Serenity Equine Rescue And Rehabilitation

Rating: 4.53 stars   66 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals

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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http://www.serenityequinerescue.com

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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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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

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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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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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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1 person found this review helpful

I have volunteered for Serenity's 'Raise the Barn' and 'Holiday Bazaar' fundraisers for two years now. I has hooked on my very first visit! It's more of a sanctuary for the horses.... and the amazing people that help them. If you haven't been, I highly encourage you to do so. The care for these horse's just oozes out of the air you breath. I wish I could do more.....

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I found out about SERR on the news and reached out to see what I could do to help. I met with Brenda at the rescue and immediately fell in love with Patricia, the horses and the volunteers. When you see the before and after pictures of these beautiful horses and how clean everything is, you can imagine how much love, time and money is needed to make this happed. I'm completely addicted!!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

The animals at Serenity are given a second chance at life, not only with food and shelter, but with love and compassion. The director, Patricia, leads the care with as much love and devotion as a parent. Without Serenity, many of these animals would be slaughtered or left to die in horrible neglect. The work of this nonprofit is absolutely essential and I love being a part of it.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation is a place where the horses and other rescued beings are treated with a level of kindness that extends to the appreciation of each creature's spirit and individual place on this earth. The volunteers and staff are committed to caring for each animal's physical and emotional needs and it's wonderful to watch them go about their work.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Serenity Equine Rescue started out as a place for me and my little sister to volunteer together. Two years later, it has become a sanctuary for me as well as the horses. The animal cruelty that people are capable of never ceases to amaze and disgust me. The feeling you get when you help rehabilitate one of these beautiful and intelligent animals is indescribable. I am so grateful to be a part of this organization.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

The work that Patricia and her group of volunteers do with animals that have been hurt, abandoned, and neglected is truly inspirational. I am so very proud to be a part of it.
My little sister and I were looking for a volunteer activity to do together. She found Serenity and we have now been volunteering for a year. Over the course of that year, I have watched my sister grow from an awkward, shy person intimidated by the large horses to an incredibly confident young woman. She helps new volunteers and is the first one to jump on the tractor, to share the latest news on the horses, and to teach all that she has learned.
Serenity helps horses, but Serenity also helps people and I will always be grateful for what it has given back to us.

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

be able to spend more time at the barn and with the horses. There is always work to be done, and it seems that there are never quite enough hands to get it all accomplished.

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?

2014

 
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