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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals

Mission: Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue, RVHR, founded in 2002, evolved out of the need in our community for assistance with horses being found in undesirable situations. RVHR is comprised of a serving Board of Directors who volunteer their time to this effort and are joined by volunteers in our community who may also become members of our organization. RVHR is dedicated to educating the public on these issues and how they can be avoided as well as providing assistance to horse owners in our area that are dealing with a similar situation. Other efforts include providing educational clinics on horsemanship and horse care in general for our horse community.We also provide a refuge at our facility for horses that are in need due to starvation or neglect as well as helping these horses find new loving and suitable homes where they shall be watched over by RVHR for the rest of their lives.

Results: ~ 276 Horses Helped Since We Opened In 2002 ~ ~ 166 Placed in New Homes ~

Target demographics: Helping those horses in need of death due to starvation

Direct beneficiaries per year: 29 new additional arrivals.

Geographic areas served: Our efforts help the horse in need of being removed from thier owners who no longer care for them.

Programs: placement program

Community Stories

108 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have given countless hours in service to abused and neglected horses t the Roanoke Valley Horse rescue. I started in the cold of January. Years of desire to give volunteer service finally culminated into action and I made a decision that the only person standing in the way of giving my time, energy, and talents was me. In trudging through ice and snow, mucking many a stall, hauling many 50 pound bags of feed, and anything else that has been needed, 3 years into my horse learning, I met Scarlet. I love all of our rescues, but this lady touched me in a very unique and different way. And, she has inspired me to continue my learning and work despite many obstacles and challenges.

I have and do give because it is central to my belief in others- not only other people, but other living beings.

Scarlet came to RVHR having been so abused that the mere thought of human touch sent her into pure panic. And a 1000 pound animal in panic is no laughing matter. It is dangerous. Not because the animal is intending to be dangerous, but because the fear is overpowering. The desire to flee is so strong that running over anything or anyone is not out of the question.

Seeing such terror in an animal this large was life changing for me. And, after long, long self talk, I decided that I would do all I could to be part of helping Scarlet understand that the human hand did not have to be what it had been in her past. And, remember, I am a fully inexperienced horse person. I am a human services professional, and do know something about trauma in people. This helped me bridge the gap.

Horse rescue is challenging work. It is physically demanding, Finances are a constant challenge. The rewards- no words for it. Horses are perfect assistants to human change. I went to serve as a volunteer thinking I was going purely for giving- never did I imagine after 20 years as a career public servant, would I be given something in return. That is exactly, however, what has happened. It is not just Scarlet, it is the many horses that I interact with that are giving me some much needed self reflection and support.

At the same time, Miss Scarlet is the one that sealed the deal on where my volunteer work would be!

I give almost every day to the effort to provide safety, care, and re-homing services to horses their way to the Roanoke Valley Horse rescue. And I'm doing that throughout the holiday season by supporting newsletter preparation, feeding horses, fundraising events, mucking stalls.........and just about anything in between!

The photos of Scarlet represent what RVHR does. Her intake picture in November 2015 and her physical appearance in November 2016! Not only that, a select few at RVHR are privileged to be able to say they can approach, halter, lead, touch, and ask Scarlet to follow some simple instructions.....and I happen to be one of the select few!

Review from #MyGivingStory

Dawn125

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In the past 21 months I've given over 500 hours of volunteer service at Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue. As with many, I'd always thought about volunteering somewhere. So, I decided.....to go to a place I could be around horses. I'd always loved their beauty but had no opportunity to be with or around them. Of course, I went thinking I was doing a service.

What I found was that it was I who was being served, taught, and guided by the horses at RVHR. In their horse way they let me know I was not allowing myself to connect to much on an emotional level and that, if I wanted to be with them, I'd have to figure that out.

And I stayed....and worked on it, with the horses reminding me when I was anxious, nervous, or just too pushy for them (and I didn't even know I was feeling those things!).

I've been gifted with many many lessons that I couldn't have heard from a human voice. And, I'll continue to give back to this wonderful place these abused and neglected horses have to call home!

