I attended the first Equine Voices new volunteer orientation in 2004 and currently serve as a Board member (a volunteer position). Karen Pomroy, President/Founder, has an unbelievable passion for saving these noble creatures and does it from her heart, not expecting accolades, laser focused on helping the equines. I recall the early days when, in addition to keeping the business side of Equine Voices afloat and raising funds, she also worked at the ranch all day (7 days a week) feeding, mucking, grooming, administering meds, etc. And in the evening she would waitress at night to make ends meet. She never asks her staff to do anything she would not do, and expects nothing less of her staff than she expects of herself.
The horses are loved and well cared for. Horses that have the potential to be adopted to a loving home receive training. Our "herd" is aging and many, due to past abuse, have permanent physical or emotional scars that will never heal. They will always have a home, a place of peace at Equine Voices until it is their time to "cross the rainbow bridge."
Review from Guidestar
I have visited this Sanctuary several times. The horses were well fed and well cared for. Many people would be fortunate if they had the quality of care these horses are given.
I am concerned about "volunteers" who give their time to this organization, not for the horses, but for their own ego satisfaction. The organization has only one primary goal - to rescue and care for horses. If volunteers are not prepared to do their share of grooming, feeding and yes - mucking -- than do the organization a favour and do not volunteer. Not every job that needs doing has glamour or prestige - so, if that's what you're looking for, there are likely other organizations who can satisfy that --maybe try joining the Junior League and donating your $10,000 annual requirement for the prestige of being a part of their group.
I volunteer for several organizations and can say honestly, Equine Voices is one of the best and one where I can truly feel good about the work I do.
I received a mailing about this org. I looked into the sanctuary. The x volunteer who wrote the ego driven statement that she could not volunteer any longer because of a personality clash with the owner is TOTALLY missing the point. Who is suffering here? The horses of course!
So~you put your ego above the needs of the suffering horses? Hopefully, some day this person will grow up.
I am just doing research on 501(c)(3) organizations and read that comment re "don't donate to this organization." All because the president is weird? A lot of dedicated animal people are weird. They'd rather spend time with animals than people. Can't say I blame them either. Ok. So her life isn't perfect and she complains about her job. Don't we all?? I say let's focus more on the abused animals and helping them get to a better place and less on weird people who don't play well with others. Hey, in volunteer work, we meet all kinds. keep your eye on the goal and move forward. It's about the horses and burros who can't help themselves. God bless you.
Review from Guidestar
I used to volunteer & work here. Ever since I left, I miss the horses and volunteers badly. But as long as the owner lives on the property & controls this organization, I will never go back. She treated me, my friends, and my family terribly. She was very unwelcoming when I brought new volunteers & is never grateful for the hard work put in. The owner shows no interest in bettering the lives of the horses she "saved" and even says being out working on the ranch is "not her job". In my professional opionion, EVERY good ranch owner works the ranch they own. My advice: donate to a deserving facility & don't waste your time here.
Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the sole purpose of strengthening and supporting the work of animal sanctuaries in the United States and abroad. GFAS was founded in 2007 by animal protection leaders representing top leadership from Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, World Society for the Protection of Animals, American Anti-Vivisection Society, and International Fund for Animal Welfare, now joined by National Anti-Vivisection Society. These founding leaders sit on the GFAS Board of Directors to continue guiding the organization’s work in a collaborative manner. I serve as executive director.
One of the main focuses of GFAS is accrediting animal sanctuaries/rescues. To become accredited, each organization has to meet operational standards covering governing authority, finance, guidelines, education and outreach, staffing, physical facilities, security/safety, and the veterinary medical program. In addition, the sanctuary/rescue must meet rigorous standards regarding animal care, confirmed in a site visit. It is a demanding process, but in the end, it is a highly meaningful stamp of approval to guide donors and those with animals in need.
Equine Voices Rescue and Sanctuary was one of the first equine sanctuaries to become accredited. We set the bar high, and our expectations were met and exceeded! I am extremely proud to state that Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary is fully accredited by GFAS and one our shining stars.