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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: RVR Horse Rescue has a C.L.E.A.R. Mission. Care.Learn.Educate.Act.Rescue Rescue.Rehabilitate.Rehome.Hospice.

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.

Community Stories

254 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.

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!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

RVR is an amazing group of volunteers and angels of mercy for equine in despair. I have had the priveledge of adopting my horse Crosby from them. They took a scared, abused, and emaciated horse and fed him, healed him both physically and mentally. Now I am continuing the healing with him mentally and he is turning out to be an amazing horse. I cannot wait to see what the current brings us

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been part of RVR along with my husband Richard Gold DVM for the past 4 years. RVR has saved many of horses in Hillsborough County and will continue to. Every dollar that is raised goes directly to the horses. NO ONE is payed, RVR is 100% volunteer run!

5 Karen Jane D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love RVR Horse Rescue!!!! A true haven of love and care for the sweet, innocent and abused horses that arrive there. I have witnessed it all first hand by going out there and volunteering. Also therapeutic for those giving of themselves to help these beauties, no better feeling in the world to see the transformation they make in this God filled place...

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My visits to RVR Horse Rescue were truly amazing. You can feel the love and know that God work is being done and He is in the midst of everything. The volunteers and owners love the animals and the animals love the volunteers. Such a wonderful experience I will never forget and as soon as I am able and not working so much, I plan to spend a lot more time out there. God bless all the angels who work so hard to make all those sweet babies well once again and give them love and quality of life, and God bless those sweet animals that fight so hard and know they are in a place where they will never experience abuse or neglect again. Love me some RVR!!!!

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1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

RVR does a wonderful job rescuing horses. The before and after situations are amazing!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RVR is a benevolent horse rescue where volunteers desire not money or attention but simply a sense of safety and security for these sweet horses. Abused, starved, and neglected these actions are placed upon horses daily, sometimes to the point of near death experiences. All these caring animals need is a home where they can feel loved and desired. What better place than a beautiful ranch filled with selfless, caring volunteers that contain so much sympathy and genuine love in their hearts. Volunteering at RVR has been a huge blessing to not only my family but any family they come in contact with. They display kindness in whatever they do and are truly concerned with these horses well being.

2 Tammy127

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter and I volunteer there. They live those horese like they were their own. There os no other place we would rather be.

1 sterlingboxers

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The most caring, loving, giving rescue I have ever seen! RVR gives all to their rescues to rehabilitate & find them loving forever homes. They educate the public & open their facility for others to learn. They give of themselves to their horses until they have worn themselves out.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

So hard working to save & find homes for abused horses. Some of which do not seem to have any chance to live but RVR will be by their side 24/7 with so much love & caring. They never give up on any horse brought to them!

1 TK A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

RVR Horse Rescue is by far the most amazing place I've ever had the chance of knowing. It is run by a great woman (Shawn) and a large team of animal lovers who ALL work to help these animals without a dime! Their only payment is the love these horses give! I have seen animals go to them who most would not have given a chance. Months later, you would NOT even recognize them because they are so happy, healthy and healed! If you want to donate to a rescue that really makes a difference, RVR is an easy choice!! RVR STRONG!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

RVR Horse Rescue is one of the most amazing places I have ever had the privilege of seeing. The miracles that they (The owner Shawn and all of the horse angel volunteers) make on a daily basis are beyond incredible! I have seen these animals when they arrive. Animals that most people would not give a chance as they are "too far gone". But RVR gives them ALL a chance, and seeing them a few months-years later is such an astounding turn around! Most you would never know we're abused! I am proud to know RVR!!

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1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm kinda upset that you can't rate higher than 5 stars! This place captured my heart three years ago. I have learned so much about horses, helped save many and adopted a horse and a donkey from RVR! I am currently a point person (we make sure all shifts am and pm are covered and help manage the barn) and a board member. Besides working a full time job with 50+ hours every week, I spend a minimum of 10 hours at RVR horse rescue every week, and I love every minute of it. The volunteers are amazing, the horses.... well, there's nothing better than them! This organization is making great leaps and bounds and is branching out further than just the surrounding community. I am blessed to be a part of it and learn along the best!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

