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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Training, Animals

Mission: Serenity's Mission is multi-faceted. It includes rescue, rehabilitation, education and healing. Our foremost goal is to help rehabilitate, care for and place our rescued horses into loving homes. We are passionate about providing a natural and focused care plan for each of our resident equines. We are also committed to supporting the equine community through our Education Center clinics and courses. We believe that the relationship between humans and horses is a very special one. Many of our volunteers and others have experienced a special gift of healing when working or visiting the farm. You can read more about Horses as Healers on our Events and Programs page. We are located on a farm in Maple Valley, Washington.

Results: Serenity has rescued and rehabilitated hundreds of horses since our inception. Most of the horses we have rescued have been adopted into their forever homes. Some are still on the farm in sanctuary because they are in need of a lifelong home with special care. We have also added a number of new programs over the years. Our latest program is our Horses as Healers program. In 2018 we have had the honor to support our veterans in the Wounded Warrior program though a special project called the Odyssey Project. Veterans have visited Serenity from around the US to spend a day on the farm with our facilitator and the horses. Our reviews from these clients have been outstanding. We are proud of our Horses as Healers program and invite you to read the reviews from these clients on the Great Nonprofits Review page.

Target demographics: our equine companions and our community through education and equine therapy.

Geographic areas served: several counties in Washington state. We have rescued, rehabbed and rehomed hundreds of horses since 2007 and provide sanctuary to many more. We have expanded our programs to include Education with our Education Center, Jasper Family Community Fund to help those in our community in need of support and Healing through our Horses as Healers program. We have been named the Best of Western Washington non-profits and been featured in both the Seattle magazine and in the nationally recognized horse health magazine Equine Wellness in September of 2015.

Programs: rescue and sanctuary, wellness clinics, horsemanship classes, welfare checks and support through our Jasper Family Community Fund and therapy through our Horses as Healers program.

Community Stories

113 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Debra93

Client Served

Rating: 5

The connection I made with this whole farm is indescribable. I met “Babe” who I felt an immediate connection with and she trusted me immediately. These giant animals are so trusting and willing to connect with complete strangers and have the ability to bond, connect and heal with us women Veterans. They can show us all how to truly show unconditional love to all other human beings, animals and even the “invisible soldier” aka woman veteran. Thank you for the life changing experience and I hope to come and visit soon!! Hopefully with my family!!

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Patricia Thank you Debra. It was a privilege to share our special horses with you. and the others in your group. We hope to see you again soon.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a new volunteer have been working with the horses for a little over a month. I have no horse experience and the other staff and volunteers really helped me and welcomed me into the family. After just one week I became more confident with the houses. I absolutely love being here.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter Allie and I absolutely love Serenity. My daughter is 15 and a wonderful artist but it was time to get her outside of the house and have her connect with nature other than her tablet. We are both animal lovers and adore the chance to see and love these beautiful creatures. This place is so very important and valuable both to these beautiful creatures and ourselves. With strong anxiety issues that Allie has, what these magnificent beauties have done for her is truly amazing. She is coming out of her shell, finding new friends in them as if they are coming up to her saying " Its's going to be ok we feel you". In turn we are there to help give them whatever they need.
Serenity is an absolute God Send and I truly don't know where we would be without them!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serenity has a wonderful mission and service, providing a healthy and healing home to once abused and neglected horses. The staff and volunteers are deeply caring for the animals and one another. Volunteering at Serenity is meaningful and enjoyable.

Charlaine G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m so glad that I finally made a decision to send a request for volunteering @ Serenity...
Patricia is a godsend from above, the beauty to see all the horses here prosper and grow in harmony is unexplainable...
The only way to understand the beauty is to be a part of Serenity!
I finally found my silent place, a place that feels like home...
Not only is it a place where we as humans help rehabilitate the horses, they truly are therapeutic to us as well... They give me another purpose to look forward to and grow...
Thank you So much Patricia for everything you do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began working at Serenity to learn about the care and rehab process of a rescue horse. I have learned soooo much through Patricia and am in awe when I see her and our trainer working with the horses. Every horse and human to step foot on the property lifes are changed forever, in the most healing and positive way possible!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful place of healing, for the horses and for those of us who have the chance to volunteer here. Every time I come I look at those majestic animals and am so grateful that they have a place that the can just be. No expectation, just become whole, heal, be loved and give all those things back to us if we open ourselves to what Patricia has fostered.
It's amazing!

Lisa R.9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Serenity is the most rewarding experience. Every week Im there I learn so much from the horses. They are in a safe haven here. The director, Patricia Clark is so passionate about giving these horses the best care, healing, and love humanly possible. I learn something new from Patricia every time I am there. I wouldn't want to spend my time anywhere else.

