RVR logo blk bg white letters copyBy Staff Report

RVR Horse Rescue recently announced that it is a recipient of a $5,000 grant from the ASPCA’s Equine Fund. The grant is part of the ASPCA’s Help a Horse Day contest, a nationwide grant competition for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about the year-round work they do to save and care for at-risk horses.

More than 100 equine rescues across the nation participated in the contest in April. RVR Horse Rescue was chosen as a winner based on its celebration event, attendance, publicity, and a written essay. RVR’s Help a Horse Day was held in April at its 40 acre ranch in Riverview and featured informative presentations from equine professionals and Hillsborough County Sheriff Agriculture Department, games and rides for children, and live entertainment. Nearly 500 guests attended the event. RVR used the event to raise awareness of the plight of neglected and abused horses and to launch a feed and hay bank.

“The number of calls reporting abused and neglected horses far outweighs many rescues’ capacity to accept and care for them all,” said RVR Founder Shawn Jayroe. “The grant from the ASPCA will allow us to continue rescuing horses suffering from the worst cases of neglect and abuse. Without the generous support of organizations like the ASPCA and all of our dedicated volunteers, we would not be able to carry out our mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home horses.”

The grant funds will support RVR’s general operations, including feed and medical costs for the horses in their care. More than 20 horses currently reside at the rescue in varying stages of rehabilitation.

RVR was founded in 2004, and received 501(c) status in 2011. The rescue is known for its ability to take on the worst cases of abuse and neglect, and works closely with state and federal law enforcement agencies. RVR is an all-volunteer organization, with over 100 volunteers fulfilling the ongoing needs of the ranch and its horses.

For more information on RVR Horse Rescue, visit www.rvr-horserescue.org or follow on Facebook.