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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

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.

1

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.

2

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!!!

1

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.

2

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.

1 Writer

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.

2 Jeanna3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Patricia and the volunteers at Serenity have a genuine passion for loving and rehabilitating wonderful horses that have had unfortunate experiences. The natural horsemanship philosophy Patricia has with these beautiful souls are expressions of love, understanding, and gentle teachings. I am honored to know Serenity and to have the opportunity to learn horsemanship from Patricia.

2 Kristen45

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My journey with Serenity began by signing up for the classes that Patricia Clark teaches on horsemanship. I highly recommend them if you wish to glean insight and understanding of horses from someone who has spent her life caring for and working with them on a holistic level. I knew after the first class that the care and well-being of the wonderful horses at Serenity were of the highest standard and I have been working in the barn, volunteering and learning from Patricia, other volunteers and the animals themselves ever since. Though the physical work can be demanding, there is an inherent, reciprocal benefit to spending time at the rescue that cannot be marked or measured. Creating relationships with these most magnificent animals, some of whom have endured the neglect and unkindness of humans, is a gift in itself. They are more willing to trust and be present than any other type of animal I have worked with in my volunteer history, and there is a team of us that are dedicated to the well being of each other and every animal (including pigs!) connected to Serenity. I love this place and the opportunities granted for people and horses to build relationship and help each other grow and thrive.

3 Linda308

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Darren & I have been volunteering at Serenity for 18 months. It is a wonderful experience to see the sick and mis-treated arrive and slowly blossom back into fun loving, sweet healthy horses again, then onto their new forever homes with a second chance at life. I have learned so much, not just dealing with horses but the wonderful positive and healing effects that have on people. It's great to watch new volunteers with no experience discover the wonders of horses and watch their knowledge grow into confidence and understanding.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation for about 1 ½ years. I had nearly no knowledge of the “horse” when I arrived as a new volunteer. I gained my "horse education" on site at Serenity through the classes offered by Patricia. These classes encompassed alot of information. I learned many aspects of horse care, such as anatomy, digestion, diseases, nutrition, horse behavior, nature and habits, grooming, and rehabilitation of abused, injured and neglected horses. Listening to Patricia's stories of her many experiences, was both enjoyable and enlightening. I highly recommend the classes offered by Patricia. Even if you have a horse, the knowledge is valuable.

Patricia would answer any question I would ask her, no matter how busy she is, so I could gain knowledge and understanding of these wonderful animals. Then the "on hands" work, mucking stalls, cleaning paddocks, getting morning feed to the horses, and turn out of the horses from the barn, getting blankets on the horses during the cold, fly masks on during the heat, learning how to trailer horses, a challenge in itself, ibut its gets done. I have had opportunities at Serenity I believe would not have anywhere else volunteering. A new meaning to the word “patience” and "caffine free drinks for me only". Also, becoming one of the operators of Serenity's big green machine (tractor), has been a fun bonus. Working in the corporate world, that green machine would bring anyone back to reality! Thanks to volunteer Vern for making sure our green machine keeps on going and going and going.

Not only from Patricia, I have also received a tremendous amount of knowledge of horse care and handling, from Brenda, and Linda and Darren at Serenity. All of these very experienced horse loving individuals are truly amazing and dedicated to Serenity and I admire everything they do and have done at Serenity. All their hard work doesnt go unnoticed, just look at the horses!. Needless to say, I am very thankful for them spending time with me, giving me knowledge and direction, also in the arena working with the horses. Always learning.

At Serenity, the horses and animals absolutely come first. Having witnessed the arrival of some of the rescued horses and the horrible condition they were in and see the results of Patricia’s dedication, her compassion, her knowledge and giving of holistic care, meds, specialized and proper nutrition, and loving concern, some 3 or more months later, is nothing short of remarkable. Dental, chiropractic, massage, medications, supplements, corrective trimming and hoof care, ..you name it, if they need it, they get it, even at 2:00 a.m. Patricia is out in the barn doing what needs to be done. Her consistency amazes me. I have seen many horses transform into a complete different animal who understands that they have a second chance at life, because of Patricia. And because so much time, love and effort is put into each rescue, Patricia’s contract and contacts are tight...she wants to make sure that every horse onsite, never has to suffer abuse or neglect again. Patricia has a very special way with the horses and they can feel it. Just look into the eyes of each of the horses on the property, its truly amazing.

One simply cannot fathom just how much light that the volunteers at Serenity bring to the facility. I must say that I have never worked with a more dedicated, loyal and fun group of volunteers. I have found that not only are the volunteers kind, caring, and giving, but over time we all become part of a great volunteer family. I have made several friendships with many of the volunteers and am very grateful for this.

Importantly, I believe that every volunteer at Serenity are each determined to make a difference in the lives of all the horses, healthy and no so healthy. I, as with so many volunteers, do our hard work, through rain, wind, snow and the hot summer sun. Some of us drive long distances to be at Serenity, getting there early in the morning to clean paddocks, help Patricia with getting the morning feed and mashes ready, feeding all the different hays, etc. special diets several horses are on, cleaning the stalls, water pails and troughs, and those volunteers that stay late for the night feed, preparation of special mashes, and getting the horses from their pastures to return to the barn for the night. Then helping with maintenance of the facility, always work to be done with fencing, repairs to the barn, and grounds. Its good hard work.

