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Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue Society Ltd

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue was formed to facilitate the rescue of Draft and Draft Cross horses from slaughter, abuse, and neglect.

Results: Thanks to the support of our generous donors, Gentle Giants has expanded and can now house 100 horses!

Target demographics: save draft and draft cross horses from slaughter, abuse, and neglect

Direct beneficiaries per year: 150 horses

Geographic areas served: the United States

Programs: rescue, rehabilitation, retraining, and re-homing.

Community Stories

133 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Patricia E.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization. I was so blessed to find them and help me to rehome my horse this year. Their staff is amazing.

April Renee C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gentle Giants is truly a wonderful organization and they are doing amazing things for the draft horse breeds. I'm currently fostering a young Percheron and I intend on adopting him. I wouldn't have such a wonderful boy if they hadn't saved him.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that does wonderful things for neglected, abused and thrown away horses. thank goodness for this organization

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of serving with Gentle Giants for a few years now, and they are an amazing group--so wonderful to work with, and they do incredible work helping horses and a number of other animals. It makes my heart just want to burst seeing the horses at time of adoption, and then before and after they receive the love and excellent care Gentle Giants provides!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for GG for several years now and see first hand the wonderful things they do for horses, especially the draft horses and saving them from shipping to slaughter. Once they bring the horses back to the farm I have witnessed the expert care and love they receive from both the staff and volunteers some never having felt a kind hand or love before.
They are then evaluated and and trained by the wonderful trainers at GG and then put up for adoption. They then find their forever homes. Some have found a place at the GG sanctuary where they have a forever home. The staff are very caring and helpful with the volunteers also.

BGS1

Donor

Rating: 5

Gentle Giant Draft Horse Rescue came to my notice due to my love of all equines from having them on the farm. they help save those working animals that due to no fault of their own, are abandoned, abused and dumped into a terrible nightmare of hunger, thirst, and pain at man kinds hands. Many will suffer too often several auction sales and truck rides, and end up in the final cramped truck ride to the slaughter stop. This group helps the animals get noticed and helps people and other rescue groups buy, transport and provide good vet care for those take in, even if it is the last act of kindness to help them over the rainbow bridge. That is a very tough decision to make, but at least the animal is finally pain free. Something the original owner or shipper should be mandated to have to provide vet care for. Until laws are changed across this country, equines everywhere will continue to be used, abused and dumped, BUT THIS GROUP DOES WONDERFUL WORK FOR THESE ANIMALS!? They needs to be more like them.

Anita Fountain M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love that they rescue these beautiful gentle Giants
I follow them on FB and the transformation of the rescues are so amazing
That kind of care comes with love and a kind hand.
Horse slaughter is one of the most upsetting things in this country and they have saved many beautiful lives from this horrible death.
Thank you for what you do for these beautiful horses .

Krista G.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is the absolute best! I've seen some of the saddest cases come to that farm and watched them leave looking like brand new horses! They show so much love to all the horses AND people its inspirational! My all time favorite about GGHR is seeing how emotionally happy they get when a horse is adopted. The tears of joy that spill down their faces as they watched the best friends they created find new homes is just beautiful!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue! I love participating in the 5k races and hearing the thunder of hooves run along with me. It is an experience like no other! I love volunteering at the farm. As a person with no horse experience, I have learned a lot and have grown as a person by being around these horses. There is horse and human healing that happens on this farm. I love the staff and all they do for the volunteers. It is a peaceful place.

Donor

Rating: 5

Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue is wonderful. I read of rescues of these wonderful horses - all who have been abused, overworked, or neglected, and would otherwise be killed and exported for the gratification of people who have an appetite for horsemeat. The stories of the redemption of these gentle, loving giants are inspiring and bring joy to thousands of readers and supporters.

Barbara S.12

Donor

Rating: 5

I think Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue does a STELLAR job of saving horses and mules. I donate to them every month and my money could not be better spent. They provide updates on the animals and perform absolute miracles. I am proud to support them.

Donor

Rating: 5

Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue Society Ltd rescues tired, abandoned, sad horses from slaughter. Tells each horse or mule that they are important, that they are loved. And backs up the sugar with medical exams, good food, and safe pastures to roam in. The dedication of the staff here is 110% I am so impressed with this organization, the work they do, the animals they give a new chance at a better life.

