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Review for Days End Farm Horse Rescue Inc, Lisbon, MD, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

In the past I have volunteered for DEFHR (early 2000s) as well as donated. While I spend most of my time working with another organization now, I have a great deal of respect for what they do and the manner in which they do it.

They have an excellent volunteer training program, and should be held up as a standard as to how they train and assign volunteers. Their additional training programs for first responders are excellent, and their contributions to emergency responses involving horses in the area shows that.

Days End is the best equipped rescue in the Mid-Atlantic region for cases of severe neglect and starvation, and they have repeatedly worked miracles for horses who were on death's door. They are also experienced and organized with large-scale seizures (all recent ones WELL justified, in my opinion, despite some comments here to the contrary*), and in my opinion the best rescue of its kind that I've seen.

Also, being involved in horse rescue and rehoming myself, I've come to understand the necessity of a responsible and objective euthanasia policy. It is never pleasant, but I think the policy of Days End is very responsible and objective, and I do appreciate and support that.

* it is worth pointing out that the review about the recent seizure of Arabians is erroneous on several counts, and casts Days End as the party responsible for the seizures, when, in fact, it was county animal control agencies responsible, and Days End was just ONE of the several rescues called in for assistance (as usual, with the worst cases, as they are best equipped to handle those). And frankly, if a farm has multiple starving horses on it, whether the others are "OK" or not is a moot point.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As I work in horse rescue in the state of Maryland, I see their good results all the time. I was watching a situation with a WV farm very closely for years, and when the horses there were seized for neglect, Days End was the ONLY area rescue with the ability to care for the worst cases. Watching horses who were literally about to die come back to life and blossom, becoming healthy, is enough "experience" for me to say they do an amazing, amazing job.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I do think perhaps there might be some benefit to being more careful/organized with public statements to the media. That said, I think they are generally quite good at this, it's just an area where there is always room for improvement.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Role:  General Member of the Public & Groomed, handled some horses here, and have been a donor.