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KAKEland Cares - Wins for Kansas

September 2018

Hope In The Valley was featured on Wins for Kansas!

Hope in the Valley Equine Rescue & Sanctuary is a non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)3 corporation. It was founded by Ande Armstrong in an effort to rescue and rehabilitate horses in Sedgwick County, KS and surrounding communities. The rescue has been developed to provide care for horses that have been abused, neglected, abandoned, unwanted or are slaughter bound.

...hay is hard to find in Kansas because of a drought this spring and also a late freeze.

August 2018

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Dawn Gresham volunteers for Hope in The Valley, a nonprofit that saves abused and neglected horses. But lately times have been tough. The price of hay to feed the horses has skyrocketed.

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Feeding horses with grain instead of hay may be the new normal as the drought persists

May 2018

Feeding horses with grain instead of hay may be the new normal as the drought persists.

“Not only is it bad for us, it’s bad for the horse owners and rescues in the area, too,” said Andy Armstrong, with Hope In The Valley Equine Rescue in Valley Center.

She said they have been desperate for hay, volunteers made a desperate appeal on Facebook asking for help.

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Discovery of dead horse raises concerns of animal cruelty

January 2017

SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. A horse that appears to be emaciated is found dead on the side of the road near Valley Center.

The man who found the horse posted pictures on Facebook Wednesday, hoping someone would recognize the animal...

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See Luke Myles' Post For More Pictures (Warning: very graphic)

Many Concerned For Horses Abandoned In Rose Hill

August 2016

ROSE HILL, Kan. (KSNW) – Some Rose Hill residents are very concerned about the condition of more than a dozen horses in Butler County.

Rescue groups and other non-profits now are teaming up to get the animals some help, but there are some hurdles they’ll need to clear to save them.

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Read the follow up story from the Butler County Sheriff's Dept. Facebook Page

HITVERAS Gives Clinic On Basic Horsemanship On March 3, 2016

March 2016

Many people want to help volunteer at Hope In The Valley, but to do so requires at minimun some basic horsemanship skills.

Hope In The Valley is offering their first clinic to help people learn those skills.

HITV hopes to give people the tools they will need in order to help us.

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Two Kiowa County rescued horses cared for in Valley Center

December 2015

Many people have been incensed about the treatment of a group horses in Kiowa County.

President and Founder of "Hope In The Valley Equine Rescue," Ande Armstrong, says she's glad to have two of the horses rescued from an owner in Kiowa County.

But Armstrong says she and other horse advocates remain concerned about the other horses. "The concern now is where did the horses go?" Read more...

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Local Girl Scouts from Troop 40831 built 10 new benches for us!

These Girl Scouts Made New Benches For Us!

Girl Scouts from Troop 40831 Lexi Ashcraft, Della O'Donnell, Mika Smith, Ryleigh Nicholson and Madison Moses built and painted 10 benches for us! See full article...

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Rescue groups saving horses from being killed

Hope In The Valley Equine Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc.

Several area women and men share a dream – saving horses from being killed simply because they are aging, slowing down or their owners no longer want them...
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KSCW TV: The Brett and Sierra Show

Ande and Alicia Stubbs got to share the wonderful events happening at the rescue on May 17, 2014 with AMBUCS! AMBUCS is a wonderful organization that gives mobility to physically handicapped children in the form of tricycles. It's an amazing thing to give a child freedom to move that he or she never had before!

The public is welcome to come out to this event and learn more about the Trikes (and the horses)!


Dixie and Ande were pleased to welcome the KSCW Crew to the rescue to share some of the stories of our Sanctuary members and to increase awareness of the rescue!

KCTU TV: Mouthy Broads

April 23, 2014

Dixie was invited onto the show to discuss upcoming ASPCA Help A Horse day open house.

KSCW TV: Brett & Sierra Show

December 10, 2013

Dixie was a guest on the Brett & Sierra Show and discussed the rescue and how anyone can help by voting for our Christmas tree at the Kansas Star Casino to help us win $5000!

KCTU TV Show: Mouthy Broads

October 23, 2013

Dixie was a guest on the KCTU talk show Mouthy Broads to discuss what we do at the rescue and our upcoming Fall Festival of Hope 2013.

Thanks to KCTU for airing the show (every Wednesday at 7:00pm) and furnishing it to us to publish on this site.

High Price Of Hay Causing Horses To Be Given Up Or Neglected

High Price Of Hay Causing Horses To Be Given Up Or Neglected

Some Kansas horse owners are having a hard time feeding their horses. They're feeling the pain after drought conditions over the past few years caused hay prices to skyrocket. The price of hay is so high, horses are being given up, even neglected as a result. Read More...

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First Responders Train For Large Animal Rescue

Emergency crews in Sedgwick County have to respond to a wide array of emergencies. Some responders spent their Saturday practicing rescues that require a lot of team work. Read more...

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KWCH: Kansas Horses Endangered By Mosquitoes

Kansas is horse country, but they're outnumbered by the mosquitoes which are multiplying. Read More...

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KWCH: Local horse rescue receives holiday hay donation

Max isn't shy, the brown and white horse greets people who walk into his gated pasture with a friendly nudge, looking for food. Download the PDF

December 7, 2012

KCTU TV Show: Mouthy Broads

October 10, 2012

Ande was a guest on the KCTU talk show Mouthy Broads to discuss the rescue and our upcoming Fall Festival of Hope 2012.

Thanks to KCTU for airing the show (every Wednesday at 7:00pm) and furnishing it to us to publish on this site.

