I closely follow horse rescues in the area as there are many that are not what they say they are. Jo Deibel and Angel Acres are the real deal! I have watched her educational work via the Stop Slaughtering Us Website and billboards throughout the US and Canada. I have watched her follow up work with adopted horses as well as with Mattie's Fund, a fund that provides immediate need for those that are desperate need. Whether it is blankets, medical attention, or perhaps feed or grain Jo goes OUT of her way to assist the horses. I donate because I know what she does. Her horses at the farm look great. Her feed room is extremely organized- great fencing too. Best of all she is accredited by GFAS (Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries) which is like the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. I have adopted a wonderful TB from her also. He is a true love. When I told her what I was looking for she matched us up perfectly. Thank you Jo/Angel Acres for all that you do for the horses!
Angel Acres Horse Rescue, is a step above most rescues. She has programs in place to help folks in tough times such as her Mattie's fund. She makes sure the person adopting the rescue horse is a good fit. Willing accepting back horses that do not work out for various reasons. Comes up with creative ways to raise funds for her rescue. I have worked with many different facilities over the years, this is not a job for Jo it is her passion. No one does it better.
I am beyond greatful for what Jo has been doing to help with saving horses from slaughter.
She humbly serves the people, and the last of the American wild horses, for which I could never thank her enough & am eternally greatful.
Thank you Jo & crew for your outstanding and most excellent service, from the bottom of my heart.
Jo Deibel and Angel Acres are at the forefront of the equine welfare movement in the United States. I am continually amazed by how much they achieve. I would heartily recommend this organization to any potential donor or sponsor.
I have followed Angel Acres for several years now. Being part of the horse rescue community, you meet many people with great hearts, but not a whole lot of business sense. Angel Acres is led by a team who is not only passionately committed to horse welfare, but run the organization with care, ethics and plain old business smarts.
The Executive Director, Jo Deibel, is always helping, sharing...WORKING...with others to help Angel Acres horses find forever, loving homes. You couldn't ask for better.
What can I say that others have not? I have known Jo Deibel for a couple of years now - though we have never met in person. Her efforts to truly save and rescue are unmatched. She is a constant force, as are the rest of her team. I remember getting a phone call from Jo Deibel telling me about a 13 year old OTTB that was saved from slaughter but then sent to New Bolton to be a drug horse. The hospital had no more need for him and wanted to put him down. Jo Deibel refused. Long story short - this lovable, saved from death twice, OTTB now lives with me and my wife and our QH herd. No one else seemed to care - Jo Deibel did and had him sent to us safe and sound on request.
Rising Sun MD
Angel Acres made 197k in 2011 and only 32k went to caring for horses??? not even 20% of their entire budget was put toward their mission of saving horses from slaughter. i would recommend other programs that spend more horses on rescue if they are a horse rescue.
Hi, I don't know who you are nor have you had ANY contact or interaction with our rescue. Apparently you have ZERO idea how to read a 990 report do you? MORE THAN 92% of our cost went to CARING FOR THE HORSES, that means hay, feed, vet care, transportation, quarantine farm, farrier, training, boarding, etc. We also assist horses in need via Mattie's Legacy Fund and strive to raise awareness about horse slaughter via our billboard campaign (THOSE costs are NOT in the 2011 you are referencing because the program is new). EMAIL me and I will provide you our CPA reviewed statements - email@example.com Before trying to trash someone's reputation that has worked for FREE, all day, every single day, for the past decade try asking them a question. I'm messaging you as well. Jo Deibel
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Angel Acres may be based in Pennsylvania, but this organization's impact is felt nationwide. They are at the forefront of the fight to end horse slaughter in the U.S. -- working towards this goal with top notch rescue and rehoming efforts, a nationwide billboard campaign and tireless public outreach.
In the five+ years I've worked with Angel Acres, I've been impressed with their constant desire to improve and grow programs, innovative approach, and dedication to financial transperency. They always take the high road; have a long-term vision built on celebrating milestones and victories; and never forget to thank those who support the cause.
And, while other groups may send newsletters designed to tug at your heart strings with heartwrenching stories, Angel Acres President Jo Diebel has made a committment to telling the story of her organization with an upbeat spin. Whether it's a newsletter from the velvet nosed gang, a facebook update detailing a morning in the barn, or a personal thank you for a donation, Jo's positive attitude despite dealing with a very tough cause reflects her unique approach to making a difference.
A dollar given to Angel Acres, is always a dollar well-spent.
I have been a supporter of Angel Acres, and have been following this awesome effort. Jo works tirelessly to save horses, and make their life as it should be. The daily communications concerning the trials and triumphs, sorrows and joys of her rescue, rehab and educational endeavors are testament to her life dedication to bettering the situation of American horses. Hundreds of horse are fed through the winter, because of her dedication to Maggie's Legacy. . The facility is haven to many horses who are enjoying the brighter tomorrow. We get to see the shared follow-ups of the many successful rescues, rehabs and placements. Thank you, Jo..for being the voice for these deserving horses. Thank you for taking selfless action on their behalf..Thank you for doing what many of us would love to do , using your unpaid time, day and night, and even your own family resources.
Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue, is fully committed to saving horses from entering the slaughter pipeline. They are one of the very few rescues actually certified and as meet all the requirement s established. They retrain, rehab and rehome abandonded, neglectd or at risk horses and help turn them into very productive and much loved companions. Angel Acres truly believes in their mission of making slaughter illegal in the US and the transport of horses for slaughter illegal. they have started an amazing educational campaign with billboards going up in over 20 states to date, with a goal of all 50 states. These billboards then lead you to a very educational website which informs the general public on the horrors of horse slaughter and how they can help eradicate it in the US.
I have been involved in horse rescue for many years and have seen a lot of people get involved with big hearts, but no common sense or ability to balance a checkbook. Jo is NOT one of those people. She has been able to consistently run her rescue like a well-run business, ensuring that every animal she takes in receives 100% of the care and training it needs. Once a horse is at her facility, you know that it is truly safe and will not be in danger of going without feed because she has taken in more than she can care for. One reason Jo's rescue works so well is that she does a great deal of work personally, everything from hauling horses to mucking stalls. It is hard to imagine the boards of some of the larger Thoroughbred rescues picking up a manure fork - unfortunately, they are much more removed from the horses and their care and that has resulted in some news stories this year of horses starving while board members collected a large salary. That will never happen at AAHHR, where Jo personally works tirelessly all day to restore horses to health, fix training issues and make sure she is transforming a horse from an "unwanted" horse to a horse that is ready to go win at the shows, as most of hers do. An AAHHR horse has received an education that makes him highly desired in the horse world and very unlikely to fall into a bad situation ever again. This combination of rehab and training is the ideal in the horse rescue world, and the fact that AAHHR was able to pass GFAS' extremely strict standards and become accredited speaks for itself. If you are looking to donate to a rescue that puts your money into the horses, not the principals' pockets, AAHHR is one of the best choices you can make. And if you are looking for a show quality Thoroughbred but would rather rescue than buy, head on over!
I'm the Deputy Director-Equine for the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and have been working with Jo on a professional level for several years. Her standards among the highest in animal welfare for both animal care and operating a non-profit. Her work ethic is so intense sometimes I think she must have figured out how to post updates on Facebook in her sleep. She deals with very ugly situations of animal cruelty and the horse slaughter issue but focuses on the positive and celebrates successes in her updates. She uses her sense of humor and storytelling to help us feel like we're all a part of the work of Angel Acres-like when the wheel fell off the tractor and when the tractor caught fire. The stories let her supporters know that she had a need (a new tractor) without sounding desperate and helpless. I think that resilience and positive outlook is what her supporters find so admirable. As a former grantmaker, I always had confidence that if Jo was awarded a grant, that every penny would be accounted for and would be spent in accordance with the grant terms explicitly and if there were any challenges, she would check in with us before making any modifications. And now that I'm not working as a grantmaker but hear from her about her management of the grants she currently has, I am even more confident of her integrity towards those funders. This is one organization that has my complete vote of confidence!
Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the sole purpose of strengthening and supporting the work of animal sanctuaries in the United States and abroad. GFAS was founded in 2007 by animal protection leaders representing top leadership from Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, World Society for the Protection of Animals, American Anti-Vivisection Society, and International Fund for Animal Welfare, now joined by National Anti-Vivisection Society. These founding leaders sit on the GFAS Board of Directors to continue guiding the organization’s work in a collaborative manner. I serve as executive director.
One of the main focuses of GFAS is accrediting animal sanctuaries/rescues. To become accredited, each organization has to meet operational standards covering governing authority, finance, guidelines, education and outreach, staffing, physical facilities, security/safety, and the veterinary medical program. In addition, the sanctuary/rescue must meet rigorous standards regarding animal care, confirmed in a site visit. It is a demanding process, but in the end, it is a highly meaningful stamp of approval to guide donors and those with animals in need.
Angel Acres was one of the first equine sanctuaries to become accredited. We set the bar high, and our expectations were met and exceeded! I am extremely proud to state that Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue is fully accredited by GFAS and one our shining stars.
Jo and everyone at Angel Acres are some of the most helpful people I have come across in rescue. They are all about the horses and educating the public about abuse, neglect and most of all slaughter!
As another person running a rescue facility I give Jo kudos for never hesitating to assist us at any time. I can truly say that Jo has steered us in the right direction of how to properly run a rescue and for that we are very grateful!! THANK YOU JO :)
this is a great charity....she does great work educating the public on horse slaughter...and helping to save horses lives one at a time,..if i lived closer id adopt a horse from her....
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