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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

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

In the depressed economy currently affecting our nation, it is heroic efforts from organizations like Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue that provide hope for horses whose owners no longer can, or worse, no longer choose to, care for them. It is a honor and privilege to donate to these altruistic efforts, and sponsor six of Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue's rescued horses. If you cannot adopt or provide a foster home for one or more of these noble horses who so want and deserve a second change for a forever home, please consider sponsoring one or more horses. Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue is staffed with people who genuinely care for each horse, and ensure that donations are used for animal care, not indirect administrative costs. For the sake of all horses who need a second chance nationwide, thank God there are agencies like Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a Mustang whose training has been a challenge. I reached out to Pat and RVHR, from whom I learned about an RVHR co-worker, Diane, who does Reiki. Diane's Reiki therapy has greatly assisted us to find a way to reach this very special horse, ease his issues, and enable him to willing move ahead with trust and training. This is just another example of the ways that Pat, Diane, and all of the special people at RVHR make such meaningful contributions to horses in need. Especially in our nation's troubled economic times, where families are forced to just give up their horse(s), or horses are neglected or abandoned in vacant fields or at truck stops, it is a blessing that caring organizations like RVHR exist to protect and care for the innocent victims. God bless Pat and RVHR for the wonderful works and support for our noble horses!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I work with Vicki - who volunteers faithfully at the RVHR. She has relayed her experience with others at work and encourages donations (of all sorts). I donated to the RVHR based on what I saw on their website and the personal stories Vicki has shared. These folks are very dedicated to taking care of the animals and not just the physical needs of Food, water and shelter but it is also their mission to take volunteers and have them work with a horse one on one - to develop a sense of trust between man and horse so that perhaps when the time comes they will be adoptable and can bring joy to a family of their own. I have seen local news broadcasts about the work and willingness to take in animals who have suffered terrible neglect and in some cases abuse even when funds were low - they work hard to raise awareness and hopefully funds in the midst of tireless hours of plain physical labor. Very kind hearted folks here.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This place is a god send to horses and people! A lot of good people have to give up there beloved horses because of illness or job loss and they are taken in! She also takes in the abused and neglected horses nurses them back to health and gets them to trust people again. She is a miracle worker! She only wants the best for her large family of horses, donkeys, dogs, cats etc. Sometimes horses just can't be adopted out but they will also have a wonderful and loving home. Everyone should find it in there heart to have such kindness then we wouldn't have such a large need! It is a wonderful and terrific thing that everyone does at the Rescue and I know there are lots of angels watch over them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Selfless, caring individuals; so very dedicated. I'm moved by the generosity of their time and love for these horses.

Kim P.

Donor

Rating: 5

The dedicated folks at RVHR have saved almost 200 horses and re-homed 125 - what an honorable and charitable group of people! I am touched by the work they do and hope to visit the rescue this year. If you can help in any way, no matter how small, it will be much appreciated by the wonderful folks at RVHR and the magnificent creatures they work to save.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I often wonder, when giving to any charity, just how much of my gift will actually reach its intended destination. When I give to the Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue I know that every cent of every dollar is being spent on the horses. The members and volunteers of this organization show their dedication in the care they take of the horses, the informational website they maintain and the MANY fundraising events they sponsor throught the year. I am a horse owner myself and when I see news stories of neglect and abuse, I am so glad that the Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue exists. I donate whenever I can and only wish I could give more to this outstanding group of people.

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Karen C.

Donor

Rating: 5

RVHR is truly dedicated to the welfare of used, abused and neglected horses...they are always there to take in "just one more". As everyone knows, caring for horses is not cheap and they do a superb job of providing for their equine friends. Many of these horses have expensive medical needs on top of basic feeding and care...They have my vote!

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Donor

Rating: 5

RVHR is a wonderful organization helping these magnificant creatures that have through no fault of their own become society's throwaways. Once broken spirited, unhealthy and othewise neglected horses are given a second chance at life. The volunteers work tirelessly to meet the horses needs.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I occasionally donate money to RVHA becuase they make appeals to the public. I consider them a valuable asset in the community.

Donor

Rating: 4

The work that Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue has done in saving the lives of horses in need, whether from neglect or abuse is a testimony that we all share in the welfare of any animal. I am grateful that their organization exits to spotlight the plight of horses. It takes great comittment to bring a horse back from the brink. It's up to all of us to help make sure that we can change the lives of horses in need.

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Donor

Rating: 5

RVHR is an organization of caring individuals whose goal it is to protect horses from abuse in any form. That they are willing to devote so much time, effort and money to this cause is commendable. The horses in their care are truly rescued!

