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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animal Training, Animals

Mission: Mission-VFHRN is committed to relieving the causes of abuse and neglect, while providing for the humane treatment of horses, who are sick, injured, abused, auction/slaughter bound or whose owner can no longer care for. We focus on helping any equine in need across the US VFHRN is committed to eliminating the causes of equine suffering through intervention, education and community awareness while promoting humane ethics. Who We Are Voice For Horses Rescue Network (VFHRN) is an Ohio 501 (c) 3 Non-profit Humane Corporation organized in November of 1999 for the purpose of providing food, water, shelter and veterinary care to horses that are: sick, injured, abandoned, abused, neglected, slaughter bound or when an owner can no longer care or keep them. We also network with other equine rescues across the 50 states, local humane societies, law enforcement, therapeutic riding centres and horse clubs with the placement of horses. We receive no government, city or united way money. We are an all volunteer organization that is funded solely by the caring and generous public. VFHRN assists with cruelty investigations in cooperation with local humane societies and law enforcement officials. Our goal is to help as many equine as possible, by alleviating equine abuse and neglect through awareness. VFHRN understands the need to avoid becoming overextended as well as the need to be able to properly maintain and care for all equine already in our care. We will help any horse in need if our funding and barn space will allow. Adopted equine who need to be returned due to circumstances with the family will ALWAYS take precedence over others due to our mandatory return policy.

Results: Voice For Horses Rescue has helped/saved many horses from going to slaughter and will continue to so if it's God's will

Target demographics: horses in need across the United States

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 20 horses

Geographic areas served: Equine rescue

Programs: we provide and adoption program, and also an alternative to horse owners to donate a horse they can no longer keep thus keeping the horse out of the slaughter pipeline

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

JT Y.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the owner and Operator of Coldwater Lake Stable. I have adopted several horses over the past twenty years from Voice For Horses Rescue. I currently am using three for as lesson horses and the trail riding business.

Donor

Rating: 5

i have been following and donating to this rescue for many years now, they save alot of horses who would have been shipped to slaughter , many good riding horses , or the old and over worked who need some tlc not slaughter . i wish their were more rescues who help the innocent horses so many more won't have to go to slaughter . i don't believe in the saying to many unwanted horses , to me their just homeless for the time being . thank heaven this is just one rescue who is stepping up to help them .

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My mother adopted a horse from voice for horses rescue she had it for 8 years and then became ill my mother that is in passed away we contacted Diana and voice for horses rescue see if they would take the other one back with there's further policy that we have to return it back to the other anything should happen she agreed to do so they were both 30 years old she gave him a great home until they passed away we couldn't think Diana enough for her kindness and warm wishes during our time of me

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Voice for Horses helped me rescue a couple wonderful horses from the kill pen. I just couldn’t see them going to slaughter. Diana is an amazing human being and a sincere and caring person. She devotes her life and time to help as many as she can. Voice for Horses is definitely an organization that is trying to help as many horses as they can. Unfortunately, they can’t do it alone. They need everyone to help and donate to save more, fees the ones they did and to keep them healthy. Please find it in your hearts to help them help the horses!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a 2 year old thoroughbred through this rescue and I’m so glad I did! It’s been such a rewarding journey working with him and training him from the beginning. So glad I found out about this rescue when I did! Diana is such a caring person and takes great care of the horses at the rescue!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a horse that I just got from someone. They had advertised him for sale. The ad included a pic of this horse as a beautiful chestnut x race horse. When I saw this horse in person it did not look anything like that. The horse was dehydrated and emaciated sporting a dingy dull coat and had large unmaintained hoofs. I bought him any way. I wasn't even looking for a thoroughbred. This one is extra tall over 17 hands. I quickly learned that though I would be able to help with his physical condition, Re training him to be a place able horse was not something I would be able to handle. So I started searching for a horse rescue that would be willing to take him in once he was sleek and beautiful again. What I found was disturbing. There are a lot of animal and horse rescues out there with compelling hart wrenching pics of abused and abandoned horses they say they are helping. All of them asking for money donations. But I couldn't find not even one who would help with the horse I was trying to help. Not one of them would take him in even after he was beautiful again, In fact I couldn't even find one equine rescue that had a place on there web site to inquire about anything except how to donate money to them, So I will probably wind d up euthanizing this horse or sending him to the auction because no one wants to help me help him and I am in over my head I cant handle him he is to tall and I am not a trainer and I cant handle a off the track race horse. His temperament is not bad he is just scared and that scares me Equine rescues have let him down Everything I tried to do for him was for no reason I cant finish fixing him for rehoming. I am in over my head and cant find any horse rescue that is willing to meet me half way. That is what I found when I tried to help the helpless horse. As for this nonprofit I couldn't say I am posting here because they have a place to let my voice be heard.

