Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation

Committed to the Responsible Treatment of Horses

aka SERR   |   Maple Valley, WA   |  http://www.serenityequinerescue.com

Mission

Our mission is multi-faceted. It includes rescue, rehabilitation, education, Safety Net support & Healing We rescue neglected and slaughter bound horses and rehabilitate, train and place them into permanent loving homes. We provide sanctuary for those horses who a not suitable for adoption. We make a lifetime commitment to our horses in that we will always take them back. We are committed to supporting the equine community through our Education Center clinics and courses and performing welfare checks. The Jasper Family Community Fund helps those who are struggling to care for their horse(s). We evaluate each situation and provide feed, veterinary care, and when needed humane euthanasia. Our Horses as Healers program is focused on those with PTSD and other emotional needs.

Notes from the nonprofit

Serenity has received several awards in our community for the work that we do to support the horse community in our area. We were nominated The Best Non-Profit in Maple Valley and have been featured in the Maple Valley Living Magazine as well as Seattle Magazine. We have a strong volunteer program with people who are dedicated to the welfare of the horses that we support whether they are in the process of rehabilitation, in training or sanctuary. Our Horses as Healers program has provided therapy to many, many veterans through Project Odyssey, which is part of the Wounded Warrior Program. Our wonderful therapy horses have been pivotal in changing the lives of those who have been part of this program. We are grateful to everyone for the support that we have been given; allowing us to continue our work.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director, Founder

Ms. Patricia L. Clark MPA

Main address

28818 SE 216th Way

Maple Valley, WA 98038 USA

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EIN

26-1817306

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Fundraising is always at the top of our list as a need. Our organization has been in existence since 2007 and we have been successful in our mission. We feel we could do more if we had a stronger team for fundraising. That is our primary goal for the coming year and we are recruiting new volunteers and board members to accomplish this goal.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Rescue and Rehabilitation

Serenity rescues horses based on need and our ability to give proper care to each horse including veterinary care, proper nutrition based on the horse's needs and the number of horses that we can support at our facility.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Serenity has developed a series of classes focused on Excellence in Horsemanship and Ownership. The program is for the most part self-sustaining through class fees.
Basic Horse Handling
This class covers the basics for people new to working with horses. We will focus on approaching the horse, haltering and leading, grooming, situational awareness, safety around horses in general, developing trust, and learning to be the herd leader.

Equine Behavior
Being in tune with your horse is about more than riding it a few days a week. It requires that you build a relationship by really understanding the subtleties of their language (as it manifests in their body and behavior, as well as on a deeper, intuitive level). Horses can be wonderful partners and coaches if we are open to learning from them and understanding how they communicate.

Common Diseases and Ailments
From Laminitis and Colic, to coughs and eye infections, dental care and general hoof health and minor injuries. Horses are simultaneously tough and fragile, and you need to know what is serious and when to call the vet, as well as how to handle minor issues promptly to ensure they don't escalate.

Anatomy of the Horse
We will learn about basic anatomy and physiology so you can establish a baseline for your horse, and can tell when things aren't right. We will review the skeleton, musculature, tendons and ligaments, and the digestive system from hay to poo.

Horse Nutrition
Building on the previous week's lesson, this class will take a look at optimal nutrition for horses. This will cover how to recognize and address malnutrition (including building a nutritional plan and how to rehabilitate a horse that has been starved), types of foods and supplements, behavioral implications of nutrition, the impact of dental care, and digestive issues in the horse.

