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Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement Inc

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38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Eileen G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with my dad for a few years during the summers. It’s an amazing group of hardworking people and a truly wonderful place. The horses are all well cared for and cared about. Dee and Hank do an amazing job running the farm. The events hosted there are fantastic and a great deal of fun. Mitchell Farm is a truly awesome non-profit organization run by spectacular people. The horses are kept comfortable and looked after for their residence there. It’s just an amazing place to be.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement for 4 years until moving away a couple years ago. The farm combines outstanding management of resources with the highest quality of care for each and every horse. The volunteer staff is well-trained and overseen. I've volunteered at animal care facilities over the years and Mitchell Farm was personally the most rewarding experience due to all the hands-on support and the high caliber of the operation. I miss it!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my time here. They’re very appreciative and patient with volunteers, prior knowledge isn’t necessary. They take the care of the horses very seriously, and welcome input and observations from everyone. I can’t over state how much I learned. Frankly, I think my time there was just as therapeutic to me as it is for the horses! Seeing the unique personalities of each horse was fascinating. They also make the best coffee in Connecticut.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you to all the wonderful staff who are so dedicated to their residents and also fantastic with the volunteers. I am a new volunteer here and am so impressed with the care and expertise of the staff and volunteers in the individual care given. My lack of experience has been a wonderful learning opportunity. I look forward to spending more time with this great group and the lucky retirees!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Mitchell Farm is the most caring and beautiful equine farm on the east coast! The horses are so well cared for they live much longer than expected on the date they are admitted because of the exceptional care and love they receive from the staff and volunteers! Truly a special place. Barry

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i’ve recently started volunteering and i absolutely love it here. having no experience with horses coming into this i was a bit worried, but Dee and some of the other volunteers have been so kind and amazing teachers. everyone is so kind, and it is clear that all of the horses that stay at the farm are well cared for and very loved. i mean it when i say i love this place!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Mitchell Farm 2 years ago. It has been a wonderful experience. The staff and volunteers are so dedicated to making sure these horses live out their days well cared for and happy. It makes me proud to be a part of this great nonprofit.

Melissa L Angell B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Mitchell Farm a little over a month ago. I can not begin to explain how much I love being there. It's not just the peaceful setting or the beautiful horses that make Mitchell Farm great, it's also the people. You can not step foot on that farm without falling in love with everything about it. The love and care given to the horses and donkeys there is the best there is. You won't find better. Volunteering at Mitchell Farm is just like coming home to family. I'm proud to be part of that family. I believe deeply in the mission of Mitchell Farm to give retired horses a wonderful home where they are loved and can spend the rest of their days happy and cared for by people devoted to them.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Mitchell Farm (MFER) for 14 years. It has meant a great deal to me, my family, our horses and the community. This place is phenomenally run by a dedicated staff and army of volunteers who work extremely hard to make sure that each and every resident has a wonderful "retirement". They also work very hard to make everyone welcome - volunteers, guests, clients and the professionals who service the farm. In this age of quick fixes and self gratification this farm stands out as a true beacon of caring patience and giving to others. The equine world is very lucky to have MFER. It is truly a wonderful place for equines and humans alike

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Both my daughter and I have been fortunate to volunteer at Mitchell Farm in various capacities; coming to know each of the horses and donkeys as individuals and noble creatures. As a horse fan all my life, it is a gift to have the opportunity to work with each of them and the people who take care of them on a more full-time basis. I am a full-time educator, and recognize the quality of time those dedicated individuals put into knowing each horse's, and donkey's, individual needs and requirements. If I did own a horse, who any horse fan knows becomes a true member of your family, I would pray he/she could get into the Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement facility for their retiring years to enjoy a quality of life and genuine care that I have yet to see matched anywhere else! Vicky H.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a retiree myself and needed to find something to do to get out of the daily rut.....stopped over at an open house at Mitchell Farm and found my niche. Had horses of my own in the past and missed their calming effect that they had on me. There is nothing like the smell of hay, the happy sound of horses munching on their hay and the warm nickering when you come into the barn to feed. Its such a joy to watch them either saunter or race their way to be led back into their stalls at days end after a peaceful day of turnout in such a beautiful setting....horsey retirement at its best...Dee and Melissa are great...always ready to share and teach about the care of elderly equines....not only to volunteers but also the community, from kids to adults that come to visit the farm. Mitchell farm is a caring and loving farm to its inhabitants and its an honor to be able to volunteer there!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mitchell Farm is an amazing organization run by professional and caring volunteers and a truly dedicated staff of 2!! We became involved with Mitchell Farm from the beginning. We boarded our horses there and I volunteered several days a week as they were starting out in 2004. As our horses aged we knew there was nowhere else for them. We have continued as volunteers and myself as a Board member. I KNOW this farm gave our horses the best possible care and it is managed impeccably. My hours spent at Mitchell Farm are the best of my week - great friends, beautiful equines and tons of fun. Best place I know to volunteer!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Mitchell Farm for 2 years. The horses are in paradise, the volunteers love them, and life is how it should be. These horses have given to the humans in their lives for their whole lives up until their retirement here. This is the "give back" for all they have done for their humans. Watching them enjoy their retirement is priceless!!

