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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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