCA grants from Help a Horse Day. What a wonderful honor for such well deserved folks.

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Rating: 5 stars  

CONGRATULATIONS on winning a $10,000 grant from the ASPCA! What an accomplishment! I have been a long time sponsor of 3 horses for many many years now. Each month I receive a letter that shares what goes on at the farm. All the horses are mentioned, which isn't an easy task. Even though I live far from the farm when I read that letter I feel as though I am right there. The dedication these folks have to to these horses is amazing. If there is a sick rescue horse we will read about it, SusanKelly and Bruce up all night caring for the horse. In my letter I receive pictures of the horses I sponsor. Sponsorship is a wonderful way to see where your donation goes!

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My family has visited Mylestone on many occasions and we have enjoyed visiting with the rescue horses. We have attended both their annual Open House and had a private tour. The tour was very informative. The volunteers really know the history of the horses and their medical issues. Many of these horses were terribly abused and react differently than regular horses would at a riding facility. These are horses no one wanted that people starved, abandoned and abused or were in kill pens at auctions that could have gone for horse slaughter. If the horses don't find adoptive homes, they stay with Mylestone for the rest of their lives. We were surprised to find out that many of the horses have been with the rescue for 10+ years because people had not shown interest in adopting them. That really shows the compassion and determination Mylestone has in providing for the rescue horses.

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1 people found this review helpful

Mylestone Equine Rescue exemplifies the standard that all rescues should work toward achieving. I am impressed by their professionalism, but also, by their compassion, because they take in horses that have been abused and/or neglected. They work diligently to accommodate special needs horses. The farm is exceptionally clean. All buildings and fences are maintained for the safety of their residents. Mylestone Equine Rescue has an Open House every year in October. Go spend a few hours there on that day. You will see what a wonderful organization it is, and how all of their horses are so loved and well cared for.

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I have been a volunteer for over 6 years and a Board Member for 4. I have never seen a rescue so dedicated to the care and welfare of horses. Mylestone does everything they can for all horses, whether they are on the farm, helping an owner in time of need, helping getting horses adopted and networking to raise awareness of the plight of these beautiful animals. I serve Mylestone proudly, not only because of the dedication this organization has to ensure that the horses have a good quality of life but to the care and concern they have for their volunteers and employees. I look forward to many more years with this organization and be apart of this wonderful experience of caring for horses!

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Rating: 5 stars  

On my first day of volunteering at Mylestone Equine Rescue (MER), I didn’t know what to expect. When I arrived, Bruce and Susankelly Thomspon, as well as the volunteers welcomed me in as if I was a part of the family. Susankelly understands that not only do these horses need us, but we need them as well, so despite having no experience with horses, she encouraged me to learn as much as I could. As I was being given a tour of the farm, I couldn’t help but think how lucky these horses were to finally find a home where they could live out the rest of their lives being loved and cared for. It was at that moment, that I spotted him. He wasn’t a big horse and didn’t seem overly eager to meet me. I was told he was severely abused and afraid. It was at that moment, looking into this poor creatures eyes that I fell in love. Needless to say, he allowed me into his heart and we formed a bond that was truly something special. Although he has since passed on, I hold that experience close to my heart and that is what pushes me to do more for these horses. In the 5 years I have been volunteering at MER, it has truly been a life-changing experience for me. Susankelly and Bruce Thompson have strived to save these horses and give them a chance at having a good life. Through volunteering at the farm and fundraising MER is able to help so many horses in need. I am proud to be a part of it. If you are looking to have an experience that will enrich your life in some way, volunteering at Mylestone is the place to go. There are so many ways in which you can be a part of Mylestone. You will never forget it and I’m sure you’ll come out of it having such a unique experience as I have.

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2013

Rating: 5 stars  

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This is a magical place. Many of the horses are just beginning their recovery from abuse and abandonment by previous owners. Some were rescued the last minute from destruction because people could not afford to take care of them. Others have become fit and others are already in new homes. Have gone to their annual open house several years, and you can see the horses look better as time goes by.
A well kept, clean place. Open house is a lot of fun. They can always use volunteers to help care for the horses

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Rating: 5 stars  

We will continue our financial support this year and probably beyond. This seems to be a really well managed operation with good direction. We're for helping the horses, and they do it best of any we've checked into in the central Atlantic area. Great annual open house. Nice people.

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1 people found this review helpful

I am always so impressed with how wonderfully the horses at Mylestone are cared for and how clean and well-kept the farm is. I have been on a tour as well as to several Open Houses at Mylestone. The love and devotion for horses that would have often ended up at slaughter or died a cruel and terrible death is everywhere - all the volunteers clearly care about the horses and talk about how each one is special. While it would be wonderful if more people could open their homes to horses that can only be companions, at least the horses will be safe and loved and get the best of care for as long as they live at Mylestone. Mylestone is a one-of-a-kind rescue, the extraordinary kind.

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