River Pines Horse Sanctuary (RPHS), located in Missoula, Montana has been serving the horse community in Montana for over 28 years, and has now joined the non-profit world!
Dear Friends of horses everywhere,
This fundraiser includes several topics of interest regarding the horses at River Pines Horse Sanctuary. Due to consequences of the corona virus and a serious drop in financial support from the community, River Pines Horse Sanctuary is in a precarious position financially, and the immediate welfare of the sanctuary horses is in question at this time. In this letter you will find information regarding:
· RPHS Monthly income
· RPHS Monthly budget demands
· RPHS Individual Horse Health Report
· Gifts, donations and grants received in our first year as a 501(c)(3) Federal Nonprofit
· How our patrons and volunteers can best help right now
· Onsite volunteering - return to be determined by local social distancing needs
Thank you for your enthusiasm, energy, your previous and ongoing support!
So much has changed within our organization since the pandemic began and as we go forward in this brave, new world, we are making adjustments for getting back to business as quickly and responsibly as we can while adapting to the ever-changing information about what safely doing so looks like for you, our clients and volunteers, for the horses and for us – for without us staying healthy and safe, there will be no place for the horses to live, and without you, it’s just really difficult to get it all done - so safety first as we open up locally, statewide, as a nation and globally...
Frankly, what you can do to help right now is not on site, but with cash flow and fundraising! We desperately need money, donations, cash flow, contributions, fundraising, more money and help getting it. I meant this last bit to be humorous, but it is NOT funny – we are in a desperate time right now! Please go to the donation button right now or to our website and make a one-time or monthly donation as soon as possible. Without the dollars and cents our world functions on, RPHS won’t have the ability to provide sanctuary for any horses.
…thank you in advance for your thoughtful consideration, dedication and devotion to the horses and for any and all financial help!
Our donation flow has dropped significantly since the Covid 19 pandemic has hit and we cannot support the horses whose very lives depend on us! At the donation level we are currently experiencing we will have to close, euthanize many of the horses and/or send them to the sale yard/kill pens we rescued them from, along with a miserable truck ride to the slaughter plants in Canada or Mexico. And most are too lame, arthritic, emotionally damaged or untrained to be placed elsewhere. In addition, euthanasia is expensive and even that is not within our financial means at this time.
Please help if you can with any donation, one-time or monthly, fundraising, campaigning or marketing, to help us continue to support these magnificent and generous horses – please know that every dollar helps and thank you – we are deeply grateful for your support!
Help the horses now by clicking on the donation button or by going to www.riverpinesfarm.org to donate
As we approach the first anniversary of our tax-exempt status, we gratefully recount the contributions of this past year:
· An $18,000.00 cash gift for half of last year’s hay
· A new to us New Holland Work Master 50 tractor that enables us to do more work in less time!
· $1,000.00 grant from the Binky Foundation for fill material
· Cash gifts from Giving Tuesday in both November and May,
· 2 Free hoof trims from a local farrier
· 5 large round bales of grass hay
· Cash for 10 trims from another private individual @ $25/ trim = $250.00
· Ongoing, random cash donations from private individuals without which we could not make it some months
· Discounted hay sales from a private individual for a few tons of hay – and on credit – we still owe $200.00
· Cash Donation form the Black Cat Bakery last June when they dedicated sales from one of their bakery items to RPHS for that month – about $750.00! Thank you, Christy and Jack Wich!
· Ongoing Monthly donations – these are doubly helpful as they give credibility to our nonprofit through the commitment and belief in what we are doing (granting agencies love to see we have ongoing financial support and commitment from our community).
· We currently have 2 faithful donors who between them give a total of $50.00/month! Please join them in making the horses safe! Our monthly donations double up by showing our potential grantors just how important you think we are.
Thank you again to everyone who has contributed to this list!
To help the horses now, please go to our donation button or to www.riverpinesfarm.org to make an ongoing contribution to save them!
How can I help with “Mid-opening Covid 19” fundraising you are asking yourself?
· Post our needs or this whole letter on your facebook page and ask your friends to share it
· Organize an online or social-distancing Bake Sale, Arts and Crafts fair, an online tack sale – we will provide the tack from donated items we have on hand – saddles, bridles, halters, saddle pads, horse blankets, etc.
· Create a fabulous RPHS donation jar to set out, monitor and collect at your favorite location that corresponds with your daily life travels
· Campaign friends, acquaintances and family for monthly or other donations continuously as I do…send them to this page - River Pines Horse Sanctuary Crowd Rise page!
· Write grant requests for RPHS for cash and other needs
· Organize a farm-to-table dinner or other fabulous event allowing folks to gather safely with appropriate social-distancing protocol
· Promote our Horses for Hope Suicide Prevention Program
· Make a monthly contribution or other donation yourself - Please - monthly donations are so helpful!
· Put RPHS in your will or set up a trust fund to benefit the horses
· Implement your great fundraising ideas!
Thank you for helping in the way we most need NOW - with dollars and cents - you're so important to us!
Please go to www.riverpinesfarm.org to donate now.
Call Shari at 406 207 6105 for more information!