Review from #MyGivingStory

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Didn't know we had a space for reviews....glad to know! I have been volunteering consistently at RVHR since January 2014......wow.....21 months....I keep saying 16 or 18....how time flys! So, I came with NO horse experience............zero! Now.....I'm still learning...but guess what...now I understand about ear, tail, and vocal communications with the horses, I can catch a horse (pretty much any of them out of the always 60 or so there)- and can do it with confidence, I can halter and lead well. I have learned about barn gates, latches, feed supplies, how to fix water troughs (well mostly)! But most of all, I've truly learned the joy of just being around and chatting with the horses- I cannot describe the conversations we have or why they are so powerful- they just are! And....they can make just about anyone laugh! And thanks to Pat and Jason Muncy for going for it - opening the rescue, working through challenges that often are unseen, finding a way to do it- and to share the opportunity to experience something of horses and the joy in being with them with us volunteers! I would not trade this opportunity for the world. And....my intent is to keep learning....as slow as I feel I've been in the process....but I feel like I have been given the opportunity to be around horses in a way I doubt I'd find available anywhere else.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at the Rescue for about a year. I started at the RVHR thinking I would be providing extra muscle to complete specific chores to make the lives of these magnificent animals a little bit better. Little did I know that they would be giving so much more back to me. All the animals at the rescue have a story of neglect and/or abuse. Staff and volunteers work tirelessly with the horses to let them know that not all experiences with humans are bad and things can be much better. Through my months there I have seen emaciated horses die after hours and hours of staff and volunteer support for a better outcome. I have seen emaciated horses thrive with the help, knowledge and hard work of everyone at the rescue that give of their time. Without the help of this facility and the dedication of those who work there the outcome for all the horses in their care would have been much different. I am grateful to have the opportunity to provide my time to this agency. learn more about the care of the animals, and learn form the animals

Donor

Rating: 5

In the depressed economy currently affecting our nation, it is heroic efforts from organizations like Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue that provide hope for horses whose owners no longer can, or worse, no longer choose to, care for them. It is a honor and privilege to donate to these altruistic efforts, and sponsor six of Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue's rescued horses. If you cannot adopt or provide a foster home for one or more of these noble horses who so want and deserve a second change for a forever home, please consider sponsoring one or more horses. Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue is staffed with people who genuinely care for each horse, and ensure that donations are used for animal care, not indirect administrative costs. For the sake of all horses who need a second chance nationwide, thank God there are agencies like Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a Mustang whose training has been a challenge. I reached out to Pat and RVHR, from whom I learned about an RVHR co-worker, Diane, who does Reiki. Diane's Reiki therapy has greatly assisted us to find a way to reach this very special horse, ease his issues, and enable him to willing move ahead with trust and training. This is just another example of the ways that Pat, Diane, and all of the special people at RVHR make such meaningful contributions to horses in need. Especially in our nation's troubled economic times, where families are forced to just give up their horse(s), or horses are neglected or abandoned in vacant fields or at truck stops, it is a blessing that caring organizations like RVHR exist to protect and care for the innocent victims. God bless Pat and RVHR for the wonderful works and support for our noble horses!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been knowing about rvhr, or better known as roanoke valley horse rescue. They care greatly for all the animals that are there. They treat each of them as if they were there own pet at home. It is a place like no other. I would even say that it is the best place in Virginia that you could ever go to or adopt from. They have the most caring people and treat the animals there with the best love and care they can give. If you have any time in your schedule i would highly advise you to check out there website or even go by there to donate a few things. They deserve every bit of help they can get and it would be greatly appreciated by them and the animals. That is for certain!!!

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Kim P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first discovered RVHR last January. I was surfing online looking for volunteer opportunities in Virginia. RVHR was listed and after reading about the organization, I decided I wanted to sponsor a horse there.
I make a monthly contribution which helps cover the care of a horse.
I am on my second horse now as a sponsor. I feel that I am making a difference in the life of a horse that was neglected. Some of the horses' stories are really horrific, and as an animal lover, I want to do something to help these beautiful animals. I had the opportunity to visit RVHR and meet the horse I presently sponsor,Olivia, a neglected Arabian mare. Some of the horses that come to RVHR have some issues involving human contact. These horses are worked with individually by the staff and the many volunteers who come to groom or just give "some loving on" the horses. These horses eventually become attentive when humans come around.
RVHR does not have fancy horse barns, but every attempt is made so that all the horses there have adequate shelter, nutritious feed
customized for their individual needs, quality hay and good pastures. I was quite impressed with the volunteers and staff that faithfully come and give these horse a good quality life.

