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RVR Horse Rescue

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: RVR Horse Rescue has a C.L.E.A.R. Mission. Care.Learn.Educate.Act.Rescue

Results: RVR became a 501(c)(3) in 2011. 2011-2016: Rescued 217 horses, Adopted 152 horses, Current Rescues 30, Rainbow Bridge 36

Target demographics: Horses and Equine

Direct beneficiaries per year: We rehabilitated horses and found loving homes.

Geographic areas served: Hillsborough County

Programs: C.L.E.A.R. (Care.Learn.Educate.Act.Rescue) / Volunteer Orientation / Fundraising & Awareness. We launched ongoing campaigns: RVR Horse Angels, CLEAR Rehome Network, Goin' Nuts - gelding assistance program & SOS: Save Our Seniors.

Community Stories

265 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

7 Bekah2

Donor

Rating: 5

I had started lessons with a new trainer in Feb. 2016. I was having a great time riding different ottb's and friends horses. Something was missing though and I knew that the time had come for me to start to casually look for a horse that would be good for me and my children to love and have fun with. My trainer suggested RVR. I went out to look at an ottb that they had to possibly do jumpers/eventing with. This grey gelding kept following me around the paddock and he was cute but shorter than I was even considering. When I went to leave the paddock he wickered to me and Lisa Gold was surprised as he really had not been much of a people horse thus far. So I went back and checked him out and as I looked into his eyes something clicked. This was MY horse. I sponsored him for 2 months but really knew from the first moment that he was mine, LOL. We have overcome many obstacles with his fear of humans and he is just an amazing pony! This horse has stolen my heart and I cannot believe that he was bought from a slaughter pen! He went to his first dressage show and he was AMAZING! He has been doing 10+ mile Hunter paces this year and he is a star in my book. He loves my kids, everyone at the barn, the dogs, and now instead of hiding from people he is the barn's Welcome Wagon at the entrance. The care and work that RVR puts into each and every horse, the facility, and in placing these horses into the right family is unparalled. I will be back for another soon, as soon as we have our property as Crosby will need a friend.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After much research of horse rescues, I chose RVR and I am so glad I did. What an awesome organization to be a part of where the safety of all and the love and care of these horses is second to none. I’m proud to be a volunteer here, and your efforts are rewarded by not only the fantastic team RVR has assembled, but by the improvements you see with these horses. I drive a long way to volunteer here, passing by other rescues, but it’s well worth it!!!

Barbara143

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at RVR in 2013. I have always loved horses and had them in the past, but never saw the kind of abuse and neglect that the horses who come into the rescue have suffered. I have seen some incredible recoveries, and have helped several cross the Rainbow Bridge, knowing they were loved. No one cares for their horse like RVR Horse Rescue does! The first picture is when my horse, Goliath, first came to the rescue with 5 others. the second is after I adopted him. Such a change.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

In 2009 my husband lost his battle with cancer. I was lost. Several years later I found RVR Horse Rescue in Riverview, Florida. I have always loved horses, showed hunter/jumpers as a high school student, then got them again after I was married, so this seemed like a great fit for me. Little did I know how great it would be. I was amazed at the care and love all the volunteers had for these horses who found them selves in horrendous circumstances due to no fault of their own. About a month after I started there, they took in 6 horses from another "rescue". All were in horrible shape. One horse in particular was also very traumatized and had had several of his front teeth knocked out. I was able to make a connection with him, and several months later adopted him. I have seen so many stories like mine, both people and horses coming out of bad situations and learning the thrive again. RVR puts the horses first, but in doing so, helps people too. It is just such a great place with wonderful, caring volunteers.

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1 Dee S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering here to get closer and learn about the animals I’ve loved since childhood. The experience is well beyond what I could have imagined. I have met, and continue to meet, extraordinary people who give without question. I’ve seen transformations of horses we take in, in as little as a day. It’s as if they know they are in a better place immediately. The haven that has been built here on the backs of the volunteers that the owner Shawn Jayroe has united in this cause, has been nothing less than amazing. And the love for what they do continues to grow along with the education and tireless advocacy for the horses and those who love them.

1 Vee I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RVR is the greatest non profit. The people are hard working caring and most welcoming. I would have never imagined a place like this existed and I’m so blessed that it does. I love you RVR!

Jessica W.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They work very hard to help these animals. They are volunteers and do it from the kindness of their hearts. The horses come to them emaciated and in need of care.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love this organization and what they do! They do a great job for these poor animals in need.

Matthew V.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great Non Profit, excellent volunteer and who give up alot of time to help these horses in need.

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful, fantastic volunteers!! It’s a great non profit organization!!!

Jessica L.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

RVR is amazing and Vanessa is great! The volunteers are hard working, dependable and knowledgeable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The best rescue, I was introduced through a local barn that my daughter rode at, we went as a group to volunteer and that was it I was hooked. Throughout the years I have gone out with my daughters it has been the best decision as a mother I have made. The confidence, compassion and life lessons my daughters are learning I couldn’t get anywhere else. Are there days the tears run down my face over the loss of one of God’s majestic creatures yes but knowing every wa done and that the horses we have lost were suoorinded by living hands and kind words is worth the pain and then the triumph stories we are able to save and bring back to the glory they should be in are amazing. We were blessed to adopt one of the beautiful babies for a friend of our other horse and it has been awesome. The rescue is a family and a healing place for all that walk through the gates. So blessed to have this place and I don’t know what I would do without it.

