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Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society
September 5, 2013

How to check "Your role"? Yes, I'm a volunteer, but also a client served. I'm an approved foster home, an inspector, past Art Booth coordinator for the BEHS Expo. My role as "client served" is validated by Serena, Dharma (aka Buckles) and Dottie (aka Spotty Dotty) who my husband and I adopted from BEHS. I found BEHS in another life, i.e. before BEHS. I've been a member since its conception. Serena was the first adoption completed with BEHS. She came to us as a foster. No one else wanted the little yearling. Her mom and little sister were also part of a seizure of 7 horses and ponies. We fell in love with that skinny horse who was left in triple digit temperature with no food or water. We have a pony from the pre BEHS rescue who is visually impaired and slighly deaf. She needed a donkey to stay in her paddock with her at night to keep her safe. Along came Dottie. When we went to pick her up at her foster home, we weren't sure she would load in the trailer. Donkeys can be unpredictable. She walked right in and never gave it a second thought. I wanted another horse (horse people understand), but thought it would be a foster who I could work with then hand over to a new family when someone wanted to adopt her. We went to pick Buckles up and thought she was beautiful. We decided to adopt her, then changed our minds. When we changed our minds again, someone had said they wanted her. Luckily for us, that person needed to make some changes on their property to get approved and we were again at the top of the list. We adopted her that time.

BEHS inspects the property where the equines are going to live, both foster homes and adoptive homes. This includes references on the people adopting. This is for the good of the equines. Although BEHS can't take all the horses/donkeys/mules offered by law enforcement because there aren't enough foster homes, they take a lot.

BEHS is run by dedicated people who are overworked and underpaid (if they're paid at all). It is truly a professional organization that all the members can be proud of.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to get more foster homes and more pay for the paid employee(s), i.e. the president.

More feedback

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?

2013

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society
May 10, 2011

I have been a member and volunteer for BEHS since it was founded. My most rewarding experiences have been as a foster home. I picked up 3 skinny equines once, a pony mule, a pregnant pony (who had a mule) and a paint mare. The paint was in such bad shape, she would lie down at the holding pen and the men who worked there would have to pick her up in the morning. I dreaded the thought of my husband and I trying to get her up by ourselves. She had gained enough strength in the week she was being fed hay at the holding pen that she was able to get up on her own when we got her home. She was eventually adopted by another charter member of BEHS and now has her feed rationed so she doesn't get too fat. Another horse we fostered we fell in love with and adopted her ourselves. There is nothing more fulfilling than seeing a skinny horse fill out with love and care and finding its forever home. I also help with inspections and with the Art Show at the annual fundraiser. I wish I could help find more foster homes, there are too many horses in need. I don't know what would make the organization stronger, we have a very strong president/founder. She is spread pretty thin and could use more help.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Mostly in my own adopted horse.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more help.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Fostering, inspections, neglect drive bys, Art show.

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