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Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: We stand as West Virginia’s largest, most effective equine advocacy organization. We also impact Kentucky and Ohio. We were founded in West Virginia at a time when no other organization existed to come to the aid of the horses, and we realize how important it is to expand the reach of rescue through out Appalachia. We know it is vital to assist counties' animal control and law enforcement officers, teach the public and become leaders in the equine industry if we are to change in equine welfare. Heart of Phoenix is a POWERFUL advocate for All Horses in Appalachia. Poverty in our region means the need for education and assistance is tremendous, and we work to meet those needs. The conditions we encounter in West Virginia are often shocking, yet with your help, we are changing everything for the better! Our team cares deeply about horses, awareness and education. We care about showing what rescued horses are capable of while we work on the roots of "equine neglect" where a future finds fewer horses in need. This region has more long-term, extreme neglect than is found anywhere else in the nation. Abuse, deprivation from water, food and basic care frequently go on at unspeakable levels where horses are left to suffer for years, for decades. While there are many issues facing horses and advocates working at various issues; our focus here is to rescue those most forgotten: To make sure that they receive the rehab and training they need to become awesome equine partners for adopters: To lead the state in equine education: To make more Good horsemen and women, so fewer horses end up in need and more horses have suitable homes. The horses of this region have a valuable voice thanks to your support of HOP. We hope you continue to listen to the stories of our horses and allow us to continue to change the lives of many more. You can help change everything for horses in Appalachia when you partner with HOP! We know in order to see radical change, our organization must stay progressive and creative by expanding our programs, extending more education and empowering communities, law enforcement and horse owners. While we have saved hundreds of lives, there is much work still to do. We are ready to do it! We hope to impact thousands more in the coming years! Because our high quality rehab and standard of care requires a solid financial budget and many hours of volunteer time, we are committed to sound financial management. We will not take in more horses than our funding allows. We intend to serve equines in Appalachia for many years to come.

Results: Hundreds of Horses placed into homes. Hundreds of thousands of readers have found education through our blogs. Statewide Animal / Equine Training initiated 2 LARGE health and gelding clinics hosted

Target demographics: Horses get safe, rehabilitated and adopted

Direct beneficiaries per year: many very neglected horses recover and retain

Geographic areas served: the Tri-state Area of WV, Ky and Ohio

Programs: adoption of horses once they have been rehabbed and evaluated

Community Stories

102 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Diane151

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This rescue is amazing...selfless, loving and will go to any length to help our equine friends. They make a huge difference to all the suffering horses out there...

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I wouldn't donate if I thought they were not worthy.. I have no idea what Kentucky would do if this nonprofit group didn't exist. I love the way they care for God's creatures and what wonderful compassion they have. Thanks!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been following Heart of Phoenix since 2011 after the rescue of my mare/foal combo. They do amazing work and all of these people are extremely dedicated to what they do. Without them in our area many more horses would not have been helped and who knows where they would be right now. Thank you Heart of Phoenix!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Well, ive followed them since I first came on fb. Right after they started. I have had only positive results from watching them carefully. As another two rescued let me down with wasted money and not keeping up with the animals in there care. I think every thing they do is good. Tinia and staff, put stuff out for all to see. Best thing ever. Love them to pieces. And have never met the founder. But like I said they check out on the up and up. Won't any body help them? Please try. They love animals. As us animal lovers do. Wish they were closer I would volunteer. Even being disabled I'd help if I could. Just smelling a horse and barn smells, sigh in love. And only real animal people understand this. Save as many as you can. You have prayers and all the love and moral Support I can give.

3 Donna219

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following this rescue for a little while,an I'm truly impressed with the care,love an dedication they put into this rescue,an keeping their followers updated!

3 Celeste W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I haven't been aware of this group for long but what they are doing is truly remarkable

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I follow the Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue Inc. and the amazing job the volunteers do. Having seen the transformation of walking skeletons of horses to vibrant and beautiful horses is amazing. The rescue has an amazing support system of core rescuers, I am sure I can not describe adequately the work they do. But I know their heart is in it for every horse. I just like how they educate along with their clinics reach out in their area.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix's "Before and After" photos speak for themselves. This rescue does great things for many horses and I would trust them to guide me through any part of horse adoption.

3 Gail56

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watch HOP bring in Horses no one else wanted and find them good homes, they keep check on them to ensure they are taken care of and treated properly..
I trusted them enough to let them place a horse for me that I could no longer care for and they did an excellent job of finding him a home.
I've seen them bring in badly starved horses and by the time they are finished you can't even tell they were the same horse ... They also try to educate owners in order to help horses.... A truly excellent Rescue....

