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Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals

Mission: Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue, RVHR, founded in 2002, evolved out of the need in our community for assistance with horses being found in undesirable situations. RVHR is comprised of a serving Board of Directors who volunteer their time to this effort and are joined by volunteers in our community who may also become members of our organization. RVHR is dedicated to educating the public on these issues and how they can be avoided as well as providing assistance to horse owners in our area that are dealing with a similar situation. Other efforts include providing educational clinics on horsemanship and horse care in general for our horse community.We also provide a refuge at our facility for horses that are in need due to starvation or neglect as well as helping these horses find new loving and suitable homes where they shall be watched over by RVHR for the rest of their lives.

Results: ~ 276 Horses Helped Since We Opened In 2002 ~ ~ 166 Placed in New Homes ~

Target demographics: Helping those horses in need of death due to starvation

Direct beneficiaries per year: 29 new additional arrivals.

Geographic areas served: Our efforts help the horse in need of being removed from thier owners who no longer care for them.

Programs: placement program

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

My interaction with Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue has been minimal
having been there only twice, however I would like to express kudos to them for taking on the enormous and never ending task of caring
for not only abused and neglected horses but a plethera of other
creatures in dire need. Their task is never ending. Their care and concern is also never ending.

Given what resources they have to work with I can only marvel at what they are able to accomplish.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Patty and the staff of RVHR are extraordinarily dedicated and innovative in their efforts to secure funding for this necessary, overburdened organization and provide care for neglected horses in this part of Virginia. She fights for this organization every minute of every day, on every level. RVHR has rescued scores of horses from dire situations, and deserves the support of our local and wider communities.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first became familiar with Pat Muncy and the rescue about three years ago when I visited the farm with an Equine Vet I worked with. We did some routine work at the facility on some horses that needed Vet care. I was impressed with the great undertaking this woman had taken on. Each and every day she works her fingers to the bone helping "Throw away horses." I hate to put it this way for it seems so sad to see people use horses and when something happens they sometimes are so quickly discarded. I have been a small farm horse breeder for most of my adult life and worked in the Equine health care field for approx. 12 years now. I know how much work both physically and mentally this job can require and Mrs. Muncy never gets to stop. She has to continually work, feeding at least twice daily, making sure the horses have fresh, clean water, in the winter its grueling busting ice and making sure the water is not frozen, cleaning and mucking paddocks and stalls, pushing a heavy wheel barrow through the difficult elements of mud, rain, snow and ice. She also has to spend her time treating wounds, giving meds, soaking feet, grooming, stocking heavy bags of feed and hauling hay bales around. Not to mention going out and stacking and hauling several hundred bales back to the barn and stacking it again in a covered dry area where it is again hauled each day out to feed. She spends her evenings scheduling professional caregivers when it is above her expertise, Farriers, Dentist, Vets, also trainers and others that hopefully can come and help out with extra duties that come up. On a horse farm the work truly never ends. It can even be a 24 hour job if one gets sick, you must walk a colicky for hours to keep it from lying down and rolling from the pain and literally twisting the intestines which can cause death. This is just a small example of duties of just the physical demands she and her small group of Volunteers perform on a daily basis. The mental challenges can also be extreme, for if you’re a horse lover, each horse has its own special personality and gives you such joy to be able to take care of them, feed and nurture them. When one is sick, in pain and suffering you are too. It can be awful to not have the means to provide medical care, feed or whatever else these horses need to live out their lives in a comfortable, loving and nurturing home until their natural passing time comes. I have one horse at my farm that belonged to my daughter in her younger days and Skippy took the best care of my baby girl, teaching her to be responsible for all these duties. In return, he taught her to be a wonderful rider amoung many other things.
Skippy took her on many, many miles of steep mountain climbs, busy parades with loud engines roaring and people screaming in the streets as he calmly toted her along the route with everything from bunny ears to tin cans tied on to his tail. Skippy always brought her home safely back to me. She'd have a smile as big as her face proclaiming how much she loved that horse, because to her he was her hero. Of course I couldn't agree more he was taking such good care of the most important thing in my life, my gem, my baby! I was so glad she was growing and becoming a responsible young woman. You see Skippy was teaching her and giving so much back in return for her love and care. Today she is in her first year of Law School and I contribute part of her determination and sucess to her friend, Skippy. He came back to our farm after being sold when she started high school. His owner called and said she didn't know what to do with him now that her girls had all gone to college. He spent several years working at a rehab for disabled persons and he was used as a gentle horse to help rehab patients. He pulled his back and had run out of places to go by the age of 20. I hooked up my trailer and left the same day I got the phone call he needed a home. He will always be welcome at my home. A lot of there horses don't have places like our Skippy. Most of these horses are special as Skippy, they are just forgotten over the years and I am so grateful to the Rescues that take these needy horses in at a down time of their lives. Who else would work so hard and provide so much? Pat Muncy and the RVHR. Please consider the constant haven she provides and give her the much deserved funds to help her take care of so many that have been sadly forgotten. After all, they are not a broken down tricycles. They have heart, and a spirit that made them someones hero! The horses need your help. They need the RVHR and Pat Muncy.

Review from Guidestar