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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

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have given countless hours in service to abused and neglected horses t the Roanoke Valley Horse rescue. I started in the cold of January. Years of desire to give volunteer service finally culminated into action and I made a decision that the only person standing in the way of giving my time, energy, and talents was me. In trudging through ice and snow, mucking many a stall, hauling many 50 pound bags of feed, and anything else that has been needed, 3 years into my horse learning, I met Scarlet. I love all of our rescues, but this lady touched me in a very unique and different way. And, she has inspired me to continue my learning and work despite many obstacles and challenges.

I have and do give because it is central to my belief in others- not only other people, but other living beings.

Scarlet came to RVHR having been so abused that the mere thought of human touch sent her into pure panic. And a 1000 pound animal in panic is no laughing matter. It is dangerous. Not because the animal is intending to be dangerous, but because the fear is overpowering. The desire to flee is so strong that running over anything or anyone is not out of the question.

Seeing such terror in an animal this large was life changing for me. And, after long, long self talk, I decided that I would do all I could to be part of helping Scarlet understand that the human hand did not have to be what it had been in her past. And, remember, I am a fully inexperienced horse person. I am a human services professional, and do know something about trauma in people. This helped me bridge the gap.

Horse rescue is challenging work. It is physically demanding, Finances are a constant challenge. The rewards- no words for it. Horses are perfect assistants to human change. I went to serve as a volunteer thinking I was going purely for giving- never did I imagine after 20 years as a career public servant, would I be given something in return. That is exactly, however, what has happened. It is not just Scarlet, it is the many horses that I interact with that are giving me some much needed self reflection and support.

At the same time, Miss Scarlet is the one that sealed the deal on where my volunteer work would be!

I give almost every day to the effort to provide safety, care, and re-homing services to horses their way to the Roanoke Valley Horse rescue. And I'm doing that throughout the holiday season by supporting newsletter preparation, feeding horses, fundraising events, mucking stalls.........and just about anything in between!

The photos of Scarlet represent what RVHR does. Her intake picture in November 2015 and her physical appearance in November 2016! Not only that, a select few at RVHR are privileged to be able to say they can approach, halter, lead, touch, and ask Scarlet to follow some simple instructions.....and I happen to be one of the select few!

Review from #MyGivingStory

Dawn125

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been knowing about rvhr, or better known as roanoke valley horse rescue. They care greatly for all the animals that are there. They treat each of them as if they were there own pet at home. It is a place like no other. I would even say that it is the best place in Virginia that you could ever go to or adopt from. They have the most caring people and treat the animals there with the best love and care they can give. If you have any time in your schedule i would highly advise you to check out there website or even go by there to donate a few things. They deserve every bit of help they can get and it would be greatly appreciated by them and the animals. That is for certain!!!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

All hats off to RVHR for their selfless giving to everyone of their animals as well as staff. This is not a job you do for money - it is COMPLETELY out of love. Having previously worked with Pat, I cannot say enough good things about her and this wonderful organization! Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think what the RVHR is doing for the HORSES of this region is great. The horses need a safe haven and Patricia Muncy provides that for them. Between Patricia and the Volenteers, the horses are in good hands. I know some of those horses think when they get to the RVHR, that they have died and going to heaven because of the attention they get and the care.

Kathy, Franklin Co.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I get the RVHR newsletters and believe that they are doing a great service to so many neglected and/ or abused horses. There are so many that need help...especially in our current economic situation! Help this organization save lives!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I give our financial support to RVHR. We feel secure in the fact that our donations will be applied to operational cost and not spent unwisely. I feel it is a well run rescue worthly of the $5000.00 gift.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

From what I've read and heard from other co-workers and friends RVHR is a very well run rescue. I feel confident giving money to the rescue, knowing it will be spent with the horses best in mind.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are many animal shelters for smaller animals, but not many for our larger equine pets. RVHR is among those few and they are rarer yet in the commitment they give to the horses in their charge by making sure they are as comfortable as possible while awaiting their forever homes. Pat and the other volunteers do a wonderful job. I enjoy getting the email updates and following their Facebook page to see how some of the most pitiful beings are transformed back into healthy and hopeful horses again. I hope they can continue to give the support these horses need by us giving RVHR the support they need.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

RVHR has one of the most professional web pages of any rescue operation I have been involved in. I am an artist and have done many paitnings for fund raisers for dogs and cats in places where I have lived and now want to help out the horses at RVHR.