Kathy B.14

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve only had the opportunity to visit with GentleGiants at the Horse Expo in Pennsylvania over the past 3 years. I have followed there adoptions of mistreated horses and mules. I wish I was closer so that I could go visit. Although- I would likely come home with a new barn friend! Excellent rescue that places the animals above administrative fees!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Despite being a long way away they are just amazing, the updates and feed back is really great. They deserve the top rating they are dedicated to all of the horses they save, so we can enjoy their new second chance lives well done
Bridget betts

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted the my heart horse,Loki from Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue and cannot say enough great things about the organization and their staff and volunteers. GG has a great process for vetting new homes and owners for horses that have been pulled out of the slaughter pipeline or owner surrenders, to ensure that horses get great homes with love, care, and the ability to provide for their needs. When visiting GG to look for a perspective horse for me, I was paired with a staff member who happened to also be the head trainer by the adoption coordinator who was helping another family with finding their right match. By having this I was able to match with my horse after asking tons of questions and came back to do my follow up rides (part of their policy, again great) and PPE which was optional. GG disclosed all information to me about my horse, Loki, and any health conditions that he had prior to the PPE. All horses go through a retraining process to make sure that they are rideable and to help match the level rider that the horse needs in order to prosper. Horses that aren't rideable are shown as companion horses or live out their days at GG in retirement.Everyone you come in contact with has a smile on their face and are willing to help. It has been a little over a year and one of the best decisions I have made. I recently saw the adoption coordinator for reasons not related to Loki and she was overjoyed with how good Loki looked and that he has gotten a home that loves him. Everyone at Gentle Giants puts their heart and soul into each and every magnificent horse that comes onto their farm, especially the horses that have not seen love and had humans fail them to the point the only kind thing to do was help them over the rainbow bridge. Thank you Gentle Giants staff and volunteers for all the hard work, love, and dedication you show, without you there wouldn't be happy endings for the majority of these horses.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue has been an amazing experience. Starting from the very first day with excellent training and preparing me to work safely and understand what I needed to know to care for the beautiful souls that reside at the Rescue. I appreciate the commitment of the knowledgeable and supportive Staff of GGDHR who work tirelessly each and every day to keep everything operating efficiently and effectively. Because of this, I plan to continue to volunteer for many years to come, and secretly dream of one day becoming a Staff member and starting my next career after retiring from my current one.

Elizabeth Bryant O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I took a tour of the facility and was amazed at all they do. It is a well run, well organized rescue operation. I was very impressed.

Donor

Rating: 5

Gentle giants go to auctions and buy mostly draft horses and save them from slaughter. They then care for them as treasured companions and train those they choose for adoption. I’ve volunteered for this rescue. They’ve grown it and the health and happiness of the horses are priority one. They have community outreach and involve young people in a drill team, participating in parades.. Although I don’t volunteer anymore I try to attend events and am proud to donate to a rescue that makes such a difference.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This society rescue their horses from going to slaughter and rehabilitate them with the best medical treatment and pure love.

Cherryl N.

Donor

Rating: 5

Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue means the world to me because they rescue/rehab the, sometimes, forgotten equines. The love and commitment to their role is apparent in all the correspondence and social media shares I have seen and read. The staff and volunteers go above and beyond my expectations to ensure the horses and mules are lovingly cared for. I am a 'crazy horse lady' who won't let just anyone around my own horses but I wouldn't hesitate to let GGDHR care for them. That sums up how I feel about this organization.

1 Pam B.9

Donor

Rating: 5

Educating people about the horse markets is helping me learn. Providing world class care for horses in a humane facility. This organization is low key on fund raising. But they do NOT cut corners when it comes to treating horses well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are excellent I volunteered there for a few months than I sadly had to move and I will tell you they are amazing they show their horses so much love and care and they always told me the story behind each horse when I asked and they loved to hear my questions they are just amazing