KCN72

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Serenity two years ago. I had been looking for a new volunteer opportunity. Although I live in Seattle, the drive is worth it. For as much as I give to the horses, they give back to me ten fold. Volunteering at Serenity is my therapy, and I feel honored to work with director Patricia Clark and the many volunteers that I now consider friends.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In the fall of 2018, I found myself in hard times with my four horses. Awaiting Social Security to make a decision, left me to watch my horses losing weight and their health on the down slide. I was considering re-homing them, with the fear they would end up on a feed truck and they have already been through enough in this life. While surfing around to find a way to safely re-home them, I came across Serenity.... I noticed a little link in the website, that mentioned help for those having hard times... I emailed a letter and sent it off with prayer.
Patricia herself responded. She took time out of her schedule to come and give my horses a wellness check, helped me with a diet program for each of them. Set up and paid the vet bill for my thinnest horse to have her teeth done, which was a big part of her weight loss, and something I just couldn't afford at the time.
Patricia followed up with sponsoring my horses for a couple months in hay and grains as well as supplements...
I was invited out to Serenity and I must say, I dream of my horse rescues having such a fine place to retire. The knowledge and information Patricia gave me was worth a million bucks, to help me as a better horse mum.

Thanks to Serenity, I have been able to keep my horses, their health has returned and no one is losing weight. I feel like a better parent, and I look forward to the classes offered at Serenity...

Four horses and their mum were saved in this story.
I can't say enough,
Truly a GREAT non profit! Worth every penny

Client Served

Rating: 5

"Normandy" is a Percheron/thoroughbred cross acquired as a Premarin pony from Canada. My lovely wife Sarah rescued two of the chaps as foals and raised and trained them as dressage ponies. It is a complete misnomer to call them ponies because they both filled out to be quite impressive ridding horses weighing in at ~2000 lb and 18 hands which did not indicate anything about their extremely gentle dispositions. A few years ago one of the fellows ("Lars") succumbed to a severe intestinal blockage and, to my wife's complete sadness, had to be put down. That left Norm who was chartered to carry on the horse tradition here at Stone Road Farms. Recently Sarah was diagnosed with Non Alzheimer's Dementia and the care of Normandy fell upon myself as well as that of Sarah. The effort and responsibility for me to care for both Sarah and Normandy became unsustainable and is where the fine and able care advice and confidence routine of Serenity Equine Rescue came into our lives. Patricia Clark is a most experienced, generous and notable leader of the organization and her tireless effort to help care for Normandy and secure a new home for him was limitless. Norm now lives on a comfortable ranch near Grangeville, Idaho and is quite a happy pony.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serenity provides a wonderful, positive, and healthy environment for horses to be rehabilitated and/or adopted. All the horses who live at Serenity are treated with the utmost respect and care, and it is reflected in the horses' behavior. I've never met gentle, friendly horses, and I know that their behavior is a direct result of the trust that Patricia and her volunteers have built with the horses—trust built through patience, kindness, and care. I would highly recommend volunteering or donating to this noble cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serenity is a beautiful haven for horses that experienced cruelty in their lives. It is a peaceful sanctuary for both animals and people to heal and to love. A recent story of a cat viciously attacked, hanging on for his life, found his way to Serenity and leapt into the arms of the owner, as if he too knew it is where he will be saved and protected. Saved by a wonderful human with nothing but love to give to animals. This is what she does for the horses fortunate to be rescued and be in her care.
Serenity is where extraordinary people and horses come together. Leaders of Serenity teach us humanity exists. They share themselves selflessly to volunteers, horses, (1pig), and all those who make this place a possibility. I am grateful to be a part of this amazing possibility!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2017, I needed a different connection with my mom and her love of horses. I searched and found Serenity. The name says it all – as I drove into the beautiful setting I knew I had found it.

I come from the corporate world and I was longing for tasks that I could accomplish every day, knowing their true value, and leaving knowing that I made a difference. I wanted a connection with horses and I was so happy to learn that the owner of the ranch, Patricia, runs the ranch with the focus on the horses. Everything that is done at the ranch centers on the health and healing of the horses. The connection that you can have with these beautiful animals is amazing and in turn you get healed.

I have volunteered now for almost 2 years and I have learned so much; how horses should be treated and cared for, what it takes to maintain the facility to support horses, and the commitment when owning a horse or any animal for that matter.
I recommend Serenity for many reasons: great place to learn about horses, to heal, to get fresh air, to get exercise and love.

Please consider becoming a Sponsor, sign up for monthly donations, or volunteer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer since early 2018... and this has been a great learning experience. I came to the barn just wanting to be around horses... I feel like with the service I do on a weekly basis, mucking stalls on Wednesday mornings, and in getting to know each horse and mini...my core and confidence is stronger. I've learned a lot about them... and about myself.