Donor

Rating: 5

I work with Vicki - who volunteers faithfully at the RVHR. She has relayed her experience with others at work and encourages donations (of all sorts). I donated to the RVHR based on what I saw on their website and the personal stories Vicki has shared. These folks are very dedicated to taking care of the animals and not just the physical needs of Food, water and shelter but it is also their mission to take volunteers and have them work with a horse one on one - to develop a sense of trust between man and horse so that perhaps when the time comes they will be adoptable and can bring joy to a family of their own. I have seen local news broadcasts about the work and willingness to take in animals who have suffered terrible neglect and in some cases abuse even when funds were low - they work hard to raise awareness and hopefully funds in the midst of tireless hours of plain physical labor. Very kind hearted folks here.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This place is a god send to horses and people! A lot of good people have to give up there beloved horses because of illness or job loss and they are taken in! She also takes in the abused and neglected horses nurses them back to health and gets them to trust people again. She is a miracle worker! She only wants the best for her large family of horses, donkeys, dogs, cats etc. Sometimes horses just can't be adopted out but they will also have a wonderful and loving home. Everyone should find it in there heart to have such kindness then we wouldn't have such a large need! It is a wonderful and terrific thing that everyone does at the Rescue and I know there are lots of angels watch over them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great experience to volunteer at RVHR!!! Good for the soul. The horses are cared for by people who genuinely care for each horse as their own. They do great work and could really use the extra funding to allow these horses the best chance for a comfortable life.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Selfless, caring individuals; so very dedicated. I'm moved by the generosity of their time and love for these horses.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

All hats off to RVHR for their selfless giving to everyone of their animals as well as staff. This is not a job you do for money - it is COMPLETELY out of love. Having previously worked with Pat, I cannot say enough good things about her and this wonderful organization! Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication.

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Kim P.

Donor

Rating: 5

The dedicated folks at RVHR have saved almost 200 horses and re-homed 125 - what an honorable and charitable group of people! I am touched by the work they do and hope to visit the rescue this year. If you can help in any way, no matter how small, it will be much appreciated by the wonderful folks at RVHR and the magnificent creatures they work to save.

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regihaze

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can only say SUPERB things about RVHR and the everyday work Pat and Jason do for the horses and other animals that are cared for. Their time and money is put into making sure a healthy and caring environment is there for all until some are able to find a new family that can give them the love they deserve!!