Kim Mclean - B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful draft horse rescue organization. They do what they can to help draft horses who may not have had a good life before. They are pampered and loved at this sanctuary.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am not a horse person. A complete novice. My sister suggested I volunteer here after seeing their web site (she is a horse person). So in late November of 2019 I was scheduled for my first visit as a volunteer. I was taken aback by the beauty and majesty of the horses. The grounds are extensive, well kept and beautiful. Then I saw the care and kindness the staff showed each horse. They knew all about each one; whose tooth hurts, who had vision problems, what horse needed to walk with his friend when moving around the farm, etc. The staff are so intelligent and knowledgeable about each horse and I am always amazed to the extent each has for attention to detail. At the end of an evening shift, a horse in a stall was to be moved into another for the evening and when I asked if there was a particular stall he should go to, I was told to put him in the one with a window so he can look out at night So simple, but so heartwarming to immediately think of the horse first.
I cannot express how extensive the medical care is. I have seen dental, foot, leg, massages, xrays, sutures, vision and that is just on my volunteer days. The diet of each horse is also monitored. The overall health and care of each horse is of the utmost importance. During each season, no matter what the weather, the horses health and comfort is always first. If I was a GG at auction or given up and found myself here, I would know I had gone to heaven.

Debbie120

Donor

Rating: 5

Been donating for many years now and have seen the tremendous efforts and successes in the rescues they’ve made. Gentle Giants deserves the top rating without a doubt. They’ve saved and rehabbed so many lives and go the extra mile to do what’s right.

Donor

Rating: 5

I came across Gentle Giants DHR purely buy accident quite a long time ago on Facebook. Being a horse lover ALWAYS, and having a soft spot especially for drafts, this rescue's mission instantly had my heart and the most support I've been able to give. They care so much and so well for each and every sweet animal they rescue, and if need be, see to it that a dying animal does not suffer needlessly. They celebrate all successes, as in animals brought back from the brink to the best health possible, keeping those which aren't adoptable, and assuring they have a home for the rest of their days. They facilitate the adoption of those they can, assuring the adopter(s) is the best fit for the horses' needs. I love this group, I love their care for these beautiful almost-thrown-away creatures! God bless them always!

Colleen M.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

2 years ago we decided to take the leap a let my daughter buy her own horse. She was 16 and had been rid6since she was 3. She found gentle giants and scheduled a visit and off we went. We were to meet 3 horses, she never got past Ivy. Ivy cane home with us a month later and is her best friend. She works at the barn to care for her and to pay for her board, she us now in college for equine business management and wants to own an equine rescue just like GG. The work they do with these large beautiful animals is amazing!

Lindsey C.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’ve followed GGDR on social media for quite some time. Their success stories and pictures are remarkable and heart warming. As a horse lover myself, there is no better thing than to see a place make such an impact on horses lives and well being. I was fortunate enough to make it out there for their Halloween 5k a couple years ago. The facility is breathtaking and very well kept. The horses are beautiful and you can tell they are living their best life now. When the time is right, I would love more than ever to adopt from such an amazing place like Gentle Giants.

Leslie Dougherty S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered there almost weekly since 2009. I have witnessed very good horse care and excellent training over the years. I have adopted 2 horses from them and would adopt more if I had room. The staff is knowledgeable and caring. Volunteers are a large part of the program and have great learning opportunities if they so choose.

Christina A.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at gentle giants and was blown away by the care and attention they give their horses. They offered fantastic training and structure for volunteers which led to a fun, safe place to help a great cause. They look in depth at teaming up each horse with a new owner to make sure it is the best fit. They get some horses in terrible shape, just barely saved from the meat men, and turn them into beautiful, vibrant, heathy horses. I loved every minute volunteering with them!

Abes

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gentle Giants is an Outstanding Rescue. The people who work and volunteer there are phenomenal! They are extremely knowledgeable , loving, and Always have the horse's best interest at heart. The Farm is absolutely beautiful! I have adopted 4 horses from this organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted a wonderful horse from Gentle Giants. Christine was excellent to help match us with the horse that would best fit our family. The barns were really clean and the volunteers were knowledgeable and very gentle with the horses. I was really impressed with the farm. The fields were well maintained and the horses were very well taken care of.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The care and coordination at Gentle Giants goes far beyond other rescues I have visited and volunteered for!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Gentle Giants for over 7 years so I have seen the love and care that is given to these horses firsthand. The majority of our rescues come to us in terrible shape, both physically and mentally. We strive to give every horse its best life and aim to find a forever home for it once it has been rehabilitated and retrained.

dmjok

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GGDHR is outstanding in their care for horses and in the knowledge and committment of their staff. The rescue welcomes volunteers of all ability backgrounds and offers continual training and opportunities for growth. It is a peaceful place of beauty where humans and animals can heal. Being there makes my day

