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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: RVR Horse Rescue has a C.L.E.A.R. Mission. To 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

Direct beneficiaries per year: horses by fully rehabilitating them & finding forever loving homes.

Geographic areas served: Hillsborough County

Programs: C.L.E.A.R. (Care.Learn.Educate.Act.Rescue) / Volunteer Orientation / Fundraising & Awareness and Horse Angels. We have also launched RVR Horse Angels and CLEAR Rehome Network. 2017 Campaign is "Goin' Nuts" - gelding assistance program.

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253 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5 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.

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.

5 Barbara143

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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2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I found RVR Horse Rescue through a volunteer site. After losing my husband nearly 5 years ago I was at odds as to what I should be doing. I visited the rescue on March 17, 2013 and feel in love with the place. the volunteers were welcoming and the horses were as well. The place is so well run by all the volunteers who give tirelessly of their time and effort it shows in all the horses. The RVR takes in the worst of the worst abuse and neglect cases and is very successful in rehabilitating most horses. They even will take turns staying with a horse 24/7 if necessary. They work to find them forever homes and keep track of them to make sure they don't end up in another rescue situation. Incredible rescue!!

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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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2

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!

4

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.

4 timandsteph

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people at the rescue work so hard to make a better life for the animals there. It was truly amazing to see the positive changes in the lives of the animals they rescue.

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5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing organization, everyone is so dedicated to the horses.

3 Jay_63

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I just adopted Silver Knight from RVR. Let me first start off by saying no one, and I mean NO ONE gives these abused and neglected animals as much love as RVR does. Our adoption counselor Stacy did an absolute phenomenal job from start to finish. She made us feel welcomed from the moment we entered RVR to the moment we left with Silver. She's a sweetheart and a gem, and in my eyes, gives RVR the reputation that it so deserves. Sergio did a great job instructing my wife in riding discipline with our horse, and she did not have one negative word to say after her riding lesson. From here on out, we will be adopting for life. Thank You RVR, and thank you for the love, attention, and dedication you show these beautiful giants.

3 Chantel4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to share the story of how we came across Silver Knight. If you don't believe in fate, well maybe my story will prove you wrong. The first thing I want to mention is that ever since I was a young teen I dreamed of owning a large dapple grey horse and naming him Lancelot (Inspired by the movie First Knight). This fantasy horse has still been very much a dream that has been kept alive in my mind and heart, but truly just a fantasy and something I never thought could become a reality. So, here's the story. Around Christmas Eve I joked with my Husband and said "Yknow, I sure would like Santa to bring me a horse next year" and kinda without missing a beat He was like ...'Listen, this summer I will build you a stall and we can get you a horse for Christmas.' We even shook hands on it! Since that day I've been dreaming of horses and just looking forward to the future. One weekend not too long ago, on a whim we decided to go to a local Flea Market. Believe it or not the flea market had a horse rescue right there (Ya gotta love the country lifestyle). I told my Husband I wanted to check out the horses and talk to the lady running the adoptions and that I would much rather adopt a rescued horse that needed a home than purchase one. My Husband looked at me a little cockeyed and I told him "I just wanna check it out. That's all" So we did. I spoke to the lady and she had a few horses for adoption; many of them seniors. I felt so bad and wanted to take all of them home, but I feared if I adopted a much older horse they wouldn't have much time with us and I didn't want to endure that sort of heart break for my family and myself as we have very young children. As we were leaving the flea market I told my Husbsnf that my friend has several rescued horses and I would write her to see who she got them from and look into an adoption in the future. I wrote my friend, got some contact information to get in touch with RVR Horse Rescue. As I was speaking with the adoption coordinator I was telling her my history with horses (my whole life and passion besides my children!) and I described to her my dream horse. I kid you not when I say this... I was speaking to her on the phone at 5pm and just an hour BEFORE at 4pm Silver Knight was brought to RVR!!!!! A dapple grey 16hh+ Thoroughbred. MY DREAM HORSE. And what are the ODDS he would be a Silver Knight = Lancelot?!!!!
Quick arrangements were made and Silver and I met. It was love at first sight! Silver and I bonded quickly and we were a perfect match as horse and rider. Now after a very smooth adoption process he is now home with my family. Silver is welcomed to our farm with plenty of love! He not only has a loving family, but a playful lovey dog to run around with, curious kitty cat , two alpacas, a mini donkey, a mini horse and our comedic turkey! My family and I cannot express our sincerest gratitude to all of those at RVR for their kind ways, huge hearts and immense compassion in guiding and supporting my Husband and Myself through this whole adoption process.
I am forever grateful for Stacy Rebh Pace, Kit Kelly, Allison Lee and Shawn Jayroe for entrusting and supporting our love for Silver.

3

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.

8 horserescuer

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am on the Board of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Horse Rescue in Fort Lauderdale, and my husband and I went to RVR for Large Animal Rescue Operations Training this month. This place is filled with beautiful oak trees, beautiful horses and beautiful people. I have been to MANY rescues and I have NEVER seen a group that works like a team and a well oiled machine. These people are true horse lovers and rescuers. The facility is well kept, the staff was very friendly and the horses all looked great. I would recommend the training and if you are interested in adopting, you have to look at RVR. They had several horses that are ready to go to the right family.

4 Ashley194

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. ❤❤

6 Pollyanna P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RVR makes a difference. In a chaotic world where we all see tragic things, RVR takes the tragic and turns it around. The horses that come into RVR are often literally on the verge of death. Once they cross into RVR their life begins to change. A committed army of volunteers takes care of these amazing creatures insuring that they will never again be abandoned or abused. The love the horses receive transforms them. I am humbled and honored to have been even a small part of this wonderful non-profit.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I met Shawn at her "for profit" business that she owned. She sold her business to provide more time and miney for the horses that desperately needed her help. I attended fund raisers and watched as RVR became a 501-c3. This rescue has helped so many horses and people! I urge u to watch some if the very touching stories of loss and of victory and success on facebook.
Thank you,
Kathy Mullen.

5 Jac T.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great non profit!! I know this personally!! Nobody gets paid! All volunteer run!

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4

Donor

Rating: 5

This Rescue is definitely legit!!!! From a business perspective, I know this for a fact! Nobody gets paid, its all volunteer run. I highly recommend RVR Horse Rescue.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a place to spend some time. My wife Robin has been in business for herself as a massage therapist for 16+ years, and has recently been certified in K9 massage, in this endeavor she found a need for doing work for horses. After finding RVR horse rescue we decided to visit there and see what it was all about. We were impressed by the animals, the people and the grounds. Truly a place of healing. If you have only a few hours a month it would be worth a visit, you will come away with a feeling of completeness and calmness that only being in a place like this can offer. They have orientation classes that last about 4 hours that explain how the program works. Every day they need people to feed the horses morning and night and to clean up the stalls and corrals, not hard work but it needs to be done to keep the place as neat as it is. We plan on being there for many years to help.
Robin and Bucky Devling

5 Jennifer550

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best group of hardworking people in the rescue...true horse angels. They will do anything and everything for these horses and Will stop at nothing.
Facilities are amazing for these animals!