Janet147

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement for almost 2 years and my experience there has been nothing but positive. The dedication of the founder, barn manager and volunteers is something that words can't express but is felt every time I am there. These senior horses are given the very best care imaginable to live out their remaining days just being who they are. Individual needs are met on a daily basis in an atmosphere of love and concern for each and every one of these awesome creatures. I continue to be grateful for my connection to this wonderful organization and for the horses and people who enrich my life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

i have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by the beauty and peacefulness of Mitchell Farms Equine Retirement as a volunteer who has loved horses my whole life. From day one I was struck by the dedication and commitment of the hard working staff and wonderful group of volunteers I have had the pleasure of getting to know. Everything that is done on the farm, from cleaning out stalls to putting on a halter, is done with a commitment to their mission statement of allowing the horses to live out their remaining days with dignity surrounded by the love and care they deserve. The welfare of the horses comes first and foremost and I cannot say enough good things about the workings of this farm!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been immensely fortunate to have witnessed this nonprofit grow and flourish throughout the years. It is not only a safe haven for the horses and donkeys who call it home, but for every soul that comes down the driveway. Countless times I have heard volunteers, visitors, and horse parents call Mitchell Farm a dream land. Truly a rare and special place!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement provides a meaningful, dignified and naturally beautiful environment for the horses to live healthy and full lives as they retire. Great care is taken to meet the horses' individual needs and enhance their experience as they become social with other retirees. Volunteering at Mitchell Farm is the highlight of my busy week.

Considerable attention is taken to train volunteers especially those of us who have little horse knowledge. Volunteers are a valuable resource on the farm, a lot of time is dedicated to teach the fundamentals of being a part of barn care, horse care and the different aspects of what it takes to care and provide for the horses. Learning about the horses and how to care for them through "hands on experience" is amazing and speaks to the core of Mitchell Farm's dedication.

Mitchell Farm is also a place where people gather to be part of something meaningful, give back to the environment and even learn about themselves. I forgot to mention about all the "ah ha" moments, the laughter, the attachment and the feeling of awe seeing the horses run, graze , roll in the snow and call out to each other. I often wonder who is the lucky one here. I believe I am. Flo M.

Kim_268

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Mitchell Farm on and off for about 7 years and have had the opportunity to be involved with many special horses. Being a horse person since a young age I am truly blessed to be involved with all the wonderful people and horses there. All the animals are loved and live the rest of their lives the way they should. I would not recommend any other place to retire your horse. It has always been my happy place.

lewesolowski

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After spending my life around horses and retiring from my previous career, I wanted to give back to all of those four legged creatures who made my life so enjoyable. Choosing to volunteer at Mitchell Farm has been the most rewarding experience. As a volunteer, I work with the most caring and compassionate people who are there for the love of the horse. Our horses are truly fortunate to be loved and cared for in their senior years. Dee and Melissa provide the best in care and support and are truly thankful for the volunteers that make up the spirit of Mitchell Farm.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Writing again to support this phenomenal organization. I can truly say that Mitchell Farm works very hard to care for senior and infirm horses. The staff and volunteers are extremely dedicated to the mission of giving an at risk population of equines a safe and secure home for the rest of their natural lives. Animal welfare at its finest!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only been volunteering at Mitchell Farms a few months, but I find it so rewarding. I find being around the horses and doing the barn chores so calming and enjoyable. working with the other volunteers is like being with family. We all have the same goal in mind, which is the welfare of these sweet horses. Dee and Melissa keep everything running smooth.