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over two years ago I was looking for a place to volunteer where I could be outside, be around horses, and continue to learn and grow as a person. GG was the answer to my extra time and energy, and desire to be involved with people who are dedicated and conscientious. Volunteering 2 days a week has made such a difference in my life, and I am grateful for the continuing opportunities that the rescue organization provides. The volunteers are valued and the horses treated with respect and dignity. It is a kind and interesting place to volunteer, well organized, with tasks accomplished in a skillful manner.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An incredible organization that changes the lives not only of the animals it rehabilitates, but also every volunteer who walks through those barn doors

Gabby M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can’t tell you where to start. I absolutely loved everyone that I worked with and loved every animal that was on the property. I miss my long days mucking stalls and feeding the horses. The amazing staff and the owners are incredibly knowledgeable, hardworking, and very caring to all the animals. We would drop anything for a horse or animal in need. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue. There amazing! I miss my home away from home.

2 Elena P.

Donor

Rating: 5

My only experience with these kind folks is what I read on line. But anyone who can go through the heart achingly awful experience of going to sales and rescue a bunch of horses from slaughter deserves BIG KUDOS. And, of course they also rescue other horses and mules from other circumstances as well. I'm clear over here in the Southwest, but I guess they have a lot more of the draft horses back east. I am only able to help a tiny bit once in a while, but as I well know, every penny helps.

Melanie Plein C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Not only am I a volunteer, but an adopter. GG is a little piece of heaven! So much care and love is given to these horses. I am proud to be a part of this organization

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been with Gentle Giants going on 5 yrs. Three of those year’s volunteering and I am proud to say I’ve been employed for two. It is the most rewarding job I’ve ever had. When I get to work in the morning any worries I have are completely vanished as soon as I see my first horse. I work with the older horses who are adoptable for companionship. Because we take care of all their needs and health issues as best we can. It warms my heart to see how happy the adopters are when their horses come home to them. I truly love what we do and how much has been accomplished from this great program. I wear my GGDHRF shirts proudly and am asked when out in public where we are and how can they help. I’m blessed and feel grateful everyday for my GG family!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been involved in various capacities (volunteer/employee) with Gentle Giants since 2014. It is a great organization that truly puts animal welfare first and has an incredible volunteer program that has you out in the fields, hands-on with the horses. They are an organization definitely worthy of support, whether that’s through monetary support and volunteering.

emleebee

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gentle Giants does an amazing job with helping both their horses and adopters. I am always so impressed with how long they will take to rehab and really learn about a horse. They will also take time with a potential adopter to make sure that not only will the horse get a good home, but the adopter will get a horse that matches their skills and goals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Gentle Giants for several months. Everyone there works hard and its really all about the horses. As a volunteer, I have been able to participate in varied experiences such as accompanying them to auction/on a rescue and performing in a drill team exhibition at a county fair. I have already learned so much and really feel a sense of accomplishment. You can do chores/work that are interesting to you or you have experience with as well as learning new things. They are also so dedicated to their horses, giving them each individualized feeding plans and combinations of indoor/outdoor time depending on their needs. This makes more work but helps each horse to thrive. They are also realistic about their horses, giving potential adopters all of the information about the horse not just the positive points.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was/am a volunteer and now I'm the proud Mom of two drafts! They continue to support me and my horses to this day.
The staff is so devoted to the health and happiness of the horses. They are incredibly friendly and welcoming to volunteers. Highly recommend to anyone with an "itch" for horses.

Amber N.4

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing charity that helps horses. We are so blessed to have been able to support them and see all the amazing work they do to save horses and find them good homes.

Jill S.6

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful org. Gentle Giants educates the community, promotes the care of, and ensures the well-being of draft horses. This is a fun organization to follow on social media. They have built a true fan club for the horses.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a longtime admirer of draft horses, I have been a donor for several years and participated in fundraisers at the site. They do a wonderful job caring for their charges, draft horses who have been given up and/or abused. The facility is wonderful, clean, spacious and efficient, the horses are beautifully cared for and I have no doubt that my contributions are spent exactly as I would wish

Donor

Rating: 5

I was planning a trip to Maryland and emailed Gentle Giants to see if my husband and I could visit. I had donated for one of the horses and wanted to see him. I had an amazing tour, purchased some items and received a calendar and magnet at the end of the year!! I have been supporting them as often as I can since!! Amazing place, amazing people!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Gentle Giants does exactly what it's name and mission states. They do the incredibly difficult work of going to slaughter auctions and deciding which draft horses and mules have the best chance of rehabilitation with the limited funds they have. Sometimes they buy a horse just to put it peacefully out of its misery. They combine the difficult work of rescue with the monumental task of diagnosing and then treating the complicated cases with expertise and compassion. The group of volunteers find humor and success in each horse. Their Facebook site is one of my favorites as I feel a part of their mission of rescuing Gentle Giants.