It feels good to be there. Plus, even the pig and dog on site are rescues. Super sweet. Work is good, volunteers are needed... and I just get to be there, and learn to better be around horses.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I have adopted two horses from Serenity Equine Rescue now. Ruby a Thoroughbred mare 7 years ago and more recently Lightening a Polish Arab gelding when I was able to move Ruby to the property we had just purchased. Now that she is not in a boarding stables we wanted a pasture mate for her and a horse for my husband and daughter to ride. Patricia listened to exactly what I was looking for and showed me the horses that she thought would be a good fit for us. In addition she took many hours of her time to come help us fix up our barn so as to be safe and functional. She didn't just give advise she was very hands on getting it done so we would be ready when the horses started using the barn. Patricia's love for horses and people and matching them up well is very apparent in all her actions. I am so glad that I chose Serenity to find my forever friends.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege of volunteering at Serenity for over a year now and am so proud/thankful for the work that this nonprofit does. We have horses with a variety of background stories and through the expertise of the rescue's founder and director, Patricia, they are rehabilitated. I've been able to witness first hand the transitions that these horses take based on the care and love, as well as training poured into them. Serenity is full of loving volunteers and truly makes a difference in the world by taking care of vulnerable animals and providing them a safe and caring space to thrive.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Serenity is such a special place. The horses are so well cared for and the love for them is obvious! Truly an amazing rescue.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great place, very companionate towards the horses.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serenity Equine is a hidden gem and wonderful, well kept farm for horses that have been neglected or abused. Each horse that comes to Serenity is loved and cared for with the upmost respect for the horse. The barn and paddock area are cleaned every day by dedicated, hard working volunteers in two different shifts.
The owner of the farm has incredible horse knowledge and is the voice for these animals. Her program not only rehabilitates horses, but she helps find forever homes for those that can be adopted. You could not find a better animal rescue program to support and donate to or even volunteer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been to many rescues and voluntered and worked throughout the US and found Serenity to truly be the most exceptional rescue. The care and attention to each horse for aiding in their full recovery before adoption is most impressive. The horses are not a number to be churned out and adopted in a hurry which is very rare in the world of rescues. I give this rescue the highest rating and hope others discover this gem in Maple Valley Washington whether to donate funds or volunteer.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The moment I got there I knew this place was filled with love. The place is just as gorgeous as the horses and the staff are amazing. Kristen is such an inspiriation and the owner, Patricia greeted us personally and welcomed us with open arms. The stables are well kept and the horses are filled with love and personality. It’s the perfect place for any person or animal that’s in need of a santuary and/or a place of tranquility. Coming here was very empowering to me and woke up a genuine interest for horses. Thank you Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation for everything.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My group visited as part of Wounded Warrior Project. I had not imagined the impact that visiting Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation would have on my soul. I left there with what felt like a ton lifted off of me. The experience opened gates that had been closed for years and shut doors where I needed some closure. The staff are gentle, warm, and professional.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation (SERR) is the most well kept and caring Equine facility that I have ever seen, and I am a very particular person. The horses at SERR are all treated as if they were special. They are given the best of care with individual dietary and medical needs tailor made for each animal - no matter the cost. All the equine residents get lots of love and attention. And all receive expert training and rehabilitation from a well qualified Equine expert.
I have been lucky to volunteer at SERR for about 2 years. I started on the clean up crew, then moved to horse handler, and now am groomer. I groom all the horses, and feel very fortunate to be part of their lives. I love them to bits, and from all their contented sighs and reciprocated grooming, I think they love me too. They give me much more than I could possibly give them. Even though these animals have gone through hardships that most people could not endure, these beautiful creatures are still full of forgiveness and bottomless love. If only humans could be as gracious as the horse. Life could not get better than being able to share time with SERR's residents. Hugs and thank you to equines everywhere. PM

Misty W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place was amazing, beautiful and serene. I really enjoyed bonding with all the horses and meeting Patricia. I would definitely recommend this place to others who are in need of any form of healing. If I get a chance once I'm better I'm going to volunteer there.

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Patricia 05/09/2018

Thank you so much Misty. We are honored that you chose to come to Serenity and look forward to seeing you again.

