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Rivers Edge Horse Rescue And Sanctuary

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37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Justice L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was fortunate enough to volunteer at Rivers edge it was a life changing experience. To see how much sacrifice, care, love and dedication Diane has for the animals. I was moved and touched for life. So many days Diane would be by herself sometimes with personal hardships going on in her own life. Nothing comes in between her and those horses well being. Rain, sleet, snow, nothing stops her because she has committed her life to caring for them and believe me, they know it. I was fortunate enough to spend time there. She had my help for a few months but I have been touched by her compassion for life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the way the horses respond as they are getting the best care of their lives at Rivers Edge. DIane and all the volunteers give and receive love back from these majestic animals. I love it when I get to the farm and interact with the gratitude and love.

Janet D.2

Donor

Rating: 5

This is such a caring horse rescue and sanctuary. I have donated and shared them because Diane the owner and all the volunteers do an excellent job at caring for the horses and animals. I watched Diane save a horse going to slaughter all the way in Oklahoma and she bailed and shipped her to bring her to safety even after she was told it was too far and she could be helping one closer. But knowing this horses fate she did all she could and brought her to safety and the horse is now living out the rest of her life in safety and great care. Diane is determined to always do her best by any animal that needs safety and a good home.

Jennifer A.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered here and my heart is just warmed to see the devotion diane has to her animals. They are beautifully taken care of and every animals needs are more than met. It was my pleasure and diane remains one of my close friends. A truly wonderful experience for me and some of the best horses and staff I have ever met.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered here for a couple years when able and have remained amazed at the love, care and devotion the horses and other animals receive on a daily basis! It would be amazing to see what could be done with greater resources!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a new Volunteer to the Rescue. I have always been a lover of horses, but visiting River Edge Horse Rescue gave me a whole new dimension of the beauty of a horse. They are truly living "the life of Riley". To see them grazing out in the pasture and just having fun with their friends, is amazing. Also, to see the "behind the scenes" care that these horses get and how they are treated as horses should be and not abused and neglected as most of them were before they came to River Edge. And all this could not have happened without the love and hard work of an amazing woman - Diane - and all her dedicated volunteers. May God bless them all and continue to give them the strength to carry on.

sandymit25

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at Rivers Edge Horse Rescue & Sanctuary. Through my time at the Rescue and with Diane I have learned so much about animals and also about myself. There is so much you can learn from special needs and unridable horses.
You can easily see that Diane takes amazing care of the animals they are spoiled but still they are allowed to be their natural selves in most ways.

Horses have a unmistakable way of teaching us things about them, ourselves and others without words.

I am thankful to know the animals at REHR are so well taken care of and safe and that someone like Diane exists and can understand and help them tirelessly.

I hope for donations and volunteers and a better rest of 2018!

Help is needed to help keep these wonderful beings in their home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can not say enough about Rivers Edge Horse Rescue and Sanctuary. Dianes' dedication, loyalty and passion is inspiring and rare these days. She is so willing to teach what she has learned being around horses basically her whole life. The horses, cats and goats are so natural, happy and Very well taken care of. I treasure every second I get to spend there I learn so much from being around the animals and also Diane.!

Susan T.3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have a friend who volunteers at the horse rescue, and I have gotten to know Dianne very well. Horse Woman is what I call her. As the head of the whole rescue operation Dianne has a lot of knowledge about horses, as this is what she dedicates her whole life to. As volunteer DJ for different events there, I like to visit the horses. Those horses are taken in from some of the most horrible environments, some suffering life long Physical injuries along with mental trauma. They are loved and cared for to the Max! And they all have great names. I was honored to meet a horse named Fancy who was rescued from a slaughter house and within a week or two she was learning how to relax as every little thing made her jumpy in the beginning. She was eating and drinking on her own pasture and loving the human attention. And what a beautiful horse she is. One horse is blind and has his very own stall with lots of room to move around as he can't be in the smaller stalls in the stable. Every horse is treated special according to it's needs. Some have passed on to greener pastures do to medical issues or age. The volunteers like my friend and Dianne become attached to each of these Awesome Creatures and many tears and joy are experienced at this rescue. I've donated when I am able and they are always in need of donations. It's a great place to bring children and learn about the rescue. There are friendly farm cats to pet, goats and of course horses! I could go on and on. Rivers Edge Horse Rescue provides a labor of love that is well worth any donation people can make. Sue Terry from Plainfield New Jersey

Irene O.1

Donor

Rating: 5

The horses at Rivers Edge are beautiful and well cared for. Many were on the brink of death and now living the good life for the remainder of their years.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer since 2016. The horses have beautiful fields to roam in. The owner is truly dedicated to her mission of loving and caring for the horses, goats, and cats that live on this beautiful property. She goes above and beyond any expectations to make sure the animals have everything that is needed to get them healthy, keep them healthy and show them love like they have never known before.
It is wonderful to know that these animals are now in a safe loving space where they will live for the rest of their life. I enjoy the animals and the peacefulness when I am here, so much so that some days it is difficult for me to leave.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Diane does a great job with these horses. She has brought quit a few of them back from the brink of death.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Rivers Edge Horse Rescue and Sanctuary for 3 years, the knowledge and experience that I have gotten while volunteering at the farm cannot ever be replaced. The dedication that the owner Diane has toward all the animals at Rivers Edge Horse Rescue and Sanctuary is unbelievable. I really enjoy caring for the horses but there is one horse that I connected with from the beginning. He is a very special horse. I can't believe that these horses would not be here if it wasn't for the Rivers Edge Horse Rescue and Sanctuary. If you see the attached picture the horse is Lucky like all the horses on the farm Lucky was rescued by Rivers Edge. Lucky is such a great horse we have gotten very attached,he loves his treats and attention.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I retired from law enforcement and got connected with Rivers Edge Horse Rescue and Sanctuary approximately 2 years ago. If someone told me that I would be involved in such an organization as this I would have laughed at them. Diane is so dedicated to her animals it's hard to believe, unless you see it for yourself. I dont know how she takes care and shows the love she does for them all . Since I've been a volunteer and like other volunteers you get very attached to the horses, along with the other animals. But there is always that one animal you connect with. I have had the opportunity to connected with a beautiful rescued horse named Lucky. It's like you have a special bond with them. It takes your mind off of everything while your at the farm. I've never met a more loyal, dedicated professional lady as Diane. I don't know how she keeps up with the food, hay, grain and medical expenses for all the animals along with the up keep of the farm. There is always something to do at the farm, volunteers and donations are always needed.
You should really visit the farm and meet Diane and the animals.

