•To identify abuse by means of community participation and involvement
•To rescue horses from environments of neglect or abuse
•To rehabilitate rescued horses by providing a healthy environment, training and veterinary care
•To coordinate "for life” adoption services into suitable and approved homes
•To offer equine education and training to horse owners in our community
•To give refuge: providing a peaceful, safe and loving home for horses in need
•To facilitate the surrender of abused and neglected horses after seizure by local authorities
In 1998 Robert Bruno rescued Wapello Road, a thoroughbred mare at the Les Bois racetrack in Boise, Idaho. She sustained injuries to her ligaments too severe to be corrected according to her owners, and was going to be euthanized at the track that day.
Robert happened to be friends with one of the jockeys and was called to intervene. Robert provided Wapello with the rest and veterinary care she needed. In a short period of time, he found that she was sound enough to be a companion animal, and Robert ended up riding her for over 20 years.
That incident inspired Robert to eventually start Horse Rescue Idaho, Inc. Wapello’s dramatic turnaround made Robert realize that an equine rescue organization was desperately needed in our area, thus propelling Idaho Horse Rescue into life.
In 2010 IHR became a federally recognized Non-Profit Organization. Since then we have provided rescue and refuge to over 150 horses in our area. Robert has been rescuing both wild & tame animals for as long as he can remember.
Any distressed living creature that wanders near can count on Robert’s care. He treats mice, skunks, raccoons & songbirds with the same care and safe haven he provides to horses. His dedication to these suffering animals has transformed Idaho Horse Rescue into the organization it is today.
IHR continually receives solicitations for rescue throughout the state of Idaho. With your donation, IHR will be able to provide quality care to our rescued horses, continue to rescue and rehabilitate more horses, and prevent cruelty to horses.
"No one can do everything, but everyone can do something." ~ Unknown
At Idaho Horse Rescue, we have a handful of dedicated and caring volunteers who aid us in fulfilling our mission.
They continue to make our programs possible. From marketing to fundraising to physical labor, our volunteers are the backbone of Idaho Horse Rescue and we couldn’t do it without them.
When you submit your online application, we get a great feel for your interests, abilities & preferences. When we have specific needs, we can pull from this list with ease because we already know your experience & availability!
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What can volunteers do?
Our horses live on 27 acres of open space located south of Boise, Idaho. They have round pens, lush pastures, a recently completed barn & plenty of room to graze and run.
Robert has utilized his attention to detail as a custom home builder to construct this 16 stall beauty!
As our facility is currently run by volunteers with varied scheduling we are not open to the public without an appointment. Visits to the rescue are generally only for those interested in adopting.
Founder and President: Robert Bruno
Treasurer: Matt Drown
Secretary: David M Hayes, DVM