CENTRAL VIRGINIA HORSE RESCUE

Rating: 4.96 stars   132 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 389 Boydton Plank Rd Brodnax VA 23920 USA

Mission: Central Virginia Horse Rescue, Inc (CVHR) is a GFAS Verified 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the compassionate care of equines. Our mission is to save, protect, and rehabilitate equines in need. We rescue unwanted, abused, neglected, or abandoned equines; provide them with care and rehabilitation; and finally find them a compatible, loving home. We believe that education is the long-term solution to improving the lives of equines.
Results: Central Virginia Horse Rescue has taken in over 50 horses and has found homes for over 45. We have gelded 6 colts and have made two grants to needy families.
Target demographics: horses and horse owners
Direct beneficiaries per year: 72 horses
Geographic areas served: Virginia
Programs: Rescue horses Gelding Program Local Grants to Keep Horses Youth Outreach
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Love, love, love CVHR! Everything is run the right way, donations go where they are needed and progress is always shared with us supporters! Loads of pictures and updates- you never wonder where your donations go. Upfront and honest, CVHR has saved so many lives and found wonderful homes for so many equines. Advice is always given, questions are always answered and input is always welcome.
Having been lucky enough to visit, I can honestly say it's a well run, organized, safe rescue and the horses all look fantastic.
Rescue done right. Every day! Keep up the great work, Cindy and crew!

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After following and being a supporter of CVHR for a few years, my husband and I went down for a weekend visit. Not only have Cindy and her volunteers shined from afar, in person they were all even more exceptional. The horses are all in wonderful shape, with great manners and friendly attitudes, the barn is very clean and well kept- everything is, once again, run just the way it should be. With so many organizations being "shady", CVHR stands out as one of the most honest and transparent organizations I have ever dealt with. You really can not go wrong supporting this rescue and the horses in Cindy's care.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them a winning lottery ticket. Other than that, I wouldn't change a thing!

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Its very easy to donate to CVHR and know exactly where the funds are going. Cindy & the volunteers do a great job with the animals and the farm

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A marvelous organization that does work that, at times, seems almost impossible. Having known Cindy for quite some time, I know how dear this dream was for her and how truly passionate she is about these glorious animals. She has truly committed her life to this vision and I have unending respect and pride at the success they have achieved. The values and integrity that she, and by extension the entire organization, brings are incredible and my only wish is that we had more we could provide.

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CVHR is my absolute favorite organization. They do a fabulous job saving horses from all walks of life; stepping in when necessary for owner surrenders, AC seizures, auction horses, and even by sending grants to horse owners in short-term crises. CVHR is transparent--you can really see how your donations are put straight into the rescue and how you help them help the horses! Over the years CVHR has grown from a small rescue to a successful organization at multiple locations. Of course, all of this is only possible with the continued support of our dedicated volunteers and wonderful supporters.
Throughout the years, I have helped CVHR as a volunteer by writing their monthly newsletter, donating items for auctions, raising funds with bake sales, and putting jars out at the feed store to collect donations. "Every little bit helps," has been my mantra when working towards helping this amazing rescue move onward and upward in the world! CVHR is by far the best organization I have ever had the pleasure of working with.

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CVHR is an excellent example of a horse rescue and how a nonprofit should be run. Cindy and the team does an amazing job taking care of the rescue horses, being innovative, and doing what is right (even when the right thing is hard to do). We all work together and are thankful for the opportunities to save so many horses, which would not be possible without our wonderful supporters and followers. I am proud to be a CVHR volunteer and I will continue to do my part to help this rescue keep doing what they do. CVHR really does go the extra mile. Great job, everyone!

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CVHR is incredibly well-run and transparent nonprofit horse rescue. Founder Cindy Smith has a huge heart and does everything in her power to save every horse she can! Even more commendable, she knows her limits and doesn't take in too many new horses at once, unless absolutely necessary. I have seen horses come into CVHR looking scared, skinny, and hopeless. After a few weeks, they have turned a new leaf and truly bloomed. All of the horses taken in by CVHR are rehabilitated and adopted out when it is best for them. At the end of 2012, we celebrated our 100th adoption!! It is so exciting to be able to contribute to this nonprofit by writing their monthly newsletter. I am proud to volunteer for CVHR because I know in my heart that THIS is how a rescue is meant to be operated. You rock, Cindy at CVHR!