_.lokilove._

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RVR has helped me through so much throughout the years from finding the confidence needed with horses to not letting the hurtful words of others affect me. I have been actively volunteering for 4 years and love every moment of it. December 29, 2017 I found my soul horse through RVR and on April 28, 2018 I officially adopted him and brought him to his forever home. His name is Bon Jovi, an American paint gelding who was originally a krypt, and is best friends with Loki, a dun quarter horse mare, they are souls mates and practically glued at the hip

2 Rina_G

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found my purpose at RVR! I find myself planning my week around being there as much as possible. Before RVR, if you told me working in the heat for free would be something that I loved and looked forward to, I would have said you were nuts! The people are amazing and so willing to teach anyone who wants to learn. And the horses.... every one of them has my heart! RVR makes me want to be a better person... what more could I ask for?

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i have followed RVR Horse Rescue online for several years and have always been amazed at what they do, how strong they are to do it and how their skill and caring show with every one of their horses. They save so many and find them loving homes and the care and love they show to those they cannot save is equally amazing. When I visited them with a donation of supplies, they could not have been more gracious and generous with their time as they introduced me to their herd. Since that time, I have watched many of the horses I met heal physically and mentally. All are treated with love and respect. I have never been so amazed at a group of volunteers and what they accomplish.

2 shane01

Volunteer

Rating: 5

THESE HORSES COULDN'T ASK TO BE AT A BETTER PLACE THAN RED HORSES RESCUE THE LOVE THE CARE AND ALL THE AWSOME VOLUNTEERS AND SHAWN JAYROE FOR HER HUGE HEART TO GIVE THESE BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS A SAFE PLACE WITH OUT HER LOVE FOR THESE ANIMALS THEY WOULDN'T HAVE A CHANCES AND WITH ALL THE HELP AND LOVE FROM THE VOLUNTEERS THEY MAKE SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DIFFERENCE IN THESE HORSES LIVES THAT THEY SO DESERVE MYSELF AND MY GRANDAUGHTERS ARE SO PLEASED TO HELP OUT WHEN WE CAN I JUST WISH SO MANY MORE PEOPLE WOULD OPEN THEY HEART WITH EVEN A SMALL DONATION OR SOME VOLUNTEERING IT IS SO WORTH GIVING THESE BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS A CHANCES AT A BETTER LIFE AND TO LET THEM KNOW THEY LIVES DO MATTER AND SHAWN IN MY BOOK YOU ARE A HERO.... I LOVE BEING A SMALL PART

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Myself and my two granddaughters love going and volunteering at RVR HORSE RESCUE they are amazing for what they do for these beautiful animals they love each and every one of them.we love helping out they so deserve it .In more ways than one if you love to help horses this is the place to do it

4 Janet161

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following RVR horse rescue and wish they were closer to where I live so I could volunteer. I have loved horses for as long as I can remember and appreciate all the caring and hard work this organization does . Keep up the good work!

5

Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed RVR for awhile now on Facebook! I love the way they rescue and care for theses beautiful horses! One day, right before Christmas I saw they had rescued a horse named Star who was a Morgan! My Grandmother's horse was named Star and was part Morgan! Her Birthday was right after Christmas! What better way to honor my beloved Grandmother then to give a couple of donations for Star in my Grandmothers memory! I loved her very much! Love RVR!!!!!!!

7 debi218

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at RVR Horse Rescue in 2013. I have seen many horses come through the gates and all of them quickly learn they are safe and loved. I am proud to be part of this amazing team of volunteers and the beautiful horses that we get to love and care for

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RVR is an amazing place where horses and humans are healed. RVR is a 100% volunteer run organization that specializes in caring for and bringing back to life those who have suffered the worst forms of abuse and neglect. The rescue's goal is to completely rehabilitate these rescues and find them what every horse deserves, a forever loving home. I have volunteered at other animal rescues over the years and none of them have matched the integrity, dedication, and innovation of RVR. This Rescue is dedicated to not only make a difference for individual animals but also in the much needed area of educating and empowering the public through the CLEAR Campaign (Care, Learn, Educate, Act, Rescue) and the Horse Angels Program which was created to offer temporary assistance for those who just need a little help to get back on their feet. In addition, RVR now has over 30 volunteers who have trained and received their Large Animal Rescue Certifications to be of even greater service to equines in need.

I entered the gates of RVR Horse Rescue over 6 years ago as a volunteer and I'm still here today! So proud to be a part of this incredible organization!

5 Gina92

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband & I first learned about RVR Horse Rescue from a local news broadcast about a rescue of 8 horses in July 2016. We requested a tour of the ranch and knew that we needed to join this wonderful group of caring volunteers to help in any possible way. We already had two horses but we have adopted two more from RVR and we are so happy to be involved in this great effort to rescue and help these horses. RVR is making such a difference in our community, both in the loving care & rehabilitation of the horses, but also in educating people and raising awareness.