1 Kim T.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a life long horse owner and lover, I made the spontainious decision to rescue a feedlot horse without doing my research on what it could mean financially. My heart was broken seeing all these beautiful animals who were being sent to die. There was one horse that caught my eye and I figured he was so inexpensive that even a vet check and a little treatment couldn't be THAT expensive, right?! Boy was I wrong. After our initial vet check and positive strangles test I realized I was in over my head, that was when I wrote a tearful email to Patricia at Serenity. I told her how ashamed I was of myself for getting into this position and all but begged her to help my beautiful rescue boy. She said that if I was willing to keep him and give him the loving him he deserved that she could help us. It was the first time in days that I felt I could breathe again, she is truly and angel here on earth and I can not begin to express in words how greatful I was and am for her help. She came out to our property, met our horse and gave me lots of advice for helping our guy begin to recover. She never once treated me like the fool I was, she was never judgmental, didn't lecture me for being so irresponsible - she simply was there to help. This non profit is doing amazing, wonderful things for people and animals and they deserve all the support they can get!! I hope one day to return the gift I have been given! ❤️

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serenity has been a great place to volunteer. I have been volunteering there several years. I enjoy meeting and working with the new friends I have met there. Learning about the horses, seeing them come in sick and neglected, then watching as they recover and thrive has been amazing to witness.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've brought my grandkids to Serenity for a year and a half now to volunteer. They've learned so much about horses and most importantly they've learned that volunteering is hard work but very rewarding.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is absolutely wonderful. These rescues are treated with the utmost
kindness and respect. They are fed on time everyday and their paddocks, pastures and barn
are cleaned everyday and kept immaculate. Patricia Clark, the owner, is an amazing and dedicated person who always puts these horses welfare first. She offers many classes for the volunteers so we are well trained in every task we perform. I am so honored to be part of this wonderful organization and all the incredible work they do to rescue and rehabilitate these beautiful animals. When a horse is ready to find a forever home, Patricia is extremely careful and particular about the adoption, and if something goes wrong at the new home it is in the contract that the horse will come back to Serenity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serenity Equine Rescue is truly that, a place of serenity. I have been privileged to volunteer here for the last 8 months and it has been a most incredible and powerful experience. The horses that come here have had many different and often traumatic experiences. They are met with so much love, caring, and positive energy, and it is amazing to watch them heal and flourish. I am constantly learning from them, and from our number one horse mama, Patricia Clark. She is a superhero in a 5 foot frame. The care, hard work, boundless love and energy that she puts in to every aspect of Serenity shows. It is so therapeutic to be in the presence of these fantastic creatures-the volunteers put their heart into this place and it shows. Please consider donating, volunteering, or just coming to an Open House to check it out and share the love!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have loved every minute of volunteering with Serenity. The farm really earns its name with an overwhelming sense of calm and consistency to the place, off of which the horses just thrive! Patricia is amazing with each and every horse, and the care she takes with them (which she passes on to the volunteers) has kept each horse happy and healthy. I only wish I could volunteer more!

I strongly recommend this rescue to all of my friends and family who are interested in volunteering their time to a greater cause!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a very special place with beautifully cared for rescue horses. I can’t say enough about how much I appreciate my time here with the horses.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Patricia helped us with an aboandoned piglet we found roaming the streets near our home. She gave her a loving, safe home. She was AMAZING when she came to visit our little abandoned piglet. I have never seen anyone speak to a piglet and make her feel so loved at an initial meeting. Patricia literally had her eating out of the palm of her hand and snuggling with her from the get go. She is a veritable pig whisperer. I can only imagine how wonderfully her horses take to her.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Patricia truly cares for everyone of the horses on the farm, and is always putting their health and safety first. I am grateful that this rescue exists.

Volunteering here is rewarding in a number of ways. Not only do I have the opportunity to build friendships with other amazing volunteers, but I also have the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of the horses. The horses, some of whom have come from some very hard pasts, show unconditional love and kindness to the volunteers and they make the experience truly worth the while.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Four years ago I adopted Braveheart and Prada from Serenity. It absolutely changed my life and opened my eyes. I've been following Serenity ever since and am so thankful there is an organization like this out there and people like Patricia. Serenity is truly the voice for these horses.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering at Serenity Rescue a couple months ago and have found it to be an absolutely amazing facility. The horses are treated with exceptional love and care. Their stalls and paddocks are cleaned daily and every horse is monitored individually to meet their special dietary and veterinary needs. They learn to trust again and thrive with the loving attention they receive everyday. I am very proud to be a part of this non-profit organization and would encourage anyone who loves horses to consider volunteering or donating to this incredible cause!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Patricia and Serenity do such amazing work for horses in need. She has taken in horses that many others would not and provided them safety and security so they can rehabilitate. This is amazing to watch and be a part of. I have volunteers for 2 years and love it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Serenity for around six months and have found the rescue to be so well run. Every thought is given to the wellness of the horses - large and small. Through my time there I am learning so much about horses and the incredible need for horse rescue. Giving your time and/or money to this organization will do amazing things and allow it to continue its mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serenity is a haven to the horses that live there. They have the best of everything, shelter, food , supplements , medical care and more love then they have ever had. Volunteering there I have learned so much and have met some very compassionate people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at SERR for 5 years. It is a good experience for learning about horses and about animal welfare. The executive director, Patricia Clark, works tirelessly to improve the lives of animals (mostly horses, but also other critters) who have found themselves in situations in which they are abused and/or neglected. Often when they arrive they are underweight and in need of medical attention. I happened upon Serenity Rescue and Rehabilitation at a time when two of my neighbors were not providing good care for their horses. I was at a loss about how to help the animals get better care. I explained their stories to Patricia Clark but I didn't expect to be heard. Horses are expensive to board and feed and few places have a large enough area to give them the space they need to exercise. Neither the Humane Society of King County nor Animal Control of King County can handle large animals. Serenity took in the animals and provided them with good veterinary care, food, and socialization. Within months of their arrival, they all looked healthier and calmer. They learned the feeding schedule and the evening routine. Through it all they became less stressed and more emotionally secure. The volunteers learn compassion by interacting with the horses and watching the positive changes in their health and well-being. I know I learned a lot and will reflect on this knowledge throughout my lifetime.

