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Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: To protect and preserve the wild horses that settle in the foothills surrounding hidden valley during the winter months.

Programs: "to protect, preserve, and rescue the historic wild horses of the virginia range, nevada, by creating a safe and healthy environment where they can flourish and be embraced by an appreciative public for generations to come. "

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Therese5


Rating: 5

My husband and I are both volunteers and donors to HVWHPF and other wild horse and burro advocacy groups. HVWHPF consistently does amazing work for the horses, and I have no doubt every penny they receive benefits the horses of the Virginia Range. The leadership and key players of the group are working people with limited time and personal resources, who nevertheless manage to make it happen for the sanctuary of up to 150 wild horses, as well as being on 24 hour call for rescue and emergency situations. I am honored to be a part of this amazing organization, and excited to work with them and through them to unify and educate wild horse and burro advocates. Please help support HVWHPF. Your money will be well spent!

4 Margie R.


Rating: 5

I have been involved with this animal advocacy group for just under a year, participating in group sponsored activites and as a regular monthly donor. This group is currently caring for more than 100 wild horses removed by the State of NV from the Virginia Range and you can literally see donations in action in the form of care and board for the horses as well as in the bales and bales of hay purchased to feed the horses. There is no question that the monies I, as well as others, donate is used effectively. I highly, highly recommend this non-profit animal advocacy group and if I could give it more than 5 stars I would.


Board Member

Rating: 5

One of the most noteable aspects of being associated with this all-volunteer organization is the true dedication and hard work of all the volunteers who work tirelessly in the best interest of the historic Virginia Range horses, both wild and free as well as the rescued horses that make up our herd of over 140 horses.
I am proud to be a volunteer and Board member of this organization. Our Board members are all professionals and business owners who work long hours to develop programs and raise the funds needed to feed and board our horses. We have successfully adopted out 35 horses and have 13 more horses in training programs with clear prospects for adoptions at the completion of the training event.
Our goal is to protect, preserve, and rescue the wild horses of the Virginia Range. We have volunteers who work daily to ensure the horses remain safely in the hills and out of our congested streets; volunteers who install and repair fencing that keeps the horses and the public safe; volunteers who work year round to raise funds that go directly to benefit the horses.
Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund has rescued 150 horses since September 2012 and 32 of its mares, pregnant when they were rescued, have given birth to some beautiful babies.
One of our goals is to find good, quality homes for as many of our rescued horses as we can, ensure the wild horses remain wild and free and create an ecotourism industry around the historic Virginia Range horses that reflects the value they bring to our community and wellbeing.

Review from Guidestar

5 horsewhisper

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This non-profit advocacy group adopted 150 wild mustangs who were destined for slaughter during October 2012 through January 2013. Although the group was motivated by compassion, neither their expertise in managing or budgeting for the care of this large number of horses was or has been professional in nature. This non-profit group tends to ignore experienced advice, requests for accountability, or a willingness to focus on the horses that they already possess. Their passion is to save as many horse from going to slaughter. While their desire is admirable, it is neither practical nor realistic, given the abscence of financial means to take care of the 100 plus horses they already possess.

In this reviewer's mind, they run their organization through their emotions verses their intellect. This leads to a very unprofessional business, driven primarily by emotions rather than by common sense and good business ethics.

When tasked with keeping the wild mustangs within their natural habitat, this non-profit served the community well and could manage their expenses and fulfill their mission. Once they move beyond this area of their advocacy, they have become quite dysfunctional, overwhelmed and guided by unqualified leadership.

If they changed the leadership and management aspect of their non-profit organization, return to what they have the means and capability of accomplishing, this non-profit business could re-emerge as a vital wild horse adovoacy. Until that time occurs, my sense is this company will flounder and not succeed.

Review from Guidestar


Client Served

Rating: 5

I adoped 2 virginia range horses from this group. they were so helpful in my selections of horses that would end up fitting my needs for my children, the ready help when i call to get training information or to talk of issues I have with one or the other every now and then. The horses are wonderful and coming along so well i may just adopt a couple more once these are ready for my kids in a couple more years. Caring group of people i would do business with again. THANKS

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3 Mustang Man


Rating: 5

I have seen this group of ladies accomplish so much for these Virginia range hross, from getting up in the middle of the night to herd horses back over borken down fences, to fund raising to this year taking on 150 wild ones they had to get from teh salughter auction. My donations have always went for what they are supposed to and been very well spent. I support them with 5 stars

Review from Guidestar