In the past 21 months I've given over 500 hours of volunteer service at Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue. As with many, I'd always thought about volunteering somewhere. So, I decided.....to go to a place I could be around horses. I'd always loved their beauty but had no opportunity to be with or around them. Of course, I went thinking I was doing a service.
What I found was that it was I who was being served, taught, and guided by the horses at RVHR. In their horse way they let me know I was not allowing myself to connect to much on an emotional level and that, if I wanted to be with them, I'd have to figure that out.
And I stayed....and worked on it, with the horses reminding me when I was anxious, nervous, or just too pushy for them (and I didn't even know I was feeling those things!).
I've been gifted with many many lessons that I couldn't have heard from a human voice. And, I'll continue to give back to this wonderful place these abused and neglected horses have to call home!
Review from #MyGivingStory
Didn't know we had a space for reviews....glad to know! I have been volunteering consistently at RVHR since January 2014......wow.....21 months....I keep saying 16 or 18....how time flys! So, I came with NO horse experience............zero! Now.....I'm still learning...but guess what...now I understand about ear, tail, and vocal communications with the horses, I can catch a horse (pretty much any of them out of the always 60 or so there)- and can do it with confidence, I can halter and lead well. I have learned about barn gates, latches, feed supplies, how to fix water troughs (well mostly)! But most of all, I've truly learned the joy of just being around and chatting with the horses- I cannot describe the conversations we have or why they are so powerful- they just are! And....they can make just about anyone laugh! And thanks to Pat and Jason Muncy for going for it - opening the rescue, working through challenges that often are unseen, finding a way to do it- and to share the opportunity to experience something of horses and the joy in being with them with us volunteers! I would not trade this opportunity for the world. And....my intent is to keep learning....as slow as I feel I've been in the process....but I feel like I have been given the opportunity to be around horses in a way I doubt I'd find available anywhere else.
I have been a volunteer at the Rescue for about a year. I started at the RVHR thinking I would be providing extra muscle to complete specific chores to make the lives of these magnificent animals a little bit better. Little did I know that they would be giving so much more back to me. All the animals at the rescue have a story of neglect and/or abuse. Staff and volunteers work tirelessly with the horses to let them know that not all experiences with humans are bad and things can be much better. Through my months there I have seen emaciated horses die after hours and hours of staff and volunteer support for a better outcome. I have seen emaciated horses thrive with the help, knowledge and hard work of everyone at the rescue that give of their time. Without the help of this facility and the dedication of those who work there the outcome for all the horses in their care would have been much different. I am grateful to have the opportunity to provide my time to this agency. learn more about the care of the animals, and learn form the animals
I first discovered RVHR last January. I was surfing online looking for volunteer opportunities in Virginia. RVHR was listed and after reading about the organization, I decided I wanted to sponsor a horse there.
I make a monthly contribution which helps cover the care of a horse.
I am on my second horse now as a sponsor. I feel that I am making a difference in the life of a horse that was neglected. Some of the horses' stories are really horrific, and as an animal lover, I want to do something to help these beautiful animals. I had the opportunity to visit RVHR and meet the horse I presently sponsor,Olivia, a neglected Arabian mare. Some of the horses that come to RVHR have some issues involving human contact. These horses are worked with individually by the staff and the many volunteers who come to groom or just give "some loving on" the horses. These horses eventually become attentive when humans come around.
RVHR does not have fancy horse barns, but every attempt is made so that all the horses there have adequate shelter, nutritious feed
customized for their individual needs, quality hay and good pastures. I was quite impressed with the volunteers and staff that faithfully come and give these horse a good quality life.
Great experience to volunteer at RVHR!!! Good for the soul. The horses are cared for by people who genuinely care for each horse as their own. They do great work and could really use the extra funding to allow these horses the best chance for a comfortable life.
Review from Guidestar
I can only say SUPERB things about RVHR and the everyday work Pat and Jason do for the horses and other animals that are cared for. Their time and money is put into making sure a healthy and caring environment is there for all until some are able to find a new family that can give them the love they deserve!!
Review from Guidestar
I have been to RVHR several times now as a volunteer. As a Virginia Tech student I have struggled over the decision of what I'd like my career to be. In the process of figuring out what exactly I'd like to do with horses for the rest of my life I've been inspired by RVHR. Pat and her family give up so much to help so many of our beloved equine friends. I can only hope to do something as great as they do to help the equine community. They give these horses the best they can offer, in addition to as much love as any horse could get, while they wait to find their new, hopefully permanent family. In addition to benefiting horses, they also offer many students in the area with opportunities to grow in their equine education. I enjoy myself each time I go out there and learn several new things each time I work at RVHR. This program gives the utmost service to both neglected horses that no one else could take responsibility for, and a widespread community. They are well-deserving of any support they can receive.