We are lucky beyond words that Patricia Clark has opened her property to care for these needy animals. Her devotion and compassion are exemplary.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Serenity for nearly five years. Volunteers can feed, groom, exercise and interact with the horses, as well as clean stalls, paddocks and water troughs. The rescued horses are given excellent veterinary care, farrier service, and nutrition. It is not unusual for visitors to tell us that the health of our horses and the cleanliness of our grounds are extraordinary when compared to other rescues.

Patricia Clark, the Executive Director of Serenity, has worked with and studied horses since she was a young girl. Horses seem to respond to her confidence and gentleness in ways that surprise us. We all learn from watching her interact with the horses and some days we are awestruck.

There is a lot of camaraderie among the volunteers. Each one of us is part of the team. The horses count on us to keep to a schedule for feeding and being brought in and out of the barn. That way they feel safe and secure.

Over time we learn the reasons that things are done a certain way. In every case I know of things are done a certain way for the safely and benefit of the horses, rather than for the ease of the humans. If ever we wonder why we must do something a certain way, we need only to ask the Patricia. The vast experience and knowledge she holds has taught her the best practices.

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2 jpatriot

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a director with a horse rescue in Southern California. I visited the Seattle area June and August , 2016. I looked up horse rescues and found Serenity to be close by, arranged a time to visit and met Patricia and the horses. The surroundings were beautifully maintained and clean. The atmosphere of the whole facility was, as it's name, total Serenity!
I again visited in August and brought some family, spent several hours cleaning and playing with the horses. It was awesome.

1 PonyFriend

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Serenity for 5 years. Being able to be a part of an organization that is actively involved in bettering not just the lives of horses and ponies, but the lives of people, has changed MY life! I have found a community of like minded citizens and with the guidance of our director, Patricia Clark, every day is an opportunity to make the world a better place. The facility is spotlessly clean, the horses are happy and very well fed. So very grateful to Patricia and all of the amazing horses for providing a safe and fun place of healing and learning. 5 stars plus!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation has been my home away from home for over 4 years. The community of compassionate volunteers and the beautiful horses we care for, has given far more than I could ever repay. The mission of love and kindness is something that we can carry over into our lives away from the barn. Being a volunteer has made me a better person, and has deepened and enriched my love of horses and all living creatures. (including people!) Sometimes there are tears. We have had many horses that have suffered severe neglect, or cruelty, or been thrown away, sent to slaughter, and arrive, confused and sad. To have the privilege of gaining their trust, and nourishing their bodies, to the point where they are happy, and healthy, full of love and joy, has been one of the greatest gifts in my life. Under the guidance of our director, we have the opportunity to exercise compassion, kindness and care on a daily basis. And isn't that exactly what this often dark world needs more of? So grateful for this wonderful Rescue. Highly recommend!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering here has changed my life. I love all the sweeties sooooo much!!! I honestly dont know what i would do without all the support, love and fun! I am so grateful for everyone and all the little pony friends i have made. A beautiful place like this deserves so mjch good!!! LOVE ITTTT!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I LOVE horses & helping others...so when I heard about Serenity Equine I was SO impressed & happy that both those things can come together! It takes a special bunch to do this work! Thank you Serenity Equine!♡

