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Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue Inc

Rating: 4.86 stars   107 reviews 5,574

Address:

1725 Edwardsville Rd Hardy VA 24101 USA

Mission:

Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue, RVHR, founded in 2002, evolved out of the need in our community for assistance with horses being found in undesirable situations. RVHR is comprised of a serving Board of Directors who volunteer their time to this effort and are joined by volunteers in our community who may also become members of our organization. RVHR is dedicated to educating the public on these issues and how they can be avoided as well as providing assistance to horse owners in our area that are dealing with a similar situation. Other efforts include providing educational clinics on horsemanship and horse care in general for our horse community.We also provide a refuge at our facility for horses that are in need due to starvation or neglect as well as helping these horses find new loving and suitable homes where they shall be watched over by RVHR for the rest of their lives.

Results:

~ 276 Horses Helped Since We Opened In 2002 ~ ~ 166 Placed in New Homes ~

Target demographics:

Helping those horses in need of death due to starvation

Direct beneficiaries per year:

29 new additional arrivals.

Geographic areas served:

Our efforts help the horse in need of being removed from thier owners who no longer care for them.

Programs:

placement program

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540-721-1910
www.rvhr.com

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

In the past 21 months I've given over 500 hours of volunteer service at Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue. As with many, I'd always thought about volunteering somewhere. So, I decided.....to go to a place I could be around horses. I'd always loved their beauty but had no opportunity to be with or around them. Of course, I went thinking I was doing a service.

What I found was that it was I who was being served, taught, and guided by the horses at RVHR. In their horse way they let me know I was not allowing myself to connect to much on an emotional level and that, if I wanted to be with them, I'd have to figure that out.

And I stayed....and worked on it, with the horses reminding me when I was anxious, nervous, or just too pushy for them (and I didn't even know I was feeling those things!).

I've been gifted with many many lessons that I couldn't have heard from a human voice. And, I'll continue to give back to this wonderful place these abused and neglected horses have to call home!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Didn't know we had a space for reviews....glad to know! I have been volunteering consistently at RVHR since January 2014......wow.....21 months....I keep saying 16 or 18....how time flys! So, I came with NO horse experience............zero! Now.....I'm still learning...but guess what...now I understand about ear, tail, and vocal communications with the horses, I can catch a horse (pretty much any of them out of the always 60 or so there)- and can do it with confidence, I can halter and lead well. I have learned about barn gates, latches, feed supplies, how to fix water troughs (well mostly)! But most of all, I've truly learned the joy of just being around and chatting with the horses- I cannot describe the conversations we have or why they are so powerful- they just are! And....they can make just about anyone laugh! And thanks to Pat and Jason Muncy for going for it - opening the rescue, working through challenges that often are unseen, finding a way to do it- and to share the opportunity to experience something of horses and the joy in being with them with us volunteers! I would not trade this opportunity for the world. And....my intent is to keep learning....as slow as I feel I've been in the process....but I feel like I have been given the opportunity to be around horses in a way I doubt I'd find available anywhere else.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer at the Rescue for about a year. I started at the RVHR thinking I would be providing extra muscle to complete specific chores to make the lives of these magnificent animals a little bit better. Little did I know that they would be giving so much more back to me. All the animals at the rescue have a story of neglect and/or abuse. Staff and volunteers work tirelessly with the horses to let them know that not all experiences with humans are bad and things can be much better. Through my months there I have seen emaciated horses die after hours and hours of staff and volunteer support for a better outcome. I have seen emaciated horses thrive with the help, knowledge and hard work of everyone at the rescue that give of their time. Without the help of this facility and the dedication of those who work there the outcome for all the horses in their care would have been much different. I am grateful to have the opportunity to provide my time to this agency. learn more about the care of the animals, and learn form the animals

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

In the depressed economy currently affecting our nation, it is heroic efforts from organizations like Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue that provide hope for horses whose owners no longer can, or worse, no longer choose to, care for them. It is a honor and privilege to donate to these altruistic efforts, and sponsor six of Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue's rescued horses. If you cannot adopt or provide a foster home for one or more of these noble horses who so want and deserve a second change for a forever home, please consider sponsoring one or more horses. Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue is staffed with people who genuinely care for each horse, and ensure that donations are used for animal care, not indirect administrative costs. For the sake of all horses who need a second chance nationwide, thank God there are agencies like Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have a Mustang whose training has been a challenge. I reached out to Pat and RVHR, from whom I learned about an RVHR co-worker, Diane, who does Reiki. Diane's Reiki therapy has greatly assisted us to find a way to reach this very special horse, ease his issues, and enable him to willing move ahead with trust and training. This is just another example of the ways that Pat, Diane, and all of the special people at RVHR make such meaningful contributions to horses in need. Especially in our nation's troubled economic times, where families are forced to just give up their horse(s), or horses are neglected or abandoned in vacant fields or at truck stops, it is a blessing that caring organizations like RVHR exist to protect and care for the innocent victims. God bless Pat and RVHR for the wonderful works and support for our noble horses!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Where a series of trainers have given up on him, RVHR found us the solution, in Reiki therapy through RVHR associate, Diane, which has proven to be the key that unlocked the issues preventing my BLM mustang from progressing with trust and training.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find ways to help RVHR to generate the funding and resources to continue, ideally, to expand their horse rescue and care efforts, so that no horse should ever have to suffer again.