Sarah C.15

Donor

Rating: 5

Their dedication is unmatched They provide such an important service to this often overlooked animal group.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

communicates well w donors & supporters; appears to balance fiscal responsibility & compassion to support end goal of savng & rehabbing horses

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 2 horses from Gentle Giants and I couldn’t be more grateful that this organization helped to bring these horses into my life. I continue to volunteer with the rescue as well and am consistently impressed with the dedication and knowledge of the caregivers who work here. The horses receive excellent care and those with unique special needs (canker, EPM, retraining, & more) could not have found themselves in more capable hands.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love GG!! The staff is amazing and so caring. They spare no expense when it comes for caring for the horses there. It is a wonderful place. I love volunteering my time to help these beautiful creatures.

Kara Murphy M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gentle Giants is awesome! I’ve adopted draft horses from them four times. They always take time to make sure I’m matched with the right horses. When I had to return a horse, they didn’t judge, just gave me much needed advice & we chose another horse. They save hundreds of horses from slaughter, neglect & abuse. They retrain & rehome whenever possible. If it’s not possible, the horses live out their lives at their amazing sanctuary. They make great effort to get the message out their about the plight of the draft horse being sent to slaughter or being used for the PMU industry. I will always support their efforts, even if it’s only in my very small way.

Dee K.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have supported and volunteered at this rescue farm for years. It is amazing how they rescue horses from slaughter, rehabilitate and retrain them, and then find forever homes for them. It is hard sometimes to see the new rescues come in, hard to believe that people can be so cruel. They do amazing work.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Gentle Giants is an amazing organization. I have been a volunteer with Gentle Giants for the last 7 years and have adopted 2 horses from them. The staff and volunteers go above and beyond to ensure that the horses are well cared for, properly rehabilitated and retrained prior to working with potentail adopters to ensure a good match between horse and adopter. If you are looking to volunteer to help horses in need, adopt one of these magnificent gentle giants or donate to an organization that truly cares, Gentle Giants has my vote every time.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is definitely one of the best horse rescues out there. They do so much good, care so much, and always put their 4-legged charges first. I couldn’t be happier with the work they do, am delighted by their dedication, and will continue to support their efforts in every possible way.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gentle Giants is an amazing group that I am extremely proud to work with. Their staff are so passionate and welcoming - as a relative newbie to working with horses, I never felt that I couldn’t approach staff or other volunteers with questions. The work they do with the rescued horses is nothing short of miraculous, and all with a great attitude. The farm has become like a second home to me, and I absolutely adore volunteering my time there.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve volunteered at Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue for more than four years. I love helping this wonderful organization. I’ve seen so many horse come to the Rescue looking as if they were on their last leg but with care and time and love, bounce back to become amazing horses. They can do Dressage, barrel racing, mounted archery, drill team, be a pasture pet, or anything else you can imagine. GGDHR does splendid work for amazing animals.

2 Anne R.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I believe this organization really care about the horses they rescue and give their all to see they have a chance at a better life. That they do all they can to save horses from slaughter and strive each day to improve their lives and see that they are adopted and given forever homes. So that is why I donate monthly to this rescue.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I own horses (8), cattle, sheep, dogs, cats as well as well as fish in my pond. I take care of them as best I can. Month before last I had a young registered mare that I had birthed and raised. The mare was beautiful sorrel, blaze face, three white stockings and one sock but she was crazy under saddle or harness. As a matter of fact she sent me for a helicopter ride to the Med. I gave the mare to a registered breeder for a breeding mare on the condition he would never sell her to the killer market. I tell you this so that you will understand that I love animals; however, I do support the slaughter of horses for food purposes and feel we need several such facilities in the U.S..
The picture you showed with the horse whose eye was half gone and someone stabbing a horse in the back were despicable and no slaughter house in this country could operate that way. While I realize you are an "animal rescue" organization which I am sure provides you with a very lucrative life style, all animals cannot be rescued. I can tell you first hand that I have seen and do see horses every day that are not being taken car of because their owners cannot afford to. In fact there are people who are turning their horses and donkeys out in the wild to starve to death or be ravaged by wild animals. If we had the slaughter facilities in this country these animals could be disposed of humanely and people in other countries could have the benefit of a source of food they prefer. In some countries horse meat is considered most desirable.
By the way, what makes the horse so special we eat other animals, our fore fathers ate horse meat, native Americans ate horse meat, during WW 1 and WW 2 our soldiers ate horse and mule meat.

