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Catherine S.

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Review for True Innocents Equine Rescue, Riverside, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

What Gail and the volunteers that help her do is so wonderful and needed that it's hard to put into words. Horses are such beautiful animals and yet some of them are so badly neglected and desperately in need of a safe place where they will have food and shelter and someone who cares what happens to them. TIER provides this for many horses but some of them were in such rough shape that I cried when I saw how badly they'd been treated. I started volunteering there a couple years ago and a couple of their stories would break your heart. Poor Sugar Bear could barely stand when she came to TIER, I'd never seen a horse so thin! Now she's almost fat and sassy. And she'll have a home here and not be discarded like garbage because she's older or not rideable. It's so tough running a horse rescue, many horses aren't easily adoptable, and the vet and food bills can really add up. But Gail and her volunteers soldier on. They have real dedication. If there was one wish that I would have for this rescue, it would be to find, someway, a good avenue for getting the word out, to raise more funds, so that more horses can be saved.

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

Seeing what they can do, the little miracles like Mavis and her baby Dixie Courage, rescued from a neglect situation where Mavis was so skinny yet still feeding her baby. That baby is now growing up healthy and will make someone a great riding companion because of Gail and TIER.

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

Find ways to recruit people with fundraising and grant writing skills to help them get the money they need to be more financially secure and not scrambing beause of increases in feed costs and unexpected vet bills.

Would you volunteer for this group again?


For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?


Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

New friends and new skills in being around horses that have had negative experiences. It's given me a greater appreciation for their individual personalities and histories.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Very positive and it still does when I go out to help. It also makes me sad that there are so many horses in need, they're so dependent on us, I don't understand how someone can just abandon a horse to fend for itself. But every horse that is saved or adopted has made me feel great.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & I've helped out with mucking out pens, cleaning water buckets, feeding, and grooming.