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

Support Us

Hay Campaign

Monetary donations also accepted via Venmo: @Shari-Montana

If you prefer to mail a donation via cash or check, you may send it to us at:

River Pines Horse Sanctuary
120 River Pines Road
Missoula, Montana 59804

If a particular horse sparks a connection, you can choose to sponsor them on a monthly basis, or donate an in-kind gift from our Needs Registry.

Most of all, we’d love it if you would consider becoming a monthly donor, anything from $5-$100/month, as this greatly helps us in planning ahead.

2023 Hay Campaign

Hay Campaign

As an equine sanctuary, our biggest expense by far is hay. Our current twenty-four sanctuary residents go through 110 tons, or 3080 bales, of hay per year. The average cost for alfalfa hay in the U.S. reached record highs in 2022, and we’ve seen our hay costs rise significantly in the past few years.

Our projected budget for hay from July 2023 - July 2024 is $42,000. So far, we've raised about $22,000, and still have $20,000 to go.

Help us reach our goal by making a donation today.

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

Annual Budget

Annual Expenses

RPHS Annual Expenses Summary

Projected Annual Expenses = $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
+ 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

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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