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.
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At 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.