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Krissy P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been to RVHR several times now as a volunteer. As a Virginia Tech student I have struggled over the decision of what I'd like my career to be. In the process of figuring out what exactly I'd like to do with horses for the rest of my life I've been inspired by RVHR. Pat and her family give up so much to help so many of our beloved equine friends. I can only hope to do something as great as they do to help the equine community. They give these horses the best they can offer, in addition to as much love as any horse could get, while they wait to find their new, hopefully permanent family. In addition to benefiting horses, they also offer many students in the area with opportunities to grow in their equine education. I enjoy myself each time I go out there and learn several new things each time I work at RVHR. This program gives the utmost service to both neglected horses that no one else could take responsibility for, and a widespread community. They are well-deserving of any support they can receive.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Alyson,
I first visited the Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue and met Patricia Muncy in the year of 2005. One of my friends did an after school program for troubled teens and being a great horse lover, and having just recently lost my horse to old age (34 yrs. old). I met my friend and her teen out at horse rescue to share the horsey love.
The first impression that I had was that there was a lot of love going around the whole farm. Patricia was actually building on a large covered run-in area onto an existing shelter by herself.
I immediately thought to myself, "what a tough lady". She is non-stop... It's just amazing how much love and care is given at RVHR. Everyone there comes first.
The day I first went to meet my friend, the teen that she took, what a difference it had made in her life. This teen was able to break away from her troubles to cross to another side and experience on hand one of her greatest loves, horses. I felt that it gave her a place of importance and uniqueness, and hope for dreams in the future.
The next time that I visited RVHR was in May of 2010. After losing my horse that had practically raised me. I had him in my life for 27 yrs. I hoped that one day I would find another horse son/friend, but didn't quite no when. I dreamt often whom I hoped that I would find one day or should say, "find me".
One day, a friend handed me an article in the paper that two horses were in need of a home and that they thought it was time for me to bring a horse back into my life. I had recently just purchased a beatiful farm and I thought, "maybe?" So I went and checked it out. The horse I was interested in, as soon as I pulled up at RVHR, I recognized my interest and said his name. He immediately ran up to the fence line and we had eachother's full attention. I really fell inlove instantly. I remember, Patricia saying something like, "Oh Yeah, he's definitely going home with you, your mom". I thought, "we need to get to know eachother first and then we'll see". Well, Patricia was right off the bat, what an insight! I actually spent about a month going to RVHR as often as I could, about 2 times a week to visit my guy and get a feel for him, before making the big final decision.
Patricia taught me so much in that amount of time. She is truly a Horse Whisperer/Horse Angel. Each horse at the rescue is given such special attention. Each personality was known, each language, need... It was great, Patricia coached me on all the important things I needed to know and taught me a lot of great things, and allowed me to really get to know my guy. I finally decided, I couldn't live without him and took him home with me. At the time, I had just recently purchased a farm by myself and was wondering where my journey in life was taking me, and WOW!!! what a strength I received in my mind and my heart after bringing my horse home. I immediatley started to feel a wonderful balance in my life again. It's crazy, I sometimes look back and think, "Wow, I never rode him with a saddle on before bringing him home, I only put it on him to see how he would react at RVHR". I didn't even know how perfect he would be until I brought him home. Also, the fact too, that he was almost exactly what I had been dreaming about for years before meeting him. The Universe really does provide. All these things, each time we would go on rides together would show themselves. Like, he loves walking through creeks and stopping to sip, and paw. He loves going on trails and what a talker he is. Every morning he is waiting for me at the gate and winnies, and nickers to me. That's all I need to start my day. One of my friends moved her horse out to my place, a mare. The two are in love and my friend and I go on riding adventures a couple times a week. It's one of the things we look forward to the most during a crazy work week. It keeps us so balanced and revives us. At the end of my day, going out to the barn and taking care of the horses is so wonderful.
There is such a need for what Patricia Muncy and RVHR provide. Each horse that ends up there is a life, has a soul, and needs love. You never know, one day they could/will enrich a persons life fulfilled with unending well being...

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

I often wonder, when giving to any charity, just how much of my gift will actually reach its intended destination. When I give to the Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue I know that every cent of every dollar is being spent on the horses. The members and volunteers of this organization show their dedication in the care they take of the horses, the informational website they maintain and the MANY fundraising events they sponsor throught the year. I am a horse owner myself and when I see news stories of neglect and abuse, I am so glad that the Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue exists. I donate whenever I can and only wish I could give more to this outstanding group of people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Even though I am not a volunteer anymore, I loved my time at RVHR. I grew up with horses and I missed them so much that I sought out RVHR and fell in love with it the first time I worked there. Pat is amazing as is her husband and all the other people who work to make RVHR a great place for horses. My favourite memory is of a horse named Dave that Pat had brought to the farm. He was very neglected and I had the task of brushing him. I cried when I started and those of you who have animals know that they know when you are upset. Dave would turn his head towards me as I brushed him sensing that I was upset and would nuzzle me. He was just so happy to have someone to take care of him and love him. Most animals are so forgiving and I find that horses are more so. It made my day when he did that.
Anyway, RVHR and Pat deserve all the help in the world they can get. Money, supplies, help. All of it is needed at RVHR and my hope is that one day I can return to this haven for one of my favourite animals. My hope is that they get all the help needed to keep helping these majestic creatures.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think what the RVHR is doing for the HORSES of this region is great. The horses need a safe haven and Patricia Muncy provides that for them. Between Patricia and the Volenteers, the horses are in good hands. I know some of those horses think when they get to the RVHR, that they have died and going to heaven because of the attention they get and the care.

Kathy, Franklin Co.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I highly recommend your contacting Patricia Muncy, founder of RVHR, when searching for your "perfect" horse. She is a great resource and is passionate about her mission to "save" unwanted horses. The Rescue has many adoptable horses for your consideration.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I get the RVHR newsletters and believe that they are doing a great service to so many neglected and/ or abused horses. There are so many that need help...especially in our current economic situation! Help this organization save lives!

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