voiceforhorses

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great Rescue, helps horses of all sizes and breeds from mini to draft. in any state , finds great homes, has great volunteers and will help anyone or anything in need, this rescue has a great heart with a lot of compassion and commitment

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This wonderful nonprofit foundation has been dedicated to being the “Voice for Horses” for several years! Diana loves horses and loves her work! Thank you for all of your hard work!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got my horse from Voice for Horses Rescue several years ago. Driving to Ohio, meeting Diana & being "introduced" to a paint gaited mare named Faith was a wonderful experience. I adopted her and she was one of the best (calm, patient, good for vet&farrier etc) horses I've had!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Voice for the Horses does a great job rehabbing and placing their rescue. I'm always proud to share their postings.

Jaxxon13

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been associated with this rescue for 6yrs.. They are so kind.. and introduced me to the love of my life.. #adoptdontshop

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Diana at VFHR for not only my Jaxxon but your unwavering support and commitment. . He's my soul mate.. my heart of hearts .

Karen M. H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Diana back in 2004 when I adopted a very nice older mare who lived out the rest of her life safe and happy with us. She was always very kind and cared a great deal about the welfare of these animals. She helped many horses in need find forever homes. I adopted a 2nd horse from Voices for Horses, but due to the loss of our leased land, I had to sadly send him back to the rescue along with my young Standardbred colt. She helped me in a time of great need to find my horse a good home. She never turned away any horse. I thank God for all that Diana does. She is a true guardian angel.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a Great organization with the horses welfare their priority. I have adopted several horses and ponies from this organization over the last 10 years.

Jena H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great Folks that do there Best for All equines. Have 2 I adopted. Both wonderful horses.

2 Sally S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I wish I could give this organization ZERO stars, because it absolutely does NOT put the horses' welfare first and foremost. What IS VFH's No. 1 priority is the almighty dollar and ripping unsuspecting people off right and left. I've been watching this sham "rescue" for more than 6 years now ever since its founder attempted to exploit my children's book, "Hayseed's First Race" because of the main character's uncanny resemblance to an Appaloosa gelding I was attempting to adopt through VFH, for her own benefit.

From that point forward, I started documenting every move she made and speaking out on social media, warning others not to adopt from her. I also have a blog at voiceforhorses-exposed.blogspot.com, where I chronicled some of her misdeeds, and personally exposed the dumping of 29 sick and emaciated horses at the Wyandot County Humane Society by her, most of which ultimately had to be euthanized as they were beyond help.

This was actually part of a much larger issue where she was hoarding 115 horses on just 15 acres of a farm she was renting at the time. After dumping the 29 horses at the humane society, she systematically began getting rid of the remaining horses by having them shot and killed by the proprietor of Tiger Ridge Exotics, an exotic animal sanctuary, who then took them away to be fed to his big cats and bears. Her "weeding out" of the herd was highly indiscriminate; she had healthy horses killed, including one highly trained horse named "Major", who had someone wanting to adopt him. In another incident, she had a young mare killed because she became "nutty" from anxiety over being separated from her dam; DM never bothered to work with her. She claimed that a pair of Belgian draft horses were broke to ride, but then had one of them killed after nearly running the farm manager's friend through a fence. She lied to the proprietor of Tiger Ridge Exotics about these horses being old or lame; she just wanted them GONE, period.

According to her former farm manager and several other witnesses, she had approximately 50 or more horses buried on that property, which she left behind in shambles and which the manager and her husband then had to clean up themselves. The majority of these unfortunate horses were obtained through her partnership with Another Chance 4 Horses, Inc., in Bernville, PA, another faux "rescue" which has since been shut down by the PA state department of charities and the IRS. AC4h is currently under investigation by the FBI for Internet wire fraud, money laundering, income tax evasion, conspiracy and other federal crimes. It is my hope that the FBI is looking at Voice for Horses as part of their probe into AC4h.

Not only has DM continually misrepresented horses to prospective adopters, she has also burned numerous bridges with hay suppliers, veterinarians and farriers, tack shops and so on and so forth. A former hay supplier took her to court and won a judgment against her for more than $20,000. This is not the only court judgment or case against her; there are numerous others on file in the Ohio court system for similar incidents.

There is much more from where this comes; I will be writing a new blog post in the near future with previously undisclosed information about this "rescue". In the meantime, I hope and pray my review will serve as a strong warning to run the other way from Voice for Horses. Please do your homework before supporting an animal rescue; as the saying goes, "Where there's smoke, there's fire", and that is most certainly the case here.

