Mission & History


Days End Farm Horse Rescue™, Inc., is a 501(c)3, nonprofit, volunteer-based animal welfare organization established in 1989 to ensure quality care and treatment of horses through intervention, education and outreach.


DEFHR participates in giving through the Combined Federal Campaign

Combined Federal Campaign ID is #11897

privacy policy

This Privacy Policy governs the website for DEFHR (www.defhr.org), as well as DEFHR's internal operations. The website is owned and operated by Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Inc., which is located at 1372 Woodbine Road, Woodbine, Maryland. DEFHR reserves the right to modify or amend this policy at any time and for any reason. A notice will be posted on DEFHR's website home page indicating any changes.

DEFHR guarantees that we will not sell, rent, trade or recycle a donor's email address with any list company, business or persons. DEFHR collect two types of information about donors and supporters. DEFHR may collect certain non-personally identifiable information such as the type of browser you are using, the type of operating system being used and the domain name of your Internet service provider. DEFHR collects this information to help improve the design and content of its website.

DEFHR also collects information donors and supporters voluntarily provide when sending DEFHR an email or written communication, completing one of DEFHR's online forms, or asking to be placed on DEFHR's active email or mail list. This information, such as name, address and email, will be used solely for DEFHR's private use and will not be shared or resold in any circumstances.

DEFHR processes its donations through a third party service operated by Network for Good (NFG). NFG uses industry-leading Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology to keep donors' personal information as secure as possible. NFG helps protect donor information by working with partners that provide a secure and safe environment for credit card donations. NFG does not resell, retransmit or retain any information it processes on behalf of Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Inc.

These policies do not extend to other sites linked to www.defhr.org. Please check with these sites for their policies regarding data privacy. If you have any questions or concerns about our privacy policy you may contact DEFHR at 301-854-5037.


KathyGovAt a small self-care boarding stable in 1989, Kathleen Howe met a buckskin gelding named Toby; though neither knew it then, they would change each other's lives forever.

Kathy and her family visited the stable regularly to care for their own horse, Mercy. Noticing Toby was rapidly losing weight - seemingly abandoned by his owner - Kathy and Allan Schwartz took action to adopt Toby. After bringing him home to their own 10-acre farm, Kathy and her family nursed Toby back to health.

Kathy credits much of Toby's success to the help she received from friends and neighbors. Unfamiliar with the unique needs of horses recovering from starvation, Kathy relied on a neighboring veterinarian to help develop a care and nutrition plan for Toby. During his first few weeks, Toby would lie down to rest and struggle to stand back up. Kathy called on a few strong men she frequently played darts with to assist in lifting Toby to his feet. With the help of her community, Kathy gave Toby a healthy, happy future; however, this was just the beginning for Kathy.

Kathy continued her rehabilitative work, opening her home to horses in need and nursing them back to health. She joined the Maryland Horse Council and assisted in founding the council's Equine Welfare Committee. Working with state stable inspector Beverly Raymond and animal welfare professional Carolyn "Nicky" Ratfliff, the committee examined local laws and developed Maryland's "Guide to Minimum Standards of Care for Equines" - now a standard for animal welfare professionals investigating cases of suspected abuse or neglect.

Kathy continued pursuing ways to ensure quality care of treatment and horses by joining PAWS - the Professional Animal Workers Society - and developing partnerships with local animal control authorities and humane agencies. Her tireless efforts established relationships that endure today as DEFHR's primary work centers on rescuing and rehabilitating critically ill and injured horses impounded by these agencies.

Since 1989, Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR) has gone from a small non-profit sheltering a few horses to a full-scale, well respected national rescue and rehabilitation facility sheltering 110 to 150 horses annually. All horses come through animal protection authorities from across Maryland and surrounding states.

After their rehabilitation, the horses are evaluated and provided the training needed to best prepare them for adoption. DEFHR utilizes principles of natural horsemanship in an effort to help each horse realize its full potential as an equine partner.

The mission of Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR) is not only to rescue and rehabilitate suffering horses, but to prevent abuse and neglect through education and community outreach. DEFHR offers a wide variety of educational programs and internships, providing opportunities for experiential learning. DEFHR also shares online resources for learning about equine welfare, rescue and rehabilitation.

DEFHR's continued success would not be possible without the hard work of many dedicated volunteers. Volunteers provide over 48,000 hours of service each year helping to rescue and rehabilitate horses, educating the community about equine abuse and neglect, and raising funds to provide for future horses in need. DEFHR offers a wide range of volunteer options, giving volunteers of all ages and abilities the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected horses.

DEFHR is accredited by these organizations:

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