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix is a wonderful organization that has touched so many lives. Not only of horses, but the people along their journey to forever as well.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following Heart of Phoenix over the past year after they were recommended by Stacy Westfall. That got my attention! I love that HOP has accountability measures in place. They document their rescues very well, then continue to post updates of exactly how each horse is doing, so that people like me who live far away in another state, and cannot see them in person, can trust to make a donation. I am very impressed that they have built trusted relationships with some of the top veterinarians in the nation and with local law enforcement. It is amazing that they also go above and beyond to continue to check on adopted horses in their adoptive homes to ensure they haven’t gone back into the same neglect or sold to someone that would eventually sell them for slaughter. You can tell they truly care about the well-being of animals since they share their knowledge and have been educating not only our nation of horse owners, but those who are following from around the world. They post very informative articles from refeeding a starved horse to basic nutrition. They constantly prove that they want to work positively and support other rescues, which is valiant in an age of competition where animals pay the price for dissention. But what will really grab you, go to the website and be sure to read Tinia Creamer’s story combined with how this rescue began. Grab tissue, but it will make you want to cheer her on in support. And all of the volunteers who make up this hard working team that fights day in and day out. Not for glory, but simply to save lives. And... they are hilarious, too!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I follow this group from the other side of the world. A team of amazing people who work tirelessly to save those who've been forgotten. Never seeking riches or glory. Going without sleep, food, time with their families in order to care for the unwanted. They travel hundreds and hundreds of miles, work around the clock to provide care often to the critically ill and never complain. They give dignity and wings to those who cannot be saved. I cannot comprehend the emotional strength it takes to rescue day in, day out, and still maintain a positive outlook on the world. Heart of Phoenix are amazing, so many horses now healthy, comfortable, loved and cared for, brought back from the edge of the abyss.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If ever there were angels on earth for those without a voice it would be those of Heart of the Phoenix Rescue. They walk through the horrors of neglect and abuse and pull those who are left behind out into the sun of a second chance at life as it should be. They are amazing people who go above and beyond for the animals they save and never give up hope even when situations seem impossible. If there was any organization that could restore your faith and hope in humanity, it is Heart of the Phoenix Rescue!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This rescue has done so much good, they've helped network horses they had no room for find good homes, taken in one more after that last one more to make sure they could help all of them. Their hearts are huge and warm and I've never met such a group of people so dedicated to doing the right thing. My own mare was networked from them and I'm so happy to have her!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following this rescue for several years. What they have accomplished in saving lives of horses in our tri-state area is nothing short of a miracle as well as a lot of blood, sweat and tears on their part. They are the much needed voice of abused and neglected equines in this economically depressed area and in addition to bringing awareness to this plight they have taken inititiative and done something about it. They are the first to try to address the problem and search for a solution to that of thousands of abandoned horses left on strip mines. They post photos and video of the horrific and heart wrenching beginnings of rescue and show each stage of the horses rehab and recovery and even follow through with updates after placement into their new homes. Not only have they rescued equine lives but other animals like our black lab, Bo, was very fortunate to have been networked to us by way of Heart of Phoenix. We love him and are so thankful for him and just can't imagine the fate that may have awaited him if HOP had not brought him into our lives. I've yet to adopt a horse from here but hope one day to do so. Until then, I will continue to follow and support this incredible group of animal-loving angels in any way that I can.

1 Casie S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are always going above and beyond to help save horses on need. I have watch so many horses who's fate was uncertain blossom into beautiful caring animals. Rehabbing horses isn't just about a healthy horse it's also about building back trust and ability and they go beyond to do all it takes.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix rehabs and educates horses, so that they find a home to stay more easily. They are taking the horses to the farrier, vet, etc. and should get all and any support available. They also have a programme of owner knowhow such as to prevent horses getting into such poor conditions.

2 Sharleen H.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Board and Volunteers of HOP are a wonderfully skilled, caring and compassionate group going above and beyond to be advocates, Angels and rescuers for horses. Each horse that passes through truly has a renewed hope and a second life. The work endlessly to remove horses from deplorable conditions and to ensure that they are never returned to a similar situation. Amazing people.

2 Annette27

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the best rescue's, they go above and beyond in saving horses!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watched this rescue go above and beyond numerous times. Taking care of others cast offs. Top notch people!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A group of very knowledgeable and Animal Loving people. They try and help all they can and go above and beyond to help save lives.

