The Brightside: Local rescue is changing the fates of abused animals

LAUREL, Del. – Every weekend, a woman named Donna Kirsch pulls up to the Changing Fates Equine Rescue in Laurel and says hello to her four hooved friends.

Kirsch has been volunteering at Changing Fates Equine Rescue for several years now.

“I moved down here about six years ago and I didn’t really know anyone. Changing Fates was in the ASPCA magazine, so I looked them up and came out to volunteer and here I am,” she said.

While Kirsch has always been an animal lover, she admits she was actually new to working with horses when she started at the resue.

“Once you get here and you see how they progress, they’re like big dogs, so I was hooked,” she said.

Kirsch says working at Changing Fates has been extremely rewarding. That’s because many of their animals come from deplorable conditions. For example, many of their horses came from a farm in Quantico where over 20 horses were found dead and about 100 others were found clinging onto life.

Kirsch said, “All of the horses were emaciated. They didn’t want anything to do with humans. They had scars and bite marks and it was so ugly, their hair was matted.”

Nowadays, they’re looking much better and its all thanks to the dedication of selfless volunteers at Changing Fates like Kirsch.

“Our overall mission is to rehabilitate and home the horses that get here,” Kirsch said.

Believe it or not, at Changing Fates Equine Rescue they take care of more than just horses. There also ponies, goats, steer, pigs, even a few cats here and there. Volunteers take care of all these animals completely free of charge. That’s because for volunteers like Kirsch, helping animals is what it’s all about.

Kirsch said, “I always say its my sanctuary because it’s peaceful, it’s quiet and you just get to work with the horses. They remember you, and it just gets you away from the everyday craziness.”

Changing Fates is always looking for volunteers, but they’re not just looking for people to work with their animals. They’re also in need of people like landscapers.

If you’d like to sign up to volunteer or would like to make a donation to the rescue, you can click here.

If you’d like to view the animals up for adoption, you can click here.

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