Wonderful equine rescue that is solely voluntary. Deb and her board do an amazing job with the funds that they have. They are truly a great non profit.
The volunteers and Board of Beech Brook Farm always keep the best interests of the equines foremost. Good and open decisions are made on how to give them the best care to keep them safe, healthy and happy. They maintain a responsible financial standing that ensures the farm will continue into the future, and the volunteer base is dedicated, with most serving for years.
I started volunteering at Beech Brook in Dec 2011. Right away I saw it as a safe, welcoming place for both horses and humans. The horses have a strong sense of self esteem and confidence, and I know most did not arrive that way. Even the older horses have spirit and life, and are interested in what goes on around them. The life they show is in response to the care and love they are given. Deb Finco, Kathleen, Kathy, trainers, and volunteers all have built a kind and constructive farm where good horses can be found, and where people are given friendliness and useful equine education. I hope the place goes on forever.
A truly dedicated group of volunteers running a solid organization. My horse Montana was rescued by Beech Brook Farm in 2013, saved from slaughter. Their commitment to rescue is excellent - from saving horses at auction, to rehab and care to finding forever home for horses and donkeys.
I highly recommend adopting from Beech Brook Farm.
I first became aware of Beech Brook Farm probably five years ago. There were multiple horses in need in a town near where I board my horse which is by the way well over an hour away from Beech Brook Farm. Myself and some other volunteers helped feed and care for these horses with hay and grain provided for by Deb at Beech Brook. She not only helped feed these poor horses, through her contacts with fosters and other rescue organizations, the six horses were removed from the property without drama and moved on to far more stable and caring situations. Her willingness to step in for horses so far removed from Beech Brook’s normal area shows the commitment this rescue has for the welfare of horses.
I adopted my beautiful TWH boy, Archie, from Beech Brook. He is well-trained, enjoys being around people, handles easily at just the right level for a beginner like me. I would recommend this rescue to anyone!
June 11,2011 I adopted a beautiful quarter horse that had been rescued by Deb Finco and Beach Brooke Farm. Deb and all her wonderful generous helpers do fantastic work with the horses and donkeys that they rescue.
Wonderful rescue run by very dedicated volunteers!
Beech Brook Farm goes above and beyond in their effort to save and re-home horses. They have a responsible fiscal policy in place to support the horses in their care. The Board of Directors is well staffed and professional in the way they operate the organization. They have saved many equines; horses, ponies, minis, donkeys and mules. There is so much day to day work in keeping numerous horses. Beech Brook has always met the challenges to keep up with that demand. Heat, cold, deep snow; the horses are cared for. They have saved more than 130 equines from neglect or the slaughter pipeline. Fundraising becomes a way of life when there are so many mouths to feed and sometimes challenging health problems to be taken care of. I am proud to back their efforts as much as I can.
This is an effective and professional rescue that has saved more than 130 equines and placed most of those in safe, well-vetted homes. There is a solid group of volunteers and board members who have worked together for years. I am very happy to work with and support Beech Brook with my time and money.
This is a reliable and effective non-profit that makes a concrete difference in the world of neglected horses and donkeys. It is a place where horses and donkeys, and even some alpacas, pigs, chickens, and sheep, are respected, well cared for, and rehabilitated to go to secure and loving homes. I am close to this organization - I am a volunteer and on the Board of Directors. I would not remain involved, however, if I doubted the integrity and capability of all the other board members and volunteers. The farm is clean and well organized. Animals are adopted to homes that are painstakingly reviewed and vetted to ensure safety and permanence. Anyone who invests their donations and time into Beech Brook Farm will see results.
This is an amazing rescue!! I love volunteering here. We are like a family. We all work so hard and are very passionate. Snowstorms, rainstorms, and late nights we all truck through and take care of the animals. This place is my place to go to destress and laugh. I wish we could do more but we are making a difference one animal at a time. We go to local events and explain to people not only our rescue, but how animals are being slaughtered and abused. I would be extremely sad if I ever had to stop volunteering here!!
