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River Pines Horse Sanctuary | Missoula, Montana
River Pines Horse Sanctuary | Missoula, Montana

How to Support Us


Monetary donations also accepted via Venmo: @Shari-Montana

River Pines Horse Sanctuary | Missoula, Montana

Help Us Registry: Wish, Wants, & Needs List

Needs Registry

Do you want to support the rescue without donating funds directly? Help the horses by donating an In-Kind gift. Please contact our office via phone at 406-207-6105 or 406-304-6433 or email to schedule delivery or pick-up times.



  • Horse Quality, Barn-Stored Grass or grass/alfalfa Hay – 120 tons

  • Equine Senior

  • Empower Boost or equivalent for weight gain and maintenance

  • LMF Super Supplement 

  • Triple Crown Low Starch



  • 4 new Feeder/shelters

  • 16'x16' Vet and Ferrier covered/enclosed work space w/concrete floor and rubber mats; w/wash rack

  • 2-4 Vet stalls for health needs

  • 12'-16' foot rails for perimeter fence - quantity no limit as they must be replaced frequently

  • 4-16' foot Gates

  • 1 large and 1 small Hay shed

  • Covered round Pen or Indoor 80x100 foot indoor arena for year round use

  • Clean Fill Dirt

  • Gravel Drive

  • Additional acreage (17 acres adjacent to the current sanctuary is available for purchase)


  • Heavy-duty truck capable of pulling a 3-horse gooseneck trailer. Needs to be in very good condition, preferably with no more than 100K mileage

  • Heavy duty flatbed truck for hauling feed, lumber and other sanctuary supplies; pull the hay trailer

  • Sturdier hay trailer

  • 8' Tine Harrow

  • More fabric pieces for our chain harrow

VET SUPPLIES - ongoing needs

  • 3-Inch Elastikon

  • 3M 4-inch Vet Wrap (assorted colors)

  • Bute powder

  • Banamine

  • Dermosaden

  • Easy Boots or equivalent, all sizes


  • We have lots right now


  • Bagged wood shavings

  • Muck buckets

  • Standard muck bucket carts


  • Copy paper/white

  • Toner cartridges for HP LaserJet ProMFP M281cdw – black and color

  • Postage Stamps for nonprofit use


  • Horse manager – paid employee at 30 hours/week @ $15/hourly or $1,875/monthly salary

  • Facility Manager – paid employee at 30 hours/week @ $15/hourly or $1,875/monthly salary

  • Volunteer Coordinator - paid employee at 30 hours/week @ $15/hourly or $1,875/monthly salary

River Pines Horse Sanctuary Volunteer Program

Volunteer Program

Submit an application to become part of a generous, extensive network of invaluable volunteers.  We encourage and value volunteers at RPHS. We are appreciative of all the help we can get for our horse residents.

Two-Day Volunteer Training Workshop twice each year in May and August. 

RPHS 2-day Volunteer training includes:

  • Meet our Staff and Facility tour

  • Overview of your Volunteer Manual with our mission and philosophy statements

  • Introduction to RPHS needs;

  • Basic safety requirements for humans and horses

  • Meet the Herd

  • Sentient Horse Handling Techniques and Skills

  • How to Catch, Halter and Lead a Horse

  • Grooming techniques for healthy horses

  • Tools and equipment use, skills, care and maintenance

  • Feeding and watering logistics

  • Pest and manure management

  • Horse Health Assessment and First Aid for horses

  • Please bring a sack lunch each day; water, refreshments and other materials provided.

  • Dress in weather appropriate layers; weather appropriate, closed-toes shoes or boots* (required year-round); gloves, hats, sunglasses and sunscreen are all recommended

  • RPHS is located in the river bottom at the confluence of the Clarkfork and Bitterroot Rivers - there will be significant muddy conditions throughout the spring, including some flooding in May/June possible - water-proof boots required during this time; during icy conditions November-April some type of traction device for boots required

  • Training Donation: $30/person or $50/family or small group (up to 5).

  • Daily Training Times:  Sat 9:30am - 4:00pm  Sun 9:30am - 4:00pm


How do I apply?

  • Call (406) 207-6105 or email for an application.

  • After reviewing your application, we will contact you to schedule an interview and tour. All volunteers who are accepted into our program must complete a 2-day practical orientation and training prior to their first scheduled shift offered as needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What sort of time commitment is involved?

    • We ask for a minimum commitment of one 3 hour session per week for at least three months.

  • All volunteer shifts run 3 hours per day.

    • RPHS hosts two barn shifts daily to feed and care for the horses: 7:30 – 10:30am, and 3 – 6:30pm.  Feeding times are 8am and 6pm.

    • Scheduling for Facilities Maintenance and Administrative volunteers is flexible, although we do still ask for a regular weekly time commitment Friday through Sunday.

  • Who can volunteer?

    • We accept volunteers of all experience levels.

    • Barn volunteers must be in excellent physical condition and able to lift 50 pounds.

    • Independent volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Please note the following Youth requirements:

    • If under 18, please call ahead for parental consent release form

    • Youths, 14-17yo, must be accompanied by a parent or other authorized adult to attend volunteer trainings and all scheduled work commitments.

      • There is an exception granted for youth groups; School classes, 4-H clubs, Girl and Boy Scout Troops, etc. may apply to volunteer for a one-day project. Each group is required to have one adult supervisor per three youth.

      • Your family, company, organization or club may volunteer together…

Please contact our office to discuss a potential farm help day. Group projects include:  gardening; fence and building maintenance; general barn clean-up; building hay sheds, horse pens and shelters; manure management; vehicle maintenance (wash the truck, trailers, tractors and/or feed trucks.

River Pines Horse Sanctuary Working Budget


River Pines Horse Sanctuary Annual Budget Summary 2020

Projected Annual Expenses for 2020 = $8,125.00/month
+ $26,400.00 for hay/24 horses for one year at the current prices - please note this is a monthly need of $2,200.00
+ $4,200.00 grain & vitamins, annual
+ $4,500.00 senior feed
+ Annual vaccinations - $1,300.00 needed for April 15, 2021
+ Special ferrier expenses - $2,100 for 3 horses this year 
+ Regular Ferrier expenses - $3,850.00 for this year for normal trimming, no shoes
+ Dewormer $624.00 annually

+ $2,000.00 for Horse care products such as fly spray, detangler, shampoo, over-the-counter meds and bandages,etc.
+ $4,400.00 annual tractor fuel and maintenance

+ $6,000.00 for Truck maintenance and fuel - to haul feed and horse trailer 
+ $4,600.00 for utilities, includes auto waterers & pasture irrigation

Capital Expenses 2021:  

+ $1,500.00 for top rails to complete the fencing project from 2019

+ $5,000.00 for fill dirt around the barns and in two of our pens

+ $2.000.00 for Pasture Seed to re-seed all pens

+more to be determined as needed

In addition:

Not in our budget yet, but we desperately need a full time employee to help with horse care and facility management as our volunteers can't meet the need at a salary of $30,960.00/year (as a socially responsible organization we hope to pay a living wage here in Montana of $15.00/hour for this important job and act of love.).

River Pines Horse Sanctuary is over-full, due to 6 dire-need horses saved from the kill pens in 2018 - we are 4 horses over our maximum capacity/residency of 20 horses, and we have more desperate horses on our waiting list.  We need additional land, help and cash in order to save more horses...

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