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Report: #314370

Complaint Review: J And J Horse Rescue - Jeff Wilson - Tioga Pennsylvania

  • Submitted: Mon, March 03, 2008
  • Updated: Sat, February 28, 2009
  • Reported By: Lawrenceville Pennsylvania
  • J And J Horse Rescue - Jeff Wilson
    301 Jerry Green Road
    Tioga, Pennsylvania

J And J Horse Rescue - Jeff Wilson Takes in your donations for his own horse collection and then doesn't take care of them! Tioga Pennsylvania

*Consumer Comment: Jeff's pockets are lined only with horse treats

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Jeff Wilson collects free horses in the name of charity and uses them for his own hobbies. He takes in money and donations(apparently less than $25,000 so that he doesn't have to register and keep records), claiming to use it to take care of the horses. But the horses go for days without hay, they have absolutely no shelter, no vet care, no hoof care or teeth care. He keeps all eighteen of them on four muddy, filthy wooded acres of hillside. Many have died in his "care," and most horses look healthy when he acquires them, but within a few months, they are thin, unthrifty, and depressed. He does not believe in vaccinations or worming schedules. When he does feed hay, it's of the worst quality---not meant for horses.

He says he wants volunteers, but when knowledgeable horse people donate their time to help, they get so frustrated by his narrow-mindedness and his refusal to care for the horses properly. He chases them off his property and makes it very clear that he only wants donations in the $$$$ variety!! He doesn't want anyone around to see how horribly the horses are living----or dying(as the bodies lay there for days in the hot summer)! A year ago he stated that he had 42 volunteers. Now he has none. Why is that??????

He puts up a good front. He seems to be a real horse lover and gives one the impression of caring for them, but upon closer inspection, it is obvious that he is very ignorant about horses, is in way over his head, has very poor management skills, and is very narrow-minded and inflexible.

He is very obviously lining his own pockets with charitable donations and nobody is monitoring where the money goes.

Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania

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#1 Consumer Comment

Jeff's pockets are lined only with horse treats

AUTHOR: Sheelagh - (U.S.A.)

I am a volunteer for J and J Horse Rescue and Riding Arena. I know Jeff Wilson very well. Anyone taking the time to talk to the man and look at his lifestyle will know there is no money that is not going to the horses. He's living on a disability pension and $10 from this person and than hardly covers the feed, vet, and farrier bills. But he gets the horses fed one way or the other. His hay comes from a farm down the road and is the same hay fed to horses all over the area and the farmer delivers it same day Jeff calls because Jeff's tractor is broken and he's short funds to get it fixed. If the horses have to wait a few hours it is because Bucky has to get home from work.

Jeff's had the use of the big pasture of his neighbor's behind his own property, but that license is being withdrawn this year. So Jeff is frantically trying to find funds for a bigger property with more room for pasture as well as land to grow his own hay and oats. He would like to make the rescue more self supporting and reduce the need to ask for donations. Those plans include utilizing wind and solar power to supply the electrical needs of the facility and sell excess power to the local electric company.

As for keeping records, Jeff has them all showing every penny brought in and every penny spent - has to have that information when applying for grants. But he does not have to publish them for public consumption or to prove the value of his existence. Little Nugget who just got adopted would tell you the value of what Jeff does, as could Becky who took him home. Nugget was a throw away because he got a bit of arthritis. His next stop would have been the knacker's yard - but Jeff gave him a home and found him a soul mate. As for horses dying, well, I would challenge that lady to have faced down a bear attack the way Pauli did, and of course old age does that number on all of us, Teik being over 30. And if anyone knew the where abouts of his lost horses two days before, pehaps if they had told Jeff where they were they might have come home, as little Midnight did, thanks to the folks that took her in and called him and no thanks to the people who terrorized her chasing her down the road trying to steal her.

Jeff surely does not want your money - hates asking for it - would take care of the horses himself if he could. But he can't. And he can't say no to horses in need. So he does the best he can with the bit of donations he gets and his own pension and a bum leg. And there are those horses he hasn't rescued who are a deal worse off than the ones in his pasture. And if someone is worried about the horses at J and J? Well then go pay the farrier to trim their hooves - or drop off a round of dewormer - or deliver a load of sweet feed, senior feed and oats - or pay a mechanic to fix the tractor so we can use it to clear and reseed the pastures.

Oh, please notice that there is this one negative posting about Jeff. I would challenge anyone reading here to also go read all the rest of the web articles that your search brought up. See what other people have to say about the man and what he is doing for horses.

And, yes, I live in NC, but I am up there regularly and will be moving up in the next couple of months to work with Jeff because 2 more hands and two good knees will go a long way toward doing what Jeff cannot do alone. Believe me I would not be pulling up my entire life if I did not believe in the man and his work.

Good work, Jeff!! Keep it up!!

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