Beech Brook Farm consistently makes itself available for local owner surrenders, in crisis, neglected and seized horses, burros, mini's. They have rescued over 100 horses since it opened in 2007. They make sure the rescues are rehabbed and healthy before going to an approved new home. The volunteers and the management are well versed in horse care and always do their best to make those needy animals feel safe and contented while they are in recovery. I highly recommend this nonprofit rescue!! I've attached a photo of the beautiful Tennessee Walker mare that I adopted from Beech Brook. She would have been just another poor statistic walking on to a slaughter truck until Beech Brook stepped in to save her from a horrible fate.
the most amazing group of people I have the privilege of calling my friends the horses and donkeys are so loved the minute the arrive they work so hard to find them all their perfect home :)
I adopted two of the most beautiful and loving horses ever from Beech Brook. George has been with me for 3 years and Ariel for almost two months.
They have a knack for always making you feel very special and loved.
People say that they are very lucky to have me, when in fact I am the lucky one. They have given me more than I could ever give them. They have such unconditional love, and I wake up every morning looking forward to my time with them. They have put a hoof print on my heart. I have can 't thank Beech Brook enough for my perfect fur ever family!
Organization has a great business plan and is fiscally responsible. Since inception in 2007 they have saved over 130 horses, donkeys and mules from neglect and slaughter.
Beech Brook Farm is one of the best, equine rescues in Connecticut. Their success stories and wonderful programs are a tribute to their dedication to all equine. Since they are volunteer run, all donations go to the equines. Because of this, they are one of my top charities.
Beech Brook Farm is an idyllic equine rescue in Mystic Connecticut dedicated to saving equines from neglect & abusive situations & provide them with a loving home for life.
I found Beech Brook three years ago when I was searching for an equine rescue in Connecticut to donate funds to and was happy to find such a dedicated crew. The founder, Deb Finco and her crew of volunteers work tirelessly to save these equines from abuse and possible slaughter.
Just wish I could do more.
After a year my research I found that BBF is one of the best rescues who the there for the animals needs. They make sure in finding the best match which is a must. I just adopted my mini from BBF and they made sure wewere perfect for each other and not just giving me what I want. Deborah and her team are very knowledgable and friendly. Guided me with what my needs and made sure snickers was the perfect match for my morgan and family.
I found BBF when I was looking for a rescue for a gaited horse. I have since become a big fan. They do rescue right and always have the best interest of the horses at heart. BBF is one of a handful of rescues that I totally support.
Beech Brook Farm Equine Rescue is a wonderful rescue in South Eastern Connecticut that saves horses, and donkeys and perhaps a few other things. I know that save the heart and souls of the animals that they save and the time and energy that is put out by the founder, Ms. Deborah Finco is amazing. The volunteers work endless hours to fill the void of love that many of these animals have not had.
The location is in scenic and beautiful Mystic, Connecticut on property that perfect for the farm. Times are tough for everyone, but especially non-profit organizations such as this. If you love animals this is the place to make a tax-deductible donation so they can continue to do the great work in having animals from abuse and neglect.
BBF Equine Rescue rescued my 2 newly-adopted mini donkeys from the Camelot auction lat Dec. They took wonderful care of these 2 yearlings and had them gelded. As a result, I am blessed to have these equine friends to greet me with little brays each and every morning. The adoption process was thorough but straight-forward and the adoption fee was very reasonable. Please consider adopting before buying, and check out the horses and donkeys available at BBF :-)
I found out about beech brook 2 years ago I saw something about it on tv And ever since I found out about it I've wanted to volunteer I started in September of 2012 the minute I set foot there I was in love the first horse I saw was gypsy then I saw tucker and It was love at first sight I met with Kathleen she is the volunteer coordinator she is the best she sat and helped me with all my questions and paper work we groomed out tucker he is a angel the most loving horse we cleaned one of the pens the one I was in had Chance and Quinn both very sweet horses Chance came right up to check me out made sure I was ok then just watched me she would come over every now and then to let me pet on her and rub her neck till this day she does that she has become my buddy I love her all of them really so much every animal at beech brook farm is loved and very well cared for Everyone I know who volunteers here love the animals yes the farm is small but is it big with love it's clean and is very well cared for by everyone i dont even know what i can say about Deborah I don't know how she does it she has a full time job and family with out her many horses wouldn't have had the lives they have now she has saved many and will save many more I am very proud to be apart of this amazing nonprofit and hope to volunteer here for the rest of my life I never want to leave
My husband and I adopted our wonderful little Merlin in August of 2011. We were so impressed with Deborah and her professional manor yet caring ways of taking care of all the animals. When I first visited with a friend, Deborah took us on a tour and introduced us to all of the animals at the farm. She told us their names and stories.......some quite sad. Really felt she knew these animals and their needs even if some were fairly new to her. What she does for these animals is truly amazing! I admire her HARD work and dedication! Merlin is happy, healthy, and fluffy! He spends his days keeping up with the big boys at home or out on the trails. He brightens the days of nursing home resident on special trips. Sometimes residents will come her to visit him. He makes the children smile when he swims in the lake and goes under the water and comes up like a rhino spewing water out his nostrils. He is the best friend to our rescue dog crazy Karma. But most endearing he has made a horse lover out of my husband!
