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Rvr Horse Rescue

Rating: 5 stars   170 reviews 2,477

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals

Address:

12611 Hayes Clan Road Riverview FL 33579 USA

Mission:

RVR Horse Rescue has a C.L.E.A.R. Mission. To Care.Learn.Educate.Act.Rescue

Target demographics:

Horses

Direct beneficiaries per year:

horses by fully rehabilitating them & finding forever loving homes.

Geographic areas served:

Hillsborough County

Programs:

C.L.E.A.R. (Care.Learn.Educate.Act.Rescue) / Volunteer Orientation / Fundraising & Awareness and Horse Angels. We have also launched RVR Rehome Network and Charity's Vision.

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http://www.rvrhorserescue.org/

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I want to express my love and gratitude for RVR. Searching thru the internet one day I found this horse rescue called RVR in Florida. The more I read about it, the more in awe I was of their commitment and love to these animals. I have been a horse lover as far as I remember, and when I started reading these horrific stories of abuse these horses had gone through, I could hardly finish the stories. But what kept me reading was the incredible outcomes of most of them....the before and after stories. I was blown away by the unthinkable abuse many had gone thru. When i read about Shawn Jayroe's vision to make sure every horse has a chance....to be loved, nurtured, fed, veterinarian care, hoof and teeth care.....rehabilitated and re-homed with perfect matches... and yet sometimes humanely euthanized when the concern is whats best for the beloved animal. I had never experienced such an amazing organization of dedicated volunteers who make RVR a priority. After reading so much, I made the decision to fly (I live in California) just to see if RVR was the real deal. I must say, IT WAS MORE THAN I COULD EVER HAVE IMAGINED. We were greeted with such a warm welcome and shown all around the property and got to meet all the famous horses I had been reading about. We stayed for 4 days....and got to experience so much!! shoveled stalls, fed the horses, groomed and walked them and even got to ride at the end!!! I have never felt so much genuine concern, love, compassion, dedication in an organization. It was so clean ....the property grounds were beautiful, each stall swept daily and fresh food. Everyone was so conscientious of their duties and care of each individual horses needs...RVR takes in the worst of the worst...some are to far gone to help, but RVR loves them to the end giving them love and dignity and letting them know that all humans aren't bad....the hold them as they cross over the bridge. I truly don't know how they do it daily,....the heartbreak they see......but the success stories are so beautiful and give so much hope for the next horse to be rescued at RVR. It's not about the peoples feelings, it's about the horses needs at all cost.....even if it means 24 hour care in their stalls.....RVR is there. My stay gave me faith in mankind again....to know that these volunteers are making a difference made me want to be a part of something much greater than me. I live to far to daily volunteer so I am a financial supporter ( RVR is a non profit organization...and it was VERY clear from the beginning that ALL MONIES go to the interest in rehabilitating their horses) I am forever changed and grateful for RVR and their dedication to rescuing these beautiful majestic animals from horrific abuse. RVR truly is heaven on earth sanctuary . They are CLEAR and the voice for the abused. I will continue to visit and stay in contact with RVR, support them and visit at least once a year to be part of such a wonderful rescue group. Please consider visiting RVR and/or supporting them. They truly are so humble and genuine in their intentions. God Bless RVR Sharon Webb

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As a horse lover, I saw an article one day about C.L.E.A.R. thru RVR Horse Rescue. As I learned what it stood for, CARE, LEARN, EDUCATE, ACT and RESCUE, I began to research RVR. As I began to read all the stories of "before and after" I couldn't believe what I was reading. The horrific abuse , neglect and abandonment of horses. I learned of the heart of RVR and about the owner, Shawn Jayroe, who has dedicated her money, time and compassion to be the voice of these neglected and rejected and abused horses. As I began to follow there mission to save these horses, I saw heartbreaking horses that they had rescued with no hope. I watched as they showed them love for the first time, fed them for the first time, when they had been in filthy conditions with only dirt and manure to eat. I saw them address hooves that were so bad the horses could barely walk...I watched as they brought in vets to evaluate each horse and decide the best plan of rehabilitation to give the horse a chance to live land have a chance with a forever home of love. I watched as they stayed up 24 hours a day with ones that were to weak to get up, comforting them with compassion and showing them love. I watched them cry when they could do no more, but assist them over the rainbow bridge.
I couldn't believe such compassion so I decided to fly to Florida (I live in California) to see RVR in operation and meet these people and volunteers. First hand, I meet the most wonderful group of VOLUNTEERS that are selflessly dedicated to the welfare and rehabilitation of these forgotten animals. I had never met an operation with such a mission to rescue and love horses. I saw every horse receive a special diet specific to their health problem, vitamins and medicines. I watched as they saw a problem arise, take pictures and send to the vet, with immediate response for de-worming, wound care, and other conditions that arose that needed professional attention. They are a no-nonsense rescue.....that lives and breathes these horses. I witnessed people coming from far away bringing food and supplies as donations to help..people stepping up to financially sponsor their horses and be a part of their rehabilitation. I meet people that set their lives aside to be part of rescue that was pure and honest to the well being of these abused horses. My life changed the minute I walked onto the property of RVR. I have been to other rescue organizations, but they have been politically motivated, money before the care of the animals. RVR is about animals, and will find the money to make it happen. Because of their integrity, people have generously donated to keep their vision alive. Every stall was immaculate, fresh water, fresh food, no manure. They had even built a special lift to help a horse that couldn't stand anymore. I came home in awe, and have now made it my mission to help raise awareness for RVR and raise donations for such an amazing horse rescue. I will forever be changed by this experience, the people that i met and the mission and vision that Shawn has for all the abused and helpless horses. Thank you RVR for opening your doors to educate others on the importance to Care Learn Educate Act Rescue.....God Bless RVR

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

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2014

 
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RVR is doing the work that most people don't want to. By taking horses who are abused and starved they are giving them a second chance at life. These animals deserve better than they got at man's hands and RVR has given them that chance. It is assisted by volunteers who care about their survival. I pray that there will come a day when the horses no longer need a rescue to help them, but until then RVR is the best at what it does. Keep up the good work.

 
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There are so many descriptive words I could use to describe what RVR is, but I'm just going to say that they are the real deal. Some of the worse cases have been brought to RVR, some have had to have 24 hour care, some so scared, and emeciated you would think they would never trust humans again. But the patience, love and care that is given to each of these rescuses, they become trusting, loving and happy horses again and they will never have to worry about abuse again. My 9 year old granddaughter and myself have been volunteering for 2 1/2 years and we are proud to say that we are part of RVR.

 
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My family and I moved to Riverview Fl almost five years ago. I had heard about RVR while I was at a networking event with my sister several years ago. So, the that following weekend my family I took a visit out to RVR. I have to say..... I was very impressed and in aawww at the beautiful work they are all committed to doing with these awesome animals. I then decided to become a volunteer and involve my husband and son. We would come out to RVR on weekend mornings and help.... cleaning pastures, stalls, filling water buckets.... what ever needed to be done. One day my husband came out to the farm and built them a new picnic table for the volunteers to rest and relax in between barn duties..... he fell in love! The mission at RVR is very clear and steadfast and can be seen and felt when you walk through the farm yard ... I am privileged to be part of such a beautiful community of dedicated individuals that care so much about these incredible creatures that share our earth. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the earth angels that care so much!! Shirley S.

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

Life-changing

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2015

 
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RVR Horse Rescue has given me back faith in humanity. Giving back love and life to some of God's magnificent animal creations. Restoring hearts of both horse and human. Soon as you walk thru the gate you feel the love.
Look into the eyes of the horses and see their spirit and life returing. Become the voice for these animals unit and stamp out abuse.

 
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I have always loved animals of all kinds Horses have been in my life since childhood. Finally thru RVR I can help thru my small support but know.its truly going to help the horses. Shawn is truly doing great works for these forgotten horses and thru her and all that support RVR miracles are happening daily. I personally have seen some of these miracles and with God great Love I hope to see more.

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

if I am every lucky enough to have money come my way RVR wouldnt have to worry about necessities for these beautiful horses I would make sure they had everything to get healthy and know Love.

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I've volunteered with RVR Horse Rescue for over 2 years now. I've shed blood, sweat & tears along with the amazing group of volunteers that I have grown to consider not only friends but family. RVR Horse Rescue's team of dedicated volunteers work so hard to care for all the horses & donkeys in their care. I have seen them take these horses as skin and bones and bring them back to the happy healthy horses they deserve to be. I'm honored to be a volunteer at this organization.

 
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When I started going to RVR Horse Rescue I thought I would find a place that would kill some boredom and allow me to give back to the community. What I really found was an amazing place with an amazing group of volunteers that dedicate so much of their own time and energy in to making RVR the amazing place that it is. It has become my home away from home. The minute the horses step out of the trailer they are greeted with open arms of love, care, and food. Something most of them haven't known in a long while. I consider myself lucky to be able to volunteer and be a part of such an amazing organization. There are so many great things I can say about this place...but don't take my word for it! Stop by and see for yourself :)

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

Make room for more!

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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I started volunteering at RVR Horse Rescue in April 2013. When I walked thru those gates I wasn't expecting what I got. I got this overwhelming emotion of passion. A passion I knew I needed to be a part of this rescue. There is never a day off and it solely operates on donations from the community. All the volunteers come together for the love of these horses. RVR is known for taking in the worst cases of neglected and abused horses. I have personally watched as these horses come off that trailer and know they are safe now. With the dedication of everyone at the rescue these horses make a transformation that is nothing short of miracles. Whether they are with us for the long haul or just their hospice care they know love from every volunteer there.
I didn't realize on that day I walked thru those gates that my life would change. It is now my passion, my voice for these beautiful creatures. This rescue would not have made it without the backbone, the passion, the strength of one woman, Shawn Jayroe. This is her dream and she allows all of us to be a part of this journey.
I couldn't be more proud to say that I am a part of this amazing rescue. I look forward to everyday that I get to be involved in the lives of these animals.

 
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I have been blessed with finding RVR. I have been volunteering since spring 2013 and love every minute of it. Every horse that comes through those gates is welcomed with open arms, love and food. Many who haven't eaten a real meal in a long time. Some scared of the attention because they have been alone for so long. Some in the most horrible shape that just breaks your heart. But once they're there, they are in the best company, love is blind. The love and care these horses get is unbelievable. Shawn Jayroe has made it her mission to be the voice for the neglected, abused, and malnourished horses. In just a few months of being there, the results of these horses is unremarkable. It's like a second family there. It is my peaceful place!

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?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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2013

 
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RVR has been a God send to me. Adopting Mona Lisa and Irene has blessed my life beyond measure. I am constantly amazed by the level of commitment and unending love that fills that rescue. Horses come in from devastating circumstances and are nursed back to health by the tender loving care of the volunteers. It is inspiring to see abused horses come into the facility and become the healthy and happy majestic beings they once were

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Life-changing

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I have watched for the past few years RVR growing and becoming one of the most beautiful pieces of heaven on earth - The love and dedication to the animals is a magical thing to witness . I have seen the deep human concern for making these saddened - and sometimes extremely sick creatures whole again - and eventually matching them -with great thought behind- by the owner Shawn Jayroe - to a human that they can trust again . The whole process is incredible ! So much energy and focus and the possibilities are proven every time I visit . Help a Horse day this year was organized to help raise much needed funds and understating of the mission this group of volunteers are on . I have a deep respect for Shawn and her team of horse angels and I wish RVR all the best and can't wait to visit again

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I'm going on two years as a volunteer now, and I have to say that RVR Horse Rescue just keeps getting better and better. The number of lives, both equine and human, that are touched here on a yearly basis is amazing. There is something unforgettable about watching abused and neglected horses learn to love and trust humans again. The transformations that happen here are magical. The time, dedication, tenacity, and support that volunteers give on a daily basis never ceases to amaze me. We started volunteering almost two years ago, and we fell in love with, and adopted our big-guy, Thunder. Last year for Father's Day, we added Dominick, the donkey to our family as well. RVR saved them from a life of neglect, and we are blessed to call them our own. I spend every weekend volunteering and caring for the horses that are still being rehabilitated and the ones who haven't been lucky enough to find their forever-human yet. I am truly blessed to have found this amazing non-profit.

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

Continue to find ways to build the online support and increase funds raised.

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?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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I'm coming up on my one year anniversary of volunteering at RVR with my 17 year old daughter. She has blossomed into a confident leader under the direction of RVR's volunteers. I have made lifetime friends who all share the same vision. Rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing horses that have suffered the worst forms of abuse and neglect. Every horse is different, yet each is loved the same. The compassion and care these horses receive is amazing. Nothing is more rewarding than watching them regain their spirit as they regain their strength and trust in humans. I will stand by this amazing rescue for the rest of my life. I promise to dedicate my time and resources to keeping it going for the horses.

 
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I've been volunteering here for a year now, and I still learn more about the care and compassion they have for horses every day! We fell in love w/ one of their rescues, and he is now ours. I'm there at least 2-3 times a week and help keep the rescue clean and the horses watered and loved on before spending time with my main man, Thunder! My daughter has been given amazing opportunities to work with the rescues, and tend to their wounds and nurse them back to health. She has blossomed as a leader and helps manage the teen volunteers, as well as assist the core volunteers. I'm so glad I stumbled on RVR Horse Rescue, and it has given me purpose and drive. I've met amazing people here, and enjoy their company as we work to make a difference in these horses lives. These horses have known such horrors in their past, they deserve nothing but the finest, and that's what they will get for the rest of their lives. They are rescued, rehabilitated, and re-homed. I will spend the rest of my life volunteering at this amazing organization. Shawn Jayroe is the most driven, compassionate, and giving person that I know. She was placed on this Earth to make a difference, and she does it every day.

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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I learned about RVR on Facebook. I live a few miles away and never knew it existed until August 2013. I filled out an volunteer application and started actively volunteering with my 16 year old daughter in October 2013. We rarely miss a Sunday, and go more when school is out. Orientation was very organized and informational. We started out changing water & mucking out stalls and common horse areas, and now have some more responsibilities. This non-profit has NO paid employees. 100% of all funds raised go directly into the care of the horses.
Form the moment we stepped foot on their property, we were treated as part of the family. The amount of love and dedication all of the volunteers have is amazing. These horses are given the proper nutrition and medical care, along with lots of love. I've been there when seized horses have been seized brought in. RVR takes in the most needy cases - horses that are a 2 and under on the Henneke body condition scale. They are the worst of the worst cases of neglect. It's amazing to watch their transformation at RVR. When you see the horses they've had for a year, you wouldn't know that the animals were ever in such a condition. They are healthy, vibrant, and playful. They walk in near death and defeated, and are nursed back to health, physically and spiritually. They are worked with and trained so that they can be adopted to good homes. RVR chooses families for these horses carefully and monitors them for a few years to make sure they are being taken care of properly.
They are also activists in their community and educate people on animal care and how to report neglect. They started a C.L.E.A.R. (Care - Learn - Educate - Act - Rescue) campaign. Outreach is important to this non-profit. They reach out to education the general public.
I've only been volunteering there for about half a year, but I see myself dedicating my time there for the rest of my life. I believe in their mission and vision, and will do everything in my power to support it. I encourage other to as well.

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

Continue to reach out to the community and find business partners to help with the much needed funds.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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