Responsible Pet Owners Month

Stackhouse and horses adoption

With February as Responsible Pet Owners Month, it’s a perfect opportunity to salute responsible pet owners. Most of us remember the euphoria of getting our first pet and the thrill of every pet thereafter.


At RVR Horse Rescue, our success is dependent on finding loving adoptive homes for our rehabilitated horses. Every adoptive family allows us to rescue another horse in need.

But what happens after the thrill of adoption wanes?

Senior horse Sally
Senior horse Sally

As humans, our lives are ever-changing. How a pet fits into our lifestyle sometimes becomes challenged.

The lifelong commitment to a dog or cat is a lengthy 8-20 year commitment. That’s significant enough, but the commitment to horse ownership is even greater. The horses’ potential 35-40 year lifespan cannot be taken lightly. As pet owners, we need to seriously consider the long-term ramifications of any pet, but especially the long-lasting equines.

Advantage of Senior Horses

One excellent way to make a shorter-term commitment while still enjoying horse ownership is to adopt a senior horse. Twenty year-old equines are considered seniors, but most still have many years of good life left. Many seniors are more mellow and tolerant than their younger counterparts.

RVR Horse Rescue’s “Save our Seniors” program promotes the adoption of senior horses as pasture pals or as barn buddies for training novices on grooming and other horse handling.

Whatever your choice of pet, make an informed choice.  Doesn’t every animal deserve a lifelong commitment?

Senior horse Dusty's adoption
Senior horse Dusty's adoption

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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

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