Having been a horse lover my entire life, I now have the opportunity to volunteer at such a wonderful farm and rescue...the people are so great, and the horses know we are there to help...there are donkeys that have been rescued along with a lone alpaca...but my time spent is, I feel, time well spent....thank you, Beech Brook Farm, for accepting me into your family! I have been involved with non-profits in the past, but none that takes such pride in what they do for animals that have been mistreated, not properly cared for, or at auction ready to go to slaughter...I'm glad you are here....and even more glad that I can help!
I adopted beautiful Bella from Beech Brook Farm in April of 2010. I had been looking at several rescue barns for several months before finding Beech Brook Farm. What struck me about Beech Brook was the amazing and tireless commitment of Deb Finco (the owner) and the volunteers. The farm was clean and the horses extremely well cared for in every way. Deb’s love for each horse was amazing. She knew each one’s medical background, personality, riding abilities and ground manners! Deb was up front about the good and the bad. Bella was one of the lucky ones. Unless more people get involved in either volunteering, sponsoring, fostering or adopting Deb will be limited in the amount of horses she can save. Over 90,000 horses are shipped out of the United States to be slaughtered. Bella is perfect in every way and it stuns me that she was hours away from being shipped to her death. During the past months since I adopted Bella, I continually hear from people “Bella is so lucky that you found her.” I always smile because I am the lucky one. She has made my life more fulfilled and meaningful. I would strongly recommend visiting the farm, getting to know the wonderful horses and meeting an inspirational woman. Most of us talk about making a difference in the world Deb Finco does it every day- with a smile on her face. Kristen Song, CT
I adopted beautiful Bella from Beech Brook Farm in April of 2010. I had been looking at several rescue barns for several months before finding Beech Brook Farm. What struck me about Beech Brook was the amazing and tireless commitment of Deb Finco (the owner) and the volunteers. The farm was clean and the horses extremely well cared for in every way. Deb’s love for each horse was amazing. She knew each one’s medical background, personality, riding abilities and ground manners! Deb was up front about the good and the bad. Bella was one of the lucky ones. Bella is perfect in every way and it stuns me that she was hours away from being shipped to her death. I would strongly recommend visiting the farm, getting to know the wonderful horses and meeting an inspirational woman. Most of us talk about making a difference in the world Deb Finco does it every day- with a smile on her face.
Beech Brook is a place where you feel like you make a difference. Training is top notch, safety a priority, and interaction with the horses encouraged! They have a volunteer page on FB where we can all chat and share great pics, and figure out new ways to contribute. Deborah is thoroughly involved and loves to share what she knows to anyone who asks. Money is always tight with rescues, so anyone with time, talent or money to give would find this a worthwhile cause! Love BBF!
I have been donating to Beech Brook Farm Equine Rescue for about 3 years. I am very careful about checking out 501(c)3's and BBFER passed muster with flying colors. I have contributed several thousand dollars annually, always in response to a real need and not merely a regular request which is so common with some charities. Deborah Finco has a solid business plan (not all that common for animal rescues, unfortunately) and while she also works a full-time job, she devotes a huge amount of personal time to helping the animals she rescues to rehabilitate and rehome them. I am not in a position to adopt a horse, but BBFER gives me a lot of satisfaction that I'm providing a level of help to horses that will be rehomed once they have been given a second chance by Deborah. Frankly, I consider it money very well spent.