KSN news story: West Nile Affects Horses As Well As Humans

August 25, 2012
The potentially deadly West Nile virus is spreading, but one segment of the population can actually get a vaccine. Horses can be protected from the disease with a simple shot. Read the pdf...

HITVERAS Verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

HITVERAS Verified by the GFAS!

The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Verified status to Hope in the Valley Equine Rescue and Sanctuary as of July 1, 2012.


Is slaughter the solution to horse overpopulation?

It's a controversial topic for sure. However, Ande, through HITVERAS, will do all that she can to give unwanted horses their chance at a new life, saving as many as she can.

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Hope In The Valley night at the Thunder hockey game March 14

HITVERAS Night at The Wichita Thunder, March 14, 2012

March 14, 2012

Hope In The Valley Equine Rescue & Sanctuary and the Wichita Thunder hockey team have teamed up to make Wednesday, Mar. 14 a fund raising night for the rescue. Mention Hope In The Valley when you call to purchase blue or yellow seat tickets. Call Abby at 264-GOAL (4625) to reserve your seats. Read more...

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KSN news story: Another horse dies in Sumner County

February 1, 2012
Comet is the only survivor of three starving horses in Sumner County.

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Horse Rescues In Need Of Hay

Area horse rescues need hay donations due to reduced harvest

Two Wichita area horse rescues have put out the call for donations of hay to help them get through the winter safely. Hay yields this year were down 50% to 75% and that means hay prices have doubled. Both Hope In the Valley Equine Rescue and Sancutary, Valley Center, and Southen Winds Equine Rescue and Recovery Center, Udall, found that the reduced yield means they did not get enough hay from their fields to ensure they have enough for the winter.

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International 'Tony' Award for art given to El Dorado artist

June 8, 2011

El Dorado, Kan. –

Since its inception in 2009, the "Tony" Award has traveled from the United States through Canada, Mexico, Australia and many places in between. Most recently this international award, given in recognition of artistic merit, arrived in El Dorado, Kansas.

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Hope In The Valley saves dozens of starved horses

April 2, 2011
Valley Center, Kansas - The numbers are startling. Sedgwick County alone has seized nearly 150 animals that were starving over the last year. Many of the horses go to the rescue operation Hope In The Valley Equine Rescue and Sanctuary...

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Animal rescue operations at capacity in Sedgwick County

By Michael Schwanke
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News

June 1, 2011

Since last year, the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Department has seized about 150 animals due to neglect and animal cruelty.

The resources that house and rehabilitate the animals are at capacity.

"We expect to see more of them and that's why were pushing for the adoption of the ones we have," says Detective Dale Butcher...

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Equine rescue group in need of hay

January 10, 2011

WICHITA -- Hope in the Valley Equine Rescue and Sanctuary took in 13 animals on Thursday and is looking for some assistance in feeding them. Read more...

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KAKE news story: Kansas Pavilions Event

We were invited to participate in the Re-discover the Kansas Pavilions Event. We gave rides on some of the horses, and got the opportunity to tell people about our cause. It was quite successful.

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Ande and Hope

January 10, 2011

El Dorado Times: A Home For Horses

January 10, 2011

Horses that are no longer wanted, that are starving, or whose owners simply can't take care of them anymore have been given a second chance at Hope in the Valley Equine Rescue and Sanctuary near Valley Center.

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Wesley's In Touch monthly publication

December 14, 2010

My Other Life

Nurses are people who have big hearts, and Ande Armstrong's heart reaches out to everyone in need — even those who have four legs and weigh over a thousand pounds...

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Peyden C.

Peyden Has Done It Again!

Last year [2009] Peyden C. had a very special birthday party. He asked for donations to Hope In The Valley in lieu of gifts and gave us $240!!!

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This year [2010] he did it again! Peyden was able to give us $185! What a special man!

Ark Valley News
Gray and Chocolate

Kansas Shelters See Surge in Abandoned Horses

Dogs and cats aren't the only animals suffering as the economy takes a toll on pet owners. Rescue groups in Kansas say they're seeing a surge in the number of horses being abandoned, especially older horses. (Read more...)

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Emmitt and Ande

Homes, hope for horses

Hope ran out earlier this week for Emmett, the skinny 7-month-old colt born with crooked legs. He was in pain, ...

Wichita Eagle,
December 27, 2008

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Dying Horse Has Rescue Group Seeking Answers

March 30, 2007
Ande Armstrong called it one of the worst cases of neglect she has seen in some time. Now, she's pushing Butler County authorities to do something about it... (Read more)

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KSNW: Making A Difference

February 2007

Jim of Hope

Hope for abused horses

Petpourri Section,
Wichita Eagle,
Saturday, January 13, 2007

Ande [Armstrong] has had a big heart for horses for most of her life —since she was 13 and her grangparents bought her her first horse...
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The Wichita Eagle
Ande Armstrong

Hatteburg's People: Ande Armstrong,
June 18, 2006

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Strawberry and Thunder

Thunder Rolls In

June 9, 2006

Just seven months since its own inception, Hope in the Valley horse shelter in rural Valley Center became a maternity ward last month.

One of the shelter’s rescued horses, Strawberry, gave birth during a storm in late May. Thunder, the colt was named, is a bit smaller than he should be. But, like proud mothers, the shelter’s directors were happy to report Thunder is healthy. Read more...

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Jim and Ande

VC woman establishing equine shelter

Ark Valley News,
November 18, 2005

There is Hope in the Valley for horses and other equines. At least, there will be once the proper paperwork is finished.

Opening an equine shelter has been an idea in Ande Miller’s mind for several years. Finding Jim, an abused Thoroughbred, is what made it happen. Read more...

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