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Donor

Rating: 5

i don't remeber how i learned about rvhr, but looking into it i was very impressed. i am an animal lover. i have 4 adopted dogs, 2 barn cats and 2 horses. i called pat and asked her want i could do to help. living 4 hours away she told me to gather p.o.p's from southern states bags. now i go to different local barns and send them to her. rvhr takes wonderful care of the horses when they need it most. i wish there were more people like pat and her crew.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote "To many, the words love, hope and dreams and synonymous with Horses." I, like many others, have had a deep love for horses since a very young age. We are truly blessed to have an organization like the Raonoke Valley Horse Rescue in our area with people like Pat Muncy who are dedicated to saving the lives of horses.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I am thankful for the Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue because I found my second equine love there! Shawnee, now a 4-year-old Thoroughbred, was one of the horses that RVHR took in from the Loudon County farm seizure in 2008. I first met her in April 2008 when I visited RVHR as a potential adopter. At first, I thought that I wouldn't want such a young horse. However, Pat, the head of RVHR, helped me to realize that a young horse like Shawnee might be better than an older horse who had been abused or had had other negative encounters with humans in the past. Because of this, Shawnee has been much easier to train; in fact, most of the time, she follows me around like a big puppy dog!
Through the process of adopting Shawnee, the rescue was very helpful and understanding; I was not required to have an unreasonable number of sessions with Shawnee before adopting her or go through any other unneccesary procedures. I believe that RVHR is very fair in their adoption policies, which protect the adopted horses but are not extensive enough to be a burden to the adopter. I highly recommend this rescue due to the staff's experience, expertise, sincerity, and most importantly, the love for the animals in their care.

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Donor

Rating: 5

When I look at organizations to donate to, I ask several questions. First, does the money go support the work of the organization, or to support the leadership of the organization. Clearly, the Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue supports the community that it serves and not the individuals that run the Rescue. In fact, I am convinced that any donation to RVHR only serves to make Pat work harder to see that the donation does as much good as possible.

Second, I ask if the organization serves a small community, or a large one. RVHR rescues and places horses throughout the country, and not just the Roanoke Valley in Virginia.

Finally, I ask if my donation will make a difference. After viewing the Rescue, seeing the horses, and talking to Pat, Jason, and Susan, I know any donation will be put to good use. So will your's, if you choose to help.

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Donor

Rating: 4

As a valley horse owner I really appreciate and support the work that the RVHR has done. We need this safety net.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I heard about the rescue and because I have horses of my own and have a special felling for all horses I drove down to the rescue to drop off some money and extra tack I have. In all my communication with Pat I am so impressed by her compassion and care for the horses. I give occasionally and just sponsored a horse. This organization deserves all the support it can get.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I VISITED THE ROANOKE VALLEY HORSE RESCUE FOR THE FIRST TIME 7 YEARS AGO. THE COMPASSION THAT PAT AND HER FAMILY HAVE FOR THE ANIMALS IN THEIR CARE INSPIRED ME GREATLY. HAVING MUCH EXPERIENCE IN CARING FOR HORSES, I KNOW HOW DIFFICULT AND EXPENSIVE IT CAN BE TO MANAGE EVEN A SMALL HERD. WHAT THEY DO FOR THESE RESCUED HORSES IS HEROIC BY ANY STANDARDS. I WILL CONTINUE TO SEND MY LOVE AND SUPPORT. THANKS PAT. THE WORLD IS BETTER FOR HAVING YOU HERE.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue, is not like any horse rescue I have heard about and I have been to. Pat loves horses and loves to show how much any horse could do for you. No matter if their blind, sick, old, starving and just different. No horse is EVER left behind to die, because Pat and her friends/family will help her every step of the way to making that horse smile inside his heart. Becasue I now, Becasue we now and because everybody body nows that RVHR, Cares, loves, cherish, saves, helps, cheers,and works together to Help All Horses!!! I still for the past 4 years have been sending my P.O.P.S and Started this year sending my Sentinel Feed Bar Codes, Nowing that even if I cant sponser a horse, Because I too own three of my own at the age of 19. I can atleast, help my friends and those amazing and forever loved horses.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I remember reading about the Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue in the national news paper the USA. Today ...The paper was doing an article on what happens with un wanted Horses across the country...Also hearing about this Rescue on JohnnyCashRadio.com...I would like to thank the Rescue and the Muncey Family for all they do......Thanksss.....A donor from Old Madison Twonship.... Old Bride.... NewJersey....

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