1 Dawn148

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a previous volunteer at serenity. They provide an important service for these horses and save many lives. Please consider them for any grant or financial help possible. I was impressed by the care and concern given to all the animals during my time there. I highly recommend them to anyone seeking to volunteer or get a rescued horse.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serenity Equine Rescue is a peaceful place of healing for both horses and humans. Volunteering at Serenity has filled a hole in my life left by the loss of my horse and recently my spouse. Spending time on the farm, working with the horses and assisting behind the scenes has helped me heal my own pain. Watching a sick, abused or abandoned horse recover and eventually thrive so we can adopt them into a new forever home just makes my heart happy.
This amazing organization is a vital part of the community of Maple Valley and South King County, one that deserves recognition and support for the incredible humanitarian work they do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serenity, like most underfunded non profits, has had to learn some painful lessons in how to operate as an organization, while staying focused on their mission and goals and accomplishing the daily work that has to be done. Some negative comments posted in the past are result of mistakes made, and some are just plain mean from folks who couldn't see the whole picture of what our director has had to sacrifice to maintain the wellbeing of the rescued horses on her farm.

Currently, Serenity is a well operated Equine rescue offering community service opportunities as well as an educational format for youth, adults and employers interested in team building strategies. I hope that anyone interested in volunteering will come to Serenity and form you own opinion of this amazing operation, and give compassionately from you heart to help support and find loving forever homes for our rescues.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is so much love for the horses and other animals at Serenity! Patricia and the other volunteers have so much compassion for the well being of these precious creatures who have been neglected and abused. It's important for organizations such as this to have a voice for beings who are less empowered and need help. Serenity is not only a safe haven for animals, but a learning center for those interested in horse care, riding, healing and all around awareness of what it takes to rehab these creatures so they find loving homes!

1 khouse

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a dedicated volunteer and life-long advocate for rescue and rehabbing animals of all kinds, I am so grateful I found Serenity and have the opportunity every week to care for the horses that I have come to love and learn so much from. The farm is clean and peaceful and what is Best for the horses is the primary focus each and every day. Having the opportunity to take classes on horsemanship and learn from Serenity's Director, Patricia, has been so valuable in my understanding of the nature of horses and their care. Serenity is like no other rescue. We do welfare checks, have assisted in helping (and even paying) for other's to humanely euthanize their horses when it has been deemed the best thing. Patricia daily and weekly fields calls from the public asking for assistance with all levels of crisis and she makes the time to educate & provide options and assist where she can. The level of care and devotion demonstrated humbles me.

If you have a heart to help and make a true difference, there is no better place to give time, attention and funding to. There is overwhelming demand for the care of horses left with very few options who are facing neglect, cruelty, abuse and abandonment. Serenity is a bright light in a sometimes very dark reality for these beautiful, intelligent and amazing animals. I am grateful to be a small part of the solution.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am a volunteer at Sererity, not only have I met some wonderful and caring people, I see first hand how the horses are treating and I enjoy working there very much. I am there two days a week for almost a year now. I see how Patricia Clark cares very much for her animals, as she is their "Mommy" and she oversees the daily operations and is in there getting her hands dirty with all of us volunteers. She has taught me so much about the horses and how to interact with them as I am not very experienced. The people there have also helped me learn about the caring of the horses and yes they learned it from Patricia. Everything is done the same way with all the horses so everyone know what to expect. It's a lot of hard work but I love being there around the people as well as the horses.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A friend volunteers at the ranch and I have tagged along a few times to help. All the people that volunteer here care about the animals immensely and love what they do there. Which is a lot of hard work, but it is all for the horses, and everyone does it with a smile. Patricia and her team do an outstanding job of caring for the horses and providing them with all the essentials and love they deserve.
Anybody looking to support whether financially or giving time would come away feeling like it was money or time well spent.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Serenity Equine Rescue for over 3 years. I have to say that Serenity Equine Rescue is an outstanding horse rescue. Patricia Clark, is exceptional in caring for these wonderful horses, she has the knowledge to return them to good health when they are rescued from some very bad situations. Serenity is kept very clean and all the volunteers put forth a lot of effort to keep it that way. I didn't know anything about caring for horses when I first started, but knew that I wanted to help them. The other volunteers are so supportive and have become great friends over the years. I can't begin to explain how much I have learned since starting there and still learning! It is an emotionally rewarding experience volunteering at Serenity and the horses are the best!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serenity Equine Rescue is an amazing nonprofit dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of horses in need. I first volunteered at Serenity in 2015 for the Martin Luther King Day of Service through United Way and UW. I was impressed with how clean and peaceful it is there. The dedication of the Executive Director and volunteers is truly impressive. Since then my family and friends have joined me in various volunteer activities as well as simply spending time with the horses. It is therapeutic for them as well as for all of us. I have done a lot of volunteering with nonprofits, but truly I have never seen one more committed to their cause and effective in the delivery of their mission. I highly recommend them and invite others to join us in supporting this great nonprofit. The impact you can make is definitely life-changing.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The horses at Serenity receive excellent care and lots of love. I've enjoyed working with Patricia, Gabrielle, and all of the volunteers. The focus at Serenity is truly on putting the welfare of the horses first, as it should be!

