Voice for Horses Rescue Network

Rating: 3.11 stars   9 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 566 Toledo OH 43697 USA

Mission: Mission-VFHRN is committed to relieving the causes of abuse and neglect, while providing for the humane treatment of horses, who are sick, injured, abused, auction/slaughter bound or whose owner can no longer care for. We focus on helping any equine in need across the US VFHRN is committed to eliminating the causes of equine suffering through intervention, education and community awareness while promoting humane ethics. Who We Are Voice For Horses Rescue Network (VFHRN) is an Ohio 501 (c) 3 Non-profit Humane Corporation organized in November of 1999 for the purpose of providing food, water, shelter and veterinary care to horses that are: sick, injured, abandoned, abused, neglected, slaughter bound or when an owner can no longer care or keep them. We also network with other equine rescues across the 50 states, local humane societies, law enforcement, therapeutic riding centres and horse clubs with the placement of horses. We receive no government, city or united way money. We are an all volunteer organization that is funded solely by the caring and generous public. VFHRN assists with cruelty investigations in cooperation with local humane societies and law enforcement officials. Our goal is to help as many equine as possible, by alleviating equine abuse and neglect through awareness. VFHRN understands the need to avoid becoming overextended as well as the need to be able to properly maintain and care for all equine already in our care. We will help any horse in need if our funding and barn space will allow. Adopted equine who need to be returned due to circumstances with the family will ALWAYS take precedence over others due to our mandatory return policy.
Results: Voice For Horses Rescue has saved man horses from going to slaughter and will continue to so in 2012
Target demographics: horses in need across the 50 states
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 20 horses
Geographic areas served: Equine rescue
Programs: we provide and adoption program, and also an alternative to horse owners to donate a horse they can no longer keep thus keeping the horse out of the slaughter pipeline

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

As soon as Sally Schrock was denied a horse from Diana Murphy VFH this is when it all began. Sally made it her purpose in life to destroy her Diana's name. Sally Preston Schrock is a convicted animal abuser. And she is also a hoarder, just like the type you see on TV. Sally had no way to take care of a horse, no job and no money and her house was being foreclosed on. She was out for revenge as soon as she was denied that Appaloosa. Thank God they refused that Appy to her..BTW Sally's publisher fired her as well. Caballo Press. I have never had a problem with this rescue. They have always been courteous and helpful to me. I have donated money and also my friends have donated to their grain and hay fund. This woman is just crazy sits behind computer 24/7.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Hell on earth for horses and ponies. Inadequate or no feed or farrier/vet care, horses and premises are filthy, horses given away with no contract or safety net (as if they could be any worse off), shipped across state lines ill unto death with no HC or Coggins, and to top it all off she will threaten, harass and stalk anyone who speaks up. No, I was never denied adoption (on the contrary, I was the person responsible for getting those VERY sick ponies and pony foals out of there, and barely in time to save their lives). Diana Murphy is a disgrace and needs to give up her mooching ways, stop defrauding people and shooting horses she can't adopt out, and get a job.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Without name calling - or lying or starting any drama - ask any equine rescue that has been around 5 plus years about the affiliations of Diana Murphy. Read reviews. Facebook her and this rescue - ask around before you give so much as a dime to her or help her pay any more horse brokers and inflate the prices for care the horses don't get and transport inflated fees as well. This rescue has harmed many horses and taken money from innocent donors who did not do their homework. Don't fall into their trap. I feel sorry for the horses - but we have to stop these rescues that scam people.

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

the field of equine rescue and angry donors and dumped horses

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

shut them down -

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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

This "rescue" dumped 29 or so horses at the local humane society, is loosing her farm per a news story but yet she is STILL collecting funds to take more horses. The horses in her care get no farrier care, vet care and are severely underweight, they leave in worse condition then they arrived. A real rescue took 2 or 3 of their ponies who had NO farrier care the whole time they were there, and they lost a ton of weight. Kathy Grant from mustang ally was going to take 12 horses for Diana, Diana wanted to raise 6000 for transport for the horses, Kathy found someone that would do it for 150, but Diana wanted the funds to go to her and she would then give them to Kathy for Kathy to pay the shipper, when Kathy insisted that funds go to her Diana backed out. For someone in such dire need to home horses she sure is being greedy. Please think twice before donating to this rescue, Did i mention i got blocked by Diana because i simply asked why the ponies did not see a farrier.

