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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.

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280 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

10 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.

debi218

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Became a volunteer at this rescue 5 years ago. They take in some of the worst case scenarios and in many cases turned those horses lives around. They are amazing at what they do. I've seen them take in 8 horses in one save and 15 in another. That is huge when they are all arriving starved, scared and abused.

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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

Jeffrey L. J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing professionals who do their magic on the toughest cases!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have supported many nonprofits over the years, either financially or by volunteering, and have never seen such a dedicated group of volunteers as the one at RVR Horse Rescue. These are people giving everything they have and then some to save animals that you may think are beyond help. Everything I have ever seen the team do for the horses at RVR has been done with love, respect and an understanding of what is needed both medically and mentally to give the horses the very best chance at recovery. I consider myself very lucky to be part of the team at RVR. I'm inspired by the tenacity and will to live shown by these horses and forever touched by the mix of practicality and love that underlies how the team cares for them. They never let these horses down no matter what their prognosis. If they cannot be saved, RVR volunteers will make sure the last things they know are the gentle sounds of loving voices and the touch of hands that want only to comfort them. If they do have a chance at recovery, RVR will fight every step of the way for them. Every bit of what is donated goes right back into the care and rehibilitation of these horses. I can't recommend RVR highly enough.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a past volunteer and adopter, I can say without reservation, that RVR is a wonderful, caring environment.

1 msford

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have been following RVR from the beginning and have witnessed many abused horses given rehabilitation back to quality lives and opportunities to experience unconditional love. 100% dedication given by volunteers day and night devoted to fight for those with the will to live. Offers education and encourages others in the community to be aware of these horses silent cries for help from Abuse

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

RVR Horse Rescue has given me back faith in humanity. Giving back love and life to some of God's magnificent animal creations. Restoring hearts of both horse and human. Soon as you walk thru the gate you feel the love.
Look into the eyes of the horses and see their spirit and life returing. Become the voice for these animals unit and stamp out abuse.

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1 Ashley194

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RVR Horse Rescue is an amazing group of people doing everything they can to rescue and rehabilitate horses. The facility is beautiful, people are welcoming and best of all, the horses receive great care.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to RVR horse rescue to meet horses for the possibility of adoption. I immediately felt such a calming feeling once I pulled onto the property. I was greeted by a wonderful volunteer named Stacy. As I was on the tour with Stacy, I could clearly see the dedication of RVR to saving horses and how exactly great the people involved in this operation are. I read several of the horses stories a few nights before my appointment. When I seen them in person and to know the condition they were in when they arrived at the rescue made my eyes swell with tears of joy to see such humanity. I knew right then, I had to be apart of this some how. Then as if Stacy could see through my eyes to my heart, she asked if I would be interested in volunteering as well. Yes, yes, yes!! I sponsored to adopt Dusty and Sugar. During that time, I came and volunteered then would spend time with Dusty and Sugar. I was blessed enough to be considered worthy of adopting Dusty and Sugar. Yay!! Awesome, approved to bring the babes home and volunteering. I couldn't be happier. Dusty lived at the rescue for over 2 years. He came in with another senior named Misty. Dusty and Misty are very attached. Shawn Jayroe always keeping her herds best interest in mind
discussed me fostering Misty, so her and Dusty can stay together. Yes, yes, yes!! Another dream to come true... to help more than just mine. Oct. 29, 2016 Dusty, Misty, and Sugar came home with me. I continue to volunteer and tell my friends and family all the time how great RVR is. I have never seen anyone mistreat any of the horses. I have seen nothing but love, care, blood, sweat, and tears poured into RVR horse rescue. I am not saying this because I adopted and volunteer there. I would have never went back after the first time, if I felt uneasy or seen one thing I found unfit. I was and still truly awed. I have never been one to donate to many organizations in fear of my funds being used inappropriately. I'd rather see the money go to what it is really supposed to and not into someone's pocket to live large. It is obvious all funds are put back into the rescue and not frivolously used. Sorry for the long story but I could go on forever about how awesome RVR is for horses and humans. ❤❤

1 lisagold33

Board Member

Rating: 5

Amazing organization! 100% volunteer! 92% rescue to adoption rate !

