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Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: We stand as West Virginia’s largest, most effective equine advocacy organization. We also impact Kentucky and Ohio. We were founded in West Virginia at a time when no other organization existed to come to the aid of the horses, and we realize how important it is to expand the reach of rescue through out Appalachia. We know it is vital to assist counties' animal control and law enforcement officers, teach the public and become leaders in the equine industry if we are to change in equine welfare. Heart of Phoenix is a POWERFUL advocate for All Horses in Appalachia. Poverty in our region means the need for education and assistance is tremendous, and we work to meet those needs. The conditions we encounter in West Virginia are often shocking, yet with your help, we are changing everything for the better! Our team cares deeply about horses, awareness and education. We care about showing what rescued horses are capable of while we work on the roots of "equine neglect" where a future finds fewer horses in need. This region has more long-term, extreme neglect than is found anywhere else in the nation. Abuse, deprivation from water, food and basic care frequently go on at unspeakable levels where horses are left to suffer for years, for decades. While there are many issues facing horses and advocates working at various issues; our focus here is to rescue those most forgotten: To make sure that they receive the rehab and training they need to become awesome equine partners for adopters: To lead the state in equine education: To make more Good horsemen and women, so fewer horses end up in need and more horses have suitable homes. The horses of this region have a valuable voice thanks to your support of HOP. We hope you continue to listen to the stories of our horses and allow us to continue to change the lives of many more. You can help change everything for horses in Appalachia when you partner with HOP! We know in order to see radical change, our organization must stay progressive and creative by expanding our programs, extending more education and empowering communities, law enforcement and horse owners. While we have saved hundreds of lives, there is much work still to do. We are ready to do it! We hope to impact thousands more in the coming years! Because our high quality rehab and standard of care requires a solid financial budget and many hours of volunteer time, we are committed to sound financial management. We will not take in more horses than our funding allows. We intend to serve equines in Appalachia for many years to come.

Results: Hundreds of Horses placed into homes. Hundreds of thousands of readers have found education through our blogs. Statewide Animal / Equine Training initiated 2 LARGE health and gelding clinics hosted

Target demographics: Horses get safe, rehabilitated and adopted

Direct beneficiaries per year: many very neglected horses recover and retain

Geographic areas served: the Tri-state Area of WV, Ky and Ohio

Programs: adoption of horses once they have been rehabbed and evaluated

Community Stories

102 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

They aren’t interested in saving horses, they only want to accept horses that can be resold to make them a profit. I called them about taking my horse that I can’t take care of anymore and their line of questioning about the horse was solely for the purpose of appraisal and saleability. When they realized that my horses weren’t the type they could “clean up” and sale to someone they told me they’d try to get back to me about picking them up. That was about a year ago. No word at all from them.
They are a bunch of kooky horse peddlers. Beware.

Tina Fisher L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix is definitely a class act. Their knowledge and dedication of the rescue industry is absolutely essential to Appalachia. Their volunteers put their heart and soul into this great organization and have always came together for the love of the horses.

Julie Evans Q.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Tinia and Heart of Phoenix do an AMAZING job! I have seen many horses go from skin and bones and on deaths door to looking fantastic and competing in shows. I don't think enough can be said about what a fantastic non profit this is.

1 Terri B.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I called them about a horse in need. After sending pictures they came right out and was able to convince the owners to give up the horse. It is now healthy and happy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have followed HOP for a decade, really before it was officially Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue. This genuine group of selfless, hard-working, organized and effective volunteers do amazing things with very little resources. No matter how hard it is, they always make the right decisions for the horses. The rehabs I’ve watched over and over again are nothing short of miraculous to the point they teach equine professionals all around them due to the sheer volume of their experience. The horses are well cared for and excellent adoption options. They teach, rescue, train, and bless the equine community far beyond Appalachia (their main area). These people stand behind their contracts promising the horses will always have a safe place to land. You can trust that your donations are well spent when you support HOP!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix does great work for the horse community. I've volunteered there numerous times and the horses are always in fantastic condition. Truly some of the most compassionate people I've ever met.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome, solid work for rescue horses. Top notch care and they also strive for education! Very thorough adoption process and I love the horses have a safety net and always go back to HOP if a adoption fails

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son and I followed a few horses for the 2019 ATFO. So many beautiful horses! I filled out the adoption application. Brittainy, a Heart of Phoenix volunteer, was so helpful through the process. We were approved to bid on our favorites! Talk about excited!!

After an all day marching band event we drove through the night arriving at the ATFO at 4:30 on Saturday morning pulling a borrowed trailer. We closed our eyes but didn’t sleep much. When the sun came up the fair ground started to come to life with horses and horse people. Soon there were horses and people everywhere as more folks showed up to watch the horses and trainers demonstrate all they had learned together over the past 100 days.

