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Cathy A.

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Review for Dudes Ranch Equine Rescue Center, Woodland Hls, CA, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

Why is she even still on here? I run an actual rescue and had to rehab one of the horses seized from her in 2012. I'd be more than happy to share my pictures of the horrible condition the horse was in, as well as the pictures several months later when I had restored her to proper weight (it wasn't hard to do).

The executive director (apparently I'm not supposed to name her, but Google is your friend) is a danger to all animals and should never own a horse again.

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field
 

Review for Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue, Inc., Glenville, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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

I have seen so many dramatic transformations of horses that I know many rescues/vets would have just put to sleep, but AAHHR returned them to health. I have seen horses who were throw-aways winning hunter championships after a few months at AAHHR. This is what rescues should do!

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

Move them to the West coast so that I could donate training!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

The focus is ALWAYS on the horses and the horses ALWAYS receive every single thing that they need, in terms of vet work, nutrition and training. This is (unfortunately) rare.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & Worked with organization for years and have spoken at events on their behalf.