Maryland Sen. Katie Fry Hester, D-Carroll and Howard announced Friday Days End Farm Horse Rescue Inc. was approved for $500,000 as part of a Legislative Bond Initiative.
Days End Farm Horse Rescue is located in Woodbine and one of only a handful in the country working to rescue horses that have endured abuse and mistreatment. DEFHR will acquire the adjacent firehouse property in Lisbon, MD, and repurpose it to expand its operations including construction of an educational welcome center.
The mission of DEFHR is not only to rescue and rehabilitate suffering horses but to prevent abuse and neglect through education and community outreach. Renovations of the firehouse property include exterior updates, an educational welcome center with interactive displays to support its nationally-recognized humane/environmental education programming, banquet hall to classroom conversion, bunkhouse conversion to administrative offices, and outbuilding conversion to equine rehabilitation medical suite.
Education is at the forefront of DEFHR’s mission and propelled the decision to expand its operations. This increased space will allow the organization to host more field trips and educational events for all levels of education across the State of Maryland. In addition, DEFHR trains individuals to assess cases of abuse and enforce the policies that are set at the state level for the humane treatment of equines. The bond initiative will expand its training capacity and will make the enforcement of state policy in this area more efficient and effective.