I began spending time at Serenity a year ago offering massage bodywork and Reiki (healing energy) to some of the horses. It is so moving to connect with these horses with backgrounds of abuse and neglect. They have taught me as much or more than I have given them!

At Patricia's request, my co-collaborator and I have begun offering workshops in equine facilitated learning with the Serenity herd. (The Horses As Healers program.) So many horses of all backgrounds have amazing things to share with people, and now that they are safe and beautifully cared for at Serenity, they are ready. It is a joy and an honor to hold individual sessions and workshops with the special horses there, and the arena and farm are very serene and lovely!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Serenity for almost 3 years. I have gained a wealth of experience and confidence working there. When I started, I didn't have experience dealing with horses that have been rescued. Through great training and encouragement from the owner, Patricia Clark and others, I have become very confident around these horses. These rescues are very well cared for both physically and emotionally. I want people to know what an awesome Rescue, Serenity Equine Rescue is.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently adopted a Quarter Horse mare from Serenity. I visited the facility twice, and both times I found it very clean, safe and welcoming. The horses were all well kept. They were clean, hooves in good condition, well fed and content. There was never a promise of performance out of my mare, she was not "marketed" to me as anything but a rescue from a situation of neglect and abuse. In fact, the trainer followed up with me several times to discuss how to proceed with the mare once she left Serenity. I found Patricia to be kind, compassionate and extremely passionate about the care and placement of the horses. It is clearly her intent to find forever homes for these animals and she does not care (nor should she) if she happens to hurt someone's feelings. Her goal is to find good, qualified, caring homes for the horses. I would recommend adopting from Serenity in a heart-beat! The volunteers are all so wonderful and you can really tell that everyone there loves horses.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Serenity takes truly excellent care of its horses. As a professional in the field, I am happy to volunteer at Serenity because I know that my time and energy is going to a worthy cause. The horses at Serenity are well-cared for, and the organization puts in a lot of time and effort to ensure the proper rehabilitation, care, and placement of the horses. It is really inspiring to see the number of horses who have been rescued, rehabilitated, and placed in forever homes. Having worked with horses in a professional capacity for over 20 years, I am confident in saying that donations and volunteer time are used very effectively and for a great cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Serenity's 'Raise the Barn' and 'Holiday Bazaar' fundraisers for two years now. I has hooked on my very first visit! It's more of a sanctuary for the horses.... and the amazing people that help them. If you haven't been, I highly encourage you to do so. The care for these horse's just oozes out of the air you breath. I wish I could do more.....

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about SERR on the news and reached out to see what I could do to help. I met with Brenda at the rescue and immediately fell in love with Patricia, the horses and the volunteers. When you see the before and after pictures of these beautiful horses and how clean everything is, you can imagine how much love, time and money is needed to make this happed. I'm completely addicted!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The animals at Serenity are given a second chance at life, not only with food and shelter, but with love and compassion. The director, Patricia, leads the care with as much love and devotion as a parent. Without Serenity, many of these animals would be slaughtered or left to die in horrible neglect. The work of this nonprofit is absolutely essential and I love being a part of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation is a place where the horses and other rescued beings are treated with a level of kindness that extends to the appreciation of each creature's spirit and individual place on this earth. The volunteers and staff are committed to caring for each animal's physical and emotional needs and it's wonderful to watch them go about their work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serenity Equine Rescue started out as a place for me and my little sister to volunteer together. Two years later, it has become a sanctuary for me as well as the horses. The animal cruelty that people are capable of never ceases to amaze and disgust me. The feeling you get when you help rehabilitate one of these beautiful and intelligent animals is indescribable. I am so grateful to be a part of this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work that Patricia and her group of volunteers do with animals that have been hurt, abandoned, and neglected is truly inspirational. I am so very proud to be a part of it.
My little sister and I were looking for a volunteer activity to do together. She found Serenity and we have now been volunteering for a year. Over the course of that year, I have watched my sister grow from an awkward, shy person intimidated by the large horses to an incredibly confident young woman. She helps new volunteers and is the first one to jump on the tractor, to share the latest news on the horses, and to teach all that she has learned.
Serenity helps horses, but Serenity also helps people and I will always be grateful for what it has given back to us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have volunteered at Serenity for almost 4 years. This is a compassionate forum for damaged horses to be rehabilitated and then rehomed. We work hard to provide them with clean food, water, and pasture along with daily tlc.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation (SERR) for about 3 years. I have learned much about not only the care of horses but how much horses can help the people around them. Cleaning the barn stalls, the paddocks and loafing sheds are done daily. Not only is there work with the horses to do, but general maintenance on the farm must be accomplished; never a dull moment. Occasionally, Patricia puts on classes that teach proper care and the safe way to handle horses.

