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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Children & Youth, Disaster Aid, Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services, Youth Development Programs

Mission: To ensure quality care and treatment of horses through intervention, education and outreach.

Programs: Rescue and rehabilitation of abused and neglected horses in collaboration with local animal control and humane agencies. Horse care programs include adoption, save our seniors, foster care, equidopt and defhr forever family. Also, we provide disaster and large animal emergency rescue services and training.

humane education programs to promote the proper care, treatment and training of horses. Education programs include the intern and legacy and hero programs, on and off site seminars, farm days, scout days and tours.

outreach programs designated to create awareness of the abuse and neglect of horses, including informational booths at fairs and expos, our newsletter 'horse talk,' consultation with persons wanting to start horse rescues and/or working with those who already have a rescue and need guidance.

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29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

DEFHR is an excellent example for horse rescues across the nation. A group of very knowledgeable professionals with huge hearts and passion for the horses.

1 Steven Erlitz

Volunteer

Rating: 5

More horses keepcoming in every month. Starvations that no living thing should go through. And the fact that if the local authorities feel a procecution is warranted, they have the expertise to build the cases. Do you feel people that ABUSE and neglect should not be brought to justice???????

Some cases do not call for prosecution. But they are ready to help if it need be.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

To the volunteer that said they donated to us, I want to say thank you. I am sorry you read the report as one sided and if you could come out to DEFHR and see what the horses look like, reports and studies will become meaningless. I've been with the organization for 8 years. We DO NOT impound ANYTHING!!!!!Legal authority impounds. We document the inbound condition and every step we take to make the animal healthy. We DO NOT put horses to sleep to make room for more. I'd like to know where in our documentation you saw that. If you don't think the work we do is worthwhile, then please don't donate to us. But don't slander the good work they do because of an opinion you read. And if you don't believe me, go ask the horses we saved! Ill bet they are glad we were there for them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization assists law enforcement when horses are impounded due to abuse or neglect. The horses are taken from a bad situation and taken to Days End where they can get proper care and be adopted to a loving forever home. If that's not a rescue, I don't know what is.

Matt24

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This is not a 'rescue' as most people understand the term. This is an arm of enforcement which only deals with horses when enforcement involves them in a case. They are not neutral. They actually brag about helping to document and prepare cases for the prosecution!!! Seriously??? I'll send my money elsewhere!!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Please review Dr. Henneke's written statements regarding the performance of this rescue in the Canterbury case. Absolutely unbelievable facts presented by Dr. Henneke!!!! Between their shenanigans in the Canterbury case and the fact that they openly state that they euthanize horses to make room for incoming horses makes this rescue the worst of the worst on my list. We need to change the laws to make this sort of group illegal.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Days End Farm Horse Rescue for over 10 years and have seen first-hand the exceptional care and treatment given to the needy horses that find themselves needing rescue. I believe that Days End has raised the bar for horse rescues in both professionalism and standards of care.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Days End Farm Horse Rescue for many years, as a donor, foster care provider, and volunteer. As I work at the farm, I see the dedication of the staff and other volunteers, and I know the money I contribute is carefully used for a good cause. The horses are very well cared for, and even after they are placed in new homes Days End continues to monitor to ensure their well-being.

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Nancy59

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Days End in the capacity of a volunteer, an adopter, a donor and a board member and I can attest to the dedication of this charity to the welfare of horses. I have seen first hand the compassion and professionalism and have benefited from their services with the adoption of an incredible horse who has changed my life forever. The beauty of Days End is that while they are rescuing horses from criminal abuse and neglect, they are also touching people in positive ways. Witness the young girl who has a half ton horse trust her enough to do whatever is asked, even when it is completely counter to their survival instincts, and you will understand the empowerment that I am referring to. Talk to volunteers who have just saved a group of horses from intolerable conditions, battling through bad weather, exhaustion and scrambling to make things work, and feel the joy and camaraderie of doing a noble thing. While the mission of Days End is to save the horses, they accomplish so much more than that. As they give a second chance to the horses who deserve our reverence, they change our lives by giving us the opportunity to have these magnificent creatures in our lives. I am so grateful to Days End for all that they do and personally for saving my beautiful paint Nevada for me, he was a wonderful teacher and friend.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor at DEFHR for over twenty years. I not only read reports, do internet searches, and look over budgets, but I also VISIT the farm. This charity is run efficiently, effectively, and directs its funds in a fashion to best benefit the horses. I have been at the farm immediately after snow storms, power outages and torrential rain storms.........the volunteers and staff ignore their own comfort and well-being to continue taking care of the horses 24 hours a day. One of my major donations was for a separate barn for the more critical horses - Robin's Nest. This barn has been used continually since its construction and I am pleased to say, that my expectations for the use of this fairly large donation, exceeded my expectations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for DEFHR for at least 10 years. I know they use their money VERY carefully, and they do great work for the horses. The staff is incredibly dedicated.

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Marcia12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at DEFHR for over 2 years and donating to them for too many years to count. I have found the entire staff to be caring, efficient and completely focused on rehabilitating the horses that come to them for care. I know some issues surfaced when DEFHR got some rare Polish-Arabian horses that had been impounded, apparently many people thought those valuable horses should be given to them for free rather than rehabbed in DEFHR's care. This was not an option, as the horses were involved in a court case and that needed to be settled before the horses could be sent to other farms. Many people don't understand how horses come to Day's End and this results in a lot of misinformation. All of their horses are legal impounds, not owner give-ups, and the legal issues need to be settled before the horses go anywhere. The staff at Days End works very hard, 24/7 if necessary, to try to save the life of each and every horse coming into it's care.

