Mountain Valley Horse Rescue (MVHR) is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization that rescued its first horses in 2004, and became a 501(c)(3) in 2005 with the mission of rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming abused, neglected, abandoned, and unwanted horses. MVHR also works to reduce cases of horse abuse and neglect through education and outreach.
As one of the only horse rescue organizations on the Western Slope, we cover a lot of territory. Though we are making a small dent in the need, we make an everlasting difference for those horses we can save. And with help, we know we can save many more.
Today, there are an estimated 170,000 unwanted horses across the nation, with 6,000 in Colorado alone. Of these, 120,000–130,000 horses are shipped to slaughter in Mexico and Canada every year, where they are processed for human consumption. In addition, each year the BLM rounds up 9,400 wild horses off of public lands, but only 1 in 3 find homes.
We help reduce horse abuse and neglect through education and outreach and through relationships with local law enforcement concerned citizens and private horse owners.
When necessary, horses are taken in and cared for by us at the Rescue with the ultimate goal of returning them to full health and adoption into a loving, forever home.
We network to find horses foster homes and forever homes.
To meet these goal(s), each horse is provided with food, shelter, care, medical treatment, and training to help them become adoptable. As space and funding allow, a limited number of horses are provided sanctuary care at the Rescue for the rest of their lives.