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Blue Horse Mukwa Equine Retirement and Rescue Center

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animal Training, Animals

Mission: To provide a permanent home to horses that have been abused, abandoned, neglected, or considered past their prime by their former owners. We also provide shelter for dogs and cats that have been abused, abandoned, neglected. We also do programs offering education on the care of horses and dogs.

Target demographics: provide homes to horses and other animals that would meet a bad end. We provide education al information on the care and training of horses and teach compassion to young folks that have been in bad environmental situations.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 46 horses,donkeys combined. 17 dogs. 16 cats. 2 pigs, and 75 young folks

Geographic areas served: South Central Virginia, but we network nationally

Programs: We are verified through the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful support & assistance with a variety of pets a few of us wanted to adopt, in some cases, and were no longer able to care for in others. A terrific, dedicated staff & a great facility!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Blue Horse Mukwa made it possible for our elderly paint mars to live out her retirement there. The best of care anywhere! Lots of love in the air there!!! :)


Client Served

Rating: 5

I just met Rabiah and learned about Blue Horse a few months ago through a mutual friend.

I had been away from the community for nearly 30 years and then cloistered with in home care for my ill father so I had no idea that we had anything of this type around. Nor could I fathom the scope of care and work that is so needed yet so often neglected that is being done not only here but throughout the state and even the country.

Rabiah is totally dedicated and committed to the care, safety and rehabilitation of not only the specific animals that are fortunate enough to come to Blue Horse but also using her knowledge and connections to place other animals with people and organizations in other areas. In addition to that she also works closely with different community organizations to help them place and or care for animals that come into their control.

A short visit to "show you some horses and let you look around" was proof of some of the words spoken by others here. This facility not only helps the various animals that it touches but also numerous people that come in contact with it and them. Because of that and the limited choices of roles available to describe my relationship I say here that I went from Volunteer to Client Served.


Client Served

Rating: 5

I was given Rabiah's phone number by a friend and called her to see if she could provide any help to a very neglected horse. She immediately sprung into action and was the answer to my prayers. This horse was taken from a dismal and dangerous situation to one of utmost luxury. Rabiah rescued this horse and provided her with a new stall, beautiful, safe surroundings, and people who cared for her. It was clear that this horse who had spent 8 years in extremely cramped isolation, was now free to run and live a glorious new life. If not for Rabiah and the work she does, there would be no solution to ending the abuse of this fine and resilient animal. We are so fortunate to have Rabiah and Blue Horse Mukwa to turn to. She makes the world a better place for humans as well as animals.