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

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2013

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CVHR is an amazing organization that truly focuses on the well-being of the horses. I began volunteering for CVHR by writing their monthly newsletter several months ago and I am so proud to be a small part of this wonderful team. The rescue does an incredible job of taking in sick, injured, or unwanted horses, rehabilitating them, and finding great homes for them. It can be a very overwhelming task, but the CVHR team manages to do it time and time again! CVHR volunteers are passionate and dedicated to helping horses in need, but Cindy takes the cake for sure! She works so hard keeping the rescue running and making sure everyone is well taken care of. Cindy is a phenomenal horse woman, and that is a big part of what makes CVHR such a great rescue!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

Scott purdum of advantage horsemanship had sexual relations with my wife, his student, in his horse trailer while his pregnant wife slept next door. Keep your wives and daughters away from this degenerate.

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I am extremely sorry that you have had an issue with Mr. Purdum and Advantage Horsemanship but I don't see how that reflects on Central Virginia Horse Rescue. Mr. Purdum is one of several trainers that we have hired over the years and he has done an excellent job of helping our horses which is what our concern is.

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I have been following Central Virginia Horse Rescue on Facebook for about two years. After watching the activities vicariously for that length of time, it became obvious to my husband and me--who are both lifetime horse people--that the director, Cindy Smith, was not only a sharp horsewoman with a big heart, but also a careful and responsible financial manager. After watching numerous horses truly brought back from the brink of death to excellent health, and watching the same horses receive care and training entirely appropriate to their ages and abilities, it was an easy choice to decide to horse shop at CVHR when we had the need for a new horse. It seemed odd to us that even though we had both adopted many dogs from shelters that neither of us had even known about horse adoptions until we found CVHR. We are now preparing to acquire another horse and our first thought was to check out the "Available for Adoption" page at CVHR to see if any of these horses fit our needs. I applaud Cindy and her volunteers for their devotion to each horse that they take in and care for. This is a rescue with a long-range business plan that makes sense as well as the knowledge and the good common sense to make sure everything is done well.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make sure they get the funding needed to be able to move to a larger facility.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I adopted my sweet Standie from CVHR. She went from harness racing to broad mare to Amish to Camelot. I am so grateful they rescued her! They do amazing work! My daughter and I donate regularly to CVHR so they can continue their rescues.

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I adopted a sweet wonderful standardbred retired race horse from them back in Feb 2013. CVHR does such a wonderful job with taking care of their horses. They are just incredible. They rescue horses, ponies, mules, and more! I'm so glad that I got my gal from them. We both have been blessed by CVHR!

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2013

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I met Cindy, before she started her rescue. I purchased a horse from her, from just talking to her on the phone. She was very honest, with everything she told me about the horse, and even delivered him to me. I have been following her rescue from the start. I am amazed at the work she has done and continues to do. She has over 20,000 likes in 4 years, and a lot of the other rescues take 10 years to get that many. That should tell you she is a good person, and runs a great rescue. I don't have a lot of money to donate, but I do love her sweatshirts and tee shirts, and I buy them and support her. I have learned a lot from following her as she always puts out very useful information on horses. Everyone is put on this earth for something, and this is her calling. I wish her all the luck in the years to come. I bless all of her volunteer's as I know how hard they all work. I hope she can get her farm, so she can continue to save horses. and place them in forever homes. She is my number one horse rescue. God Bless!!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Buy her, the bigger farm she needs to continue her good works. :)

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have been donating to CVHR for a couple of years and will continue to do so. When they intake a new horse they evaluate what the needs are for this particular animal and work to achieve those goals so that the horse can become adoptable into a new and loving family. We feel that CVHR is a very deserving Rescue. Cindy and the volunteers are all amazing and have helped so many.

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With Central Virginia Horse Rescue you see exactly where your donations are going. They will ask for help with "bail" and transport for Auction horse or with other horses in dire need. They also share out with other rescues. Which I think is in the True Spirit of Rescues. It is not the Rescues in need it is he Animals that are in Need. These animals have trusted people and ended up being starved and hurt and cast out. Thanks You to Cindy and all the Volunteers for all that they do help these Horses.

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This is a wonderful Rescue. That is why we donate to them, monthy. They use their funds wisely and help get the animals forever homes. We sometimes go to the Facebook page of Camelot Auction and we always seem to see Central Virginia Horse Rescue raising funds to pull horses from the slaughter pens that are throw aways, (We have a TROW AWAY Horse and I could not imagine our lives without this magnificent horse). They seem to always be able to save some. They get these creatures back to a livable life and then find Forever Homes for them. Please Always Adopt , horses, dogs ,cats and all animals need homes. Sure some of the animals have issues but they were not born that way… People make them that way.

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Equine Welfare Society collaborates with CVHR to help give unwanted horses the health and skills needed to find new homes and happiness. Cindy and her staff have been nothing short of amazing. Most refreshing and encouraging is that they support and encourage fellow rescue organizations to work together for the welfare of horses. Thank you!!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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