Veteran Makes all the Difference Volunteering

Rain, snow, wind, it didn't matter. Curtis was there.


Story submitted by Dove Creek Equine Rescue 

Volunteer Curtis started with DCER in 2017, pre pandemic times. He is in his late 70’s, a Vietnam Veteran, and an active horseman (or in his words, “a try to be horseman”). During this previous year [2020] with the Covid pandemic in full swing, we had to temporarily shut down the volunteer program, but we still needed 2 or 3 throughout the week to help with barn chores and horse care. Curtis was front and center to help us in our time of need. 

Because of the pandemic, we also had to cut back on our staff, on our horse in take, and overall, our annual budget to stay afloat as we didn’t know how it was going to effect the rescue as a whole. Rain, snow, wind, it didn’t matter, Curtis came out every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to muck pens and stall, feed the senior horses and give meds to those that needed it, help winterize the equipment, groom the horses, whatever needed to be done that day, he did it! 

We really feel because of Curtis’ hard work, dedication, and overall courageous spirit, that we might not have made it. We honestly cannot thank him enough, and we’re beyond grateful to have him as apart of the Dove Creek Family!

Dove Creek Equine Rescue 

“Our mission is to Rescue, Rehabilitate, Retrain, & Re-home horses who need a second chance in life, creating an authentic partnership between horse and human, inspiring compassionate change in our world.”


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