My volunteer time with RVHR began in 2010 after some unexpected, life altering surgery. I didn't know if I could be of any real help because even though I'd loved horses since I was a girl, my body felt old and decrepit. But I knew I wanted to keep my promise to Pat's son, Ray, to just come lend his mom a hand for a couple hours in return for a favor he'd done for me a year or two before. That couple hours turned into almost five years. Pat Muncy is to be tremendously admired and respected for not only the hard work she does, but for the why of it. Who in their right mind would make the 24/7 sacrifices she makes to give these horses a second chance? Pat, that's who. Funny, the whole time I thought I was really helping the horses I found out I was the one being helped to get past being old and decrepit. We moved away in 2015 to be closer to the kids and grandkids. Another rescue nearest to our new place was still too far away, but in early 2016 I found an equine based therapeutic riding program closer by and started volunteering there. I firmly believe that without my time at RVHR I would be back in the rut of believing "I can't." The work is different, but the knowledge gained under Pat's direction during my time at RVHR is of lifelong value, and vitally helpful every time I set foot in the barn. Remember, if the horses can, so can you. Thank you to Pat, Jason, their family and the Volunteers for all you do for the horses. Long live RVHR.
Review from Guidestar
My husband and I have volunteered once a week at RVHR since August 2010. One of our best experiences, so far, was the day we watched a highly difficult and very frightened horse become a gentle and trusting friend all because of Pat's training. That same day she had us in the ring with this horse going through the same techniques she had used. With her careful, yet loving instruction we had this same horse nuzzling our palms and putting his head down (a sign of being at complete ease), as we stood before him. We will never, ever forget it. We also appreciate how Pat is first and foremost big on safety for both the volunteers and the horses, and that she is always teaching us new things about the care and enjoyment of these beautiful animals. We have witnessed Pat's round the clock work under difficult financial circumstances to ensure the horses are always properly fed, excercised, groomed, protected in harsh weather, medically attended, and last but not least, socialized and trained properly before being adopted. Also, having assisted Pat with clerical duties and being aware of the administrative demands upon her, we see there is so much to do in addition to caring for the horses. We are honored to be a part of Pat Muncy and RVHR's tireless dedication to the animal welfare.
Review from Guidestar
Photographing the rescue horses for RVHR was such a pleasure for me and I’m looking forward to providing this service for the rescue in the future. During the day I spent photographing at the rescue I had the opportunity to meet all of the residents and learn how each individual has a diet specific to their needs. I was so impressed with how knowledgeable and caring the barn manager is, all of the horses greeted her with enthusiasm and she seemed to have a special bond with each of them.
RVHR represents what rescue Is truly about. Saving young, senior, injured, abused, and abandoned horses in need. Working tirelessly to network these animals and raise money needed to care for them properly. They are well-deserving of your tax- deductible donation!
Brienna Shapiro is my niece's daughter, my great-niece. She has worked so hard at RVHR helping these horses in need and taking care of the barn. Being around the horses has changed Brie. She's matured, she's confident, capable, clam and happy. The horses saved her in return. Brienna is also putting in a lot of effort to raise funds for these neglected horses. Non profits of any kind do such amazing work, but everyone knows they rely of donations. I hope the next time I get to travel across country, I will get to see Brie, the horses she loves, and the facility in person.
I am Brienna’s grandmother and I am so proud that she has dedicated herself to helping Pat and the rest of the staff to care for these horses and ponies that are so helpless.
They all work tirelessly to rehabilitate these neglected animals many of whom need medical care and constant supervision in addition to handling them physically to prepare them to be useful riding companions or pets in the future.
The RVHR offered barefoot trimming classes last year which I decided to attend ,I learned a lot,And Pat is very hands on and truly loves what she does .She runs a very organized operation .Volunteers and visitors are welcome and needed.
