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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

144 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue works miracles on neglected and abused horses, showing them love they deserve and working tirelessly to mend their bodies and spirits and hopefully find forever loving homes for these magnificent animals.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a sponsor and volunteer with Pat Muncy and the Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue for years, I continue to be impressed with the unselfish dedication and uncompromising care which Pat, her family and the volunteers who help out on a daily basis devote to the animals who are sheltered at the RVHR. It is thoroughly gratifying to know that these (often) abused, neglected and elderly horses finally ended up in a facility which is so well-suited to their needs, with capable and competent attentiveness in all facets of equine care. Pat and the RVHR merit praise for the incessant hard work in all kinds of weather conditions and adversities. They are a classic example of the meld of inspiration and perspiration.

Sandra Horton G.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so proud to know of and support this extraordinary Rescue. I first heard of RVHR many years ago when I helped support a pony named Hash Brown who was rescued from a slaughter transport by a friend of a friend. Hash Brown's rescuer brought RVHR to my attention and my support began then and has continued all these years. I have never been sorry or disappointed. They are truly engaged in a transformative labor of love for horses (and not a few other animals that come incidentally to their attention.) I can tell you that not a single donation, no matter how large or little, is taken for granted or wasted. They make every penny squeak!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a former volunteer and supporter of RVHR since 2014. I have personally witnessed the high level of care and commitment to the horses they rescue and rehabilitate. The owner is totally committed to the goals of excellent care and training of the animals, and to placement in their forever homes, if possible. Nevertheless, if a horse is less likely for placement, it is well treated and loved. I can't say enough about the tireless efforts Pat and Jason put forth in this enterprise. This includes special care and feeding, medicine, ferrier, veterinarian, proper paddock placement, rotation, and more.

Nicki F P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have enjoyed going out and volunteering with this organization. We helped with the horses and it was great to see how well they are cared for.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RVHR is an excellent nonprofit organization, I was lucky enough to volunteer and see how much love they give all their animals. The staff is very appreciative of any help.

Donor

Rating: 4

I have been donating to RVHR for several years. I have volunteered my time at the farm to see first hand how they care for the horses. They have a first class barn and farm to house the horses and need continued support from people like me to maintain and expand the facility. The staff that gave me a tour of the facility, trained me and assigned my volunteer tasks for the day, were knowledgeable, friendly and caring to me, the other volunteers and to the horses. The lives of unwanted and abused horses depend on the kind staff at RVHR.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RVHR goes above and beyond the call of duty to help these horses. It warms my heart to know there are caring people like them who do what ever needs to be done to help the horses.

Rachel F.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent summers working here, repairing roofs and cleaning troughs. They’re a loving family that deserve all the respect.

Nanette Oswald O.

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent rescue that truly cares.They save so many unwanted horses.They are fantastic!

Rachel D.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

RVHR is an amazing facility full of knowledgeable staff and volunteers who are truly passionate about what they do. They really are making a difference in the lives of so many who go there for help. It’s incredible to see the transformation they’ve made in the horses they have rescued.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have seen the beautful transformation of mistreated, unwanted horses when they are saved by RVHR. They are loved and their health improves. RVHR saves so many lives with their dedication to these special animals.

Tracy Royal W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have been working with the Rescue for over 5 years now. I work with them to help provide a safe secure boarding facility, approved by the rescue, for individuals that would be become a caregiver but do not own property.

Over the course of this time I watch the Rescue day in and day out, provide training to the horses, educate volunteers, provide community awareness, and WORK HARD every day to give these animals a safe place till placement is found.

I wish I could do more, but have a herd of my own, I understand the daily chores that are there regardless of how you feel, what the weather is like, or what plans you may have to change for that last minute equine emergency. This role is not for the tender hearted, its not for those that are fair weather people.

Providing for another living creature is tough, when they cannot speak for themselves. Thank you RVHR for being the voice of every equine and other farm animal on you property.

Keep up the good work.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have contributed financially to this organization but have not had a chance to visit. I believe in what they are doing and from what I have seen in emails, they are a caring and hard working bunch!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

These folks are amazing. The love and care they give these rescued horses is truly awesome. There is a lot of hard work but the volunteers work together as one. It all gets done. The president and founder Pat Muncy has done an excellent job. The care she gives these special horses is so heartfelt. She is one amazing woman.

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful people providing love, care & medical needs for some very neglected animals. They do amazing work.

Brandon L.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great people care and help horses and other animals.

Marceline H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

very informative, kind, really cares about the horses. Helps with teaching how to do ground work and ride.

Bonnie

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Jocelyn Shapiro C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Phyllis Zent S.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Dawn125

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Almost 5 years of volunteering for RVHR- still love their mission and work!

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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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Kathy Hines T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!!

Robyn L.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Becky A.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Amy M.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Steven M M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Jess D.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are doing great things for horses that have nothing. A friend adopted 2 of their ponies.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1 Kaylee L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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

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!

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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...

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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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Karen C.

Donor

Rating: 5

RVHR is truly dedicated to the welfare of used, abused and neglected horses...they are always there to take in "just one more". As everyone knows, caring for horses is not cheap and they do a superb job of providing for their equine friends. Many of these horses have expensive medical needs on top of basic feeding and care...They have my vote!

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Donor

Rating: 5

RVHR is a wonderful organization helping these magnificant creatures that have through no fault of their own become society's throwaways. Once broken spirited, unhealthy and othewise neglected horses are given a second chance at life. The volunteers work tirelessly to meet the horses needs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I are former adopters. I had come across the resuce after reading about a story in the local newspaer. We called and were invited out to see for ourselfs first hand what the RVHR was all about. While being there I fell in love w Gentle Ben. Ben was a Belgian draft horse 22yrs of age. He was the love of my life. Pat worked with me on how to ride such a large gentle animal. We are horse owners just not of that size. They took the time to show me how to handle him, ride him. I was able to visit anytime for however long I wanted to while our adoption went through. The rescue is a WONDERFUL place and I thank God everyday for allowing them to alllow me the chance with my gentle giant. We are now looking to adopt a mini...hoping that goes well also. Anyone who wants or needs the experience of horses and the knowledge of the people that handle them RVHR is the place to go...2 thumbs up!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

I adopted a pony after I was a volunteer the RVHR. She is the love of my life and I think everyone should have the same experience. There's a million horses that need someone to love them. Please adopt one, or two. It's a wonderful thing.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

My interaction with Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue has been minimal
having been there only twice, however I would like to express kudos to them for taking on the enormous and never ending task of caring
for not only abused and neglected horses but a plethera of other
creatures in dire need. Their task is never ending. Their care and concern is also never ending.

Given what resources they have to work with I can only marvel at what they are able to accomplish.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I give our financial support to RVHR. We feel secure in the fact that our donations will be applied to operational cost and not spent unwisely. I feel it is a well run rescue worthly of the $5000.00 gift.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

From what I've read and heard from other co-workers and friends RVHR is a very well run rescue. I feel confident giving money to the rescue, knowing it will be spent with the horses best in mind.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue works hard to care of animals that have been forgotten or mistreated. I have seen the level of care that is given to each animal. This staff works as if they are getting paid thousands of dollars and they work for nothing! Many times they invest their own interests just to make sure the level of care these animals receive is the best available. No one could deserve this grant anymore than this organization.
I have seen the sweat and muscle work to provide food for these animals, I have seen the tears as the ones that do not make it get held in the arms of someone that cares as they leave this world.
Their is room for growth of this organization and they need this help immediatly if they are going to continue to carry out this very important mission.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I occasionally donate money to RVHA becuase they make appeals to the public. I consider them a valuable asset in the community.