My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation, Maple Valley, WA, USA
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.
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