TARA FARM RESCUE

Rating: 3.38 stars   24 reviews

Issues:

Location: 670 Babcock Hill Rd % Bonnie Jeanne Gorden President Coventry CT 06238 USA

Mission:
Write a Review

More Info

EIN 06-1506652
Invite people to share their experience with this nonprofit!

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Community Reviews

Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The owner was rude and the place was a mess with children doing all the work. I pray the state will go in and take all animals and lock her and her freeloading family up. Both neg reviews below are a regular accurance at this farm. I try my best to spread the word to not have anything to do with this so called rescue.I pray people will stop giving her animals!

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

Nothing good

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

too much to mention

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

nothing

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

freeloaders and children

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

cheat more people and spend not 1 dime on the farm or animals.

Ways to make it better...

Close her down and have state take animals.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

owner

One thing I'd also say is that...

how do they get away with it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1998-1-01

Was this review helpful? 

Antiscammer: Okay first of all. I'm not a child. I'm 15. Second of all when did I become usnsuspecting? I had to BEG my mom to let me go to the farm. I love it there. All of my friends go to the rescue as well and we have a great time. Whenever we're at the farm we choose who we want to ride and most of us don't want to ride the tame horses. We want the experiance of riding the ones that need more work. It's not something most places give you the oppurtunity to do and you learn a lot from it. After reading this antiscammer I asked my mom what i had been unsespectingly forced to do in my past three years at Tara Farm Rescue and guess what? It was the strangest thing: she couldn't think of anything. So I would love to hear what I have been unknowingly forced to do because i just can't gfigure it out. While you think on that. I have horses to ride. :)

Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

CAUTION!! I would not recommend Tara Farm Rescue to anyone looking to adopt a horse. The rescue claims to "Adopt" out rehabilitated horses but the fact of the matter is they actually "Lease" out horses for a fee and can take back ownership at any given time. Do not waste your time, money or efforts supporting this sham of a "rescue" in any way. Unfortunately much of what the previous reviewer has stated is 100% accurate.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

unfriendly, uneducated. The organization exhibits zero skills in terms of working with the public and has an overall poor reputation in the area.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

BEWARE!!!!This woman made thousands of dollars off of me then when I found another facility to board the horse I had adopted from her she and her minions snuck over to the stables while no one was around and stole my beloved pet! She claimed breach of contract which was absolutely untrue! She knew how much I LOVED this horse and only took him out of retaliation for me leaving and her losing hundreds of dollars a month from me boarding two horses at her facility. I had often seen horses that were "adopted out" come back to the farm mysteriously and wondered why all these people adopted horses (for a FEE)yet gave them back. Now I understand. I also have met someone else who adopted a horse from her and brought it to his farm. Bonnie Jeanne and (again) her minions would stop by his house so often as to constitute harassment that he gave the horse back. She is basically a horse brothel-adopt the horse out and get it back until its too old or decrepid to make her a buck. She, her husband and brother live at the farm and DO NOT WORK-they live off donations which are meant for the animals on the farm. She also has partial projects around the farm so she can appear cash-needy when someone comes out. She always has some sob story ready for the unsuspecting potential financier. I also know a woman who adopted two horses from Bonnie Jeanne and had to sneak them off the farm because she wouldn't let her leave with them. Why would she when she's making all that money to finance her and her family not having to work for a living? Now I have to hire a lawyer to get my horse back! I had this horse for a year and a half and was bonded with him and she, in her self-serving greed, snatches him from me. She was arrested recently due to criminal trespass. Her brother is a convicted felon who also lives off of donations.

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

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

questionable at best. Several alcoholics and shady characters.

Ways to make it better...

this rescue were honest. My experience was so bad that I will never have dealings with a "non-profit" again and will definitely warn others of the scams out there.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Based in Coventry, Connecticut, Tara Farm Rescue is a non-profit animal sanctuary, dedicated to easing the suffering of animals. It was started by Bonnie Jeanne Gorden and initially engaged in providing home to unwanted horses. Today, Tara Farm Rescue is open for many unwanted, abused and neglected animals, including pigs, cows, rabbits, chickens, dogs, goats and cats. They also make it a point to place their animal members in loving and caring adoptive homes after rehabilitation. The rescue has over 140 animals at present time and needs your support urgently due to the state of the economy and other animals waiting for rescue. Please give generously and utilize the WISH LIST: ANIMAL FEED & SUPPLIES: Horse Feed (low protein, hi fat) such as Blue Seal Sport Nutrena Complete, Senior and Legacy [Thompson's Feed Store (860)429-9377 ] Hay & Straw Cows Sweet Feed Goats Sweet Feed Potbellied Pig Food Chicken feed Science Diet Feline Iams dry cat food Canned cat food Dog Food - canned (any brand) Horse wormer Vet wrap Wood shavings Phoenix and Munson GIFT CERTIFICATES: Dr. Bud Allen; Veterinarian for Acupuncture/Chiropractor (413) 268-8387 Bolton Veterinary Clinic (General Veterinary Services (860)646-6134 Salem Valley Vet (860) 859-1649 Mackey's (860) 423-6311 Thompson's Feed Store (860)429-9377 FARM SUPPLIES: Skid steer (Bobcat) Run-in sheds Snaps & Hooks Deck Screws [ 1 5/8", 2.5", 3" ] Galvanized tube gates [ 8' - 10' and 12' ] Pressure treated 4x4 plies @ 8 feet 1/2" ply wood sheets Galvanized roofing tin PVC pipes for water 1' diameter

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

the foster homes that BonnieJean Gorden constantly searches for to help these animals and to end abuse, neglect and cruelty. She is a dedicated animal handler and is always checking on the animals even the adopted ones. The farm operates with volunteers!

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

hire BonnieJean as rescue manager because she has the knowledge and expertise to run the rescue even with meager means.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

is the care the animals receive from BonnieJean Gorden. She is truly doing this work for the animals welfare and at present has a full house but still searches for ways to take in more animals and shelters them until adopted or to the end of their lives.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

skilled in animal handling and caring and provided individual companionship to each animal by bonding with the animal and trying to find foster or adoption homes for all animals.

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

spend it on animals, take in more needy animals and provide a safe haven for all animals in its care. That would be great, because then the animals would be in solid barns (instead of stalls)+ we would not need to foster the overflow of the rescue in RI.

Ways to make it better...

the grant givers could have provided a large grant to start a PetPal program for family members of serving military members. This would have provided a source of animal/human interaction that would relief stress and anxiety for these families.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

not enough contributors due to the economic downturn of the country and the increasing number of foreclosed farms in New England. The other biggest challenge is that winter is on our doorstep and the animals needs (see wishlist)

One thing I'd also say is that...

BonnieJean Gorden is the real Dr. Doolittle and devoted to provide the best care to all animals at the rescue. Please give generously! Take a look on their website: www.TaraFarmRescue.org Thank you Christine Tierney

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Was this review helpful?