GENTLE GIANTS DRAFT HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY LTD
I first heard about Gentle Giants back early in 2008. I'd been looking for a horse rescue where I could volunteer and they seemed like a pretty cool choice, since they focused on draft horses. I ended up volunteering there for right at three years (would still be there, but moved out of state, so now I just support them from afar :) ).
Gentle Giants is one of the most amazing, well-run, caring rescues I've had the privilege of knowing. Everyone there truly cares about doing right by the horses, their adoption fees are more than reasonable, and EVERY horse gets rehabilitated, evaluated, and retrained. They do their best to accurately describe the horses in their care and match them up with the best potential home.
The facilities are safe and well-tended with happy, friendly horses.
They're very cognizant of doing wisely with donations, this is NOT a rescue that begs for funds to feed the horses every week!
Volunteers and visitors are both welcome, and that's a great thing, too. Some rescues I've seen don't tend to welcome visitors but someone at Gentle Giants always seems to make the time to greet a visitor and introduce them to the horses or make a new volunteer feel welcome.
Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue 2010 Drill Team at Montgomery County Fair Rescue Expo
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I've personally been to the facilities (hundreds of times), met the horses and staff, and been involved in helping with events.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Build them an outdoor ring! Also, donate a few millions dollars for a nice, big farm and full-time staff (Did I mention GG is pretty much exclusively run by volunteers? Everyone on the board of directors volunteers their time.)
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Definitely made a whole group of new friends that I miss terribly now that I'm no longer in Maryland!
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