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Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue Inc.

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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

71 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!