Peggy Halpin M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rivers Edge is a very worthy rescue. Diane goes above and beyond to help horses, goats, dogs cats and all animals. She and the volunteers work tirelessly to provide a safe and healthy home to many animals. Volunteers are always needed and welcomed. Heart and soul goes into the rescue of all of these animals.

Louise R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for only a short while but the love and care they get is amazing the horses are happy and plenty of room to roam the owner is the sweetest person who really believes in their well being and cares about what she is doing. Right from the start Diane made me feel like family!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i’ve known the owners for a while now! they are amazing people, dedicated to their work and dedicated to their horses!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have recently started to volunteer at River Edge and from day one I felt humbled by the beautiful horses , their stories and the great care and love they receive.
The gracious owner (Diane) and her smile makes challenges disappear.
Only deeper one can see and feel this true Sanctuary for the Horses deserves all the help it needs.
This rescue is a place of hope and peace.
I invite everyone to stop by and experience it for themselves.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you Rivers Edge Horse Rescue and Sanctuary and Diane.!!!
Dear reader; I contacted Diane to inform her that I rescued a horse 4 years earlier, and quite frankly, I am in over my head. As a person with a disability I am on a limited income. Feeding and caring for my one eyed Morgan, Guinevere has become an economic disaster. Although she is well cared for and fed, should a medical situation occur, she will surely suffer due to economics.
Having spoke with Diane and having learned that her rescue was filled to capacity, there was no room for Gwen. I was so impressed with Diane that I decided to ask if I could visit the rescue. Diane welcomed me with warmth. The sanctuary is fantastic because the horses really are cared for. Let me restate, The Animals Are Really Cared For.!!! Diane is tireless and relentless regarding the care of these magnificent horses. During my brief visit, I pitched in and realized almost immediately how overwhelming it is for Diane to handle the daily chores of maintaining the sanctuary. Fresh water was provided and stalls were mucked. This is Impirtant to me.... This is where I want my beloved Guinevere to live out her life.
Diane has since stayed in touch and often enquires about Guinevere. Additionally, Diane purchased bags of feed and medication for me to assist me in caring for Gwen. But that is far from the end of this story.
Diane arranged for a vet visit, shots and blood work and paid for this although I could not afford it. I am astonished that this was done for me and more importantly, for Gwen.
Today Diane contacted me. She is now able to accept you Gwen. I cannot tell you the sense of relief that I have just knowing that my electric isn't going to be shut off. I should note that Diane was interested in seeing Gwen as soon as possible which would be within a couple of hours. My dear friend Diane arrived with 5 bales of hey, (I had one) along with 2 bags of Triple Crown feed along with treats and medication. Guinevere seemed delighted that Diane visited her as long as she did. Even though the humidity and insects were attacking. I am so pleased and grateful that my horse is being rescued and I am welcome to visit her.
I am so grateful to Diane and absolutely thankful that my beautiful one eyed horse will now be cared for. Long live Diane and Rivers Edge Horse Rescue And Sanctuary.!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing place. Diane who runs the rescue, and all of the volunteers, are so dedicated to saving the lives of these beautiful creatures. I hope that she gets the funds and the hands needed to keep this place going.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Patty M - I have been volunteering at Rivers Edge since September. I have worked in dog and cat rescue for many years and was so surprised to find how dog-like these guys are! By interacting with the horses each week I'm getting to know their unique personalities and continue to be awed by these beautiful creatures. Diane often takes the time to share the horses' individual stories, helping the volunteers understand the amazing second chance these lucky horses have been given. Many were frightened or poorly socialized when they came here but through Diane's endless love and dedication their gentle horse spirits have blossomed. While their sheer size and strength is intimidating at first, we learn to manage them safely and experience the "puppy" inside each horse. I love nothing more than walking down the aisle in the barn at the end of an evening and hugging each horse head that leans out seeking that good-night kiss. The rescue has a terrific group of volunteers that make an evening of watering, feeding, shoveling, hauling poop into a heart-warming event. I would encourage anyone with a love of animals to check us out.. you don't need to be knowledgeable about horses (as I was not). You just need to be reliable and willing to learn. The rewards are many!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been to REHRAS and it's just beautiful...the horses are well cared for the goats are just halarious. .Diane has worked so hard for these precious animals for along time she's a beautiful person and you can see how she loves the animals. .she's even gotten strays cats in the neighborhood spayed and neutered. ..I wish pepole could see the dedication Diane has for these beautiful precious animals. .I'm a animal lover and I would trust Diane with anyone of my animals. ..she's done a beautiful job here but needs help...