Horse and trainer pairs could be seen wandering around all day amongst the crowds of people. I was hard pressed to find a pair that acted even a little bit like they had only been training for 100 days. During the entire day I did not see a single horse with bad behavior. Given that these horses were in a high stress situation with only 100 days of training to say I was impressed is an understatement. Certainly there were horses that were higher energy than others and even some who had nervous tendencies but their trainers handled them with nothing less than professional calm guiding the horse back to a state of calm peace.

Since I am not made of money it won’t come as a big surprise to say that I made this trip on a shoestring budget keeping as much as possible so that we could go home with two perfect horses. My son fell head over heels for a big grey horse named Whistler. We stalked him and his trainer Erin throughout the day watching how she handled him and how he reacted. We talked to Erin at length about Whistler. He was beautiful but not for the faint of heart. My son’s love didn’t waiver. I only had eyes for a little bay named Pepsi. She was only four years old and hadn’t had a full 100 days with a trainer because sometimes life takes a turn that can’t be followed. It didn’t matter to me though. I loved her already!

When it came time for the bidding Whistler was one of the first few horses out. His price went higher than my budget for going home with two horses. I shook my head when the bid came back to me. The auctioneer kept going and with watery eyes my son looked at me and said, “Please, mom, I really want him.” I raised my card and spent my whole budget on Whistler. It was worth it. My son’s face lit up and he followed Whistler and Erin to the barn to claim his #RightHorse!

I wouldn’t be going home with my beloved Pepsi but it was ok. My heart was full just watching my son. Some time later Pepsi was in the ring. No one was bidding! I didn’t have the money to meet the minimum bid amount. I have to be honest, I felt a little bit ill.

When all of the bidding was over the paperwork had to be done. Checkbook in hand we went to the office to sign and pay for Whistler. Brittainy was there and asked me about Pepsi. I’m sure there was sadness in my face when I told her getting Whistler had drained my budget and I thought perhaps another horse at another time would come up for me. She sent me to talk to Tinia “because sometimes she can work things out”. Tinia didn’t have to but she did it anyway. She let me post date a check for Pepsi for my next payday. I would be able to go home with both horses!

We slept in our hammocks that night getting up with the sun On Sunday morning to load and head back to New Jersey. Pepsi wasn’t having any of it though refusing to get on that trailer. Without hesitation Brittainy and Pepsi’s trainer came out and gently coaxed her onto the trailer. It was a magical process!

From the time we arrived until the time we left we encountered friendly people everywhere with smiles and greetings and lots of conversation and anticipation about the horses. Our dogs had traveled with us and even they were greeted with friendly enthusiasm.

In my 54 years I have never been to a horse event where not a single horse was mistreated or forced to do something it wasn’t ready to do. Not a single person was rude or uncaring. I walked away knowing that this group of people had a collective knowledge and ability greater than anything I had ever witnessed. I will be a lifetime supporter of Heart of Phoenix, and I will forever be grateful to Tinia and her volunteers for my perfect horse.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix does an amazing job of matching horses and potential adopters! Their partnerships with trainers are also impressive. It is wonderful to be able to provide a horse in need with a good home, knowing that the horse has a solid foundation from a reputable trainer and that the rescue “has my back” as an adopter should I run into any trouble. My last two horses have been rescues (including from the Trainers Face Off). It’s been a much better process than purchasing. So positive, in fact, that I now give back to HOP as a volunteer!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix helped me in one of the darkest, most desperate times in my life. I owned 2 beautiful horses that I had to re-homed because my farm was selling and they were endangered by a neighbor. Tinia could not take them because they weren’t neglected or abused. She helped me in so many other ways. At the time (about 7 yrs ago) you could not give a horse away in WV and the auction was no option ever. She gave me so much support through that journey and she shared my horses all over the Internet that led to a perfect home for them. A woman saw the HOP post of them in Texas, contacted HOP w a trainer/breeder in WV. Garry Gwisdalla finished their training and immediately found them the perfect home. My horses were my ❤️ and I don’t know what would have happened to them if not for HOP. I am thrilled how they have expanded and done so much for horses in Appalachia.

1 Jessica Rosler P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix helps horses in need. They do amazing work and they are a much needed organization in the Appalachia area.

