Welcome to our Valentine’s Day Edition of “Horses Seeking Relationships!”

Do you find yourself sighing over YouTube videos of people with their loving, equine BFF’s? Or, wistfully gazing at your back paddock (with adequate shelter and safe fencing) and thinking that it looks sort of empty? Yearning for a Valentine’s Day Sweetheart that just happens to have a mane and four hooves? Well, do […]

Seasons Greetings from All of Us to All of You!

As we near the end of 2012, we’d like to take a moment to thank the many people who have made it possible for us to help at-risk and urgent need horses. Whether you have donated towards their care, taken time from your busy schedules to help us clean stalls and serve horse dinners, […]

…And to All a Great Night!

Christmas Cheer in the L-Barn

Last night, the Rescue celebrated our first Silent Night at White Bird. We opened our doors, rolled out the red carpet and invited everyone in for some hot chocolate, cider, cookies and a Christmas party for the Rescue’s residents.

L-barn festivities

Ace face-painter Allison turned small children into […]

White Bird Featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch

A few weeks ago, we were interviewed by the good folks at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, who kindly provided us the opportunity to talk about rescued horses. The results of this interview and several subsequent discussions appeared in this morning’s paper. Aside from the fact that Tom thinks he looks awful in the video and that […]

“…so that they may live the remainder of their lives in safety and dignity.”


This statement is the last line of our Mission Statement and it underpins our whole philosophy toward equine rescue. When we founded White Bird nearly ten years ago, we decided that we would be a rescue of last resort, taking in horses in urgent need and only after all other avenues had been exhausted. […]

It’s Official!

White Bird has been Verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. Actually, this happened on December 15, but we were waiting until the formal announcement came out to let everyone know. The full press release can be found at: http://www.sanctuaryfederation.org/gfas/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/WBAHR-Press-Release-final.pdf

As a part of the Verification process, White Bird also received a grant for […]

Shelter Challenge Update

We have just 9 days left to get the Rescue back into the VA top ten. We are currently still at 12th in VA but slipping down overall and now at 526th. One last push could do it. I know many of our supporters in the US also support other animal charities on the list, […]

More Shelter Challenge

633rd and 15th! Steady progress, all you voters. We move 10 up overall most days and 1 up VA every two days. Excellent progress to put us in the top ten in VA before December 19th. We could even make the top 20 overall in that time. Keep up the good work. New readers see […]

Shelter Challenge

643rd overall and 16th in Virginia. Now comes the long haul to get into that 10th place. Thank you for voting, we’ve come a long way and can still make it. Here is the link again:


Shelter Challenge Update

Thank you everyone who is still voting. We are at 18th in Virginia and 763rd overall in just 8 days.

This is a stupendous achievement from almost a standing start on Saturday. Actually it was a rolling start and our thanks must go to Lori Reffett of Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue in Delray, WV. […]