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RVR Horse Rescue

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Nonprofit Overview

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

263 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.

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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.

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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

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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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RVR Horse Rescue is top notch! We don't get to volunteer as often as we'd like, but each and every time we've been there - we feel like we are the blessed ones instead of the horses. The owners put all their heart and sole into these horses (and sometimes other animals that need rescuing as well). Extremely friendly and heart warming staff and volunteers that do all they can to make a difference and give these animals a voice. Highly, highly recommend donating, volunteering and/or visiting to see for yourself.

Corinne P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Most amazing nonprofit I have ever been a part of. Great group of volunteers and the horses are top priority. They take in horses that other rescues won't take. RVR is truly a miracle.

ddove062798

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hearts of Gold and a lot of teamwork!!! I have never experienced anything like RVR.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, not only did this rescue help me see how much they are needed within the community, but showed me how much I needed them. They (horses as well) showed me the true value of life!

1 Lisa545

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Didn't know quite what to expect, but was blown away by the kindness and compassion I sensed when I went recently to volunteer. Everyone there wants to be there for a wonderful reason. Feeling so blessed to be able to help out and just spend time with these beautiful souls...horses and the humans who have found it in their hearts to do something to provide and care for them until they can find new homes. Such a very special place, and I pray for all of their efforts. These folks restore my faith in mankind, and have me actually hoping to one day be able to adopt when I'm better able financially. LOVE

Ann_53

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is no place quite like RVR Horse Rescue! It's a place of peace. A place where horses and people come to heal. A place filled with love and compassion! The horses who come to this rescue immediately know they are in good hands. Their transformations are incredible and they receive all the food, love and attention necessary to help them heal. If you want to be a part of something great please give to this wonderful organization. Whether it is to volunteer, donate or pray know that you are appreciated!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been with RVR Horse Rescue since March of 2013. I have seen some incredible work done by ONLY volunteers. So many horses lives changed as well as peoples also.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited RVR a handful of times. I try to go every time I visit Tampa. My sister is a devoted volunteer and I love when she shows me around tells me all the different stories and introduces me to some of the most amazing animals God put on this earth. They are all special in different ways. I especially have fallen for a particular guy named Monarch. All of the volunteers at RVR are dedicated and work so hard to bring these horses back to health. This is am amazing organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The abused horses best friends, they are the most caring people and volunteers, I have seen first hand how dedicated and caring they are, if you know of any horse that is being abused you need to get a hold of RVR Horse Rescue

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Donor

Rating: 5

This rescue is truly dedicated to their horses. They are a very caring group of people.

3 Julie246

Donor

Rating: 5

An amazing place with the best volunteers doing the most amazing, selfless work saving beautiful horses that unfortunately have been terribly abused & neglected. There aren't very many places like this for horses in need to go.