Kat B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Many people give Diana a bad name, but I had amazing time with her. I went to look at a 5ish year old paint and ended up coming home with a 17 year old Arabian. I drove hours to visit, and the next day I drove back with a trailer and picked her up.
This horse was the best thing I had ever had in my life. Thanks Diana for giving me the chance, even if it was for a short while, to have an amazing horse.
Lost her in October of 2015 due to an injury in the pasture.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

Hell on earth for horses and ponies. Inadequate or no feed or farrier/vet care, horses and premises are filthy, horses given away with no contract or safety net (as if they could be any worse off), shipped across state lines ill unto death with no HC or Coggins, and to top it all off she will threaten, harass and stalk anyone who speaks up. No, I was never denied adoption (on the contrary, I was the person responsible for getting those VERY sick ponies and pony foals out of there, and barely in time to save their lives). Diana Murphy is a disgrace and needs to give up her mooching ways, stop defrauding people and shooting horses she can't adopt out, and get a job.

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Without name calling - or lying or starting any drama - ask any equine rescue that has been around 5 plus years about the affiliations of Diana Murphy. Read reviews. Facebook her and this rescue - ask around before you give so much as a dime to her or help her pay any more horse brokers and inflate the prices for care the horses don't get and transport inflated fees as well. This rescue has harmed many horses and taken money from innocent donors who did not do their homework. Don't fall into their trap. I feel sorry for the horses - but we have to stop these rescues that scam people.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

This "rescue" dumped 29 or so horses at the local humane society, is loosing her farm per a news story but yet she is STILL collecting funds to take more horses. The horses in her care get no farrier care, vet care and are severely underweight, they leave in worse condition then they arrived. A real rescue took 2 or 3 of their ponies who had NO farrier care the whole time they were there, and they lost a ton of weight. Kathy Grant from mustang ally was going to take 12 horses for Diana, Diana wanted to raise 6000 for transport for the horses, Kathy found someone that would do it for 150, but Diana wanted the funds to go to her and she would then give them to Kathy for Kathy to pay the shipper, when Kathy insisted that funds go to her Diana backed out. For someone in such dire need to home horses she sure is being greedy. Please think twice before donating to this rescue, Did i mention i got blocked by Diana because i simply asked why the ponies did not see a farrier.

Review from Guidestar

3

Donor

Rating: 5

For over a year I have donated, volunteered and supported this wonderful organization. The President and Founder of VFHRN has been rescuing abused and neglected horses for many years with some donations in the early years and much of her own money. In the past year the organization has been also rescuing broker owned horses from killbrokers. With donations from the public through a Facebook page and a web site (and still using much of her own money) many horses have been saved from slaughter by paying the broker his price to get the horses from him. The are then adopted to approved homes under a contract that protects them for the rest of their life, to never end up in a bad situation again. If the adoptor ever has to give up the horse it comes back to the rescue for another adoption or to remain a sanctuary resident. Any of the horses rescued that are physically impaired or elderly and have been determined not to be adoptable will live their lives out at the rescue farm.

This organiztion in conjuction with AC4H has been successfully rescueing any where from 25 to 53 horses per week during most of the year 2010. That is a phenominal endevor and has been done with two organizations working hand in hand and having developed a national network of mostly women from one coast to the other all working together to raise the funds and find approved adoptive homes. While most of the organiztions volunteers are in the US, the organizations are well known around the world and also have supporters in many other countries who post the photos and video links and have even donated funds for their survival. One of the rescued horses during the summer of 2010 was actually adopted by a lady in England and was flown to her. (The adoptors are required to pay the vetting bill, quaranteen costs and the transport to get them home... while most of the funds to save the horse from the broker are acquired through fundraising)

The organizations have perserved the past few months and continued to save horses against some very difficult obstacles. The tight ecomony has presented problems in getting donations so much needed to care for the rescue horses feed and care when some do not get adopted immediately and live at the sanctuary untill adopted. And there are the santuary horses that have to be provided for that will never be adopted.

But the economy has not been the biggest problem they have had to struggle with. The biggest problem began approximatly the first of July when a woman named Sally Schrock attempted to adopt one of the horses that had been rescued by VFHRN. The woman was well known for begging all over the internet for help for just about everything... food for her pets, vet bills to be paid, someone to bail her out of her house forclosure, someone to remodel her house for her (She is the 5th most googled "Sally" in the world if that tells you anything) . I had seen her asking for food for her dogs on April 23rd, and in private emails to me (which I still have) she had told me how her home was being forclosed on and all her neighbors had been filing complaints on her pets and dragging her to court ongoing). I felt sorry for her and called friends who also lived in Olathe, KS to help her. They went shopping and took her $200 worth of food, and told me what a sorry situation it was. It wasn't but a few weeks later that I saw her on our network pages asking (more like insisting) she was going to adopt a horse that had been rescued from Camelot auction pen on Derby Day.