1 Ariene Shortell S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I started following Heart of Phoenix years before adopting one and now two horses from them. They have been (and still are) an excellent source of information. I was able to provide better care for a senior horse that came to my house for retirement because of the information I learned by reading information posted by them.
Several years later when I was ready to hit the trails again, it just made sense to have Heart of Phoenix help me find the #RIGHTHORSE for me. Our adoption experience was great and came with a guarantee for me AND the horse (Tonks). It was very helpful to know that I would have all of the backup and helpful information I needed to be the best owner possible AND Tonks had a backup plan that would keep her safe too. I remain in touch with HOP. They are such a valuable resource. If you ever have questions or need help finding a good trainer for your horse or yourself...they can help you find that too! I really can’t say enough good things about this rescue!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted twice from HOP and promote rescue immensely!! What a great group of trainers , the rescue is always there to help with any questions even after the adoption.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

One of the best rescues I’ve been associated with. Their ability to rescue and rehabilitate the most vulnerable horses is just short of a miracle. They give these horses a second chance at life and a happily ever after. They provide continuing education and support to so many, with a network of horseman that is incredible!

Lauren A.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue has helped me in so many ways. They assisted me when my own horse was injured and required euthanasia, as I was too panicked and distraught to think at the time. After this incident, I decided to foster one of their horses in her place. We loved our foster horse so much that we decided to adopt her. When our farrier had trouble trimming her feet, an officer of Heart of Phoenix personally came to help us resolve the issue. They stand by every one of their animals regardless of the situation, and also offer a great deal of education to keep all horses safe and well cared for.

Ed P.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

My wife and I are experienced horse people! I am the owner of Destiny stables which is no longer serving the publc. We are near the Huntington Mall and served horse people for many years.! My wife applied for adoption of a gelding and we have waited weeks for an inspection of our facilities . NO VISITATION! She has been riding for over 20 years and when she inquired about the 19 year old TW gelding, she was told that he was too hot for her to adopt. Really? She has trained and rides a gaited Standard bred mare (with my help of course). SHE RIDES BAREBACK MOST OF THE TIME on the trail and in saddle when training for gait. She was hurt that she was not good enough to adopt a 19 year old gelding because of her riding ability. How would they know???? I also feel offended for my facility which has put many area youth into horses and for dragging their feet on a potential adoption.

Client Served

Rating: 5

For quite some time I searched for a trail horse. I am 65 & have MS so I really needed a dependable ride. I spotted Serena through her foster, Vania Carr. I knew Vania through a mutual friend and knew of her integrity. I discussed adopting Serena with Vania & Tina Creamer. I submitted my application and they thoroughly investigated my references. This proved to me the Heart of Phoenix definitely has the best interest of their rescues as a primary goal. Serena has opened up my trail riding world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure of working with Heart of Phoenix as a foster/trainer for just about a year now. But I've been following them through FaceBook since 2012. I've worked with 3 of their wonderful horses so far, 2 of which have been already adopted out into wonderful homes! I hope to work with another one soon.
HOP far surpasses any expectations i've ever had or seen through a rescue. They are legit and the most helpful, caring, dedicated people in this area when it comes to equine welfare & equine networking. ALL equine rescues/advocates around the US should really take a look at what they are doing and use some of their principles as a cornerstone to their own organization.
For me personally, fostering and helping HOP horses has been such a blessing and has filled a void i've been looking for quite some time now.
The thing I love the most about HOP is that they are dedicated to following & keeping track of the horse it's entire life. If an adopters circumstances change (for whatever reason), HOP will gladly take the horse back and then re-adopt out. This, this is just amazing. Thank you HOP!

1 Amy Jo H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Appreciate the education! I love being able to share information with friends and family.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Anytime I have contacted this rescue they have done thier best to give as much help as possible. In a time where money is tight and people are running into problems they never thought to see Heart of Pheonix is truly above and beyond. They dont just dip their feet into one sode of the pool! If you take a scroll through all of the horses and there stories you will so much variation. Kill pen buys, neglect/abuse/abandonment cases, situations where owners begged for help, off the track horses, feral mine horses, mustangs! This is a rescue that does the right thing(sometimes the kindest thing you can do is put one to rest), even when you know it has to hit them hard. And if we want to look beyond "just" the horses, I mean WOW. HOP has worked so very hard to pull people togeather on this. Trainers, volunteers , and the general public are reminded that if we were to work togeather we can go far. That regardless of petty disagreements we all want the same thing. Horses that are in danger to be safe, horses at the end of a career to have somewhere to go. Horse owners to have the know how to care for their critters to the best of their ability, to know when to let go, when and where to as for help.

In times of darkness Heart of Pheonix has blindingly shown again an again. The ability to do whats right, the ability to be kind, the ability to be there as much as possible. Sometimes all anyone can offer is an ear, a kind word, and the knowledge your not alone.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have fostered one or two horses for this charity for almost 2 years. Fostering involves feed and housing a horse until it either gets adopted or goes to be trained. Besides caretaking, we are well suited to really talk up the horses in our care. My girls and a host of horseless friends usually are able to ride one horse while I ride one. That gets the fosters used to other riders and gets them out.

