Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue sees a money surplus
By Morgan Donnelly
Published: February 07, 2011
FRANKLIN COUNTY, VA —
For eight years, the Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue (RVHR) has been a home for abandoned and abused animals. But finding money to operate the rescue has been difficult.
“It was really scary that we were not going to be able to do it. We would have had to stop taking in horses,” said owner Pat Muncy.
In late 2010 the RVHR said they were $17,000 in debt. Between grants and personal donations they now have a surplus of $8,500, which is all going back to the horses.
“We are excited. I mean, we are going into a whole new year, and with a brilliant outlook of what is to come,” said Muncy.
Now that veterinarian and hay bills are paid off, the RVHR is looking to improve their facilities. The groups has already been able to rebuild some of their stalls. Next on the list is a medical barn that will provide care for the horses at the rescue, as well as private owners. This will allow the rescue to give back to a giving community.
“We don’t actually have to sit there and mix and match. Each individual thing that we have to be able to grow into now is incredibly helpful,” said Raymond Wickersty, the owner’s son and helper at the rescue.
“Any non-profit, it serves a purpose. Not only for what they set out to do, but also for the community itself. It’s part of the community. It’s part of the individuals that live within it,” said Wickersty.
But for Pat, being able to continue her passion to help animals is the greatest gift she has received.
“Thank you everyone. We couldn’t do it without you,” said Muncy.