Humane Lobby Day 2018

Stacy and Grande

Humane Lobby Day 2018

January 24, 2018

It’s easy to scroll past social media posts and ignore news broadcasts about animal abuse and neglect. This brutal reality is hard to see and easy to ignore. But we humans are the only voice these animals have and it’s actually easy to step up to make a difference.

Humane Lobby Day is sponsored by the Humane Society of the US (HSUS) and takes place in states across the country. On January 24, 2018, scheduled events give animal advocates, like you, an opportunity to talk to your state legislators about passing laws that protect animals.

At RVR Horse Rescue, we fight a constant battle against the atrocities we see daily in regards to equine abuse and neglect. Too many times our hands are tied legally until the horses are beyond help.


One recent case is a tragic example. By the time we could fight through the legal requirements to rescue Grandé, he was literally skin on bone. Unfortunately, we’ve seen many horses in his condition before and we knew his recovery was possible, if only he had the will to keep fighting.

Our amazing team rallied around our newest member and poured as much love and affection on him as we had. Our dedicated vet, Dr. Richard Gold, worked well into the night to try to tend to Grandé’s worsening condition. Volunteers nursed Grandé around the clock and hoisted him in a sling when he was too weak to stand.

Kit and Grande
Doc and Kelly

And then Grandé couldn’t do it anymore. We lost him within a few days of his arrival.

An animal doesn’t get to Grandé’s condition overnight. Cases like his are lengthy, ongoing neglect. There is plenty of time to help animals who are on this troublesome path, but we need laws to allow good Samaritans, rescue groups, and law enforcement to step in sooner. We need laws to prevent animal abusers from getting more animals.


Grande in sling

As we say at RVR Horse Rescue:

We will be their voice.

Stand up and be their voice by showing your support of tightening and enforcement of animal cruelty and abuse laws across the country. Humane Lobby Day is one perfect opportunity to step up and start fighting.

Go to to find ways to help.


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About RVR Horse Rescue: 

RVR Horse Rescue in Riverview, Florida is dedicated to saving and rehabilitating any horses (and the occasional donkey) in need, but is most recognized for taking in the worst cases of abuse and neglect.

Their life-saving work is only possible through a dedicated volunteer staff, grants, and donations of caring people, like you.

The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Verified status to RVR Horse Rescue as of November 27, 2017.

RVR is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is consistently ranked among top non-profits at more at and follow us on Facebook at


Photo credits: Karen Pack and Marji Lexton of Kindheart Photography

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