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Mariah L.1

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Review for Save A Forgotten Equine, Redmond, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As a big step forward in my recovery from a truly dark half-decade of my life, I decided to start volunteering at SAFE in summer of 2017. I've followed SAFE since I was 13 (I'm 24 now)--even visiting one of their opening houses at their old location. When I'd learned that they had moved to Redmond, I simply couldn't wait to sign up for volunteering there. I signed up for Tuesday's PM chore shift.

Doing so, truthfully, has been a massive benefit to my life and still rather fragile-but far more stable-mental health. It has helped me find camaraderie when I thought I never would; has helped me make new friends when I thought it wasn't possible; has helped me come out of my shell and above all else: It allows me to change lives, via the horses in our care. I help fill once famished bellies with grain; clean the paddocks of horses who used to live in filth; and show love and stability to horses who either have forgotten, or never received, one or both.

Even on the Tuesdays where I feel like I just can't take another second of being in public, or interacting with anyone, SAFE always ends those days on a positive and optimistic note. This is all thanks to my wonderful covolunteers, SAFE's amazing volunteer community and our dedication to giving these rescued horses a SAFE place to recover and move on to a new and better life.

Role:  Volunteer