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Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation

Rating: 4.53 stars   66 reviews 3,344

Address:

28818 Se 216th Way Maple Valley WA 98038 USA

Mission:

Serenity's Mission is multi-faceted. It includes rescue, rehabilitation, education and healing. Our foremost goal is to help rehabilitate, care for and place our rescued horses into loving homes. We are passionate about providing a natural and focused care plan for each of our resident equines. We are also committed to supporting the equine community through our Education Center clinics and courses. We believe that the relationship between humans and horses is a very special one. Many of our volunteers and others have experienced a special gift of healing when working or visiting the farm. You can read more about Horses as Healers on our Events and Programs page. We are located on a farm in Maple Valley, Washington.

Target demographics:

our equine companions and our community through education and equine therapy.

Geographic areas served:

several counties in Washington state. We have rescued, rehabbed and rehomed over 150 horses since 2007 and provide sanctuary to many more. We have expanded our programs to include Education with our Education Center and Healing through our Horses as Healers program. We have been named the Best of Western Washington non-profits and been featured in both the Seattle magazine and in the nationally recognized horse health magazine Equine Wellness in September of 2015.

Programs:

rescue and sanctuary, wellness clinics, horsemanship classes, and therapy through our Horses as Healers program.

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Reviews for Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation

Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am a volunteer at Sererity, not only have I met some wonderful and caring people, I see first hand how the horses are treating and I enjoy working there very much. I am there two days a week for almost a year now. I see how Patricia Clark cares very much for her animals, as she is their "Mommy" and she oversees the daily operations and is in there getting her hands dirty with all of us volunteers. She has taught me so much about the horses and how to interact with them as I am not very experienced. The people there have also helped me learn about the caring of the horses and yes they learned it from Patricia. Everything is done the same way with all the horses so everyone know what to expect. It's a lot of hard work but I love being there around the people as well as the horses.

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

A friend volunteers at the ranch and I have tagged along a few times to help. All the people that volunteer here care about the animals immensely and love what they do there. Which is a lot of hard work, but it is all for the horses, and everyone does it with a smile. Patricia and her team do an outstanding job of caring for the horses and providing them with all the essentials and love they deserve.
Anybody looking to support whether financially or giving time would come away feeling like it was money or time well spent.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer with Serenity Equine Rescue for over 3 years. I have to say that Serenity Equine Rescue is an outstanding horse rescue. Patricia Clark, is exceptional in caring for these wonderful horses, she has the knowledge to return them to good health when they are rescued from some very bad situations. Serenity is kept very clean and all the volunteers put forth a lot of effort to keep it that way. I didn't know anything about caring for horses when I first started, but knew that I wanted to help them. The other volunteers are so supportive and have become great friends over the years. I can't begin to explain how much I have learned since starting there and still learning! It is an emotionally rewarding experience volunteering at Serenity and the horses are the best!!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I've brought my grandkids to Serenity for a year and a half now to volunteer. They've learned so much about horses and most importantly they've learned that volunteering is hard work but very rewarding.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Serenity Equine Rescue is an amazing nonprofit dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of horses in need. I first volunteered at Serenity in 2015 for the Martin Luther King Day of Service through United Way and UW. I was impressed with how clean and peaceful it is there. The dedication of the Executive Director and volunteers is truly impressive. Since then my family and friends have joined me in various volunteer activities as well as simply spending time with the horses. It is therapeutic for them as well as for all of us. I have done a lot of volunteering with nonprofits, but truly I have never seen one more committed to their cause and effective in the delivery of their mission. I highly recommend them and invite others to join us in supporting this great nonprofit. The impact you can make is definitely life-changing.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The horses at Serenity receive excellent care and lots of love. I've enjoyed working with Patricia, Gabrielle, and all of the volunteers. The focus at Serenity is truly on putting the welfare of the horses first, as it should be!

I began spending time at Serenity a year ago offering massage bodywork and Reiki (healing energy) to some of the horses. It is so moving to connect with these horses with backgrounds of abuse and neglect. They have taught me as much or more than I have given them!

