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.
The horses at Serenity receive excellent care and lots of love. I've enjoyed working with Patricia, Gabrielle, and all of the volunteers. The focus at Serenity is truly on putting the welfare of the horses first, as it should be!
I began spending time at Serenity a year ago offering massage bodywork and Reiki (healing energy) to some of the horses. It is so moving to connect with these horses with backgrounds of abuse and neglect. They have taught me as much or more than I have given them!
At Patricia's request, my co-collaborator and I have begun offering workshops in equine facilitated learning with the Serenity herd. (The Horses As Healers program.) So many horses of all backgrounds have amazing things to share with people, and now that they are safe and beautifully cared for at Serenity, they are ready. It is a joy and an honor to hold individual sessions and workshops with the special horses there, and the arena and farm are very serene and lovely!
Serenity takes truly excellent care of its horses. As a professional in the field, I am happy to volunteer at Serenity because I know that my time and energy is going to a worthy cause. The horses at Serenity are well-cared for, and the organization puts in a lot of time and effort to ensure the proper rehabilitation, care, and placement of the horses. It is really inspiring to see the number of horses who have been rescued, rehabilitated, and placed in forever homes. Having worked with horses in a professional capacity for over 20 years, I am confident in saying that donations and volunteer time are used very effectively and for a great cause.
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.
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.
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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.
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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!
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