Teri L H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix horse rescue is an amazing group that is tirelessly serving and saving the less fortunate horses of Appalachia. Volunteers are out at all hours of the day and night with law enforcement to pull horses out of deplorable conditions. They transport, feed, house and provide skilled rehabilitation and top vet care to these horses. Every horse is then evaluated to determine what type of rider they might be best suited for. Often they are even able to provide extensive training to the horse through their partnerships with professional trainers! I support the organization for all these reasons but I adopted a horse from them because I couldn’t have found a better partner from anybody at any price! Miss Margarita’s mom was pregnant with her when she was seized. There was a stallion on the property that was already dead and this starving pregnant mare was standing tied to a trampoline without food or water. Shortly into her rehab it became evident that she was pregnant. HOP saw to it that she received all the care and nourishment she could get to have a healthy baby. Rita (as she became known) was born premature but otherwise perfect. Unfortunately something happened when she was just weeks old that broke this tiny filly’s leg. These incredible people raised the money to take her to Rood and Riddle where top orthopedic surgeons were able to successfully repair her leg!! After she was fully healed she was given great nutrition, care and socialization and allowed to just be a horse and grow up. I adopted her this summer and I am positively over the moon for her! She is hands down the sweetest, smartest horse I’ve ever been privileged to work with. She is my perfect partner and I plan to have her in my life for all of hers. But here’s the amazing thing, if it wasn’t a perfect fit, or if something happened to me that prevented me from keeping her, they take her back. They are committed to her for life. They will make sure that she never faces the starvation and neglect that her parents faced. I have the joy of her company, the pleasure of riding her and the security of knowing that she will always be provided for.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my first horse 2 years ago. I wanted a horse all my life, once my kids were grown and on their own I looked at adopting. The heart of Phoenix is a wonderful resecue. I was impressed with the application and reference process. Two years ago I fell in love with Drogo from just his picture, at first I was told he wouldn't be a good match for me because if my limited experience and he had another adopter. I was disappointed, but grateful they were protective of the horse. That adoption fell through, Drogo had more training and I received the best email ever. The trainer thought Drogo and I would be a match now. I couldn't wait to meet him and bring him home. He has brought me so much joy. We work on tricks together, we take walks together and sometimes we will take a ride together. He is a very loving horse, he's smart and willing to learn.
He is also patient as I learn. I am very thankful for the Heart of Phoenix and what they did for Drogo. And for what they do for many horses.

Bethany Jo M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix has done some amazing work when it comes to rescuing and rehoming the neglected and abused horses of Appalachia. I have been fortunate enough to be involved with this rescue group for a short time now, and have already seen so many amazing transformations in horses lives through the help of Heart of Phoenix. This group of people really work well together in order to keep the organization running so well for the animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I wish as a previous horse owner from 1967-1976 that I had a rescue story to share. Instead I watch across the internet of the heartbreaking but also glorious redemptive work HOP does. I worked in a nonprofit foundation for 26 years and understand the role donors and volunteers make in the success of that organization. HOP is truly one of those brilliant and engaged organization. My hat is off to them for going above and beyond almost each and every day. A++++

gmpardo

Client Served

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix does a fantastic job rescuing horses and advocating for their humane treatment. This is a top notch organization making a real difference for equines of all breeds (including a few off-track thoroughbreds) in the Appalachian region.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I met Tinia in Louisville KY with one of her associates at an ASPCA event a couple years ago.

I can tell you that few folk work harder at helping, protecting, and changing laws and regulations to the benefit of equine in the state of West Virginia.

I have a lot of respect for this young lady and her group.

Jeff (D-S Rescue)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix is a great nonprofit organization they do such amazing work for the abused and neglected horses in this area hands down the best .

howens221

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my horse from Heart of Phoenix back in February 2018, at 8 months old we drove to Kentucky to meet him and bring him home! The application process was easy and the same day we submitted our application we were contacted by Suzanne at Heart of Phoenix, and she was wonderful! She updated us with pictures and videos and was always available and still is to ask any questions or give any advise we may seek. She still keeps in touch and has watched from afar Lawless go from shaggy colt to stunning yearling. We love everything this rescue is about and the work they do not only for the horses but educating horse owners is amazing! I would adopt another horse from Heart of Phoenix at any time and would encourage anyone looking for a new horse to try and find your match through them. We love our boy Lawless(Boston) and are so thankful to Heart of Phoenix to allow us to be his forever home!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cannot possibly say enough about how GREAT this rescue is!! All aspects of my adoption process were amazing ... the people who volunteer and run this rescue are so knowledgeable and professional and generous and will do so much to ensure these horse get amazing forever homes. They are so upfront and honest and so so helpful. There are sooo many great advantages to adopting a horse ... I couldn’t be more pleased with my horse and my experience with Heart Of Phoenix!!!!!