The volunteers that work at SERR have big hearts and love being around animals. If you are looking for a place to spend your time or money SERR would be good place to start.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been volunteering at Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation, SERR, for almost two years. We have been able to keep active and engaged in our retirement by working side by side with equally committed volunteers doing the mundane, picking poo in the paddocks to the more interesting: fixing fences; hanging lights; and installing a new solenoid valve for the pump. This work keeps us young!
And the horses, oh, the horses. To witness the the recovery of a horse that has come in frightened and malnourished is amazing. There really is nothing like sharing in his journey from poor health to recovery to adoption. SERR will provide you with all the training needed to do the many chores needing to get done. Come join the family, get to know the horses and make a difference in their lives and yours.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been volunteering at SERR (Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation) for over three years now and there is never a dull moment. We usually get there early in the morning (well, early for us since we are now retired!) around 7:45 to clean the paddocks and help feed the horses (and a couple of pigs). Once everyone has been fed we lead the horses out and begin cleaning the stalls in the barn. If a person is new to SERR or working with horses there is always someone around to show what needs to be done. Patricia puts on classes periodically that teach proper care and the safe way to handle and be around horses. Also, there is always other things to do, fences to repair, other maintenance work to be done, picking rocks out of the paddocks or pulling weeds if that is what a person wants to do.

The volunteers that work here are all people with BIG hearts that want to be a part of something bigger than themselves that helps animals. If you are looking for a place to donate either your time or your money (or both!) you would have to look long and hard to find a better non-profit to do so.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serenity is a great place to volunteer and it doesn't matter what your skills are; there is always something you can do; from cleaning stalls and paddocks to fixing fences or driving a tractor or just picking up rocks, there is always something. Patricia holds periodic classes on the proper care and feeding of horses. If you don't know how to do something someone is always around to teach you. There are before and after photos of the horses that show how much proper feeding, love and care can make. One of the latest arrivals is Spirit; a gorgeous older gelding that was severely under weight when he came to us. After months of care (that included Patricia getting up every few hours nightly for months to feed him) he has blossomed into the sweetest horse you will ever be around! This is one of the best places to donate your time or money you can find.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serenity is such an amazing place not only for the horses, but for the volunteers. They really welcome you and make you feel like you're part of the barn family. The work that Patricia does is unrivaled, and she has the kindest heart of anyone I've met.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a senior horse (33) and was having difficulty keeping weight on her even tho I had her teeth done and thought I was giving her enough hay. I called Serenity because I heard that they help owners in the community to evaluate a horses needs. Patricia came out to my farm and spent an hour with me and my horse Ginger. She told me she would develop a nutrition plan for her and that she would bring back what I would need to make a mash for her later that afternoon. She was back a few hours later with a plan and some rice bran, canola oil, and supplements. She mixed up a mash and we fed it to Ginger. She loved it! We have been feeding the mash twice a day and the difference in my horses is amazing.
I can't thank Serenity and Patricia enough for helping me. She went way beyond what I would expect from a rescue.

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Advisor

Rating: 1

It was around 2005 I think that I went to Patricia to offer some expertise in Marketing (as an advisor and volunteer). After a couple of meetings and several discussions I decided it was not for me. Around that time she had received some negative press online and I wanted to get the story for myself so that I could figure out how to help her move past those problems and redefine her nonprofit. She was in the process of cleaning up her financials (I met with her volunteer lawyer) so that part was already underway. I was thankful for that because I wanted nothing to do with that kind of paperwork - YUCK.
I was told by her that a story that leaked online about her stallion getting loose on the property and impregnating at least one rescue mare, was true. It was a year or so prior to us meeting but this is the kind of story that does not go away so I recommended that she geld her stallion and post the proof online. After a period of months later I continued to receive their emails and I responded with the question of whether she had gelded him yet or not. After asking this several times it was apparent that she was going to continue having this stallion onsite so I stopped working with them.
My opinion is that if you are that passionate about animal rescue, you should not be making more of them and intermingling that business with your nonprofit.

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Patricia 12/14/2014

First, I bought the property in 2006 and moved here with my horses to build a stable for boarding. It was not intended to be a rescue. Finding 83 horses on 11 acres changed those plans when 23 horses from a hoarding situation came to the farm in 2007. In 2008 we became a 501(c)3. With the exception of 3 rescued pregnant mares, we have not had a foal on this property since 2009 and there are no stallions! It is unfortunate when a person whose intent is to malign a wonderful, caring organization with totally inaccurate information, can do so anonymously, therefore avoiding taking responsibility for their actions.