RVR does amazing work to save horses that others have given up on. You can see the love on every volunteer's face. It's amazing to see the difference in the horses after they are welcomed here!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for over 3 years with RVR Horse Rescue in Riverview, Florida. I have seen so many wonderful endings to horses who were on death's door and brought back to a healthy condition. They just had a colt born to a mare who was sold to a kill buyer last August - both mare and colt are doing fine now! My own horse had been so severely abused he didn't trust anyone to even touch him. But through patience and time, he is now a pocket pony! They take the worst of the worst and give them a chance at life and plenty of love.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

RVR Horse rescue is he most professional non-profit equine rescues. This prestige organization has proven to be a highly respected rescue in Flordia and a true advocate for the equines throughout the state of Florida

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

RVR Horse Rescue is truly an amazing organization. Their dedicated staff along with the many volunteers have proved time after time just how much love they share for these horses. Many of these animals have been abused, neglected, and sometimes close to death, but RVR has never given up on any of them. They have been able to rehabilitate both physically and emotionally and I hope this rescue is one that will be able to continue their work for many years to come.

Timothy17

Donor

Rating: 5

RVR Horse Rescue is truly a blessing to Central Florida. The hard working volunteers there have a huge heart for horses who need their help. They put a tremendous amount of work into caring for the horses they rescue, rehabilitating them, and finding them a good loving home. I have never encountered an organization so committed to helping needy animals like RVR is. The RVR volunteers truly are Horse Angels in every sense. I am so happy to have had some part in supporting this wonderful rescue. I heartily recommend that anyone who can supports RVR, you won't regret it!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

RVR does amazing work rehabilitating and re-homing horses in need. The volunteers there are awesome.

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Jen K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Found this Rescue on Facebook looking for a place to volunteer and help horses. Absolutely gorgeous property, amazing volunteers and every week I can witness horses and humans heal together and watch them find their new beginnings. Come visit or donate to help this amazing facility!

1 Kaitlyn T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rvr is a good horse rescue place where you can learn educate.you can take them on walks , scoop poop,water, bath, groom them and doctor them up .what will you learn from here at rvr horse rescue? :from kaitlyn taylor

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RVR is a miracle place for horses as well as people. What they do for horses is give them love and a wonderful chance at life after having been through neglect or abuse. What they do for people is allow them to get up close and personal with these beloved animals while teaching them the proper care of these animals. The benefits to everyone involved are numerous. I'm so grateful to RVR for everything they do.

Kathleen106

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this place! The work they do is absolutely amazing and inspiring. The horses come to RVR broken and scared and they receive such loving care by Shawn, the owner, and the entire team of volunteers. It is such a joy to watch how they heal the horses physically and mentally. To watch the transformation and be a part of it actually heals the souls of all involved. I actually feel like the horses help heal me. I can't think of a more worthy organization for our time and our donations. It really is a Healing Haven! God Bless RVR!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to RVR to help with the rescue horses. What I found was a second family of kindred spirits whose goal is to give the horses they rescue a safe loving environment to heal and learn to trust again. These Horse Angels are amazing! Their love and devotion to these horses helps them feel love and trust of humans despite their often painful pasts. All the horses are nurtured back to health with such care it lifts the heart to see them transform into loving companions for their future forever families. I feel so blessed to help and be a part of this wonderful organization and would recommend that anyone who loves horses be a part of this rescue organization.

MaryJo S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Volunteer for RVR Horse Rescue since 2013. I see firsthand the love, care, and 24/7 compassion that takes place at this rescue. Shawn and her team of volunteers answer the desperate calls for help everyday. The transformation that takes place for these once at deaths door horses to the vibrant and happy thriving creatures is amazing. Although, there are times when the horses do not make it, Shawn and the team are there through their final hours before they cross over the Rainbow Bridge. RVR Horse Rescue is the real deal and one of a kind in its commitment to being the voice for abused and neglected horses. MJ Spencer

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a volunteer at RVR Horse Rescue in October 2013. The moment on step foot onto the property I was greeted with unconditional Love and Acceptance. I met Shawn Jayroe and the volunteer staff and was so impressed with the passion they have for these horses. I began to assist whenever I could with chores, feeding and anything else that needed to be done to help these horses. I have seen firsthand the transformation of these abused and neglected horses as they transform into healthy beautiful spirits.
I have been on two rescues and have seen how these horses go from an abused or neglected state to recovery with the proper love and care. I continue to volunteer with RVR and I am so proud to be part of this incredible organization.

MaryJo Spencer