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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

86 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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!

Amy Jo H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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!