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Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation

Rating: 4.59 stars   76 reviews 3,474

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.

2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have volunteered at SERR for 5 years. It is a good experience for learning about horses and about animal welfare. The executive director, Patricia Clark, works tirelessly to improve the lives of animals (mostly horses, but also other critters) who have found themselves in situations in which they are abused and/or neglected. Often when they arrive they are underweight and in need of medical attention. I happened upon Serenity Rescue and Rehabilitation at a time when two of my neighbors were not providing good care for their horses. I was at a loss about how to help the animals get better care. I explained their stories to Patricia Clark but I didn't expect to be heard. Horses are expensive to board and feed and few places have a large enough area to give them the space they need to exercise. Neither the Humane Society of King County nor Animal Control of King County can handle large animals. Serenity took in the animals and provided them with good veterinary care, food, and socialization. Within months of their arrival, they all looked healthier and calmer. They learned the feeding schedule and the evening routine. Through it all they became less stressed and more emotionally secure. The volunteers learn compassion by interacting with the horses and watching the positive changes in their health and well-being. I know I learned a lot and will reflect on this knowledge throughout my lifetime.

We are lucky beyond words that Patricia Clark has opened her property to care for these needy animals. Her devotion and compassion are exemplary.

 
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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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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  

I am a director with a horse rescue in Southern California. I visited the Seattle area June and August , 2016. I looked up horse rescues and found Serenity to be close by, arranged a time to visit and met Patricia and the horses. The surroundings were beautifully maintained and clean. The atmosphere of the whole facility was, as it's name, total Serenity!
I again visited in August and brought some family, spent several hours cleaning and playing with the horses. It was awesome.

 
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I have been volunteering at Serenity for 5 years. Being able to be a part of an organization that is actively involved in bettering not just the lives of horses and ponies, but the lives of people, has changed MY life! I have found a community of like minded citizens and with the guidance of our director, Patricia Clark, every day is an opportunity to make the world a better place. The facility is spotlessly clean, the horses are happy and very well fed. So very grateful to Patricia and all of the amazing horses for providing a safe and fun place of healing and learning. 5 stars plus!!!!

 
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Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation has been my home away from home for over 4 years. The community of compassionate volunteers and the beautiful horses we care for, has given far more than I could ever repay. The mission of love and kindness is something that we can carry over into our lives away from the barn. Being a volunteer has made me a better person, and has deepened and enriched my love of horses and all living creatures. (including people!) Sometimes there are tears. We have had many horses that have suffered severe neglect, or cruelty, or been thrown away, sent to slaughter, and arrive, confused and sad. To have the privilege of gaining their trust, and nourishing their bodies, to the point where they are happy, and healthy, full of love and joy, has been one of the greatest gifts in my life. Under the guidance of our director, we have the opportunity to exercise compassion, kindness and care on a daily basis. And isn't that exactly what this often dark world needs more of? So grateful for this wonderful Rescue. Highly recommend!

 
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Being involved with Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation for the past 2 years has changed my life. Witnessing the dedication of the volunteers, the gratitude and kindness of the horses that are in their care, and the healing power of selfless compassion is something that our world could definitely use more of. Serenity and its tireless director, Patricia Clark, never give up. Having witnessed some tense situations with neglectful owners and the seamless and dignified way that Patricia handled both the animal aspect and the human, was something that the worlds diplomatic corps would be wise to note.
The horses welfare always comes first. Each and every Equine resident at Serenity is treated as a valued and loved family member. The culture at Serenity, of compassion and patience toward each and every horse, is what dictates the volunteer roster. The human Serenity Family members are as happy to be there as the horses. Amidst the laughter and fresh baked cookies that seem in constant rotation in the barn, there is some very dirty and hard work being done. Having spent over half my life around horses, I have never seen a barn kept as clean and stalls as immaculately spotless as at Serenity. On freezing cold days, the spirit of camroderie and community is strong.
Money is always tight, but we are blessed with a crew of helpful, enterprising volunteers, and have had some fantastic fundraising events that brought even more community members to our family. In the new year, the emphasis at Serenity, in conjunction with our rescue work, will be furthering Equine education. Informed horse owners and riders make better welfare decisions for their animals.
The other wonderful benefit of working with Serenity has been witnessing the radical transformation that some of our volunteers have undergone... sometimes at the same time as the horse that they are caring for. The therapeutic nature of animals is well documented, and horses are particularly suited to providing a warm and loving, non judgemental and always open haven to spill tears and heal.
Every day I leave the barn happy, dirty and exhausted... and looking forward to the next time when I can be there. Our oldest volunteer is 91. Driving her home after she spent the afternoon grooming 4 horses, and seeing the joy she felt, the shining coats of our happy horses and Patricia's gracious gratitude for the help was such an inspiring experience. I will never forget it.

