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Do you have a passion for all things equine? Maybe you would like to foster a new interest and help strengthen the community by making a difference in the lives of abused, neglected and homeless horses. If you’ve got an interest and some free time, think about volunteering at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center.
The Harmony Equine Center is a private rehabilitation and adoption facility for abused and neglected horses, ponies, donkeys and mules that have been removed from their owners by law enforcement authorities. Harmony also serves as a central hub where horses from human societies and rescue groups in the Midwest and the southwestern United States can receive training and rehoming. In March 2018, Harmony began opening its doors to privately owned horses in Colorado who are in need of rehoming. Since Harmony opened in 2012, more than 1,500 horses have been through the program and found homes.
Harmony volunteers must be at least 16 years old, and some positions require volunteers to be at least 18 years of age. While volunteering is flexible, volunteers must be able to make a commitment of approximately three hours a week for at least three months. (Consistency is beneficial for the horses and staff.) Opportunities include assisting with mucking, grooming, and grounds work. Volunteers do not ride horses at Harmony.
The first step to volunteering at Harmony is completing an application. If an applicant’s interests coincide with available opportunities, you’ll be contacted for a volunteer orientation. Volunteers must participate in a two-and-a-half-hour orientation to receive an overview of Harmony’s services, philosophies, an introduction to the volunteer program and a tour of the facility. Prospective volunteers also must interview with a Dumb Friends League representative to discuss personal goals and determine the most suitable volunteer assignment. Attendance of a training class is also required to learn about safety procedures, pet adoptions, animal behavior and the League’s many programs. As part of the volunteer application process, there is a $25 volunteer application fee that covers the cost of administrative processing, background check fees and volunteer uniform.
If you would like to support the Harmony Equine Center but cannot volunteer time, consider making a tax-deductible donation to help formerly abused and neglected horses and other equines receive relief from suffering, as well as the nutritious food, safe shelter, veterinary care and professional training they need in order to recover and find new homes.
Horses and other equines at Harmony depend on your generosity whether it’s in the form of time or resources. Volunteering and supporting the Harmony Equine Center is a rewarding opportunity especially if you have a passion for horses. Visit harmonyequinecenter.org to learn more about the facility, complete a volunteer application or donate. It’ll be worth your time!