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been part of RVR along with my husband Richard Gold DVM for the past 4 years. RVR has saved many of horses in Hillsborough County and will continue to. Every dollar that is raised goes directly to the horses. NO ONE is payed, RVR is 100% volunteer run!

1 Cyndi Forrest C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had been looking for a volunteer position working with horses,found RVR and signed up for orientation,that was 2 years ago. I have met some of the most dedicated hard working individuals, male, female, all ages and sizes working together. To nurse these beautiful animals back to health.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with this rescue for nearly 6 years and I'm still amazed at the dedication of the volunteers and the sheer grit of the people who run this non-profit. Of the nearly all-women group of volunteers, not one person is paid, including the board members. Every cent donated is used to help horses in need. The amazing horse angels of RVR Horse Rescue are tireless in their pursuit of helping horses, recently accepting 15 paso fino horses who had been neglected and abused. The place and the people are heaven-sent. Truly an organization worthy of support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been blessed to be a part of RVR Horse Rescue for nearly three years and I felt the magic from the very first time I stepped on the property. The founder and owner has dedicated her life to saving these majestic animals and she sacrifices many things in life for the sake of the horses. The volunteers are an amazing group of caring people and there is no paid staff, meaning every cent of donation goes directly to the care of the horses. Best of all, many horses find their second chance at life after being abused or neglected. RVR specializes in taking the worst of the worst cases and it's beautiful to see their transformations back to good health. I am proud to have written a book that highlights many amazing recoveries. 'A Healing Haven' tells the inspirational true story of Shawn Jayroe, her horse angels (volunteers), and the horses they've saved. RVR is truly a healing haven for both horses and humans.

1 shane01

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RVR HORSE RESCUE IS AN AMAZING PLACE THEY ARE HORSE ANGELS .. THEY ARE THE VOICES OF THOSE WHO CAN'T SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES!! THEY GIVE THIER ALL TO EVERY HORSE YHAT COMES THROUGH THOSE GATES!! I CAN'T SAY ENOUGH GOOD ABOUT RVR HORSE RESCUE AND ALL THE VOLUNTEERS!! BEST RESCUE EVER!!

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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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1 Nicole C.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RVR is truly amazing. Rescuing and saving the lives of horses who have no voice and are left to fight for life on their own. They are an amazing place to volunteer and give love and attention to horses who have been broken. I have been volunteering here for 2 years now and it is a bit of heaven on Earth.

1 Stacy54

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for 5 years. RVR has the most compassionate, dedicated hard working group of people I have ever seen. Every person is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the horses that find themselves in horrible situations. I am so grateful for RVR and the people that make RVR possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering several times per week at RVR for the past year and half. Every day I get to be blow away by the selfless acts of all involved. The care, passion, education and well being of the horses and other animals is the heart beat of ever person involved. Best thing that has ever happened to me was the day I walked through the gates of RVR.

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1 Michele78

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering over 4 years ago and just fell in love with this organization. I was able to adopt the best horse in the world they saved his life! Unfortunately abusing horses is far to common and without an organization like RVR many would die without knowing love and care. RVR is 100% volunteer run, no one gets paid. They have an amazing group of volunteers who work many hours to care for and love the resident horses.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work RVR does is amazing. I cannot simply put into words what this organization does for horse that have been so horribly mistreated. They are simply amazing!

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3 Debbie S.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing organization! Takes the worst of the worst and changes lives. They rescued me and my Love, My Onyx

2 Corina R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RVR is an amazing place where you see complete transformations of neglected, emaciated and/or abused horses. They sometimes come in terrified and miserable and are afraid of any human within their personal space. Often, in months they can become happy, healthy horses. Many of the horses end up with careers and showing. It’s a beautiful transformation and an honor to watch.

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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!!!

4 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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3 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.

2 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!

1 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.