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Donor

Rating: 1

Like most other people that have rated this charity low, I get letters from the same company with my name misspelled as well. I get letters for SAVE THE DONKEYS, SAVE THE MULES, SAVE HORSES.......I've donated in good faith, but now I've been SOLD to the wolves.

Do Not Support THESE mailings. Toss them out without opening them. It's a scheme to fleece you.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

It seems likely from reviews online that this is a legitimate nonprofit, but from their fundraising tactics (and their responses to criticism), I actually thought it was a scam. I received an unsolicited mailing from this organization--I'm guessing they buy contact info from other animal rescue organizations--and on the outside of the envelope was a full color photo of a horse with half its face hacked off. It was incredibly graphic and, in my opinion, incredibly exploitative.

So here's the thing: I've worked as an animal rights activist for years and have seen equally horrifying images, both in pictures and in person. So I'm not a delicate flower who hides away at the reality of animal abuse. That said, I know from experience that this tactic repels more people than it attracts. To send unsolicited information with such images on the outside, not the inside, of the envelope is aggressive and, in a sense, violent. I kept thinking after receiving this letter what it would have been like if I'd gotten it six months ago, while I was spending my days in the hospice facility watching my father die, or how awful it would have been if it had come to a friend of mine (also an activist) whose five-year-old daughter is currently going through chemotherapy. There are many important issues that need attention, but I (and all others) should have a choice about what kind of images I am subjected to when I open my mailbox.

Most upsetting to me is that the owner of this organization responded to my email about the issue with an incredibly angry and nasty response, accusing me of being too sensitive and not recognizing how important this issue is. Based on this particular site and the reviews here by volunteers, it does seem like the organization does good work. It's not for me to say how they proceed with their fundraising and community outreach. But there are countless other organizations doing similar work to which I feel much more confident giving my time and money.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

there is a federal correctional officer a usp cannan waymart, pA. miss cole that loves horses she would be a excellent canadate for one of your rescued horses I do not have a working email contact c/o miss cole at united sates penitenuary cannan waymart, PA

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have adopted 3 beautiful horses from GG (a Belgian, a Drum, and a Haflinger). From the moment we arrived to look at our first horse from them we knew we would not be disappointed. They know each horse on such a deep level, their likes/dislikes, temperament, needed experience level, etc. that you can be assured that they will do what they can to find you the very best horse for you. They matched my husband up with a beautiful Belgian named Cognac, who was injured, and let me tell you they went above and beyond to get her fixed up (she's as good as new). Cognac is my husbands "heart" horse, they couldn't have done a better job (even though she wasn't the horse we had picked on the website). The second horse we adopted was Lass. A Drum who cannot be ridden and has some health issues. They made she she went to a home that would take care of her needs for the rest of her life. And the last one we adopted just recently is a little Halfie named Stars. They showed us multiple horses and everyone agreed that Starts was just perfect for our son. And boy were they right! Those two love each other to pieces! This rescue takes their time with each horse and adopter to make sure they are the right fit. I know many rescues that don't do this which leads to injuries and usually a horse or other animal being given up again. I have never seen a rescue with so much compassion for their horses and staff and volunteers with so much passion for what they do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Can not say enough great things about my experience volunteering at Gentle Giants. I started a little over a year ago and have been consistently at the farm 2-3 days a week. It is the kind of atmosphere that you find yourself drawn to, because you cant stand to be away. The program Christine is running for these horses is remarkable. I am constantly amazed at the change in these animals from the time they come to the farm to even a few months later. These horses from rough situations in terrible condition and through the love and care of gentle giants are rehabilitated into healthy, friendly, and most importantly happy horses.

The staff are friendly and helpful. As a volunteer it is a fun place, and a chance to learn a lot. The most rewarding of all is being able to make a difference in the lives of these animals through kind care and see the benefits of your work in these horses.