Marlene and crew are angels on earth! The many many rescue horses they have saved and placed in loving homes are so very thankful. As am I! Thank you Marlene for your dedication to Gods creatures!
Valley View Ranch is a wonderful nonprofit organization that does its very best to rescue, care for, rehabilitate and adopt out horses that would have otherwise been sent to slaughter. I do not know a more kind, thoughtful or more determined woman with a cause than Marlene Dodge. She puts a lot of time into the horses she rescues, only placing them in homes she feels are a good fit. I have adopted a wonderful paint mare from VVR and had nothing but wonderful experiences with this mare! I recently was at Valley View Ranch and Marlene was able to tell me anything I wanted to know about all of the horses she has on her ranch! Such a wealth of knowledge and understanding when it came to each and everyone of the horses she has. If am ever in need of any advice, she is always willing to help out! Thank you Marlene and crew for doing what you do and finding me my wonderful Fallon!
Marlene Dodge is a champion for horses, as well as a champion for people. She logs literally thousands of hours every year traveling, by truck and trailer, all over the US moving horses. Sometimes they are rescues- from slaughterhouse feedlots, hoarding or abuse situations, and other times it to help people who have suffered a natural disaster such as fire, flood, and storm. If someone asks for help, Marlene is there. We have been blessed by Marlene many times, and we have had three horses that came from her, and each one was a diamond. Marlene is generous with her time, with her knowledge. Her compassion and caring for both animals and people is vast and admirable.
I have two horses that originated from Marlene Dodge at Valley View Ranch Equine Rescue(VVRER) and they have brought a great deal of joy to my family. My mare, Sugar, came to me as a slaughterhouse rescue. She ended up at the slaughterhouse because of an untreated eye injury that left her with a white, blind, protruding left eye that a previous owner had apparently left to fester. I was told from the get-go that Sugar had "spunk" but was broke to ride. Sugar and I are perfectly matched!
The second horse we have is a gelding that was born to another slaughterhouse rescue mare that Marlene had rescued. His name is Merlot. My daughter volunteers during the summertime at VVRER, and fell in love with Merlot, and he followed her around the ranch like a puppy. Marlene gifted Merlot to my daughter(he is 3 now). Marlene was very thorough in explaining what would be required of us in regards to training a young horse, and also was kind enough to not only have Merlot gelded before coming here, but also transported him to us herself.
Marlene was generous in allowing us to try out a couple of other horses, and when there was a mismatch, Marlene took care of it. Marlene travels all over the United States, by truck and trailer, rescuing, and transporting horses both for VVRER and private citizens, and helping people by moving tack and equipment if they need it. She is one of the busiest people I have ever known, and does not draw a salary from her dedicated work. She has my utmost respect for what she does, and what she has done for my family.
BEST OF THE BEST. What kind honest invididuals who have devoted their lives to rescue unwanted and abused animals all over the country.
They do such great Charity , The rescue of Horses and mules is so important. Great staff and Timely service. The horses we have received are wonderful They work nationwide . In time of Emergency they help in the evacuation of animals be it Fire,Flood or and other disaster .
I have not dealt personally with Marlene and her crew, but have helped a friend who has got several horses from the ranch. Each time these horses are described exactly to what they truly are. I've watched the countless hours Marlene spends on the road and her dedication to helping the horse world is beyond. Great work! I have always recommended your ranch first!
Marlene, goes out of her way to connect horses with the right people. She takes time to ask the needed questions to ensure the safety and well being of animal. Thankful for the encounters I have had with this rescue.
I have been a donor to VVRER for several years, and have encouraged others to donate as well to save the lives of innocent and healthy horses. I do so because I love horses and I believe in Marlene. She is honest as the day is long and she gives all she has for horses. Thank you Marlene.
Marlene has gone out of her way several times to find the perfect fit horse for special circumstances. From pasture pet to placing a pony for 8 year old boy (My son) . I have had several horses from her ranch and feel blessed that where they came from.
Marlene and her ranch VVRER are just amazing doing the best for the horses and people around!! Great time with them! Learned a lot and inspiring myself to be a better person! Cheers Marlene, Scott and horses!!!
I first got involved with Valley View when they were doing a rescue and needed additional funds to rescue all of the horses from being sold to the meat men. I love horses and had to help. All I can say is this is an amazing rescue organization. Takes very special people to do what they do.
I adopted a wonderful horse through this rescue, ending up saving 3 lives!! Marlene Dodge is an amazing, kind, and competent person. I called her for help evacuating horses from the Chimney Fire in San Luis Obispo County, and she didn't hesitate to help. Her facility is orderly and the horses there are very well looked after. Here is a picture of the rescued family:
By the way, I am a volunteer with an emergency evacuation group, and I know only a very few people I can recommend as highly as Marlene.
Marlene and her ranch go above and beyond to help horses and burros in need. She is truly an angel here on earth.
An incredible rescue organization! I adopted a filly from here a few months ago. I was astonished at how well the facility was run given the minimum staffing involved. If they had enough donations to afford a few really savvy horse people while Marlene goes on her rescue missions this place would flourish more than it already is!! I've seen plenty of "rescues" and this one by far is the best. I will continue to adopt from Valley View Equine Rescue as long as I can!
Valley View Ranch is simply amazing. Marlene lives her life serving all of her beautiful horses. She makes sure each and every horse recieves all of the care they need. I have never seen an unhappy horse at Valley View Ranch. All of the horses are not only very healthy, but friendly, and beyond happy.
We absolutely love Valley View Ranch Equine Rescue and Marlene Dodge. It is a breath of fresh air to see "rescue horses" fat, healthy and obviously well cared for. The pride they take in their rescues is amazing. They are HONEST about the level of training the rescues have and care about a horse having a forever home instead of just making an opening for a new rescue. I currently have 4 horses from Valley View Ranch Equine Rescue, all saved from the slaughter pipeline. 2 of them have been used on movie sets and 1 of them had a major role in the film. Theses horses are an amazing testament to the quality of rescue horses Valley View Ranch and Marlene Dodge place in homes. Marlene genuinely cares about each horse she saves, transports or evacuates from harms way.
I have known Marlene at Valley View Ranch for many years and never met anyone with so much love and compassion not just for the horses but for people as well. Marlene has been there for me during the good times and even during a very depressing time for me and my horses but she guided us through it. Her love and dedication goes above and beyond!!! Marlene, you are one of the most amazing people I have had the honor of meeting and crossing paths with!!!! Hopefully we can catch up soon!!