Every month the horses at River Pines Horse Sanctuary need:
· Farrier $350+
· Pelleted hay $500-$1,000
o for older horses with weight and dental challenge
· Empower Boost for weight maintenance $400-$800
o Varies based on seasonal and individual needs of each horse
· LMF Super Supplement G ( Vitamins) $400-$800
o Varies based on seasonal and individual needs of each horse
· Equioxx – Arthritis meds for Dieaga and Amity $180
· Dewormer $140
· RPHS Utilities (North West Energy) $181
You may write a check directly to Northwest Energy and we will provide the account number
· Hay (we already have one person who is offering to help out) $3,300
· Funds to pay our:
o Executive Director $25.00/hour x 20-40 hours/week $4,300
o Volunteer Manager $20.00/hour x 20-30 hours/week $2,580
o Facility Manager $20.00/hour x 20-40 hours/week $3,440
One time per year:
· Annual Vaccinations @ $50.00/horse (5-Way+West Nile) $1,400
· Euthanasia expenses/ horses $350
· Emergency Vet Care $250-$1,000 per visit (Unpredictable) $?
o $500/month would begin to help to manage this
To help the horses we love, please go to:
Read on to learn how RPHS horses provide an invaluable and irreplaceable service to our community:
In addition to providing direct, hands-on horse time for our volunteers, most of the horses here, contribute to our community by participating in several Horse-guided Experiential Learning programs. They work with at-risk youth, folks dealing with suicidality, Veterans, Native American tribes, and the general public teaching Social and Emotional Intelligence, Empowerment and Resiliency skills, Nature-based Leadership Training, Personal Sustainability – Surviving-to-Thriving skills, Character Development, Team-building, and more through non-riding activities, nature immersion, Healthy choices and Creativity in a safe and nurturing environment. The efficacy of our experiential learning model and equine assisted learning has been well-documented for more than 30 years. Our horses change lives!
They give people the opportunity to experience an Oxytocin Hit each time they groom or pet them – it is difficult to keep hands off when they are in reach…because during this contact, an exchange takes place between the horse and the person known as The Oxytocin Factor.
Oxytocin is a hormone released in all mammals through nurturing and social bonding activities, such as hugs with other humans, touching dogs, cats or grooming horses. Research shows positive outcomes after an oxytocin experience such as grooming a horse – which may be highly beneficial in the following ways:
Inspires and rewards connection with others – family, friends and community members
Reduces blood pressure and stress hormones
Buffers the flight, fight or freeze response in favor of a “calm and connect” response
Encourages “tend and befriend” behavior
Activates social recognition circuits in the brain
Has a “contact high” effect to positively affect the family, group or herd, not just the individual
Elevates pain thresholds and promotes faster healing
Creates heightened learning capacity
In addition to providing direct, hands-on horse time for our volunteers, most of the horses contribute to our community by participating in several Horse-guided Experiential Learning programs. They work with at-risk youth, folks dealing with suicidality, Veterans, Native American tribes, and the general public teaching Social and Emotional Intelligence, Empowerment and Resiliency skills, Nature-based Leadership Training, Personal Sustainability – Surviving-to-Thriving skills, Character Development, Team-building, and more through non-riding activities, nature immersion, Healthy choices and Creativity in a safe and nurturing environment. The efficacy of our experiential learning model and equine assisted learning has been well-documented for more than 30 years.
You can help us continue to care for our horses and to provide these important services.
All Horses have a right to a dignified, humane quality of life after their lifetime of service and a millennia of service to humans…
Please Donate at:
We are so excited to share that we received our 501(c)3 Non-profit status in June 2019, and are hard at work to create new programs, systems, and fundraisers. RPHS is currently the forever home to 24 horses, where they are rehabilitated and, if ammenable, retrained to work in the exciting and profound field of Equine Facilitated Learning. RPHS engages the horses to support people in several exciting programs:
*Horses For Hope - Suicide Prevention and
*Medicine Horse Meditations (w/horses)
With a focus on Gratitude and Abundance
*Horsemanship for Non-Horse Owners
*Medicine Horse Leadership and Teambuilding
*Medicine Horse Journeys to include:
+ Personal Sustainability - Surviving to Thriving
+Emotional Intelligence Skills
+Sociality and Connection
+Authenticity and Authentic Relationships
Looking to the future, RPHS hopes to continue to care for as many horses as possible and to support our community through a varity of equine facilitated programs. Support from you is critical for us to continue to provide both care of unwanted, abused/neglected or abandoned horses and offer these amazing personal development opportunities for people.
We would greatly appreicate any donation large or small. Thank you in advance for your contribution and your support of these amazingly generous hohrses. Your donations will go directly towards providing veterinary care and feed needs for senior horses, hard to keep horses of all ages and hay!
A brief history of RPHS is included below. If you would like to learn more about River Pines Horse Sanctuary, please go to: riverpinesfarm.org.
History of RPHS:
River Pines Horse Sanctuary (RPHS) was born in 1977 when our Founder, Shari Montana, began adopting, rehabilitating, and providing homes for unwanted, abandoned, abused and neglected horses. Shari’s compassionate heart brought the first neglected horse, Bucky, onto her farm to receive the much-needed love and care he deserved. The community continued to reach out to Shari for her assistance as numerous horses were identified in dire need of her services. With the downward spiral of the economy and the high costs of providing food, medication, boarding and vet services the need to expand and create a structured organization identified itself. Upon that realization, River Pines Horse Sanctuary applied for and received its Montana State Non-Profit status in 2016, followed by their Federal 501(c)(3) status in 2019.
From its inception, RPHS has served the horse community of Missoula and surrounding areas by providing end-of-life care to horses in need. We specialize in accepting horses with physical, social and/or emotional rehabilitation issues. We provide a natural, herd-based living environment offering safety, health enhancement, companionship and play. Horses who are in good health and choose to work in our Equine Facilitated Learning program, partner with MontanaQuest Medicine Horse Journeys to guide people within our community through workshops, meditations, nature immersion, empowerment and resiliency training, leadership and more.
We send our deepest gratitude to all of you who help and love horses!