My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Freedom Horse Rescue, Newcastle, CA, USA
Words cannot truly describe the level of commitment that Freedom Horse Rescue (FHR) has to rescuing horses, rehabilitating them and finding them forever homes. However in this review I will do my best to relay what I’ve seen and experienced as a volunteer with FHR.
When I first came out it to FHR was evident that the president, Melissa, put her entire heart and soul into the rescue and I immediately knew that I wanted to be a part of this team. I too wanted to make a difference in the lives of these precious animals.
Since my time as a volunteer, and foster home when needed, I have seen first-hand the sweat and tears that everyone involved puts forth. Running a rescue is a 24/7 job, often times there is very little sleep for those who are onsite and despite that fact they still push on, still give 110% to care for, love on and be advocates for these beautiful animals that cannot speak for themselves.
It’s a lot of work to care for healthy horses, which in the beginning most rescue horses are not. The normal care of a horse includes feeding twice and day, grooming, exercise and providing fresh water. However, those are just the basics! Add in special feeding times (ie: 2 am) for emaciated horses that come in, along with administering medication, tending to wounds and getting a thousand pound animal who’s been abused to trust you to do all this for them and to them is sometimes quite a challenge to say the least!
It is true, FHR doesn’t have 501c, YET (the application was submitted over a year ago), the truth of the matter is no one gets their 501c without waiting 1-2 years for it, sometimes longer. So what does that mean for folks who are asked to donate? That means that yes, your donation right now is simply that, a donation from you with no strings attached, no tax write off needed.
I volunteer here because it gives me joy to know I am helping to make a difference. I donate what I can when I can and could care less about a tax write off because to me the simple fact that I am helping is what brings me joy, I don’t need any payback, and that dear reader, in my opinion, is what true volunteerism is and what donations should be. A gift…that doesn’t require anything in return.
I sincerely hope that you too will be willing to share your gifts and talents with FHR, whether it’s helping out at the rescue or donating to support their efforts to better the life of our equine friends. Together we can make a difference!!