The rest is bad news history. She was obviously denied, and then she began her hate campaign against VFHRN and AC4H (AC4H wasn't even involved in any part of that rescue or adoption process, they just got drug in by association). So as she vowed to destroy and shut down both rescues, she gathered a following of other haters such as Pam Davis, Peg King, Kima Noel Madigan (whatever) Queen Craig Lundgren, Robert.. the ripoff..Ripclip, and even a few (so called) rescues such as Brenda Lewis Ace Rescue, and some other small scale so called rescue whoes name escapes me. But this group of haters has not only vowed to shut them down but has slandered and made continuos libelous statements about almost all the volunteers as well as the rescues themselves. Many of us have filed police reports for cyberbullying and cyberstalking and taken other legal action to stop their constant slander and deframation. But in addition to all of this, they have also physically threatened to cause bodily harm and even vaguely worded death threats to the owners of VFHRN and AC4H and some of the volunteers. All of this hate because Sally did not get a free horse with nowhere for the horse to live and no financial ability to provide for it.

For all of these reasons any of the comments made by this group of haters should be seen for what it is... just another avenue by which they have attempted to destroy two very reputable and highly regarded rescues. These rescues desperatly need funding to continue their work in saving horses that noone wants and that have noone else to save them from starvation, abuse and slaughter.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Diana goes all out to do the best for so many horses in need. Nobody realizes just how much this takes, the effort financially, physically and emotionally. Diana is a trooper and continues on no matter what to make sure horses are helped where ever there is the need.

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Always putting the horses in their care above everything. Which at times isn't the easy road. "It is unfortunate some people who have been turned down for adoption because they are not financially or emotionally able to properly care for a horse can be very derogatory. Animal rescue is a very emotional issue and Not everyone views are the same.
Voice For Horses will always do what it can for any horse in need.
Great rescue with big heart.

Review from Guidestar

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Voice For Horses (VFH) / Voice For Horses Rescue Network (VFHRN) founded and operated by Diana Murphy is one of the most professional, friendly, honest and loving rescues one could ever hope to cross paths with! The love and dedication that she and her assistant(s) put into finding quality & stable forever homes for horses, who would otherwise be slaughtered in the most horrific way possible for human consumption, is inspirational to say the very least. We found out about Diana and her organization back in the spring of 2010 and have since adopted/rescued three amazing horses through her program throughout 2010. 1 Belgian Gelding who has a heart of gold and who has captured everyone's heart, 1 Percheron Mare (bailed and saved via dual efforts of between VFHRN & another PA Kill Pen rescue group) who is also one of the most amazing, kind, loving and well-mannered horses a family could ask for. Diana Murphy has also been kind enough to hold/board another Belgian Mare which was bailed/rescued through a big-hearted donor through VFHRN back in the summer. Our boarding facility ran out of room (with all of our other rescues), so Diana has been kind enough to rehabilitate this adorable Belgian (she was severely injured by another horse who kicked her leg while at the kill pen), she's had the farrier out on a regular basis, has had her teeth floated and has shown our mare the unconditional love that she shows all of the other rescues she takes in as well as those who are too ill or old to ever be adopted out. They will be forever in her loving care. If you or anyone you know are considering getting a show horse, trail horse, mini, donkey, you name it - we implore you to take a look at a slaughter bound kill pen horse. They are extremely intelligent and seem to realize that they've been given a second chance at life - you will be in awe each time you look into those loving eyes and know that you made a difference in this world. Please spread the word & let's try to save these fallen souls one (or four as in our case) at a time. These horses are like Pringles - you can't have just one. God bless Diana Murphy, Char Notman and all of the others behind the scenes at VFHRN who volunteer and dedicate every ounce of free energy and time. Once we have more land - we will most definitely rescue more VFHRN horses =)

Review from Guidestar

10

Client Served

Rating: 1

Misrepresentation of horses, fund raising for horses that are no longer with the "rescue" ...dumping horses at the kill shelter/Humane society where they are then put to sleep. Dont you dare ask her any questions about horses you helped to bail, like how they are, where they are...she'll ignore you and the more you persist she just ends up blocking you on her FB page and deleting your questions. This woman and her "rescue" cannot be trusted. She DUMPED 29 horses at the local Humane Society...dont rescues RESCUE animals FROM humane society facilities? Not DUMP THEM THERE!? This woman cannot be trusted!

Review from Guidestar