I first found TIER about 4 years ago when I went to a Volunteer Day. This rescue is one amazing place and Gail it's founder is the most remarkable selfless person I have ever met. I have personally seen the complete transformation of so many terribly abused horses that Gail has brought back to health. I feel blessed to be a small part of helping Gail help the many many horses that otherwise would not be here if it not for her tireless hours of hard work and sacrifice. Love, love this place and love this lady!!
TIER is a wonderful rescue that puts their horses first. TIER takes amazing care of their animals and never shies away from even the most difficult of cases. The compassion, respect and love that Gail shows to each and every equine resident of TIER is nothing short of amazing. TIER is a truly wonderful rescue and Gail is an amazing person to dedicate her life to saving the lives of her equine friends.
Love Love Love TIER.and that is what is given to
the horses that are lucky enough to be rescued by Gail.
I have been a volunteer here for the past 2 years and have
been in awe of the unrelenting commitment that is given
to the comfort and healing of all the animals. The horses
always come first.
T.I.E.R. is a great rescue to the horses of Southern California. They rehabilitate horses from the local shelter and those abandoned or neglected. Love their volunteer days and meeting all the lovely horses at the rescue!
Review from Guidestar
True Innocents Equine Rescue is heaven on earth. Not because it is luxurious, but because it is spare. Not because there is no hardship, but because the hardship is being overcome—one day at a time, one horse at a time. When the abused mustang “Chino” finally allowed a human to touch him, that was a victory. When Annabelle the donkey was able to walk again, after the farrier trimmed off eight inches from her overgrown hooves, that was a victory too.
Volunteering at TIER, knowing the stories of unspeakable abuse and inhuman neglect that the horses suffered at the hands of their prior “caretakers,” is sometimes almost too much to bear. I walk onto the TIER property, and my first emotion is blood-boiling anger when I see a new arrival that is so emaciated, it looks like a skeleton, or I see a mare that Animal Control just rejected and carted over, who has gaping, open wounds on her back.
But there is no time for the luxury of anger. There is work to be done; manure to be shoveled, fences to be mended, and horses to be loved. When I focus on these tasks, the hours slip away and my fury fades into a sense of satisfaction. At TIER, I can do more good in the space of an afternoon than I can ever do at my salaried work.
So in the end, I benefit from my labor at TIER far more than the horses do. My perspective shifts; the petty nuisances of the daily grind become meaningless. I am better at saving my worries for things that are actual problems, and I discovered that there are far fewer “problems” in my life when I think about those horses, and about Gail’s daily struggle for the very existence of TIER.
I have volunteered at TIER for nearly 10 years. It all started when my daughter went looking for a second horse. She found TIER and adopted a PMU baby and named her Gemma. We started helping TIER in whatever way we could. Since Gail does most of the feeding, etc. by herself we wanted to do what we could to help out. This rescue started because of the love for one horse and has grown to be the life saving place it is today. Everyone has one purpose and that is to care for & love these horses (and donkeys). Gail truely loves these horses & donkeys. She has a heart as big as all outdoors and does everything in her power to make life better for animals that have been shown little love in the past. God bless her and I pray for donations to help her help them.
What Gail and the volunteers that help her do is so wonderful and needed that it's hard to put into words. Horses are such beautiful animals and yet some of them are so badly neglected and desperately in need of a safe place where they will have food and shelter and someone who cares what happens to them. TIER provides this for many horses but some of them were in such rough shape that I cried when I saw how badly they'd been treated. I started volunteering there a couple years ago and a couple of their stories would break your heart. Poor Sugar Bear could barely stand when she came to TIER, I'd never seen a horse so thin! Now she's almost fat and sassy. And she'll have a home here and not be discarded like garbage because she's older or not rideable. It's so tough running a horse rescue, many horses aren't easily adoptable, and the vet and food bills can really add up. But Gail and her volunteers soldier on. They have real dedication. If there was one wish that I would have for this rescue, it would be to find, someway, a good avenue for getting the word out, to raise more funds, so that more horses can be saved.