My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Days End Farm Horse Rescue Inc, Lisbon, MD, USA
We're the Abbott's. My husband and I started volunteering for Days End Farm in 1995. We came there to adopt a horse or two but found so much more than that. We were novices when it came to horses and their care. While working at the farm -- mucking out stalls, feeding and doing whatever was needed -- we gained valuable information about what it means to care for a horse beyond just feeding and riding them.
At the "old" farm the stalls were just dirt and shavings. The ruts were huge! My husband and I had used old industrial-sized rubber belts destined for the county dump to make the mats and line our stalls. So we coordinated an effort to install the same in the stalls at Days End. With all the volunteers we had we were able to get the job done in a day. Those mats sure made the work of mucking so much easier. Also, in those early days, we participated in all the farm's fundraising events. For several years I made pony ride t-shirts. We took pictures of the kids on the horses and within a short time, the kids had their very own personalized t-shirt to take home with them!
These days our volunteerism has been replaced by being regular donors. It's not so labor-intensive!
In my opinion, this rescue facility is a valuable asset to the horse world and the community at large. It teaches compassion for all living things, both four-legged and two-legged! The thing about Days End that I find so endearing is they manage to administer stellar care to the most critical of cases while at the same time making the least of us qualified volunteers feel we too have made a significant contribution toward the healing of these sentient beings.
Below are a few of my Days End Alumni in order of appearance. We adopted Dover in November 1996 when he was 2 years old. He is now 25 years young! Dover is my soulmate. At the same time, 30-year-old Hershey (not pictured) was adopted. Hershey was the most beautiful little Morgan that Days End took in to give him a temporary home. Cappy (on left) arrived in December 1996 when he was 9. When the farm moved their facilities from Lisbon to Woodbine, Days End's director, Kathy Howe, rode Cappy in the parade to mark the event! Cappy was the first horse Kathy had ever trained. Sadly, at 29 years old Cappy left us in 2014. Sherlock (on right) was the "star" of Days End. Rescued from horrific conditions, this sweet Palomino had the hearts of every one at the farm. We adopted him in 1999 and he was truly a joy to be with. He passed away in 2012. He is sorely missed. Gulliver came to Days End in 1998 when he was just 3 days old. He came to us in 2000 at 3 years old. This young'un had no where to go but up and up he went to 18+ hands!