A post by a volunteer/member:
Good evening, my name is Nancy and I am a PER volunteer and board member. Diane has allowed me to post this as I feel like I have a very important topic to discuss. I want to talk to all of you about a very important aspect of this rescue organization and one that is close to my heart; our barn chore volunteers.
I cannot stress enough how dependent we are on the hard working men and women who volunteer week in and week out to come and do barn chores. We rely on these folks 7 days a week, 365 days a year to keep the PER facility clean and the horses tended to. We have a small group of dependable volunteers who have been coming each week consistently for a long time. These folks are our “constants” and we appreciate them so much. With that being said, we desperately need more people to step up and volunteer especially going into these hot summer months. We currently have 8 horses at the facility right now. We could have more come within a moments notice. We need YOUR help! If you have thought about or been interested in volunteering, now is the time! It is not that difficult especially when we have a full crew….remember, many hands make light work! School is out for the summer and high school students can earn hours towards their scholarship requirements. We have mom/daughter duos and even a dad/daughter team…..what a wonderful bonding experience you can have with your child! Please remember though how important it is to keep a commitment to help if you have volunteered your time. We depend on our volunteers and no-shows just put a tremendous strain on our already dedicated and hard working volunteers.
Our PER facility is a small, humble place….but what we lack in size we make up for in love and dedication to our rescues. We pride ourselves on keeping it clean and tidy and making our horses as comfortable as possible. PER is a place of love…a place of safety and security for horses who haven’t known these things. I get so much out of the hands on experience of doing barn chores…..seeing a horse who has not had shelter, go into their stall that is clean, has fresh bedding and a full hay bag. I also love when I’m watering the horses and I finish filling a bucket with cold fresh water and a horse take that first drink….seeing him lift his head and lick his lips as if to say “oh, that’s good! Thank you so much!” Knowing at one time water was non-existent for a lot of them. After chores are done, comes my favorite part…..grooming! It’s an incredible feeling to be able to show these horses that a humans touch is not something to fear. They enjoy the attention and it’s amazing to see a horse blossom from a skinny malnourished bag of bones to a beautiful, healthy and happy equine!
It’s especially touching to see updates on our horses, especially ones that I had a hand in helping. The horses who greeted me each day when I came for barn chores and are now either adopted or fostered….Capona (Topsannah), Sweet Mary, Comanche, JB, Jesse, Rolla, Smarty, Lucky and Ebony. When I see updates on FB, I feel proud because I know in some small way I made a difference in that horses life. Then there are the horses who live at the facility….Houdo, Glitter and Lightning Bug….and our newest girls Hope, Grace and Lisa who are all so emaciated and wary of us all….not knowing what we are all about but having hope that PER will be a safe place for them…finally. You can also have the experience of making a difference in a horses life, no matter the commitment you can give, every little bit helps.
Our barn chore volunteers are our “boots on the ground”….these are the folks who are invaluable to our day to day operations. Barn chores are a labor of love….it is not glamorous but it is rewarding in so many ways. If you are interested in learning more, please send a message or email. If you cannot volunteer, please SHARE this and our FB page. There may be people out there who would love to volunteer but don’t know we even exist. We need you…..the horses need you! Your life will be richer because of it. Thank you for your time, and hope to see you out at PER!