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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

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Dawn125

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Review from #MyGivingStory

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think what the RVHR is doing for the HORSES of this region is great. The horses need a safe haven and Patricia Muncy provides that for them. Between Patricia and the Volenteers, the horses are in good hands. I know some of those horses think when they get to the RVHR, that they have died and going to heaven because of the attention they get and the care.

Kathy, Franklin Co.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I get the RVHR newsletters and believe that they are doing a great service to so many neglected and/ or abused horses. There are so many that need help...especially in our current economic situation! Help this organization save lives!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I give our financial support to RVHR. We feel secure in the fact that our donations will be applied to operational cost and not spent unwisely. I feel it is a well run rescue worthly of the $5000.00 gift.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

From what I've read and heard from other co-workers and friends RVHR is a very well run rescue. I feel confident giving money to the rescue, knowing it will be spent with the horses best in mind.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are many animal shelters for smaller animals, but not many for our larger equine pets. RVHR is among those few and they are rarer yet in the commitment they give to the horses in their charge by making sure they are as comfortable as possible while awaiting their forever homes. Pat and the other volunteers do a wonderful job. I enjoy getting the email updates and following their Facebook page to see how some of the most pitiful beings are transformed back into healthy and hopeful horses again. I hope they can continue to give the support these horses need by us giving RVHR the support they need.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

RVHR has one of the most professional web pages of any rescue operation I have been involved in. I am an artist and have done many paitnings for fund raisers for dogs and cats in places where I have lived and now want to help out the horses at RVHR.

The folks involved are professional, kind, open, creative, wonderful and giving and they do give their best to the horses they rescue. In fact, the place is a godsend for horses that need gentle, loving and good homes.

Their updates are the best - so full of important information that informs, instructs, explains and has the optimism required to keep an operation like this running... the updates attract benefactors. This is because of the professional and knowledgeable way they share what we, the public, need to know.

At times like these, people are reticent to give out more money because they don't have as much; however, RVSR is able to show where the money is going, you get to meet the horses and you see how much good is being done for this small operation.

There is definately a need for RVSR and I hope they get all the grants and money they need to help these wonderful, worthy horses.



Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

RVHR performs an extremely necessary function. We need to support the only equine rescue in this area...especially given the current state of the country. The animals are the first to suffer. Good job Patricia!

Review from Guidestar