I began volunteering at Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue on July of 2017. Since then the rewarding experiences and personal growth that I have undergone is unmeasurable. I grew up with horses my entire life and while I had established many bonds with horses and loved them I never knew how intense a bond between horse and human could be till Pat taught me. The condition of these animals when they come in to RVHR is incredibly hard to see but also incredibly rewarding when they are fully rehabilitated. They work diligently to make sure each horse has an incredible quality of life and finds a loving forever home. RVHR has changed my life in additional to some many equine lives. I am eternally grateful for everything RVHR does for the horses and animals that come to them for safe haven but even more so i’m grateful for the amazing opportunities to give back that they have given me.
Almost 5 years of volunteering for RVHR- still love their mission and work!
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
What a wonderful group of people. In our area there is a very real need for this. We are in a low income area with a relatively high unemployment rate. Large animals suffer as much or more than small. This nonprofit group saves and rescues many animals. I thank God for them!!!
I have only been here twice and both times I had met with Brienna. I can tell the people put their heart into each and every animal, thrusting each horses’ good attributes into the spotlight. I had the pleasure of meeting a very beautiful mare, and Brienna was kind in showing me how they do their training. Although the match wasn’t quite what I was looking for, I do look forward to the prospect of adopting in the future with them. If I were closer, I would love to volunteer, but unfortunately I’m too far of a drive away. I hope to steer others in the direction of this rescue because I really believe they want what’s best for each animal, and they aren’t in any rush to rehome them if it isn’t the right fit.
This organization does such great work and helps so many horses (and other animals!). Their dedication to the well-being of the animals in their care is evident in everything they do. The before/after stories of horses they've rescued are heartbreaking and heartwarming all at once. And they don't just "rescue" them and toss them in a field - each animal is worked with on a regular basis to ensure they are desensitized, trained under saddle (if appropriate) and fully prepared to go to a new home suitable to their individual needs. Anyone who is looking for an equine companion to ride, show, spoil, or just enjoy having as a companion should consider a rescue before purchasing - the horses at Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue would love a forever home and adopters get the benefit of knowing the horse 's personality, suitability and that they are vetted. Highly recommend!
They are these horses only hope. They work tirelessly and see things that most of us will never see. (Or want to see) The difference that they make for these animals is just amazing. If it wasn’t for the Rescue being there, then what? Who would come to their rescue, feed and care for these poor animals? Thank you for all you do.
I volunteered at the rescue for a summer, and fell in love with every horse there, and person who worked alongside to help give these animals the second chance they deserve. The rescue is truly unselfish as everyone there gives their all to help the horses who desperately need the help. So many of these beautiful animals deserve so much more than the life they are given and the rescue helps them achieve the life they deserve, tending to and caring for the needs of every animal there. It was a surreal realization to be surrounding by so many of those in need and to be just a small part of changing their lives for the better.
I had seen stories about Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue on television. I was determined when I moved closer to them I was going to try to help anyway I could. When I first visited 3 months ago I was shocked and amazed all at once. The amount of animals they care for and the wonderful care that is given is amazing and outstanding. Volunteers and staff can call the names of each of the horses. There is knowledgeable, friendly and caring staff who took the time to answer all my questions and follow up with me. I now volunteer when I can and will be adopting 2 of these wonderful horses in the near future. The Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue is a unique organization that speaks for abused, neglected and forgotten animals that cannot speak for themselves.
The first time that I went there, I was amazed at the area and the number of horses that were on site. After speaking with Breanna, I realized the compassion that she has and desire to help and care for these animals. I see that it does require work to keep going and it shows that it is being put in.
They are doing great things for horses that have nothing. A friend adopted 2 of their ponies.
I have only volunteered a handful of times at Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue so far, but it is a sanctuary - and clear that the folks here care very deeply. They are dedicated to ensuring health, rehabilitation, welfare, and (overall) the highest quality of living for the horses (and all involved). I highly recommend supporting and/or getting involved in this organisation!
Rescuing noble animals that deserved better treatment in life, but thank goodness for RVHR to make sure they will live out their lives in a loving home. If you can afford to send a donation to these folks, however small, would be another step towards ensuring that the care and love can continue into the future.
I began volunteering at RVHR one year ago. In that time, I have learned more about horses than I ever anticipated. This is a wonderful facility that is run by people who put their heart and soul into each and every rescue.
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