Beech Brook Farm in Mystic is an outstanding equine rescue organization! They not only specialize in gaited horse breeds and crosses but they also have a special place in their hearts for mini horses, mini donkeys and the full-sized donkeys, too. Beech Brook Farm has provided second chances to many horses over the years as well as providing a safe place to foal to mares and jennies, ensuring their youngsters get a great start out in life. The hardest decision any human ever has to make is to euthanize a suffering, beloved animal when the time has come. Sadly, sometimes there can be no other outcome. These folks handle that awful task, too, with compassion and strength. Lucky the horse or donkey in need of a second chance that finds itself at Beech Brook Farm.
I recently started volunteering at Beech Brook Farm and it has been a great experience. Deb Finco knows each and every horse, mule and donkey in great detail. The effort of the farm is clearly to help the animals become good candidates for adoption. And their dedication doesn't stop there. Recently several horses and mules that had been adopted came back for one reason or another. I don't know how an organization can be financially prepared for such unpredictable events. Meanwhile, the organization is growing and working through all the same kinds of problems that any growing business goes through. Their ability to roll with the punches and come back ready for more is a testament to their dedication.
i started as a volunteer at Beech Brook Farm Jan 2012. The farm has the most amazing feel. It is a lovely, safe setting where the animals are treated with care dignity and respect. Deb and all the volunteers are so committed and compassionate and the teamwork while helping all the rescued animals is evident every thing they do.
Beech Brook Farm is a wonderful rescue barn where the owner (Deborah) and volunteers truly care about the well being of the horses. The barn has a friendly environment where people can join together to share their love of horses and their desire to help out in the community. The horses are treated with respect, excellent medical care and given the love and attention they deserve. They are a great choice to foster or adopt from.
My family became aware of Beech Brook Farm Equine Rescue, by searching for a miniature horse to adopt. We live in the state of Massachussets and had quite a few rescues to look at......but Beech Brook Farm ( Deborah Finco ) was quick to respond to our questions and immediately we felt connected. There is a deep passion for Rescue when you talk to Deborah and she shows it in her knowledge and care for her animals!...I have met her volunteers and they could not be kinder people! We adopted a miniature paint horse named "Pickles" and we are so ever grateful! She brings laughter and joy everyday and reminds us how fragile life can be for ALL of us. It is not easy to have a rescue .....it is hard work and dedication. Beech Brook farm is also well connected with other reputable rescues therefore I always send anyone I know looking to rescue/adopt in Deborah Finco's direction because I know they will find what they are looking for. My plan for the future is to use Pickles as a therapy miniature (she is 4yrs. old and is learning quickly) and to bring awareness and hopefully raise money for Beech Brook Farm! I hope if you are someone interested in a gaited horse, miniature or a donkey please look at Beech Brook Farm you will be connected to a wonderful woman with a great Rescue.
It's been a year since my last review and Deb never fails to amaze me. Her dedication to the animals and making sure they are trained and ready for their new homes is paramount. She strives for success stories. She is tireless in her efforts. This is one Rescue that is as top notch as you can get. I only wish others would follow her example of" how to do it right". Please go to her website and check out Beech Brook Farm in Mystic Ct., you will be delighted.
Beech Brook rescue is about endless devotion to the animals and to the staff of volunteers. Dedication and education is what sets this rescue apart from all the others. Careful consideration is given to all who wish to adopt. Deb goes above and beyond most and it shows. She is a leader with strong conviction for what she does. I have been very impressed by her and her operation. Blessed are the animals that find their way to her farm. Each animal is loved and cared for on an individual bases.
I have recently visited BeechBrook and met with Deb... I was totally blown away with the excellent care and love that all of the animals get there...Deb does an awesome job and is always welcoming new people to see what her rescue is all about...
Thank you Deb for doing such a great job and giving us the tour.... Keep up the good work...