The folks involved are professional, kind, open, creative, wonderful and giving and they do give their best to the horses they rescue. In fact, the place is a godsend for horses that need gentle, loving and good homes.

Their updates are the best - so full of important information that informs, instructs, explains and has the optimism required to keep an operation like this running... the updates attract benefactors. This is because of the professional and knowledgeable way they share what we, the public, need to know.

At times like these, people are reticent to give out more money because they don't have as much; however, RVSR is able to show where the money is going, you get to meet the horses and you see how much good is being done for this small operation.

There is definately a need for RVSR and I hope they get all the grants and money they need to help these wonderful, worthy horses.



Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

RVHR performs an extremely necessary function. We need to support the only equine rescue in this area...especially given the current state of the country. The animals are the first to suffer. Good job Patricia!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I receive emails from RVHR on a regular basis and I have been very impressed with the website and with the professional pictures and stories of the horses available for adoption. I am impressed by the time and effort the owner puts into finding homes for these horses and taking care of them, especially the ones that have been abused. I think she does a great service to our community!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I have sponsored a horse and we have witnessed first hand what a great job RVHR does.

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Jeff S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sometimes you can tell that a person is passionate about their work by their words. More often you can prove their passion by their actions! The Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue, Inc. and Patricia Muncy are sincere about taking care of horses who need intervention in order to live. "Rescue" is in their organizations name, and that is what they do. Without their work, these animals would die a slow, painful death.
In good economic times, neglect happens. In tough economic times, neglect happens on a much larger scale. I applaud the efforts of Ms. Muncy and all of the volunteers who give so much of themselves to save these animals, who in turn give their loyalty and love to others for the rest of their lives.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am grateful that there is a local horse rescue and especially that there is one as well run as the Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue. It could serve as a model for the country. Pat Muncey and all her helpers and volunteers are to be commended for the fine service they are providing. Many of the horses are in poor shape on arrival but are given such wonderful care and love that they bloom, and many are able to be adopted into good environments. I have too many horses of my own and cannot volunteer except with my prayers and donations as I am able. The RVHR has a great web site too and keeps everyone well informed of new arrivals, events, and generally what's happening with respect to the Rescue. Well done!!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i adopted gracie for the rvhs about a month ago, pat made the whole
experince so easy., i have comletely fallen in love with gracie, she is the sweetest horse and so loving. pat is doing what alot of horse people would like to do and what is so needed. my hats off to her for everything she does everyday. i wish i lived closer to the rescue so i could be of more help on a day to day bases. anyone looking for a horse should consider a rescue horse, there are so many horses out there in need of care and love. in talking wiht pat you can heard it in her voice how much she loves what she does. you can tell she really cares about the horses and wants what is best for them. i wish rvhr all the good luck and i hope if you can find in you heart to help just alittle pleae do. thanks c hart

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In this day and age, with the economy being the way it is, pets and livestock can be the first to suffer. The Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue has always had to work hard to take care of horses in need - but now, there are more horses and less funds! Somehow they find a way to continue to help the helpless - innocent horses who through human failure or downright neglect. Hats off to them!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have been a horse owner since I was nine years old. I have a great deal of respect and love for such a magnificant animal. I am now 49 years old and my love for horses has only grown. I enjoy working with younger people who are interested in horses. Two years ago I had the pleasure of going to the RVHR with a gentleman who rescued a wonderful horse for his granddaughter. As a horse owner I am glad to see that RVHR does background checks to make sure their horses go to good homes, homes that will be able to take care of them the way they need to be cared for. I see that horse everyday, as she is in the field with my horse. I love that a young girl, the granddaughter, is learning to respect and enjoy this horse. I live in the city and it amazes me that a lot of people have never even touched a real horse. The RVHR is doing a wonderful job caring for, placing, and rehabilitating the horses in their care. The people at RVHR work hard to ensure the surrounding area's animals are going to be looked after and the cruelty will stop from owners that do not deserve to have such wonder animals. There is a demand for this organization and the only way to keep this organization up and running is from caring people and grants that will help with costs. I see the results of this caring everyday in a horse named Dallas. I hope that many others will see the greatness of this organization as I do.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization has save the lives of many horses that would probably have othewise starved to death or met some kind of unfortunate death. They truly love horses and do the best they can to help them. They certainly have a dedicated team with a mission to rescue and bring back to health these pretty much helpless animals.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for the rvhr and their willingness to help horses that have no place to go or hope. They have saved SO many horses lives just because they care. We need more people like them. RVHR we the Roanoke Valley thanks you for all you do!
Lynda

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