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November 13, 2012

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November 13, 2012

I have been donating to Beech Brook Farm Equine Rescue for about 3 years. I am very careful about checking out 501(c)3's and BBFER passed muster with flying colors. I have contributed several thousand dollars annually, always in response to a real need and not merely a regular request which is so common with some charities. Deborah Finco has a solid business plan (not all that common for animal rescues, unfortunately) and while she also works a full-time job, she devotes a huge amount of personal time to helping the animals she rescues to rehabilitate and rehome them. I am not in a position to adopt a horse, but BBFER gives me a lot of satisfaction that I'm providing a level of help to horses that will be rehomed once they have been given a second chance by Deborah. Frankly, I consider it money very well spent.

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2012

November 13, 2012

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November 13, 2012

Beech Brook Farm in Mystic is an outstanding equine rescue organization! They not only specialize in gaited horse breeds and crosses but they also have a special place in their hearts for mini horses, mini donkeys and the full-sized donkeys, too. Beech Brook Farm has provided second chances to many horses over the years as well as providing a safe place to foal to mares and jennies, ensuring their youngsters get a great start out in life. The hardest decision any human ever has to make is to euthanize a suffering, beloved animal when the time has come. Sadly, sometimes there can be no other outcome. These folks handle that awful task, too, with compassion and strength. Lucky the horse or donkey in need of a second chance that finds itself at Beech Brook Farm.

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 18, 2012

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June 18, 2012

I started volunteering at Beech Brook in Dec 2011. Right away I saw it as a safe, welcoming place for both horses and humans. The horses have a strong sense of self esteem and confidence, and I know most did not arrive that way. Even the older horses have spirit and life, and are interested in what goes on around them. The life they show is in response to the care and love they are given. Deb Finco, Kathleen, Kathy, trainers, and volunteers all have built a kind and constructive farm where good horses can be found, and where people are given friendliness and useful equine education. I hope the place goes on forever.

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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

June 16, 2012

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June 16, 2012

I recently started volunteering at Beech Brook Farm and it has been a great experience. Deb Finco knows each and every horse, mule and donkey in great detail. The effort of the farm is clearly to help the animals become good candidates for adoption. And their dedication doesn't stop there. Recently several horses and mules that had been adopted came back for one reason or another. I don't know how an organization can be financially prepared for such unpredictable events. Meanwhile, the organization is growing and working through all the same kinds of problems that any growing business goes through. Their ability to roll with the punches and come back ready for more is a testament to their dedication.

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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

June 15, 2012

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June 15, 2012

i started as a volunteer at Beech Brook Farm Jan 2012. The farm has the most amazing feel. It is a lovely, safe setting where the animals are treated with care dignity and respect. Deb and all the volunteers are so committed and compassionate and the teamwork while helping all the rescued animals is evident every thing they do.

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

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 14, 2012

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June 14, 2012

Beech Brook Farm is a wonderful rescue barn where the owner (Deborah) and volunteers truly care about the well being of the horses. The barn has a friendly environment where people can join together to share their love of horses and their desire to help out in the community. The horses are treated with respect, excellent medical care and given the love and attention they deserve. They are a great choice to foster or adopt from.

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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?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 14, 2012

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June 14, 2012

My family became aware of Beech Brook Farm Equine Rescue, by searching for a miniature horse to adopt. We live in the state of Massachussets and had quite a few rescues to look at......but Beech Brook Farm ( Deborah Finco ) was quick to respond to our questions and immediately we felt connected. There is a deep passion for Rescue when you talk to Deborah and she shows it in her knowledge and care for her animals!...I have met her volunteers and they could not be kinder people! We adopted a miniature paint horse named "Pickles" and we are so ever grateful! She brings laughter and joy everyday and reminds us how fragile life can be for ALL of us. It is not easy to have a rescue .....it is hard work and dedication. Beech Brook farm is also well connected with other reputable rescues therefore I always send anyone I know looking to rescue/adopt in Deborah Finco's direction because I know they will find what they are looking for. My plan for the future is to use Pickles as a therapy miniature (she is 4yrs. old and is learning quickly) and to bring awareness and hopefully raise money for Beech Brook Farm! I hope if you are someone interested in a gaited horse, miniature or a donkey please look at Beech Brook Farm you will be connected to a wonderful woman with a great Rescue.

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Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

January 27, 2012

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1 previous review
January 26, 2011

Beech Brook rescue is about endless devotion to the animals and to the staff of volunteers. Dedication and education is what sets this rescue apart from all the others. Careful consideration is give... more

January 27, 2012

It's been a year since my last review and Deb never fails to amaze me. Her dedication to the animals and making sure they are trained and ready for their new homes is paramount. She strives for success stories. She is tireless in her efforts. This is one Rescue that is as top notch as you can get. I only wish others would follow her example of" how to do it right". Please go to her website and check out Beech Brook Farm in Mystic Ct., you will be delighted.

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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?

2012

January 26, 2011

Beech Brook rescue is about endless devotion to the animals and to the staff of volunteers. Dedication and education is what sets this rescue apart from all the others. Careful consideration is given to all who wish to adopt. Deb goes above and beyond most and it shows. She is a leader with strong conviction for what she does. I have been very impressed by her and her operation. Blessed are the animals that find their way to her farm. Each animal is loved and cared for on an individual bases.

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in walking around and talking with the volunteers and seeing with my own eyes the care these animals receive.

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

hope to acquire another volunteer to help

September 13, 2011

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1 previous review
January 30, 2010

I have found that Deb at Beech Brook is very compassionate about the horses.. I had the pleasure of sending a new blanket to one of her recent rescues... more

September 13, 2011

I have recently visited BeechBrook and met with Deb... I was totally blown away with the excellent care and love that all of the animals get there...Deb does an awesome job and is always welcoming new people to see what her rescue is all about...
Thank you Deb for doing such a great job and
giving us the tour.... Keep up the good work...

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I took a recently road trip to meet Deb and her great organization

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There is nothing that could be suggested... everything is run very smooth... I think that Deb could use a few more volunteers

January 30, 2010

I have found that Deb at Beech Brook is very compassionate about the horses.. I had the pleasure of sending a new blanket to one of her recent rescues...

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Looking at the horse with the new blanket was very uplifting....

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Deb has always sends updates so that you can keep up with the horses...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Save a lot more horses

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 28, 2011

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January 28, 2011

I am a foster home for Beech Brook. They were full and wanted to help a gorgeous mare from an auction barn. I had followed them for awhile on FB and wanted to help them out. I offered to foster Ember and do her quarantine at my place.
Deb Finco was very attentive and never once forgot about
Ember. Many other rescues will bail a horse and place it and forget it. Not true with Beech Brook farm. They always do follow ups whether it is an adoption or foster home.
I give Deb Finco a lot of credit as not only does she run this rescue but she also holds a full time job. Neither suffer from the other.
She makes sure that things still run smoothly.Even if a crisis arises Deb keeps her cool like nothing out of the ordinary is going on.
We sure need more rescues like her for sure.

Bette Bouthillette

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equine rescue. I have learned from watching Beech Brook, that there is a rescue that exists totally for the horses.

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I would not make any changes here.

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