At Patricia's request, my co-collaborator and I have begun offering workshops in equine facilitated learning with the Serenity herd. (The Horses As Healers program.) So many horses of all backgrounds have amazing things to share with people, and now that they are safe and beautifully cared for at Serenity, they are ready. It is a joy and an honor to hold individual sessions and workshops with the special horses there, and the arena and farm are very serene and lovely!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have been volunteering at Serenity for nearly five years. Volunteers can feed, groom, exercise and interact with the horses, as well as clean stalls, paddocks and water troughs. The rescued horses are given excellent veterinary care, farrier service, and nutrition. It is not unusual for visitors to tell us that the health of our horses and the cleanliness of our grounds are extraordinary when compared to other rescues.

Patricia Clark, the Executive Director of Serenity, has worked with and studied horses since she was a young girl. Horses seem to respond to her confidence and gentleness in ways that surprise us. We all learn from watching her interact with the horses and some days we are awestruck.

There is a lot of camaraderie among the volunteers. Each one of us is part of the team. The horses count on us to keep to a schedule for feeding and being brought in and out of the barn. That way they feel safe and secure.

Over time we learn the reasons that things are done a certain way. In every case I know of things are done a certain way for the safely and benefit of the horses, rather than for the ease of the humans. If ever we wonder why we must do something a certain way, we need only to ask the Patricia. The vast experience and knowledge she holds has taught her the best practices.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I was a witness to a horse in my neighborhood living with neglect. I didn't know where to turn to help this poor animal. I'd never heard about a "horse rescue." It became clear to me that the owner was preoccupied with her own life and had lost interest in her horse. When I tried to discuss what I saw as neglect, the owner told me to mind my own business. Animal Control is not able to help large animals; they don't have the space needed to house them. So there seemed to be no good way to get help for Satin. I felt hopeful when I met Patricia Clark, the proprietor of Serenity Equine Rescue & Rehabilitation. She understood the situation, and helped me find a way to approach the owner. Just as I was losing patience the owner called Patricia and visited Serenity. She eventually agreed to release her horse to Serenity and from there things turned around quickly for Satin. After 6 months of having her needs met, she was once again able to be ridden. Eventually she was adopted by a loving family as a companion for their young horse. Satin's story is one of many wonderful stories that have been made possible through Serenity. I have volunteered there for the past 4 years as a way to show my gratitude for the good work they do. After seeing what good work Serenity did for Satin, I later intervened for two other neglected horses in my neighborhood. They were also released to Serenity. While these two have not yet found forever homes, their health and socialization have been greatly improved. I'm very glad that places such as Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation exist to help neglected horses. Sincerely, Naomi Rimbos

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

find more volunteers willing to share the work of the farm. The work is sometimes hard. When it falls on a small number of core people, they must struggle to keep every horse clean and fed. But with additional volunteers, the chores could be divided among many, and the workload would be lighter. We are always trying to recruit new volunteers.

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have been volunteering at Serenity for almost 3 years. I have gained a wealth of experience and confidence working there. When I started, I didn't have experience dealing with horses that have been rescued. Through great training and encouragement from the owner, Patricia Clark and others, I have become very confident around these horses. These rescues are very well cared for both physically and emotionally. I want people to know what an awesome Rescue, Serenity Equine Rescue is.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I recently adopted a Quarter Horse mare from Serenity. I visited the facility twice, and both times I found it very clean, safe and welcoming. The horses were all well kept. They were clean, hooves in good condition, well fed and content. There was never a promise of performance out of my mare, she was not "marketed" to me as anything but a rescue from a situation of neglect and abuse. In fact, the trainer followed up with me several times to discuss how to proceed with the mare once she left Serenity. I found Patricia to be kind, compassionate and extremely passionate about the care and placement of the horses. It is clearly her intent to find forever homes for these animals and she does not care (nor should she) if she happens to hurt someone's feelings. Her goal is to find good, qualified, caring homes for the horses. I would recommend adopting from Serenity in a heart-beat! The volunteers are all so wonderful and you can really tell that everyone there loves horses.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Serenity takes truly excellent care of its horses. As a professional in the field, I am happy to volunteer at Serenity because I know that my time and energy is going to a worthy cause. The horses at Serenity are well-cared for, and the organization puts in a lot of time and effort to ensure the proper rehabilitation, care, and placement of the horses. It is really inspiring to see the number of horses who have been rescued, rehabilitated, and placed in forever homes. Having worked with horses in a professional capacity for over 20 years, I am confident in saying that donations and volunteer time are used very effectively and for a great cause.

 
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