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

adopting 2 horses

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

she needs stop taking more horses! She can't afford the ones she has, she is no more then a hoarder!

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

For over a year I have donated, volunteered and supported this wonderful organization. The President and Founder of VFHRN has been rescuing abused and neglected horses for many years with some donations in the early years and much of her own money. In the past year the organization has been also rescuing broker owned horses from killbrokers. With donations from the public through a Facebook page and a web site (and still using much of her own money) many horses have been saved from slaughter by paying the broker his price to get the horses from him. The are then adopted to approved homes under a contract that protects them for the rest of their life, to never end up in a bad situation again. If the adoptor ever has to give up the horse it comes back to the rescue for another adoption or to remain a sanctuary resident. Any of the horses rescued that are physically impaired or elderly and have been determined not to be adoptable will live their lives out at the rescue farm.

This organiztion in conjuction with AC4H has been successfully rescueing any where from 25 to 53 horses per week during most of the year 2010. That is a phenominal endevor and has been done with two organizations working hand in hand and having developed a national network of mostly women from one coast to the other all working together to raise the funds and find approved adoptive homes. While most of the organiztions volunteers are in the US, the organizations are well known around the world and also have supporters in many other countries who post the photos and video links and have even donated funds for their survival. One of the rescued horses during the summer of 2010 was actually adopted by a lady in England and was flown to her. (The adoptors are required to pay the vetting bill, quaranteen costs and the transport to get them home... while most of the funds to save the horse from the broker are acquired through fundraising)

The organizations have perserved the past few months and continued to save horses against some very difficult obstacles. The tight ecomony has presented problems in getting donations so much needed to care for the rescue horses feed and care when some do not get adopted immediately and live at the sanctuary untill adopted. And there are the santuary horses that have to be provided for that will never be adopted.

But the economy has not been the biggest problem they have had to struggle with. The biggest problem began approximatly the first of July when a woman named Sally Schrock attempted to adopt one of the horses that had been rescued by VFHRN. The woman was well known for begging all over the internet for help for just about everything... food for her pets, vet bills to be paid, someone to bail her out of her house forclosure, someone to remodel her house for her (She is the 5th most googled "Sally" in the world if that tells you anything) . I had seen her asking for food for her dogs on April 23rd, and in private emails to me (which I still have) she had told me how her home was being forclosed on and all her neighbors had been filing complaints on her pets and dragging her to court ongoing). I felt sorry for her and called friends who also lived in Olathe, KS to help her. They went shopping and took her $200 worth of food, and told me what a sorry situation it was. It wasn't but a few weeks later that I saw her on our network pages asking (more like insisting) she was going to adopt a horse that had been rescued from Camelot auction pen on Derby Day.

The rest is bad news history. She was obviously denied, and then she began her hate campaign against VFHRN and AC4H (AC4H wasn't even involved in any part of that rescue or adoption process, they just got drug in by association). So as she vowed to destroy and shut down both rescues, she gathered a following of other haters such as Pam Davis, Peg King, Kima Noel Madigan (whatever) Queen Craig Lundgren, Robert.. the ripoff..Ripclip, and even a few (so called) rescues such as Brenda Lewis Ace Rescue, and some other small scale so called rescue whoes name escapes me. But this group of haters has not only vowed to shut them down but has slandered and made continuos libelous statements about almost all the volunteers as well as the rescues themselves. Many of us have filed police reports for cyberbullying and cyberstalking and taken other legal action to stop their constant slander and deframation. But in addition to all of this, they have also physically threatened to cause bodily harm and even vaguely worded death threats to the owners of VFHRN and AC4H and some of the volunteers. All of this hate because Sally did not get a free horse with nowhere for the horse to live and no financial ability to provide for it.