Haley V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a child I always had horses and I loved them with all my heart. Heart of Phoenix has given me a unique opportunity in my adult life to be around horses in a time when I own none. I just wanted to be around and take care of horses. I didnt expect to see the things that I saw but Im glad that I did. The abuse and neglect people put these animals through was shocking to me and it made my heart full to slowly see horses put on weight and regrow hair and gain trust. I believe the mission of HOP is one that needed filled and they filled it. I have seen many horses come and go and all for the better no matter the outcome because HOP gave them somewhere where people finally cared.

Janyse

Donor

Rating: 5

The lengths these folks go to in order to save a horse, bring abusers to justice, educate the sheriff and police departments handling the cases, is all beyond measure. They have brought horses back from the brink of death and provided a safe loving end of life transition for those who were too far gone.
This organization is the best the USA has to offer, bar none!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix saves the lives of so many beautiful souls, souls that would have been lost at the hands of humans and or circumstance. I happily donate monthly, even though I live form paycheck to paycheck, because of their amazing work. If I lived closer, I would foster, volunteer and transport if required. They truly doing God's work............they are angels on earth.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Heart of Phoenix for a few years now. What a wonderful group of people who wish only to find responsible, loving homes for horses where they are free from abuse, hunger and fear. Homes where they receive the love and care they deserve.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The best group of people helping the ones who cant help themselves!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix took three emaciated horses, a Mare, her yearling filly, and her severely malnourished foal from our County in a Sheriff's seizure case several years ago. After rehabilitation they were all adopted to wonderful homes never to be starved again.
We will be forever greatful to them for this.

The MANY others they have saved from the most cruel, bleak, circumstances speaks volumes of these dedicated, caring people that truly are making a difference for horses without hope, to wonderful , talented, useful equine companions.

We are dedicated donors to this great organization.

The great expense they will go to to save these abused, hopeless horses, plus and excellent veterinary care they receive from the best Equine Veterinarians in the country is "over the top"!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a follower of Heart of Phoenix for some time now. I've chosen to follow and donate to them because I believe on what they stand for. They believe a horse deserves to live free of pain and suffering, that quality of life is what is best.
Heart of Phoenix also educates the public on several topics, some controversial, but always in away where the individual can walk away with knowledge and the ability to make their own judgement.
The staff and volunteers gives so unselfishlessly to help horses who have been neglected, abused, abandoned and forgotten. Giving each one a hole for a chance of a better life.
Once my own beloved horse passed I decided to donate monthly in his memory because I believe that deep,y in what Heart of Phoenix stands for.

2 Sarah S.

Donor

Rating: 5

This charity rescues and rehabilitates horses in the West Virginia and Kentucky areas. It is inspirational in its care for, and ability to successfully rehabilitate horses that come to it starving, neglected and often abused. They campaign for better education of law enforcement and owners and they are generous with their aid to owners who have fallen on hard times but who are doing their very best for the welfare of their animals. They take the most difficult cases and either achieve miracles for the horses or they do the hardest thing and end horses' suffering while loving them until the moment that the pain is over. They don't keep horses alive for their own sakes, they do what is best for the horse, even if that is the hardest, saddest thing to do. They are also willing to take risks when they think there could be the glimmer of a happy ending as with Margarita a gorgeous foal who broke her leg. It was looking bad, but because they have cultivated such good relationships with amazing vets, there was a chance that Margarita could heal so they raised money, gave her a shot and now she is a beautiful, spirited yearling. This year they have set up a wonderful competition called The Appalachian Trainer Face Off. Eight of their horses were given to participating trainers who signed on to train their horse for 100 days and then to compete with them at the end of that time. The plan was that all 8 horses would be available to be bid on b y approved potential adopters. One horse has proved very fearful so rather than rushing him to be competition ready, the trainer is working patiently to see how far she can take him. All trainers are volunteers and the work they have done with the 8 horses is nothing short of inspirational. I find it impossible to root for one team because I am so in awe of each horse's journey. They have adopted this competition format as a way to promote the horses they have, to get them the best training and to educate people about the value in adopting rescued horses rather than shopping for them. Tinia Creamer is the founder of HOP and I can't believe how much she does to make this rescue flourish on top of running a farm. She has a wonderful crew of volunteers who also make such a difference to these horses: always ready at short notice to go where they are wanted to help another horse in need. This is a shining example of what an excellent rescue organisation is!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been watching this group for about a year now and I am blown away by the dedication of the team that is HOP. They always go far beyond the call of duty and often beyond what seems even possible when a horse needs them. Their success with the skeletal horses they have saved is next to none as is their success with horses whose mental equilibrium has been damaged and I find those stories truly inspirational. I am also impressed by their ability to make the hard choices when they are best for the horse. I admire their philosophy because it is often easier to do what's best for us which may well prolong the horse's suffering; HOP looks that situation straight in the face and puts the horse first and foremost. I shed many tears reading those posts but I support their humaneness. This group makes me wish I lived in their area so that I could do more for them than be a monthly contributor!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue is an amazing organization. The work they do is incredible. Seeing the transformations they achieve with horses who are literally teetering on the brink of death, restores my faith in humanity. The volunteers many times risk their own safety, going into sketchy situations in Appalachia. They don't do it for the praise or the accalaids, they do from their hearts. The love they have for these horses blesses me. Their network of volunteers will step up at a moment's notice when an animal in need is brought to their attention. These are good people, doing spectacular work. A deserving organization who do what they do for all the right reasons.

