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Review for Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation, Maple Valley, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation has been my home away from home for over 4 years. The community of compassionate volunteers and the beautiful horses we care for, has given far more than I could ever repay. The mission of love and kindness is something that we can carry over into our lives away from the barn. Being a volunteer has made me a better person, and has deepened and enriched my love of horses and all living creatures. (including people!) Sometimes there are tears. We have had many horses that have suffered severe neglect, or cruelty, or been thrown away, sent to slaughter, and arrive, confused and sad. To have the privilege of gaining their trust, and nourishing their bodies, to the point where they are happy, and healthy, full of love and joy, has been one of the greatest gifts in my life. Under the guidance of our director, we have the opportunity to exercise compassion, kindness and care on a daily basis. And isn't that exactly what this often dark world needs more of? So grateful for this wonderful Rescue. Highly recommend!

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation, Maple Valley, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Being involved with Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation for the past 2 years has changed my life. Witnessing the dedication of the volunteers, the gratitude and kindness of the horses that are in their care, and the healing power of selfless compassion is something that our world could definitely use more of. Serenity and its tireless director, Patricia Clark, never give up. Having witnessed some tense situations with neglectful owners and the seamless and dignified way that Patricia handled both the animal aspect and the human, was something that the worlds diplomatic corps would be wise to note.
The horses welfare always comes first. Each and every Equine resident at Serenity is treated as a valued and loved family member. The culture at Serenity, of compassion and patience toward each and every horse, is what dictates the volunteer roster. The human Serenity Family members are as happy to be there as the horses. Amidst the laughter and fresh baked cookies that seem in constant rotation in the barn, there is some very dirty and hard work being done. Having spent over half my life around horses, I have never seen a barn kept as clean and stalls as immaculately spotless as at Serenity. On freezing cold days, the spirit of camroderie and community is strong.
Money is always tight, but we are blessed with a crew of helpful, enterprising volunteers, and have had some fantastic fundraising events that brought even more community members to our family. In the new year, the emphasis at Serenity, in conjunction with our rescue work, will be furthering Equine education. Informed horse owners and riders make better welfare decisions for their animals.
The other wonderful benefit of working with Serenity has been witnessing the radical transformation that some of our volunteers have undergone... sometimes at the same time as the horse that they are caring for. The therapeutic nature of animals is well documented, and horses are particularly suited to providing a warm and loving, non judgemental and always open haven to spill tears and heal.
Every day I leave the barn happy, dirty and exhausted... and looking forward to the next time when I can be there. Our oldest volunteer is 91. Driving her home after she spent the afternoon grooming 4 horses, and seeing the joy she felt, the shining coats of our happy horses and Patricia's gracious gratitude for the help was such an inspiring experience. I will never forget it.

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Volunteer