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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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

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

253 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Bekah2


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.

4 Gwenn K.


Rating: 5

I have lost a daughter, a vehicle and countless hours of peace of mind to RVR Horse Rescue. It has been almost a year now since my initial loss and the loss intensifies every day. MY DAUGHTER IS A 24/7/365 DAYS volunteer at RVR and I celebrate my loss by sharing her day's activities, good/not-so-good/tragic, with her at the end of her RVR day be it 10 PM or 2:0 AM.

RVR Horse Rescue is an organization that serves no purpose but to RESCUE ANY/ALL ABUSED EQUINES they possibly can. They "fight" for the horses’ rights, if necessary, to be removed from abusive situations, and be placed in an environment where they receive personalized care for each horse's specific needs, i.e., specially formulated feed (fed 2/3/4/5/6 times a day), horses are stalled/pastured/penned according to their personalities, abilities, needs, etc.

The horses receive regular, routine equine “maintenance” such as farrier work (in many instances some of the horses have NEVER had any farrier work done), initial vet exam with needed vaccines and follow ups, each horse is hand-washed by loving volunteers.

This is as short a review as I can possibly give on RVR Horse Rescue; from my own personal knowledge, I could write a lengthy book on their attributes and lovingly given efforts to equines in need. Please know that RVR Horse Rescue accomplishes all they do with volunteers only and contributions. THINK WHAT THEY COULD ACCOMMPLISH IF THEY HAD A BROAD DEPENDABLE CONTRIUTOR BASE.

Comments ( 1 )


Karen159 02/24/2013

Nicely written. Wow! Thank you!! I many know of whom you speak.... :)

11 Alice21


Rating: 5

I first became aware of RVR 10/2012 when our Equine Vet examined 2 abused, neglected and starved horses.. confiscated by the sheriffs's dept.....prior to their transfer to RVR . She said they would eventually be needing a home. Long story short..... I went on-line....found RVR....and started following the progress of these 2 rescued horses.....(and some of the other rescued horses!) In 4 months these 2 creatures have blossomed! They look gorgeous now...so much better!! (Unfortunately...the previous owner let a cancer go untreated on one of them...so it is beyond surgical remedy! :-( The owner of RVR will give this horse his forever home with love at RVR if he is not adopted.
I live a couple of hours away from RVR...but recently was able to visit. It was an amazing place....All "stages" of rescues...... One adorable baby ready to leave because he was adopted....running around :-) ..... beautiful horses you can see that have made amazing progress in their recovery from near death because of starvation .....their eye's showing trust again... allowing us to pet them!
There were 2 poor babies who had just been brought in a day or 2 before...barely able to stand.... the pain and weakness so apparent. Shawn (the owner of RVR) had just been lying down with one of the horses in her stall....the one with the worst case of founder..... whispering to her...loving her.....feeding her whatever she would/could eat. The other horse (also foundered)...looking in on them...over the stall wall. (He had had a very rough night....having been helped up with a sling one of the volunteers had driven 3 hrs for!
They had considered helping one go over the rainbow bridge...because of the pain...and they didn't want her to suffer! But...like Shawn said....She still had a twinkle in her eye...still had the will to live! As long as that's there....we will still fight to help her!!
A week later....they're both improving :-)
As a donor....I know that EVERYTHING I give...goes to helping these gorgeous creatures. Take an afternoon and visit RVR.... If you live far away...take a few minutes and look at their web site! You will agree... This is a worthwhile nonprofit. They rescue horses from other "Rescues" (Amazing!)



Rating: 5

I volunteer here on a weekly basis and I absolutely LOVE it, the things this organization does for these horses is so touching and they really do make miracles. The horses that come in are in such terrible shape it makes my heart ache for them. Seeing the success stories is truly inspirational. They are a non profit organization so all the vet fees, food etc. are paid for through donations. To donate you can go to rvrhorserescue.com and save lives!