Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund, along with its Alliance of Wild Horse Advocates partners, have proudly fought long and hard for the protection and preservation of the historic Virginia Range wild horses.  HVWHPF volunteers have worked for over 30 years installing fences and cattleguards, moving horses out of congested streets and highways, and monitoring the health and welfare of these horses.  In 2012, HVWHPF opened its rescue operations in protest of the removal of 149 wild horses from the Virginia Range.  We rescued every one of those horses and more, and have participated in the subsequent rescue of over 50 additional horses in finding good, quality forever homes for them. We currently have 145 wild horses in our care.
We hope to soon have an updated Cooperative Agreement with the Nevada Department of Agriculture to implement the humane management of the historic Virginia Range wild horses!!!  Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund will be ready as a Cooperating non-profit organization to participate in such an agreement.  We will also be identifying funds to be allocated from the sale of our Nevada Special License Plate benefiting our Virginia Range wild horses.  As such, we seek volunteers for the many wonderful and rewarding projects needing your help!!!

There are approximately 2,000 horses on the Virginia Range, the mountains east of Reno, Nevada, an area covering almost 300,000 acres of primarily private property.  As such, these horses belong to the State of Nevada - they are our horses, your horses, America's horses!  And because they don't live on federal lands, they are also not protected by the Wild and Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.  Our local Wild Horse Alliance of Northern Nevada, with tremendous support and encouragement from good people like you, fought hard for this agreement and we intend to see it implemented in a professional, responsible, and effective manner.
The agreement calls for the implementation of fertility control measures for these horses.  We need to continue installing fences from south Damonte Ranch to the Virginia Foothills and then further south to Washoe Valley.  We need to ensure that all existing fences are maintained in good shape.  We need to move horses to safety when they find themselves in at risk situations (our front yards and streets), monitor water sources and develop alternative water sources as fail-safe measures to our drought prone climate.  We need to track and document all the horses on the range and ensure that our fertility control data is complete and accurate.
HVWHPF has 145 rescued horses in its care.  We need to raise funds to feed them (they can no longer wander and graze freely), we need to pay for their board and watering, veterinary, farrier, and transportation needs.  We need to gentle them so they can find good, quality forever adoptive homes - that means working on our website, or promoting them on facebook, etc., or doing site visits, or transporting them, or brushing those who have graduated gentling class.  We will need volunteers at the sanctuary to clean, help feed, brush gentled horses, and check fencing. Can you help with fundraising opportunities? We need people to attend local government meetings to ensure we know about anything that could affect our horses, and people interested in monitoring our State Legislature to make sure they don't try to cut wild horses off from accessing water!!!!!!! (They keep trying!)

There's lots to do and something for everyone!  Normally, our volunteers will never come in contact with wild horses.  We encourage people to admire them from afar and never engage or get close to them.  We want to ensure they remain wild and free, on the range, where they are safe and away from our streets and highways.  In order to accomplish that, we need your help and enthusiasm.  

Become a Member of Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund.  If you want to take that next step and get involved, we'd love to have you on our team of volunteers!!!    

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About Our Organization
Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund is an all-volunteer Nevada 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Reno, Nevada.

Volunteers have been working for over 30 years to protect and preserve the historic Virginia Range wild horses living right in our very backyards....and sometimes grazing in our front yards!!!!  Teams of hardworking people have laid miles of fencing and installed cattleguards in an effort to ensure the horses are safe and where they should be - on the range, wild and free.

As our organization has grown and evolved to be the largest wild horse rescue in northwest Nevada, our need for good, reliable volunteers has also grown.  We have an abundance of volunteer opportunities that we need to fill to help us manage projects to benefit the wild ones and make sure our rescued herd are well cared for.  


Become a Volunteer
Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Funds wants YOU!!!! for its volunteer roster! What does it take? How can you help?  

If you can spend 2-3 hours a week or month out of your busy schedule to help the historic Virginia Range wild horses, we'd like you as one of our volunteers!!  There are many different tasks and projects and all require varying levels of skill.  But everything we do requires a level head, unwavering enthusiasm, a positive attitude, and a passion for what makes you happy and fulfilled!! 

To be a volunteer, you must first become a member of Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund.  Follow this link to become a Member

Service Opportunities
WARNING!!! - Volunteering with Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund can make rewarding, invigorating, inspirational, and awesome experiences happen!!!! Are you ready?

Volunteering isn't for everyone but for those who want to experience wild horses you've come to the right place!! We need people who are interested in 
  • helping to install new fences
  • helping to maintain old fences
  • walking a fence line to report work needed
  • picking up horse manure in streets and parks
  • working on community outreach
  • working on fund raising activities
  • attending local government meetings
  • working with the horse adoption group
  • tracking and documenting wild ones
Some tasks require people in good physical shape, other tasks take computer skills, people skills, writing skills, or being savvy and creative. Are you good with a camera?  Do you like working with data?  Have you dreamt of being a vendor at a market?   It takes all types of great people to make a difference.  Are you ready? 

We often say that being involved with the wild ones can save you hundreds of dollars on a gym membership!! Get involved - Join now!!