A few weeks ago I had the privilege to be a part of the Texas Petapalooza event in Tyler. I met so many folks who do so much for animals that need good homes, and love! One of the folks I met was Ron Beaver, who has Serenity Horse Haven in Canton, Texas.  Serenity Horse Haven is non-profit horse rescue and sanctuary haven for horses. Serenity Horse Haven works with the SPCA, Texas Sheriff's Department and Canton Veterinary Clinc to rescue and care for critically neglected and abused horses.

Their mission statement is simple: Dedicated to making a  difference in the lives of neglected and abused horses by providing medical care, rehabilitation, and adoption services. We strive to provide the best care possible; matching these magnificent creatures with loving and caring families; educating the public about properly caring for horses; and advocating for the humane treatment of horses.

Serenity Horse Haven operates purely on private donations and is operated on a 100% volunteer basis, no salaries or compensation is paid to their Board Members, staff, or volunteers.

It certainly is a mission that is run on love and dedication. I instantly felt the love from Ron Beaver when I spoke with him at Petapalooza.

Serenity Horse Haven maintains an average of about 90 to 95% of all donations going directly to the horses, the rest goese to administartive cost. But Ron says that he, his wife Michelle and their son, will  personally keep and continue to keep Serenity Horse Haven operational when donations do not cover Serenity’s bills.

Serenity doesn't have fancy facilities, just horses that need loving care and attention. Most of the horses they receive are either extremely  emaciated or near death. they also receive horses from different Sheriff offices and DPS that have been hit by cars or trucks. It takes about a year to rehabilitate a horse and get them adopted.

Serenity Horse Haven is always looking for volunteers to love and care for critically neglected and abused horses. Volunteers are vital to the operation. Volunteers can help with administrative duties, feeding and watering the animals,  exercise, grooming, clean stalls, and/or assist with the up keep of our facilities.

No experience? No problem, they can train you! Serenity Horse Haven has opportunities for all experience levels. Volunteers must be over 16 or accompanied by a parent, attend basic safety training, and sign a release. They also have a volunteer program for High School Seniors who need community service volunteer hours for applying to college. Help is needed on Saturdays (mornings and/or evenings).

If you are interested in volunteering or donating money to help this worthy cause, please contact Ron Beaver at Ron@SerenityHorseHaven.org.