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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Volunteering here has changed my life. I love all the sweeties sooooo much!!! I honestly dont know what i would do without all the support, love and fun! I am so grateful for everyone and all the little pony friends i have made. A beautiful place like this deserves so mjch good!!! LOVE ITTTT!!!!

 
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I have been volunteering at Serenity for around six months and have found the rescue to be so well run. Every thought is given to the wellness of the horses - large and small. Through my time there I am learning so much about horses and the incredible need for horse rescue. Giving your time and/or money to this organization will do amazing things and allow it to continue its mission.

 
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I LOVE horses & helping others...so when I heard about Serenity Equine I was SO impressed & happy that both those things can come together! It takes a special bunch to do this work! Thank you Serenity Equine!♡

 
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I am a previous volunteer at serenity. They provide an important service for these horses and save many lives. Please consider them for any grant or financial help possible. I was impressed by the care and concern given to all the animals during my time there. I highly recommend them to anyone seeking to volunteer or get a rescued horse.

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

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Serenity Equine Rescue is a peaceful place of healing for both horses and humans. Volunteering at Serenity has filled a hole in my life left by the loss of my horse and recently my spouse. Spending time on the farm, working with the horses and assisting behind the scenes has helped me heal my own pain. Watching a sick, abused or abandoned horse recover and eventually thrive so we can adopt them into a new forever home just makes my heart happy.
This amazing organization is a vital part of the community of Maple Valley and South King County, one that deserves recognition and support for the incredible humanitarian work they do.

 
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Serenity, like most underfunded non profits, has had to learn some painful lessons in how to operate as an organization, while staying focused on their mission and goals and accomplishing the daily work that has to be done. Some negative comments posted in the past are result of mistakes made, and some are just plain mean from folks who couldn't see the whole picture of what our director has had to sacrifice to maintain the wellbeing of the rescued horses on her farm.

Currently, Serenity is a well operated Equine rescue offering community service opportunities as well as an educational format for youth, adults and employers interested in team building strategies. I hope that anyone interested in volunteering will come to Serenity and form you own opinion of this amazing operation, and give compassionately from you heart to help support and find loving forever homes for our rescues.

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

Find a way to rally more community support both in volunteers and financial donations, everything else is wonderful.

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?

2013

 
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1 person found this review helpful

There is so much love for the horses and other animals at Serenity! Patricia and the other volunteers have so much compassion for the well being of these precious creatures who have been neglected and abused. It's important for organizations such as this to have a voice for beings who are less empowered and need help. Serenity is not only a safe haven for animals, but a learning center for those interested in horse care, riding, healing and all around awareness of what it takes to rehab these creatures so they find loving homes!

 
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As a dedicated volunteer and life-long advocate for rescue and rehabbing animals of all kinds, I am so grateful I found Serenity and have the opportunity every week to care for the horses that I have come to love and learn so much from. The farm is clean and peaceful and what is Best for the horses is the primary focus each and every day. Having the opportunity to take classes on horsemanship and learn from Serenity's Director, Patricia, has been so valuable in my understanding of the nature of horses and their care. Serenity is like no other rescue. We do welfare checks, have assisted in helping (and even paying) for other's to humanely euthanize their horses when it has been deemed the best thing. Patricia daily and weekly fields calls from the public asking for assistance with all levels of crisis and she makes the time to educate & provide options and assist where she can. The level of care and devotion demonstrated humbles me.

If you have a heart to help and make a true difference, there is no better place to give time, attention and funding to. There is overwhelming demand for the care of horses left with very few options who are facing neglect, cruelty, abuse and abandonment. Serenity is a bright light in a sometimes very dark reality for these beautiful, intelligent and amazing animals. I am grateful to be a small part of the solution.

 
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