Of course there are ups and downs in caring for all the horses. Caring for them needs to be done every day, morning and night. Volunteers come and go. But those of us volunteers that stay, and out of their day commit a little time here and there, or alot of time to help Patricia with the horses at Serenity, are the volunteers that quickly learn that in some funny, silent kind of way, they find a that special connection, a quiet peace, a gaining joy, and often times, laughter in each of the horses’ personalities. And the horses at Serenity do have personalities, can't help but love them all. And when a new rescue is brought to the facility, Patricia gives again, 100% heart and soul, as with other volunteers that are there by her side helping, more than the words "hard work" can define. So returns that tireless effort around the clock care, then that connection, peace, joy and laughter, begins all over again. I don't know anyone that could keep that pace and dedication daily.

The bonding that I have got to experience, not to mention I believe every volunteer gets, with one or more of the horses after their few hours or day of volunteering at Serenity, is unexplanable. I see it when I am there and I sense it. And we all do our part, not because we have to, but because we WANT to. Sure that can be said on behalf of all the volunteers.

I look around at all the hard work Patricia, and not to mention Dr. Deward (a big shout out for him!), and all of the other volunteers who bring these horses back from near horrible situations, and it is only then that I realize that I spend time in a very special, beautiful place, a place that is very grounding, and makes you a better person for being there.

Accompanied by our two barn pigs, Sophie and Peanut, our little mini's Blu and Stormy, and Patricia's helping hand, dog Max, and Ms. Piggy, at the end of the day, the place called Serenity is filled with plain old good farm love, and the fresh air is free!. And it doesn't matter if a horse has been at Serenity for a week, month or year or more, the ones that are available for adoption all deserve to find a good forever home, a safe place to be. Until those special homes are found, those ready horses will continue to be well cared for and loved at Serenity by Patricia and the volunteers.

Patricia is an amazing woman who has opened her heart and home and given so much of her time, to unwanted, badly treated, and abused horses. Now thats a HERO in the horse world.

I recommend becoming a volunteer at Serenity to anyone, even if you never had been near a horse, it warms the heart and strengthens ones soul. Now Starbucks cannot give anything close to that feeling to anyone!


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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Serenity for 2 1/2 years and have highly recommended it to friends as a volunteer opportunity. These wonderful horses (and pigs too!) are a pleasure to be around. I have seen the tireless work that Patrica and the other volunteers put into keeping these beautiful animals healthy and happy. Some of the horses were in extremely poor condition when they came here and it's wonderful to see them restored to good health! Patrica's knowledge and the good Veterinary care they recieve is impressive to say the least. The extra bonus for me has been the opportunity to make some great new friends and I've learned so much about taking care of horses! I never get tired of coming here...not to mention it's also a great workout :-)

Karen

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a lover and rider of horses, since I was very young, growing up around friends’ horses, across the street from stables, in the hills of Morgan Hill, Northern California. As life happens and we get busy, I placed this strong, innate interest that brought me such comfort and a smile, to the side, got married, raised a family, etc. Though, in the back of my mind and heart, my love for them was still very present, time just hadn’t been on my side to pursue having one of my own or exploring that world more and again. Until one day......

I had the television on in the background at home, and a horse rescue show came on. I stopped the housecleaning I was doing, as what was being aired immediately had my full attention. It was about a place of help, healing, refuge and shelter - and it only took me a minute of this television show - and the lightbulb went off. I immediately began Googling horse rescues in my area, found Serenity Equine Rescue & Rehabilitation (SERR) and made contact. Unbeknownst to me, it would become the best day of a new, amazing chapter in my life.

July of 2014, my new journey began, helping horses and giving back in a way I had never thought of or considered before. Up until this time, it had never even crossed my mind, that I could selflessly give my passion of horses that was so dear to me back, via a cause of being a part of their own path, from pain to healing, wholeness and happiness.

During my time here, I have never witnessed an organization and someone that gives the utmost in knowledge, commitment, care, love, respect and quality of life to horses as I do in Patricia Clark, the owner, and at this horse rescue. The standards of excellence and quality of care in every aspect of SERR are 100% plus. The horses lack nothing and get the best affection and attention in the world, from everyone who is a part of this rescue team.

Each and every volunteer I have ever met or encountered has such heart and beautiful souls for what they do to help. It is an honor and privilege to be a part of that and more importantly, a part of making a difference in the life and well-being of horses that have been harmed, neglected, abandoned, or had brushes of death with kill pens. At Serenity, I never have any moment of doubt that any of them are unwanted. We celebrate their existence.

Horses are such amazing, intelligent, resilient, insightful, forgiving creatures. It is an honor and blessing I have the air to breath to get to help them. It is an honor and blessing I get to help heal them. It is an honor and blessing I get to actively, socially, engage with them. It is an honor and blessing I get to love on them. But what is even more amazing is what is learned from them, every time I am there.

We give a lot to them, but even in the midst of all they have been through, they give back so, so much more. Horse as Teacher. Yes, this is what they give to us, without even realizing it. They are our mirror, if we will only look at the reflection and remain present and aware.

Every day I step foot on the farm, I get so excited and filled with joy - to interact and shine bright for them. I can only hope and pray, there will be one fine day, where they will be able to truly grasp the profound realization of what a tremendous gift of light, love, healing and difference maker they have been and are to me, in return.