Kathy57

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been so impressed with the work all of the folks at Days End Farm Horse Rescue do for the horses. I have seen them come in there on their first day and throughout their rehabilitation. I am always overwhelmed with the horses improvement, both in their spirit and physical condition. I hold the folks who do this wonderful work in the utmost highest regard. It has always been my pleasure to volunteer and assist in any way that I can. Just being there with the horses and the staff never fails to uplift my spirit too. It is a wonderful experience to visit or volunteer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for Days End Farm for almost a year now and I enjoy it immensely. This is definitely a place to come and help our community and be a part of something really special. All of the volunteers and staff work well together to make Days End Farm an elite organization. What everyone does for the horses is absolutely amazing. To see these fine animals finally receive the proper care they need and thrive, to be a part of that is a feeling like no other. When I first started, the staff mentioned working on the farm is a great stress reliever. And I can personally say yes it is. I never would have thought it would be, but when I am out there helping with barn chores, and be close with the horses, there is a sense of calm that comes over you. Days End Farm is the best volunteer decision I have ever made!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My wife & I have been involved with Days End for several years and they have always been a great place to volunteer and donate. They consistently excel at using the donor's monies wisely, are a great place for families to donate their precious time and do wonderful things for the horses they receive as a result of official impounds. If you live near the farm, attend one of their volunteer orientations and spend some time there, you'll probably be like many others and become addicted to the place!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Days End Farm is an organization of hope, care, and compassion. Through its staff and volunteers, it has helped save hundreds of horses from certain death as a result of starvation, lack of care, or abuse. This world needs more organizations built upon this type of foundation and which function as effectively as Days End. It often amazes me how people can jump to conclusions without having all the information needed to reach an informed judgment. The negative comments that have been written about Days End -- whose purpose is to help rescue and rehabilitate neglected and abused horses and to help educate the public about their care -- appear to be misinformed, unnecessary, mean-spirited, and ugly. Days End has been criticized for its policies that seek to ensure quality of life for the horses in its care. We have been faced with strong language and criticism due to our cooperation with Maryland counties who request our assistance during an animal impound. Days End has never initiated an impound of horses on private land. We always work at the request of and cooperate with experienced and qualified animal control and rescue agencies. The vision for this organization represents the work it does and what it stands for: rescue, rehabilitation, training, education, and finding adoptive homes for abused and neglected horses. We do this in order to achieve the ultimate creation of a closely bonded relationship between these horses and caring human beings. We also work to ensure this relationship is based on trust, respect, love, loyalty and humane care. As a Board member, I wish to extend a heartfelt "thank you" to all of the staff and volunteers who work to help the horses in Days End's care and who do it so well!

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Vickilynne W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My sister has volunteered at DEFHR for several years and whenever I visit back home, I love going out there with her. The work these folks do is positively amazing! With virtually no outside help (i.e., taxpayer money), just volunteers and their own fund-raising efforts, DEFHR manages to bring life and dignity to beautiful animals that have been mis-used and abused by creatures who claim to be 'human.' I've seen nothing but love and caring and concern from the staff there - and trust in the eyes of the horses they care for. I honestly wish I lived closer so I could volunteer there as well (I live in Tennessee now). Days End is a blessing to the horses in their care!

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Ellen26

Donor

Rating: 5

This is possibly one of the best run horse rescues in the country. I am amazed at the wonderful, caring, thoughtful work they do. So many of the horses Days End deals with are in such horrible condition, it's amazing how they bounce back with good care. They have a bare bones dedicated staff and a very generous group of volunteers. The cost to care for these animals is large. Each year, I donate as much as I am able and always wish that I could contribute more. I am honored to support the work of this organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have volunteered and donated to Days End for years. I have seen the deplorable condition of the rescue horses when they come in and have witnessed amazing transformations. The staff cares deeply about the horses and their welfare. I am proud to be associated with Days End and am looking forward to my retirement so I can spend more hours volunteering there.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at this rescue for over a year and experienced miracles there. Some of the conditions of the horses brought to DEFHR is unbelievable and just horrid.. these horses are given care, love and rehabilitation to become healthy and well adjusted horses. This charity is by no means rich and it needs substantial resources to rehabilitate the horses that are seized by governmental agencies and brought there. I would encourage anyone to come to the farm to see the horses brought in and the care they receive. The staff at the farm go above and beyond their required hours to make sure they are doing the absolute best they can for the horses. The Executive Director "lives and breathes" the farm and dedicates herself unconditionally to the farm.

Linda92

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for 10 years at Days End, I am consistently impressed and amazed by the high level of quality medical care and training or retraining that goes into these horses. Days End takes the most difficult equine cases and succeeds wherever possible to give these horses a new life. My most favorite current example is York, who came to Days End last fall and in addition to be being incredibly thin and having very difficult to treat digestive issues, he has now made a complete turn around. Now at 30 years old he is under saddle and is doing terrific. I tell his story because I personally witnessed his care from the beginning. Even at his very worst, he had heart and you just knew he wanted to get better. Days End made that possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only been volunteering with Days End for just over a year now and it is by far one of the best animal rescue groups I have ever worked with and for. The Arabian seizure case has caused a lot of confusion, mostly caused by mis-information. As some posts have noted, the State of Maryland decides when to seize the horses, not Days End. Days End merely provides support when asked by the State. Anyone who believes that Days End had some ulterior motive or something to gain financially from helping in the rescue of over 100 untrained arabians of all ages, may not have a sufficient understanding of the costs involved in the care of horses and the difficulty of adopting out that number of horses that have little or no human experience/training. Doing your homework with regard to where to donate your money is always a good idea, but in the case of Days End, research will only prove the soundness and greatness of this organization.

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