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I have found that Deb at Beech Brook is very compassionate about the horses.. I had the pleasure of sending a new blanket to one of her recent rescues...
I am a foster home for Beech Brook. They were full and wanted to help a gorgeous mare from an auction barn. I had followed them for awhile on FB and wanted to help them out. I offered to foster Ember and do her quarantine at my place.
Deb Finco was very attentive and never once forgot about Ember. Many other rescues will bail a horse and place it and forget it. Not true with Beech Brook farm. They always do follow ups whether it is an adoption or foster home.
I give Deb Finco a lot of credit as not only does she run this rescue but she also holds a full time job. Neither suffer from the other.
She makes sure that things still run smoothly.Even if a crisis arises Deb keeps her cool like nothing out of the ordinary is going on.
We sure need more rescues like her for sure.
I started volunteering at Beech Brook Farm over a year ago. I admire their dedication of rescuing equines from going to slaughter. I think because slaughtering is illegal in United States we don't realize that many many equines are sold at auctions, put on a trailer and driven into Canada and Mexico. There is where they are slaughtered. Thanks to Beech Brook Farm that they give these equines a second chances of life in a happy loving home.
Beech Brook Farm and Deborah work tirelessly day in and day out with the rescues. She also takes time to teach young volunteers all about horses and their needs. I appreciate all that she does and wish I could do more to help in this worthy cause...Rescuing beautiful horses.
Beech Brook Farm Equine Rescue is truly an outstanding organization that does amazing work rescuing horses, ponies and donkeys. From taking in animals whose owners can no longer care for them, to pulling horses from kill pens destined for slaughter, Deb Finco-Kent and her team of dedicated volunteers bring comfort and love (not to mention food, medical care and training) to each and every animal lucky enough to be in their care.
I wanted to help with rescuing horses so I offered to foster for Beechbrook. I ended up adopting a beautiful TWH that was rescued from the killpen in NJ. Deborah was so efficient in getting him saved, arranging transport and quarantine. When I visited the farm, it was super clean, all the horses were well cared for and happy, Deborah took her time to show us around and we were pleased with the whole operation. This is a wonderful rescue to deal with. I would adopt again from Beechbrook in a heartbeat.
I found this farm through my daughter who wanted to volunteer. She grew up on our profesioanl horse facility in Vermont (472 acres), barns and indoor arena for hunter, jumpers, and, when I etired from that crazy world, Tennessee Walking horses for pleasure. What wonderful, dedicated people we found at Beech Brook. All have the same goal, to save horses that can be rehabilitated, and find them good homes.
I donated some money to Beech Brook to save a horse from being taken to slaughter. Deborah began communicating with me almost immediately. She leaves no questions or comments unanswered & makes a donor feel like a member of the family, sending frequent updates with photos of the horse I helped to save. She has a large network of foster homes & volunteers & is tireless in her efforts to help save horses from an inhumane end to their life.
I admire this group of dedicated volunteers who rescue horses from slaughter and rehabilitate them to lead productive lives. I support their mission because I believe we make a difference by saving one life at a time.
Beech Brook Farm is a wonderful organization made up of a relatively small group of dedicated volunteers who get a large amount of work done! The horses who are lucky enough to make it into this rescue are given the best loving care possible. Deborah is tireless in her efforts to save horses from the kill pens, transport them to the rescue, care for them, and find loving adoptive homes. This is a great place to volunteer!
I started volunteering at Beech Brook Farm Equine Rescue recently because I had the desire to help and support this amazing cause. I have 3 horses who I adopted from a rescue and the feeling you get by knowing you are making a difference in the lives of these amazing animals. Beech Brook does just that. They provide these animals with a second chance of life with hope of placement into a loving home. While I am blessed that I am able to provide them with a home there are many other ways to help. I started volunteering at a rescue almost four years ago and thought I would do it for a while and here I am. The joy I receive is truly immeasurable.
I think Beech Brook is doing an amazing job saving gaited horses & donkeys from the kill buyers. They are one of the only rescues in the country specifically taking in the gaited horses, and bringing them back to health and giving them wonderful new homes with people who love them!