Debbie, our Board Secretary, asked each Board member: What inspires you to Volunteer? With such busy schedules, how do you find time to pursue a passion? And where does that passion come from? We are turning her great idea into a blog series highlighting our Board members. All answers are in their own words and give insight as to “why they do what they do."
Meet Richard, our Executive Director, volunteer fire fighter and certified large animal rescue volunteer, to name just a couple of his qualifications.
Here are Richard's answers:
Soon after we moved up here to East Texas, my wife and I learned of a Horse Rescue in the area. We had 3 horses of our own, but had room to foster 1 or 2 more. We visited the original facility for Safe Haven and was inspired by the stories of survival for the rescued horses. When the original founder and Director decided to step down, we knew that we could not let Safe Haven end. I took over as Executive Director and have never regretted that decision. I am constantly amazed at the ability of these wonderful creatures to come back from the brink of death, and to trust humans again. I also have seen tremendous heartache with each one that is unable to survive the neglect and abuse. Volunteering and overseeing the day to day functions of this facility and animals is not just a hobby, it has become a ministry. I am pleased that we not only rescue horses, but we are involved in education, large animal rescues, and we help others when disasters occur such as tornados, floods or fires. I am proud to be a part of this organization, proud of the Board Members and all Volunteers who come together to help horses in need. Richard Fincher, Board President & Executive Director
Richard - chores with a little fun
Richard - Rescue & Assistance
Richard - community outreach
At the end of the day, it's all about the horses: