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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals

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

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I highly recommend your contacting Patricia Muncy, founder of RVHR, when searching for your "perfect" horse. She is a great resource and is passionate about her mission to "save" unwanted horses. The Rescue has many adoptable horses for your consideration.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I are former adopters. I had come across the resuce after reading about a story in the local newspaer. We called and were invited out to see for ourselfs first hand what the RVHR was all about. While being there I fell in love w Gentle Ben. Ben was a Belgian draft horse 22yrs of age. He was the love of my life. Pat worked with me on how to ride such a large gentle animal. We are horse owners just not of that size. They took the time to show me how to handle him, ride him. I was able to visit anytime for however long I wanted to while our adoption went through. The rescue is a WONDERFUL place and I thank God everyday for allowing them to alllow me the chance with my gentle giant. We are now looking to adopt a mini...hoping that goes well also. Anyone who wants or needs the experience of horses and the knowledge of the people that handle them RVHR is the place to go...2 thumbs up!!!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

The relationship my husband and I have with RVHR is many tiered. We have fostered horses, adopted one, donate our hayfields, and have found a true friend in Patricia Muncy. Patty is an inspiration to me, and I would say I don't know how she manages to do what she does - but I can't because I see how for myself. She tirelessly and devotedly opens the facility's gates and her arms to horses in need. In need of nourishment, shelter, medical attention, training, love, understanding, and end of life care. The whole idea is to find a real home for the horses that are healthy enough to leave RVHR, and provide a respite for those who are not. This all takes money. And when there isn't enough to go around, Patty digs in deeper, physically doing the work a vet, farrier or farmhand would do. It is extremely hot and dusty out in a hayfield on a tractor, cutting, raking, baling, loading. The number of bales, round and square that Patty personally put away for the horses at RVHR is staggering. I thank God every day for Patty and the other angels of mercy that help her administer to creatures great and small.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a client, volunteer, and a donor I can only give RVHR the highest of praise. I have adopted a hose through RVHR and have used their services for a horse that I could no longer care for. I have also worked as a volunteer to help with the needs of the rescue. In all circumstances RVHR has been very professional and caring in all all matters.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Several years ago, i received word of a blind, 29 year old horse, in our area, that had been terribly neglected. Being associated with a very small humane society, we did not have the means to help. I contacted Pat at RVHR and she did not hesitate to take this poor girl to her rescue and provide whatever she needed to give her a much better life in her golden years. We are so grateful to RVHR for caring and doing the wonderful work they do. If not for them, this horse would not have survived.

Review from Guidestar

Pond S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The passion, dedication and love that Patty, Jason and the volunteers at RVHR have for horses and their quality of life is undeniable, if only you pay them a visit. IT IS TRULY AMAZING!
I have been there several times, and each time it blows my mind. I met Patty when she was a volunteer at another rescue, that wasn't enough it was in her blood, now she manages her own rescue. There are never enough rescues, and always a need for placing ONE MORE horse.
A few years ago Patty was battling cancer, their commitment never wavered. Although very sick, once I paid a visit and found Patty, sporting her bandanna and no hair, out feeding and watering horses. In my heart they are HEROS.
RVHR was there for us and took in and cared for our elderly horse. I had a new job and I didn't have the time or funds to properly feed and care for my high maintenance elderly horse. He had gotten dangerously thin.
RVHR took him in, fattened him up and he looked amazing, he honestly looked 20 years younger.
I know that he spent his last couple years happy and as healthy as he could be, with tons of love and attention... He deserved it, he was a beautiful soul, and I loved him.
Patties dedication goes further than just feeding and watering horses but educating young horse owners. When my children were younger and involved in a 4-H horse and pony club Patty taught an important lesson to the children. It sticks in my mind, will never forget it. "How to properly groom your male horse, and ALL his MALE PARTS, INSIDE AND OUT." She gave a demo on how make him "drop" and how to properly wash the Sheath. She taught them of the hazards of not cleaning this area. I myself, had never seen this done and had no clue. It was not very glamorous to say the least.
The knowledge shared there is invaluable.
The economy has hit everyone so hard. There are so many horses needing to be placed, their mission has intensified. The needs are great.
I believe that there is a special place in heaven for people so giving of themselves, Patty and Jason and the loyal volunteers at RVHR. I wish them only the best.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Having lived on a farm in VA for years raising and caring for donkeys, my husband was suddenly transferred out of state to a large city. We could not find land/farm anywhere within reasonable distance of his new job. I didn't want to advertise my 2 rescue donkeys for sale because most folks want to use them as protectors of cattle or worse yet, use them for roping practices; providing no vet care or shelter. I wasn't about to let these animals be subjected to anything like that as they were "my boys" and had been well taken care of and loved. They were my pets. When talking with Pat, she agreed to take them in, care for them and give them a forever home with her. She sends me pictures and updates all the time. Any additional funds or grants would be a huge blessing for RVHR.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first met Pat when I saw a pregnant mare on Petfinder that I was interested in. I called her that night, and she was in constant correspondance with me during the remainder of the pregnancy. They even put up a webcam in the mare's stall so that I could see the delivery. When I went to visit the mare and meet with Pat, I was very pleased with how well the horses are cared for, expecially since there are so many to care for. And we all know how much work is involved. I think Pat and her volunteers work very hard and run a top notch rescue.

Review from Guidestar

Celeste C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Several years ago a friend called me to ask if I would be interested in taking on a rescue pony. The day we went out to see the ponies we realized that these miniature ponies were being left, stallions and mares together, to roam in knee deep mud and had never been handled in their lives. I had only been debating taking one home to help care for it and find it a new home, but seeing them in the paddock like that broke my heart and I ended up taking home three, two young mares and one of them with a filly at her side. I spent over a year handling these ponies and trying to turn their health around. One mare and the filly were very responsive to my work and after a great year with them it was time to find them new homes. The mother of the filly was much harder to help. After a year of very slow progress in her health, including a miscarriage due to her poor health and from being in foal at the time I took her, she still showed little progress in her handling and ground training. I did not feel comfortable enough to find an appropriate home for her on my own. I turned to RVHR because I knew that their adoption contract specifies that if the placement of an adopted animal does not work out, the horse or pony must be returned to their facility. After speaking with Pat Muncy about the miniature pony mare, she agreed that it sounded like it was for the best for me to bring her to the rescue as an owner release in order to ensure that she was placed in the most appropriate home and that if things did not work out they would always be able to get her back. I am so grateful that the rescue is available in situations like this. I do not want to imagine what may have happened to this pony if she had ended up in an inappropriate home. If she hurt someone she could have ended up being abused, being sent to auction, or worse. The rescue made it possible to ensure the safety and well-being of this mare for the rest of her life.

Review from Guidestar