Nicky Wetzelberger is Community Outreach Director at Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR). For 30 years, DEFHR has been making a difference for horses throughout Maryland in the United States. Their mission is not only to rescue and rehabilitate suffering horses, but to prevent abuse and neglect through education and community outreach. DEFHR offers a wide variety of educational programs and internships, providing opportunities for experiential learning. DEFHR also shares online resources for learning about equine welfare, rescue, and rehabilitation. Listen to our latest episode of Connected Roots to learn about DEFHR's history, unique education programs, and inspirational stories of success with both humans and horses.
About our Guest:
Nicky Wetzelberger was born on a small farm in Maryland and grew up in an animal-loving family. From a young age, she learned the importance of opening her home and her heart to animals in need. After graduating from Bridgewater College in 2008, she lived abroad, where she saw countless animals in distress, and set a goal of going into animal rescue when she returned to the U.S. During her time overseas, she taught at international schools and also spent time teaching children in afterschool centers. She worked as the volunteer and outreach coordinator at a humane society in Maryland before finding her way to DEFHR in 2014, where she works today as the Community Outreach Director. In addition, Nicky is a Certified Humane Education Specialist through the Academy of Prosocial Learning. She is passionate about being part of the solution to a problem through teaching, animal welfare, and volunteerism.