4 Patty46

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was looking for the best Equine Rescue I could find, and I am so thankful that I found HOP! I am now the proud and happy adopter of Schmidtty- a 14 yo Tennessee Walker who was rescued and beautifully rehabbed by Heart of Phoenix.

3 Jessica195

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've seen many people try to start a "rescue" in this area (WV, OH, and KY) and who have failed because the need here is greater than any one person can handle on their own. That's why Heart of Phoenix succeeds where others could not. They are a network, many people uniting under one cause with the same determination and strength, who believe they can make a difference... And they are. HOP continues to grow, uniting other, farther away rescues, and bringing everyone together. They support each other, if there is a horse in need, even if they have no room, they find someone who does. They are relentless in their dedication to the equines they save from horrible neglect and pain. They do not sugar-coat the truth and when others have failed in their duty to these animals, to keep them safe, fed, and protected, HOP steps in and tries to repair the damage. They are a blessing to the state of WV, every single volunteer and dedicated supporter.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This is truly one of the best horse rescues anywhere! I don't know how, but these people work at least 28 hours a day --- yes, they really do squeeze in 4 extra hours ( at least) per 24 hour day. Amazing people and they do it all for the love of horses! If you want to share with a great non-profit , please keep Heart of Phoenix at the top of your list!!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An excellent group of truly dedicated individuals. The amount of good that HoPER accomplishes with limited funding and personnel is inspiring. They also collaborate efforts well with other organizations, which is unique.

3 Jessi A.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love this rescue. For Christmas this year my daughter wanted to donate some of her money to help horses as she'd lost her aged mare that fall and she had kept up with the page the rescue operates where they list up to date information on the horses they have. She loved seeing the pictures of the horses when they came in to HOP and how they improved and so decided this was a place she wanted to help because she could see where her money was going to go. And I have a feeling that one day, should we ever get another horse, odds are I will do my best to adopt through them as I know the care they take to ensure the adopter knows the good and bad of the horse they get to ensure safety to both horse and adopter.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I am careful where I put my financial support. There are so many needs for people and animals alike everywhere we look. I want my donations to be well spent in areas where the need is greatest. HOP is the kind of organization where I can donate and know that equines are benefiting from everything I donate. They operate in an area of intense need as well so I know that with the funds I send horses, and sometime the people who just can't sustain them anymore, are benefiting and I am not just another coin in the coffers. A small group of volunteers does an amazing job, not just at the official rescues jobs, but in networking for those they can't, as an organization or individuals, take in. There are lots of places to put your money but HOP is one of the best in my opinion.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Three years ago we adopted a beautiful, Arabian mare from this organization. They provided extensive information on her capabilities and personality. She was in excellent health when she came to live with us and my teenager fell in love with her. Although a few people object to the adoption contract that comes with each animal, we find comfort in knowing that they are concerned with how Teza is doing for her lifetime. It is no hardship to provide pictures and updates so that they can continue to monitor her well being. Since our adoption, my children and I have volunteered for Heart of Phoenix and made numerous donations to them. The fact that they provide continual updates on their current and past rescues, by picture and in word, let us see exactly where our money is going. Heart of Phoenix exemplifies the gold standard that all rescue organizations should strive for!!!

2 Carla22

Donor

Rating: 5

HOP is an amazing group of people dedicated to saving horses and any other animal in need that they can help. Selfless Hardworking. Huge hearts. I am honored to support them. Any recognition is WELL deserved.

1 Rebecca95

Donor

Rating: 5

The work they do is wonderful. So many lives saved.

3 Melody G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In the last year I have had the opportunity to witness the great work of this organization. They have rescued many horses in need. They are on a mission and can't be stopped by any obstacle, putting their heart and soul into each and every rescue. They rise above greatness and have a special gift in caring, rehabilitating, and finding suitable adoptive homes for these wonderful horses. There isn't question or doubt in this organization and the service they provide. Amazing people with one thing in mind, "How can we help!"

Sincerely,
M. Mynes
Nitro, WV

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I personally have rescued many animals over the years. My parents were the type of people that never let an animal suffer. Even if my dad had to wheel and deal to get the animal safe at home with us. So over the years living in a rural community you will see your fair share of animal neglect and abuse. What you do not see as often is someone to help them. In the short time I have been aware of Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue I really am blown away by the care and dedication they have to these horses in desparate need. Not only are they going above and beyond what most people will it is for a large animal that has such a small chance of being rescued. Thumbs up for the 2 and 4 hr drives and carrying sad little starved ponies and a pat on the back for HOP and all of its volunteers!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are AMAZING! They do SOOOO much, with so little!!