RVR Horse Rescue

RVR horse rescue

Fiery Opal, a winner of 7 races and $297,235, retired to RVR after making his last start in 2020. Credit: Karen Pack


Services: Rehabilitation, Adoption

Location: Riverview, FL

Founded: 2004

Website: rvrhorserescue.org

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Average Number of Thoroughbreds: 80

RVR Horse Rescue is an all-volunteer organization that provides rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing to horses and donkeys in need.

RVR recognizes that it is not only abused horses that need a second chance but retired racehorses as well, and its partnership with Tampa Bay Downs has enabled many Thoroughbreds to find second careers and placement in post-racing career homes.

From its beginning as a rescue serving the Tampa Bay area, RVR is recognized and called upon by law enforcement agencies and other rescues throughout the state of Florida to aid horses in need. RVR volunteers have the dedication and expertise to handle the worst cases of neglect, injury, and abuse, and are able to provide 24-hour critical care when necessary.

RVR’s experience in rehabilitating injuries makes it an ideal place for a Thoroughbred whose racing career ends due to injury and needs time to heal before being retrained. In 2016, RVR was accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

While adoption into a loving home is the hope for every horse, there are no deadlines or expiration dates for horses whose adoptability has been lessened by age, health issues, or emotional challenges. RVR continues to provide each horse with top-notch care, along with a hefty dose of loving attention from volunteers.

RVR is committed to enriching the Tampa Bay community through its love of horses. It offers educational programs for children, visiting schools, and senior communities, and hosting events at the rescue for Scout troops and other groups.

It is keenly aware that by fostering engagement between humans and horses, it will increase awareness of equine needs.

RVR Horse Rescue is a 501(c)(3) organization and its programs are supported by donations, sponsorships, fundraisers, and grants.