My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Serenity Equine Rescue And Rehabilitation, Maple Valley, WA, USA
Completely agree with all those who said steer clear of Serenity. To clarify why the Board Members were not "doing their jobs", Patricia does not listen to or consult the board when making decisions. Most board members last around 6 months before jumping ship. Once they realize that they are partially responsible for the the wrong doing in the organization, they get out as fast as they can. People are treated poorly, there is no communication, horses are not cared for properly, and a lot of the "dirty secrets" are swept under the rug. Patricia uses money and resources for her own personal gain. She also spends rescue money on animals that are not rescues and never needed to be rescued. She and her breeding buddy have horses listed on the rescue page that are their own broodmares/foals that were bred by Patricia.
Furthermore, Patricia has had horses euthanized without consulting with the board. Some of them were healthy and were just gone one day. There are lots of secrets that will probably go to the grave with her. In addition, she gives adoptable horses way to family and friends, while charing ridiculous adoption fees for horses with health and behavioral problems or conformation defects.
The financials posted on Guidestar are another mystery. There are large sums of donated money that do not appear anywhere. Also, unless you are paying your mortgage and feeding you own 12 horses with the money, there is no way SERR could use up the funds on the small number of rescues they have on site. It seems Patricia pulled the amounts out of her hat.
The best part is when someone starts to ask innocent questions about legitimate SERR business. Patricia starts throwing insults and verbally abusing people. She also loves so send her "attorney" after the people who are there to help her.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
the gut. I went there to help horses. In the end I needed to be rescued myself. The only reason Patricia wanted me around was because I brought in huge amounts of donations to the organization. SERR has completely ruined the name of rescue for me and many others.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Stay away. If I could take back all the time, money, sweat, and tears I dumped into SERR I would!
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What is this organization's top short-term priority?
Collect money to pay for personal expenses.
What is its top priority in the long run?
To say they have rescued many horses and to look at all the good they do for the community.
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