The Rapha Ranch Veterans Animal Rescue (RRVAR) is a veteran-operated nonprofit organization.
RRVAR is dedicated to establishing a therapeutic working ranch (using rescue horses and dogs) combined with an innovative pastoral counseling model created specifically for Post 9/11 veterans
struggling with the transitional process of leaving the military and entering the civilian world.
RRVAR provides the unique environment in which both rescued animals and Post 9/11 veterans are given the opportunity to Regroup, Repurpose, and Reintegrate.
Provide a ranch setting for Post 9/11 veterans
and rescue animals (horses and large dogs)
to improve their lives by bringing them
together in a thoughtful, caring way offering
the animals a second chance at life and
veterans a second chance to find health and
happiness. The program incorporates
therapeutic care of rescue animals through
daily interaction and bonding with veterans.
This approach provides a unique solution for
healing not solely dependent on prescription
medication, or traditional psychotherapy,
but rather the opportunity to use tools as
well as a specialized pastoral counseling
program to redefine their purpose,
rediscover their inner strength, and
maximize their potential by taking ownership
of their lives for the first time since leaving
Provide a unique and wholistic approach that
combines rescued animal therapy and
specialized faith-based counseling on
working ranches. The veteran, who resides
and works on the ranch, saves the animal
while the animal provides the veteran with
unconditional love and support which
thereby eases stress, depression, loneliness,
and anxiety. We offer a calm and supportive
atmosphere of camaraderie, a family
environment, and support for veterans and
their families to regain a sense of identity,
purpose, self-worth, and confidence both
individually and as a family through this
integrated program…All at no cost to the
service member and their family!
The transition from wartime deployments and active military service into civilian life has
a wide-ranging impact on the quality of life for our veterans. The loss of their military identity is one of the greatest challenges. After experiencing the empowerment of being a valued member of an elite team, successfully completing specialized military training, and bearing the overall responsibility of others’ lives…many veterans feel misunderstood, empty, rejected, and even angered with what they now perceive as a lack of purpose in civilian life. It is RRVAR’s aim to provide a ranch setting for the animal rescue to help manage these transitional issues unique to civilian life and commonly experienced by Post 9/11 veterans and their families. Participants will reside and work on the ranch and receive a specialized pastoral counseling and animal therapy program designed to bring healing and restore focus, unity, and purpose back into their lives.