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Donor

Rating: 5

An excellently run rescue that always puts the horses's welfare first.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a trainer for hop for the last 2 years. We have many rescues closer to me, but I chose to only work with hop because they are very transparent about the work they do.

1 Sarah330

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization does a wonderful job! They help horses and people both, as well as raise awareness. I can say that some of the education they provide has truly improved the lives of my horses.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization has made a huge impact on the lives of horses and people in WV. It is truly impressive to see the horses that they have brought back from the brink of death. Not only do they rescue horses from extreme neglect and abuse, but they have helped so much in providing education. They provide a network that helps owners with things, like finding a farrier for example, that should be simple but sometimes isn't. If I know someone that is new to the horse world, following this group is my first suggestion. I have learned a lot from them myself and it has improved the lives of my horses. I could go on about Heart of Phoenix at length, I really respect these people and what they do.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

a very good non profit. horses are beautiful. a forgotten breed. this charity has raised awareness for the horses that are let loose to defend for themselves. they help put the horses in good homes.

1 Debra97

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough good things about this rescue and the people that they are. We have adopted two amazing loving souls from them that wouldn't be if not for Heart of Phoenix. I wish I could add before and after photos of our two loves but I can't seem to upload them from my iPad. Shetan and Sangria. HOP took them out of life threatening circumstances and gave them a chance at a happy healthy life. HOP does this on a daily basis and has saved so many souls from horrific circumstances. They are an amazing group of people with sincere and loving, kind hearts. If only we had more people like them in this world.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I transported a horse for them,then began foztering and training for them. I am a proud officer of a group WHo liberATes the spirit and bodies of forlorn, abused, neglected and starved equinrs of the tri state area--WV,KY,OH.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Not only does this organization help our equine partners in desperate need, this group strives to prevent unintended neglect! They have offered educational clinics, gelding clinics, health-care clinics, networking opportunities and countless other resources that aid in the prevention of neglect. This group is by far one of the best organizations in the Appalachia region! With their broad vision they not only address the immediate, their dedication prevents future neglect.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We were fortunate enough to adopt Nemo (an Arabian gelding) from HOP. They are all marvelous people and go above and beyond time after time. Simply the best.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is amazing to see how many animals that hop has rescued. The need is so great. They help these beautiful horses and other animals and give them hope when there was none. My daughter and I volunteered and saw some of the most recent cases that were unimaginable unless you saw for yourself. How someone can do that to another breathing animal I will never understand. But with each animal, they were eager to be brushed and loved on and learning to trust us humans. I said to each one if them " no more hungry, bad days" it broke my heart but brought me much joy to give them a little piece of love that they had been neglected of for so long. The volunteers work many many long hours and days and see things Noone should ever have to witness. But they do it because of their love for another one of God's creatures

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting Heart of Phoenix for several years. Beyond amazing transformation on the horses they rescue. There are lots of rescues to support, but they are so passionate about helping the horses. This is not a 9 to 5 job for them but 24/7 mission for these volunteers. I only wish I had more money to donate each month.

3 Sharon202

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A friend of mine suggested Heart of Phoenix last year when I was looking for an equine partner, so I studied the descriptions of each of the available horses. One mare affected me strongly, so I filled out an adoption application and, within several weeks, was able to visit her. I was very impressed with the time Tinia Creamer took with me, even though it was clear quite early in my visit that this mare and I would not be a good fit. I'm grateful for how candid Tinia was; there was no attempt at all to mask potential difficulties, and for that I am thankful. I would not hesitate to recommend Heart of Phoenix to anyone; the work these people do is beyond amazing!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my mare from Heart of Phoenix and was pleasantly surprised by how quickly it happened in spite of how thorough they were. She is a perfect match, both for me and for her. I was so impressed with their teamwork and their commitment to the horses that I started volunteering with them and have enjoyed watching the team grow and reach out to the community and make such a difference in so many lives - both equine and human.