How to Register

Each class is $40 or $200 for the series. Current volunteers at Serenity receive a $10 discount.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This program is supported by The Jasper Family Community Fund. Serenity received calls and emails for help from concerned citizens and horse owners. When this occurs we perform a welfare check and evaluate the needs of the animal(s). We work with the owner to improve the horse's life by offering nutrition plans, doing work on their farm, providing feed, vet care and if need be humane euthanasia. Our goal is to keep the horse with its owner by supporting them until they are better able to care for their horse.
On occasion is it necessary to get Animal Control involved if the horse needs to be rescued and the owner is unwilling to release ownership.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We believe that the relationship between humans and horses is a very special one. Many of our volunteers and others have experienced a special gift of healing when working or visiting the farm. Horses as Healers,focuses on healing and developing life skills.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
People with psychosocial disabilities

Where we work

Awards

Nonprofit of the Year 2016

Maple Valley Community Council

Affiliations & memberships

Unwanted Horse Coalition 2010

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals provided with long term care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Rescue and Rehabilitation

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Many of our rescued horses suffer from health issues and/or permanent injuries. They are placed in sanctuary to live out their lives in peace and comfort.

Number of sheltered animals

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Rescue and Rehabilitation

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This number represents the number of adoptable horses on the farm as well as those in sanctuary.

Number of animals with freedom to express normal behavior

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Rescue and Rehabilitation

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We have a holistic approach to the rescues in our care. All of them live in small herds or are free to roam the farm.

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Rescue and Rehabilitation

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Because we have horses in sanctuary or rescue numbers are small. In addition we support horses out in the community through our Safety Net program. We always stay within budget.

Number of animals rehabilitated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These numbers represent the horses currently being rehabilitated at Serenity and those supported in the Community. In 2019 we supported 7 horses still living with their families.

Number of Clients served in Horses as Healers program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Rescue and Rehabilitation

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Horses and Healers program serves those who are in need of healing. This past year we have joined the Wounded Warrior program and support our veterans through the Odyssey Project.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We offer 5 courses that are available to our community through our Education Center as well as ongoing training for our volunteers.

Number of horses supported in the Safety Net Program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Safety Net Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

After performing a welfare check and interviewing owners to determine their circumstances and need, we offer short-term support to help keep their horses with their families.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To be of service to the community by supporting our local horse owners through our Welfare Checks, and the Jasper Family Community Fund.
To provide a safe place of healing and care for neglected, abandoned and slaughter-bound horses and to find them loving permanent homes.
To provide the tools needed to be a responsible horse owner and friend to the horses through our Education Center classes and clinics.

To provide a place of healing for those who suffer emotionally and psychologically with life challenging issues such as PTSD through our Horses as Healers Program.

Serenity has been in the community for 14 years and is well known. We are also active and participate in local events as well as those sponsored by national organizations. Some examples:
ASPCA - Help a Horse Day
Maple Valley Farmers Market
Community Service Fairs for High Schools
King County United Way Events
Day of Caring
MLK Day
Open houses on the farm.
We also do several social media campaigns using Facebook, Instagram, and emails.

We have assigned volunteer leaders for each of our major areas of work that organize events and supervise other volunteers.

We have a very strong volunteer community that are dedicated to the success of our programs. Many have been with Serenity for years and are committed to its' continued success. We have been reaching out and developing a stronger tie with our community through education and our Jasper Family Community Fund. We have been published in several newspapers and local magazines, such as Seattle Magazine, Maple Valley Community Magazine, Flying Changes and a local radio station. We partnered with the University of Washington Equestrian Team this past year to raise funds for the team and Serenity.
We have created a new website and increased our Instagram and Facebook followers.

We have successfully implemented a training program this past year for all of our rescues including those that are not rideable but would make excellent pasture mates. Our volunteer training program has been revamped increasing the volunteers. We have held several successful events that have increased our visibility in the community and support from local companies. We have adopted out many horses to wonderful forever homes. Our farm is very well organized and targeted towards the best care of our horses and best practices for farm management. All of the duties to be performed by volunteers is documented and new volunteers are trained by volunteer leads. We do our best to insure that the farm is run well with the best interest of our horses in our hearts.

Financials

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Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation

Board of directors
as of 2/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Kristen Tera-House

Kristen Tera-House

Center for Spiritual Learning

Leigh Jasper

Expedia Retired

Patricia Clark

Exec Director Serenity

Myrna Burnett

Swedish Hospital

Karissa Davydov

John Hopkins

Terry Jemeguard

Mariners

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/28/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/23/2020

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Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.