Are you C.L.E.A.R?
We cannot save the lives we do without the support of our community, both near and far.
Our C.L.E.A.R initiative provides our guiding principles. Anyone can be C.L.E.A.R. Ruby's rescue and recovery is a perfect example of C.L.E.A.R in action.
(Meet Ruby and read more about her story below.)
Care. Learn. Educate. Act. Rescue.
It all begins with CARE. Horses cannot be saved from starvation and abuse unless humans CARE enough to speak up and get involved. Ruby's rescue angel, Laurie, spoke up when she saw photos of the emaciated mare on Craigslist.
Laurie LEARNed about the signs of horse abuse and neglect. She LEARNed what to do when she saw something she knew wasn't right.
Our goal at RVR Horse Rescue is to EDUCATE the public so that more people like Laurie are knowledgeable and comfortable stepping in to try to save a life.
In Laurie's case, she ACTed by contacting us about the sickly horse she had seen.
We validated Laurie's concern and provided the RESCUE and safe haven for Ruby to heal and recuperate.
Thank goodness for people like Laurie.
We need more horse angels.
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100% of your donation helps horses in need, like Ruby.
$30 - Alfalfa square bale
$75 - Tifton round bale
$100 - Farrier - set of front shoes
$500- New Rescue intake (vet exam, blood work, vaccinations, worming dental, farrier)
In late May, 2017, RVR was notified of a horse in need. Photos on Craigslist showed a thin, young mare whose owners were trying to rehome her. Recognizing how vulnerable this horse was, an RVR volunteer notified the RVR Executive Board about her. RVR responded to the call and headed to pick up the mare on May 30.
When arriving on scene, RVR volunteers could see other horses in acceptable body condition, with adequate food, water and shelter. But the mare was a different story; she was emaciated – far thinner than in the pictures posted online - and had an obvious eye infection and clouded cornea. Though the owners had her for many months, they had not bothered to give her a name. RVR was told she was not a good loader and had to be “scared onto” the trailer, but she immediately loaded into RVR’s. It seemed she knew we were there to help her.
The intake exam with Dr. Gold told us that she had suffered an injury to the eye at some point, and it was likely not treated. Her vision in that eye was limited to shadows. To complicate matters even more, she had developed cancer in her third eyelid. Dr. Gold resolved to remove that third eyelid tumor as soon as the mare was stable enough. Her eyesight would always be limited, but the pain of the tumor could be removed before the cancer spread.
The volunteer who had brought attention to this mare’s plight was following her case closely. Laurie Moss knew she wanted to adopt the mare, but needed RVR’s help to rehabilitate her. Laurie chose to call the mare Ruby.
Ruby sailed through re-feeding and her eyelid surgery. She regained energy and trust. Though it took several months of treating her eye, she is cancer free. Laurie was able to officially adopt Ruby, and she is now part of a herd of horses rescued by RVR.
Ruby’s story is a great example of the theme “See something, say something.” Laurie saw Ruby advertised on Craigslist and knew Ruby’s life was in danger. Laurie spoke up and was responsible for Ruby being rescued.
Thank you, Laurie!