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been knowing about rvhr, or better known as roanoke valley horse rescue. They care greatly for all the animals that are there. They treat each of them as if they were there own pet at home. It is a place like no other. I would even say that it is the best place in Virginia that you could ever go to or adopt from. They have the most caring people and treat the animals there with the best love and care they can give. If you have any time in your schedule i would highly advise you to check out there website or even go by there to donate a few things. They deserve every bit of help they can get and it would be greatly appreciated by them and the animals. That is for certain!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching horse after horse get sent to a loving home and checked up all the time just to make sure the home is still suitable

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

let more people come around the horses just to give them a little bit more socialization

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I first discovered RVHR last January. I was surfing online looking for volunteer opportunities in Virginia. RVHR was listed and after reading about the organization, I decided I wanted to sponsor a horse there.
I make a monthly contribution which helps cover the care of a horse.
I am on my second horse now as a sponsor. I feel that I am making a difference in the life of a horse that was neglected. Some of the horses' stories are really horrific, and as an animal lover, I want to do something to help these beautiful animals. I had the opportunity to visit RVHR and meet the horse I presently sponsor,Olivia, a neglected Arabian mare. Some of the horses that come to RVHR have some issues involving human contact. These horses are worked with individually by the staff and the many volunteers who come to groom or just give "some loving on" the horses. These horses eventually become attentive when humans come around.
RVHR does not have fancy horse barns, but every attempt is made so that all the horses there have adequate shelter, nutritious feed
customized for their individual needs, quality hay and good pastures. I was quite impressed with the volunteers and staff that faithfully come and give these horse a good quality life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the wonderful feel I have that 100% of my contribution goes directly to the horses. I know that by sponsoring a horse, I am making a difference in this horse's life and giving them quality life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'd like to see more people get involved with these horses, through gifts of time, skills, needed supplies to run the rescue, and monetary contributions.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I'm proud to be a sponsor at RHVR. I would like to be a more regular volunteer there, however because of the physical distance, 140 miles, and a 3 hour drive, I currently am an occasional visitor.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I work with Vicki - who volunteers faithfully at the RVHR. She has relayed her experience with others at work and encourages donations (of all sorts). I donated to the RVHR based on what I saw on their website and the personal stories Vicki has shared. These folks are very dedicated to taking care of the animals and not just the physical needs of Food, water and shelter but it is also their mission to take volunteers and have them work with a horse one on one - to develop a sense of trust between man and horse so that perhaps when the time comes they will be adoptable and can bring joy to a family of their own. I have seen local news broadcasts about the work and willingness to take in animals who have suffered terrible neglect and in some cases abuse even when funds were low - they work hard to raise awareness and hopefully funds in the midst of tireless hours of plain physical labor. Very kind hearted folks here.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've heard of the progress that volunteers (like Vicki) have made working with the horses.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I just wish I could help more.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This place is a god send to horses and people! A lot of good people have to give up there beloved horses because of illness or job loss and they are taken in! She also takes in the abused and neglected horses nurses them back to health and gets them to trust people again. She is a miracle worker! She only wants the best for her large family of horses, donkeys, dogs, cats etc. Sometimes horses just can't be adopted out but they will also have a wonderful and loving home. Everyone should find it in there heart to have such kindness then we wouldn't have such a large need! It is a wonderful and terrific thing that everyone does at the Rescue and I know there are lots of angels watch over them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I wish I could help out but am physcially unable to do much walking

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money!

 
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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Great experience to volunteer at RVHR!!! Good for the soul. The horses are cared for by people who genuinely care for each horse as their own. They do great work and could really use the extra funding to allow these horses the best chance for a comfortable life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the eyes of abused horses.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

?

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Selfless, caring individuals; so very dedicated. I'm moved by the generosity of their time and love for these horses.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

no

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

MORE $$!!!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

All hats off to RVHR for their selfless giving to everyone of their animals as well as staff. This is not a job you do for money - it is COMPLETELY out of love. Having previously worked with Pat, I cannot say enough good things about her and this wonderful organization! Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I receive the newsletter and keep up with RVHR

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

 
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