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GENTLE GIANTS DRAFT HORSE RESCUE SOCIETY LTD
April 11, 2012

I have volunteered at Gentle Giants since 2009 and I can attest that their #1 priority is the horses. In recent years we have gotten a lot of “returns,” which is both good and bad–good for the horse because it is guaranteed a home for its entire life, but occasionally bad for its prospects of re-adoption. I can understand if an adopter returns a horse because of circumstances out of his/her control–losing a job in the bad economy, debilitating injury, etc. However, I have less sympathy for those who dump their adopted horses back to us after they have become lame and unrideable, or after their fear of 2000-lb animals/ ignorance of training and sometimes ignorance of the NEED for training (yes, even for that feathered lawn ornament) creates a rude, nervous, or even dangerous 2000-lb monster that is MUCH more difficult to rehome, especially since many of our adopters want easy, comfortable trail horses.

Gentle Giants is dealing with this problem in a way that puts the needs of the horse first. Their motto is: Rescue, Rehab, Retrain, Rehome, and they do put equal focus on each of these areas. They have rehabbed several starvation cases up to healthy weights, including a 30+ year old Belgian mare and ten of the Canterbury Arabians (they will take in non-drafts occasionally). They also invest a substantial amount of time and money in putting training on unbroke horses and ones with behavior problems. Those with severe behavior/fear problems have a home at the rescue for as long as it takes. As for “rehome,” the rescue does its best to make safe and responsible matches of horses and adopters. Green+green= black and blue, and Gentle Giants does their best to assure forever homes.

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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?

2012

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Volunteer