Serenity Equine Rescue And Rehabilitation

Rating: 4.37 stars   46 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 28818 Se 216th Way Maple Valley WA 98038 USA

Mission: Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation (SERR) is dedicated to the rescue and recovery of horses who are victims of neglect, abuse, abandonment or other forms of cruelty. Horses are evaluated and rehabilitated with the primary focus being on health and behavior first before usability or riding potential. We believe in healing horses from the inside out and then finding a home that is a good match to ensure a successful adoption. We also bring in abused/neglected horses needing humane euthanization (who are unable to heal or be saved due to excessive abuse, neglect or injury/illness). These rescues are evaluated by our veterinarian and given the best of care and attention while they are with us. If determined to need euthanization we make sure the end of their life provides them the dignity and love they have been lacking. SERR works with King County Animal Control (and King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office) to provide information and evidence for prosecution of Animal Cruelty charges. We are located on a farm in Maple Valley, Washington.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been to several horse rescues and Serenity is definitely one of the best. They are well organized and the farm is very, very clean. Every horse is given the best of care. Each has a nutrition plan, regular veterinary and farrier care and is given lots of attention.
The volunteer program is wonderful. Everyone works hard and enjoys each other and the opportuity to spend time with the horses. Great therapy!
The education program gives everyone an opportunity to learn about horse behavior, nutrition, and handling, and a number of different holistic approaches to health care.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have assisted many small rescue groups, helping some mature into 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. (During this growth it is not unusual for a group to struggle with the new administrative and legal requirements, and sometimes volatile personal conflicts, as most members prefer to focus on the actual "rescue work.") While not advising SERR, I have followed SERR's work since it initially took on a huge burden of extremely neglected horses seized by the County, and did a magnificent job of saving them. I was unaware until recently that some of the earlier Directors and/or Officers apparently lacked the administrative experience and knowledge to handle the conflicts and issues that are common in new charities. Unfortunately, instead of using their authority to resolve any problems, these individuals simply left. (Then one or more actively worked to damage SERR's reputation in as many venues as possible.) Fortunately, SERR's founder sought, and has now found, dedicated professionals willing to step in, with a plan of action that will work. SERR continues to rescue and place horses in need, and with a mature and dedicated Board, this excellent facility, and the horses it takes in, will continue to thrive.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

its dedication to overcome obstacles -- from growing pangs to a struggling regional economy -- to continue to be there for the horses. It has been inspiring, and heartwarming, to see so many people come together to give the horses continued care.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I work with this charity on a daily basis. I provide proffessional services on a pro bono basis and I also volunteer. I wonder why former board members critisize the director when it is the board member who is responsible for the organization. Sounds like a very naive young woman unfamiliar with her role on a non profit board. Too bad she is unaware of her own responsibility. Experiences and opinions of those who have not seen or been to Serenity in over a year should take a second look at the agengy they served.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have had direct on site experience and have personally observed the level of care, voluteer efforts, overall condition of horses and grounds. These horses are the most well cared for in the state of Washington.

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

I would provide a salary to the director, and compensation for the use of the private property used for the organization. None has been provided since its inception. The executive director recieves no compensation. This is truly generous, but unfair.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

This rescue totally has missappropriated donor funds to feed her own horses. She has allowed rescue horses to breed. Many horses have died due to lack of vet care. There is never enough food for the horses and meds are not given. One good thing. The money and grants given has sure made her house and property look nice. Financials are not given when requested!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Person several times and interviews with Patricia and several volunteers both currently there and those that have left. There is a large turn over of help. ALL have the same concerns.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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