Review from Guidestar
My name is Alyson,
I first visited the Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue and met Patricia Muncy in the year of 2005. One of my friends did an after school program for troubled teens and being a great horse lover, and having just recently lost my horse to old age (34 yrs. old). I met my friend and her teen out at horse rescue to share the horsey love.
The first impression that I had was that there was a lot of love going around the whole farm. Patricia was actually building on a large covered run-in area onto an existing shelter by herself.
I immediately thought to myself, "what a tough lady". She is non-stop... It's just amazing how much love and care is given at RVHR. Everyone there comes first.
The day I first went to meet my friend, the teen that she took, what a difference it had made in her life. This teen was able to break away from her troubles to cross to another side and experience on hand one of her greatest loves, horses. I felt that it gave her a place of importance and uniqueness, and hope for dreams in the future.
The next time that I visited RVHR was in May of 2010. After losing my horse that had practically raised me. I had him in my life for 27 yrs. I hoped that one day I would find another horse son/friend, but didn't quite no when. I dreamt often whom I hoped that I would find one day or should say, "find me".
One day, a friend handed me an article in the paper that two horses were in need of a home and that they thought it was time for me to bring a horse back into my life. I had recently just purchased a beatiful farm and I thought, "maybe?" So I went and checked it out. The horse I was interested in, as soon as I pulled up at RVHR, I recognized my interest and said his name. He immediately ran up to the fence line and we had eachother's full attention. I really fell inlove instantly. I remember, Patricia saying something like, "Oh Yeah, he's definitely going home with you, your mom". I thought, "we need to get to know eachother first and then we'll see". Well, Patricia was right off the bat, what an insight! I actually spent about a month going to RVHR as often as I could, about 2 times a week to visit my guy and get a feel for him, before making the big final decision.
Patricia taught me so much in that amount of time. She is truly a Horse Whisperer/Horse Angel. Each horse at the rescue is given such special attention. Each personality was known, each language, need... It was great, Patricia coached me on all the important things I needed to know and taught me a lot of great things, and allowed me to really get to know my guy. I finally decided, I couldn't live without him and took him home with me. At the time, I had just recently purchased a farm by myself and was wondering where my journey in life was taking me, and WOW!!! what a strength I received in my mind and my heart after bringing my horse home. I immediatley started to feel a wonderful balance in my life again. It's crazy, I sometimes look back and think, "Wow, I never rode him with a saddle on before bringing him home, I only put it on him to see how he would react at RVHR". I didn't even know how perfect he would be until I brought him home. Also, the fact too, that he was almost exactly what I had been dreaming about for years before meeting him. The Universe really does provide. All these things, each time we would go on rides together would show themselves. Like, he loves walking through creeks and stopping to sip, and paw. He loves going on trails and what a talker he is. Every morning he is waiting for me at the gate and winnies, and nickers to me. That's all I need to start my day. One of my friends moved her horse out to my place, a mare. The two are in love and my friend and I go on riding adventures a couple times a week. It's one of the things we look forward to the most during a crazy work week. It keeps us so balanced and revives us. At the end of my day, going out to the barn and taking care of the horses is so wonderful.
There is such a need for what Patricia Muncy and RVHR provide. Each horse that ends up there is a life, has a soul, and needs love. You never know, one day they could/will enrich a persons life fulfilled with unending well being...
Review from Guidestar
Even though I am not a volunteer anymore, I loved my time at RVHR. I grew up with horses and I missed them so much that I sought out RVHR and fell in love with it the first time I worked there. Pat is amazing as is her husband and all the other people who work to make RVHR a great place for horses. My favourite memory is of a horse named Dave that Pat had brought to the farm. He was very neglected and I had the task of brushing him. I cried when I started and those of you who have animals know that they know when you are upset. Dave would turn his head towards me as I brushed him sensing that I was upset and would nuzzle me. He was just so happy to have someone to take care of him and love him. Most animals are so forgiving and I find that horses are more so. It made my day when he did that.
Anyway, RVHR and Pat deserve all the help in the world they can get. Money, supplies, help. All of it is needed at RVHR and my hope is that one day I can return to this haven for one of my favourite animals. My hope is that they get all the help needed to keep helping these majestic creatures.
Review from Guidestar
I adopted a pony after I was a volunteer the RVHR. She is the love of my life and I think everyone should have the same experience. There's a million horses that need someone to love them. Please adopt one, or two. It's a wonderful thing.
Review from Guidestar
Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue works hard to care of animals that have been forgotten or mistreated. I have seen the level of care that is given to each animal. This staff works as if they are getting paid thousands of dollars and they work for nothing! Many times they invest their own interests just to make sure the level of care these animals receive is the best available. No one could deserve this grant anymore than this organization.
I have seen the sweat and muscle work to provide food for these animals, I have seen the tears as the ones that do not make it get held in the arms of someone that cares as they leave this world.
Their is room for growth of this organization and they need this help immediatly if they are going to continue to carry out this very important mission.
Review from Guidestar