9/16/2017 RVR Launches HIRSH Program for Displaced Horses

True to form, our volunteers and the community have rallied around us in heroic fashion. FOX 13’s Walter Allen’s news segment and our Facebook live videos reached far and wide. That exposure provided an invaluable resource for getting our horses home. Florida Airboat Search and Rescue came to our aid with their specialized Argo vehicle. This land and water vehicle was used to move our generator, fuel, feed, hay, and anything else we needed, through the water and mud to the back barn.

All of our equine babies were delivered back to the ranch, with special support coming from Wrobel Ranch Services.

Volunteers readied the ranch, helped with loading and unloading, and transportation. It has been an amazing, humbling, and exhausting experience.

Even though we were spared a major hit, we still have cleanup and repairs needed at the ranch. But in classic Shawn Jayroe fashion, our focus immediately turned to those still in crisis. Specifically, displaced horses in southern Florida. Irma destroyed the habitats of countless equines and overwhelmed the available boarding resources in the area. Horse owners are literally without safe and secure boarding for their animals, and many face devastation of their family homes as well.

Within hours of Shawn’s vision, our H.I.R.S.H program was barreling full steam ahead. The Hurricane Irma Relief Shelter for Horses will provide temporary shelter for displaced equines, while their owners have the opportunity to pull their lives back together.

Once again, our team and the community are stepping up to help. An amazing plan is underway. It already includes adding stalls to accommodate the displaced horses and hay deliveries coming from Colorado and South Carolina that we will distribute as needed.

If you are able to help us help these families in need, any donation amount is appreciated.

One thing’s for sure. A natural disaster is a prime opportunity to put “Love Thy Neighbor” into action.

We cannot do the work we do without the support of our community. If you are able to donate, please click on the DONATE button and you can specify the funds for the HIRSH program. If you can't donate, you can still help by sharing our message with your friends!

Stay tuned for more updates and thank you for your support!

9/12/2017 Hurricane Irma was a bully!

 

Hurricane Irma huffed and puffed and threatened to blow our house down. We're thrilled and extremely grateful that her bark was more harsh than her bite. We prayed we would have a ranch to return to, but the result was almost best-case scenario.

Of course, we lost power and have tree limbs down. Our pond flooded the property. But the massive devastation and destruction that we feared didn't come. Thank goodness!

However, the costs we incurred are real. Our amazing volunteers worked heroically around the clock, but the expenses still piled up. The fairgrounds charged a nominal $25 per cement stall per night and we housed our 25 current rescues there (plus our boarder horses). Our generator cost $1,000 and is a major necessity for the aftermath we face. Tree trimming and emergency veterinary costs for our beloved Breezy, who succumbed to the stress of the storm, are simply our current reality.

We're trying to get back to life as usual and it began today with the return of our babies.

Check out our Facebook Live videos below. Take a walk with Kelly as she makes an assessment of the property post-Irma and Amanda helps welcome the horses back home.

We cannot do the work we do without the support of our community. If you are able to donate, please click on the DONATE button and you can specify the funds for hurricane Irma relief. If you can't donate, you can still help by sharing our message with your friends!

Stay tuned for more updates and thank you for your support!

9/8/2017 Hurricane Irma is coming!

RVR Horse Rescue is in her projected path.

Hurricane Irma is getting ready to pummel Florida and RVR Horse Rescue is in her projected path.

Our tireless volunteers have spent endless hours planning the evacuation and now it's time for action.

Cement stalls have been secured at the Florida State Fairgrounds, where the horses should be more secure, but also the higher elevation should prevent the horses from standing in flood waters that the hurricane is almost certain to bring to our saturated and low-lying ranch.

Teams of volunteers are moving nearly 50 horses, beginning at midnight on Thursday evening and working in shifts until the moves are complete.

Keeping the horses safe has proven to be a costly undertaking and donations are desperately needed. Each horse requires a nightly boarding fee in addition to the rental of a U-Haul for transportation of supplies, and rising hay costs.

Check out our Facebook Live videos and Fox News Walter Allen's interview below.

If you are able to donate, please click on the DONATE button and you can specify the funds for hurricane Irma relief. If you can't donate, you can still help by sharing our message with your friends!

Stay tuned for more updates and thank you for your support!