For all of these reasons any of the comments made by this group of haters should be seen for what it is... just another avenue by which they have attempted to destroy two very reputable and highly regarded rescues. These rescues desperatly need funding to continue their work in saving horses that noone wants and that have noone else to save them from starvation, abuse and slaughter.

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

becoming an admin on the organizations group pages and assiting others to fund for and adopt horses.

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

block all the haters from commenting on the postings for rescue and adopting

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Diana goes all out to do the best for so many horses in need. Nobody realizes just how much this takes, the effort financially, physically and emotionally. Diana is a trooper and continues on no matter what to make sure horses are helped where ever there is the need.

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

Seen all the horses that were saved and still needing homes with Diana pushing on to help them all.

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

Donate much money and pray for many grants to help them.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Always putting the horses in their care above everything. Which at times isn't the easy road. "It is unfortunate some people who have been turned down for adoption because they are not financially or emotionally able to properly care for a horse can be very derogatory. Animal rescue is a very emotional issue and Not everyone views are the same.
Voice For Horses will always do what it can for any horse in need.
Great rescue with big heart.

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

Donating, fund raising for horses to be bailed from Brokers and kill pens. Making back round calls on applications for adoptive home approvals.

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

Hard question they do a great Job!

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

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Introduced me to many new friends and helped me learn how to not let the negative people get to me and the task at hand.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It always feels wonderful to see a horse in a wonderful home that had no hope. It is beyond words.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Voice For Horses (VFH) / Voice For Horses Rescue Network (VFHRN) founded and operated by Diana Murphy is one of the most professional, friendly, honest and loving rescues one could ever hope to cross paths with! The love and dedication that she and her assistant(s) put into finding quality & stable forever homes for horses, who would otherwise be slaughtered in the most horrific way possible for human consumption, is inspirational to say the very least. We found out about Diana and her organization back in the spring of 2010 and have since adopted/rescued three amazing horses through her program throughout 2010. 1 Belgian Gelding who has a heart of gold and who has captured everyone's heart, 1 Percheron Mare (bailed and saved via dual efforts of between VFHRN & another PA Kill Pen rescue group) who is also one of the most amazing, kind, loving and well-mannered horses a family could ask for. Diana Murphy has also been kind enough to hold/board another Belgian Mare which was bailed/rescued through a big-hearted donor through VFHRN back in the summer. Our boarding facility ran out of room (with all of our other rescues), so Diana has been kind enough to rehabilitate this adorable Belgian (she was severely injured by another horse who kicked her leg while at the kill pen), she's had the farrier out on a regular basis, has had her teeth floated and has shown our mare the unconditional love that she shows all of the other rescues she takes in as well as those who are too ill or old to ever be adopted out. They will be forever in her loving care. If you or anyone you know are considering getting a show horse, trail horse, mini, donkey, you name it - we implore you to take a look at a slaughter bound kill pen horse. They are extremely intelligent and seem to realize that they've been given a second chance at life - you will be in awe each time you look into those loving eyes and know that you made a difference in this world. Please spread the word & let's try to save these fallen souls one (or four as in our case) at a time. These horses are like Pringles - you can't have just one. God bless Diana Murphy, Char Notman and all of the others behind the scenes at VFHRN who volunteer and dedicate every ounce of free energy and time. Once we have more land - we will most definitely rescue more VFHRN horses =)

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

2010 / 2011 and will continue to do so indefinitely.

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

Love to have the means to purchase a state of the art facility so that VFHRN and Diana Murphy could save more beautiful lives. They all work so hard and they deserve it =)

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Rating: 1 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Misrepresentation of horses, fund raising for horses that are no longer with the "rescue" ...dumping horses at the kill shelter/Humane society where they are then put to sleep. Dont you dare ask her any questions about horses you helped to bail, like how they are, where they are...she'll ignore you and the more you persist she just ends up blocking you on her FB page and deleting your questions. This woman and her "rescue" cannot be trusted. She DUMPED 29 horses at the local Humane Society...dont rescues RESCUE animals FROM humane society facilities? Not DUMP THEM THERE!? This woman cannot be trusted!

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

2010

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

Have it shut down!

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