Before you donate to Columbia Basin Equine Rescue, get the facts about where your money is going.
Columbia Basin Equine Rescue solicits donations as a 501(c)(3) charity. Yet they IP ban from their message board anyone who asks questions about financials or criticizes them for their poor screening of adopters and foster homes, several of which have starved horses.
If we do a little research, we find out why. Sam Milbredt, president of Columbia Basin Equine Rescue, helped run Sleepy Hollow, a Washington rescue that was shut down for abuse. She was treasurer of Sleepy Hollow (proven by the Sleepy Hollow 501(c)(3) filing). She is the owner of the domain frenchwellsfarm which used to host the Sleepy Hollow site. Archive doesn't lie! Donors paid for one particular horse and Columbia Basin Equine Rescue sent her to a home they chose for her and allegedly checked out.
Two months later when they got her back, she was a rack of bones with an injured leg. A pissed-off donor is the one who finally called the police after CBER ignored her demands that they do so. CBER now accuses the donors of "interfering with the investigation?" Actually, that would be "initiating the investigation."
Sam refuses to provide updates or pictures of horses rescued who are at her own house. Donations were solicited to rescue an emaciated pregnant Thoroughbred mare named Moonstruck. She was taken to Sam's house and never heard from again, despite numerous requests from donors for pictures to show that she was safe and gaining weight.
Now they claim she was adopted on a "gift contract" - to someone who allegedly has no internet access and therefore will never able to tell the people who paid for her that she is okay. Convenient, isn't it? Where does all the money go? Maybe it went to fund a lavish barbecue held at her house this spring - at which the "killer dealer" they claim to despise was partying with the so-called rescuers.
Columbia Basin Equine Rescue is not a rescue. It is a horse dealership that has no concern for where the horses wind up after the "bail" is paid and refuses to even cover the cost of caring for their own horses in foster care.
Don't believe this post? Please, investigate them yourself! Ask them where the money is. See if they can tell you where the horses they've rescued even are. Ask them if all of the horses they have in "foster care" have even been seen by a veterinarian once at their expense. Ask if they are up to date on hoof care, deworming and tooth floating.
Just ask, before you give.
A group of honest people
who have been ripped off by CBER!