1 Kasey5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Astonishing people and unbelievable outcomes! What HOP does is truly amazing.




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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work these people do with the poorest cases is nothing short of amazing!

2 Melanie56

Client Served

Rating: 5

My beautiful mare Splenda came from HOP. I had been following their rescue for a while and keeping an eye out for a horse that would be a good addition to my little herd. I saw her video and filled out an application. The process went quickly, and I soon went to meet her. I was impressed that there was no pressure at all for me to make a decision. It was clear that the priority was making a good match, and they were totally upfront with me about issues she had because of her past. I didn't bring her home then, but when I realized I couldn't stop thinking about her, I knew she was the one. When I went to pick her up, I met many of the horses that were being loved and fed back from the edge of death, and seeing them was heartbreaking, but I have followed them on Facebook and rejoiced to see them regain health and move on to their happy ever after families. HOP members are fiercely loving advocates for animals, and I find hope in their efforts.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I helped facilitate the adoption of two foals with Heart of Phoenix. I cannot say enough about the integrity with which this amazing organization is run.
I don't often endorse a rescue, but when I do, it is only because I truly believe in their dedication to the horses and the mission they strive to uphold. A top notch rescue here.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They allowed me to be their first volunteer which saved my life and lead me back to horse ownership. I have watched this charity grow from 1 horse to almost 30 plus since 09. Thank you HOP for my beautiful Starlight and Scar!

1 Susan Falcon S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Since 1968 I have worked with dozens of small and large animal rescues. Many start out with good intentions, but fail. They fail supporters, themselves and the very lives they are trying to save. They lack focus, budgeting skills, resource management, foresight and grit. Many even lack basic animal care knowledge and honour.

You HAVE to be a little nuts to run a good rescue, you have to be strong, vocal, informed and have limitless fire. But it cannot be done by one person. It takes the coordinated efforts of many knowledgeable people willing to put the lives of the animals ahead of their own egos. A good rescue team will get up in the middle of the night to drive hundreds of miles to get to an auction at o'dark-thirty to lift collapsed animals and carry them to a borrowed trailer. A great rescue understands that you can't save all lives. An epic rescue educates all people and works with legislation to reduce the chances that animal care will fail in the first place.

For the efforts and continuing journey towards ending the practice of abandoning horses at coal mines - or worse, using public land as free grazing for breeding MORE horses and/or to fatten up horses destined for meat slaughter - for the work done to fight this portion of commercialized abuse alone - This amazing team deserves all the support and respect the nation's equine lovers have in their hearts.

Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue has added to the body of knowledge on how to bring back to glowing, sound, working health an animal considered by vets and other equine professionals as beyond help. And they have been generous in spreading that knowledge. They have held free gelding clinics to reduce the number of breeding animals and help turn brainless studs into safe partners.

Heart of Phoenix Equine rescue epitomizes all of these hard won skills. And they'be manage to take amazing care of their own farms, families and jobs.

Then they went a step farther. Southern West Virginia and surrounding areas have experienced devastating floods this year. I swear, I don't think it was 24 hours before the HOP team was networking and taking action to help ALL animals put at risk by the loss of pasture, fences, shelters and owners.

The coordination efforts to find temporary fosters, hay, supplies, feed, medical care, shelter - and get it all where it needed to go - saved the hearts of many devastated families from having to sell goats, horses and cattle at auction and dump pets at the shelter. This state has a strong 4H and FFA presence. Children do without a lot of things to raise these animals. Though HOP efforts may seem like a drop in the bucket during this time, to the lives they have been able to touch, they have brought comfort and hope. Plus the knowledge that somewhere out there, other animal lovers really do care.

And during all of this heartbreaking chaos, the rescues never failed. Animals tied to spikes in the ground by ropes grinding into their necks - newborn foals who's mothers could barely stand - gaunt haunted faces of animals who had no reason to hope - a mare foaling in the wild facing yet one more of our harsh mountain winters - all have been brought into a professional network of caring and safety.

And they face the knowledge that this winter will expose many animals made homeless by the floods to starvation, pregnancy and slow death from lack of minimal shelter.

Heart of Phoenix has been there for me when I've had to deal with neighbors who own a free range stallion. They offered to geld him. They offered to spend the funds to train him and assure that he became a useful, valuable animal instead of a danger to the county. But the job of education has not ended. The owners, despite the horse totaling a car in a midnight accident on a major highway, would not take advantage of the help offered. They still don't understand their responsibility for control of a 1,000 pound breeding animal nor that this poor animal lives a lonely life all by himself. This stallion continued to break down fencing as long as I had mares on the property. Driving us to the brink of financial ruin and forcing me to rehome my beloved forever mares. And even with vet checks and ultra-sounds, we ended up with two colts. These boys will need gelding, training and care for a lifetime. They are loved. But honestly? They were not 'wanted'. (Law enforcement, animal control and the courts were of no help - so don't bother telling me that they would have. Laws differ from state to state, burden of enforcement sometimes falls to citizens.)

I hope that Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue thrives for decades to come. I hope that there comes a time when they aren't pulled out of bed at three in the morning to transport a crippled, blind or starved animal to its final resting place - able to provide a few loving hours in a life of misery because the owners and authorities FINALLY did the right thing, Too late... too late. I hope that someday they can focus JUST on proactive education. Helping loving struggling owners to get along during times of need instead of documenting carcasses in a barren pen because an owner was in hospital and no one cared. I hope that someday, long after I am gone, this amazing team looks back on a lifetime of change. Stories that the next generation will have trouble believing - because seriously - look at the before pictures. Who could believe so many animals are suffering around us all the time through ignorance, lack of law enforcement or evil intent?

The HOP team has a vision and have developed a practical approach to maximizing every penny to help the most animals and owners possible - right now and into the future.

This is the legacy, ethics and excellence for which every rescue should be striving.

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Because of the handful of rescue animals I care for myself, I am unable to donate money to the rescue. But, oh my... I wish I could. I've seen money wasted and spent foolishly at so many other rescues. Not these folks. I've seen greed and ego and over reaching and lack of local support doom well meaning rescues to failure. Not these folks.

Please, help them change our future and the future of all animals.

1 Teresa94

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my second horse from Heart of Phoenix over three years ago. I watched their work for a year before deciding to adopt from them. Kate has been a wonderful horse and she would have been slaughtered if not for the efforts of HOP. They do so much for the horses of Appalachia!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix is a fantastic, responsible rescue organization. I couldn't have found a better group to volunteer for. Everyone truly cares about animals and finding the best possible outcome for them. The foster network is amazing. They are very knowledgeable horse people and have an incredible track record for rehabbing some of the worst neglect cases you could imagine. It's very rare that we lose a horse, and when we do it's felt by all of us. Fortunately the vast majority of horses HOP takes in are success stories. I have seen horses go from skeletal, unresponsive, and sour to being fat, happy babies who look forward to human interaction and enjoy having a job to do. HOP does amazing work and I'm proud to be a small part of the organization.

1 Sonora W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue has been the most rewarding non for profit group I have ever involved with.I have been with this group for over 4 years and this group of dedicated people are the best by far.We strive every day to bring education,awareness and aid to our tristate community as well as rescuing and rehabilitating horses in need.We run entirely on the donations from the community and others that follow our work.We offer educational clinics for the public as well as Humane officers in the state.We hold gelding clinics yearly for those unable to afford gelding,dental ,farrier and veterinary care for their equines.Please vote for us and help us to continue this important work .

1 Dawn113

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had never been involved with any type of rescue until Heart of Phoenix. I was astonished by how much this organization cares about animals and by the dedication the volunteers have to save "just one more." If not for HOP, I wouldn't have my dream horse, Dozer.

2 Debby R.

Donor

Rating: 5

This rescue goes above and beyond for horses in great need in an impoverished area of our country. There is sincere compassion for the horses as well as the people who have fallen on hard times. The love and care provided is truly inspirational. There has been horses who couldn't stand on their own that were nurtured back to a fairy tale ending.

1 Jacque G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a rescue as their title states with heart. I follow the rescue on Facebook and Sonora Winds as my pets groomer. This rescue is ran with the upmost ethical ability and compassion. As a horse lover, this rescue has impressed me most with their ability and knowledge and efficient treatment of the animals that come to their fields. The incredible turnaround of these animals and the animals response to the care and love that they are given is shown in every update.

2 Sandra92

Donor

Rating: 5

My family follows this group on facebook. My daughter donated her cold water challenge earnings to their great cause. Time and time again they come in when help is needed, even when they don't have the resources to give. They are working to tackle the growing problem of the abandoned coal mine horses despite tied hands. They set up clinics to teach, educate and help horses and the people that love them. I am sure that there are other rescues that do the same but this group is close to our hearts. We hope that they keep up and are able to keep up all the good work they do. God bless and thank you HOP.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This nonproft is helpful caring folks in times of need.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing rescue that goes above and beyond what people expect. They save lives and inspire others everyday. They have a great group of people that help with the rescue. The organization is well organized, they have a great leader, and they are hard working people. I wouldn't support something that I didn't have faith and/or believe in. I believe in them.