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Central Virginia Horse Rescue

Rating: 4.97 stars   145 reviews 5,829

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals

Address:

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

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434-774-6607
http://www.centralvahorserescue.org

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

3 people found this review helpful

I have spent a lifetime around horses; and well understand the realities of surplus unwanted horses and marginally qualified owners who make poor choices and can no longer care for their charges. I have witnessed many well-intentioned folks try to "rescue" horses and end up in unsustainable situations which further hurt the horses. These life experiences have made my interactions with CVHR all the more remarkable, What Cindy Smith, her volunteers and supporters have accomplished is to build a professional, sustainable and effective rescue network here in Virginia. The horses they are able to accept are carefully brought back to their maximum potential for quality of life. They are assessed and worked with to give them the maximum life skills to ensure they can have happy and fulfilling lives. They are then matched up with carefully screened adopters who will be able to go the distance and provide for the horses' well-being permanently. The CVHR professionalism and knowledge into the ways of business and horses is exceeded only by their passion and boundless energy to serve those horses that are most at risk. Our interactions with CVHR and Cindy Smith have been wholly positive, there can be no higher standard of conduct than that displayed by this organization. I am blessed to have found CVHR, and my life is richer for having adopted one of their wonderful rescues several years back. Together we can all make a difference.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Cindy does a wonderful job of keeping the horse first. It is all about the horse and for the horse. She is positive, informative, communicates with everyone. I have learned much from her concerning horses and the horse world. She has her values and sticks to them. She is one fantastic person. I especially appreciate the fact of keeping the bashers silent. More information will flow if people are not afraid to share. Cindy encourages this. I like the way she works with the horses in public to increase her adoption rate. This shelter is an excellent resource for anyone even thinking about getting involved in the rescue business.

 
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I am both a volunteer and a donor for this wonderful rescue. I first became aware of CVHR and its founder, Cindy Smith, while working with an online rescue organization dedicated to finding second chance homes for auction horses that did not sell through the ring. CVHR would raise money for and pull the most difficult horses to find homes for, the ones with training or physical issues that just sat in the kill pen. As the Rescue was not too far from me, I drove down for their third anniversary party to see for myself how it was run before committing money to it. What I saw was a place of love where every equine was treasured and cared for. Some were permanent residents due to factors that either made them difficult to adopt out, or were complicated to deal with, so Cindy kept them herself to ensure their care and happiness. I was impressed with Cindy and her volunteers then, and have only become more so over the ensuing two plus years. Cindy runs CVHR with business acumen coupled with love and compassion, a tough combination to beat. She has taken in so many horses at death's door and brought them back that it seems routine, but it is most assuredly not. Her "miracles" are the product of her deep knowledge of horses, a wonderful team of dedicated volunteers, and her love and determination to save every horse that comes through her gate.

Cindy just opened a new facility near Kenbridge, VA in a carefully considered and managed expansion which will enable her to do more community outreach as well as help more horses. It is called Miracle Meadows, and it couldn't be more aptly named.

 
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Year after year, I am so impressed with CVHR. Cindy and the rest of the volunteers work so hard to do the good work. There are so many stories created at this magical place and so many horses we will never forget. It warms my heart to see the many success stories coming from this rescue, which wouldn't be possible without the dedication and teamwork found at CVHR. It truly takes a village to run a rescue and every single person involved, each donor, supporter, volunteer and board member is essential to success. CVHR is professionally run and managed and is growing each year. I am proud to help in the small way that I am able. :) A big thank you goes out to Cindy and all of the amazing volunteers, supporters, and donors that have worked together to make happy endings for the horses! It is often thankless work and I want everyone to know that CVHR is making a difference. Thank you!

 
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3 people found this review helpful

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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5 people found this review helpful

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!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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We have 2 adopted equines from Central Virginia Horse Rescue. Cindy is giving of everything she has to save as many equines as she can manage. And she is always taking "one" more even when she is not certain she has the time or space. She always makes it work. We love our pony "Miss Halley" and our donkey "Mr. Merlin" aka "Fireball." They both have been awesome additions to our family. We love them both dearly. Thank you Cindy for giving both of them a second/third/fourth chance!
If I had more space I would adopt another rescued horse or pony from CVHR.

 
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We adopted a pony and donkey from Central Virginia Horse Rescue. We love our pony, Halley. She had been abused in the past and is very scared of adults. The rescue was not certain she would do well in a home with small children. We drove to the rescue to meet Halley and we were happily surprised that she took to all my girls. We have had Halley for almost a year now and she is doing remarkably well in our home. CVHR makes sure all rescues go to the best homes for that particular horse/pony. They are are great nonprofit and very deserving of status as a GREAT nonprofit.

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

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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4 people found this review helpful

CVHR is dedicated to the rescue of equines. Take a moment to see all the critters in their rescue. You will find mules, mini horses, ponies and horses. This rescue is dedicated to the rescue of horses but they want turn away a Jack or Jenny :-). Vet bills grow quickly with healthy horses. Vet bills become mountains when dealing with starved , abandoned and abused horses. Feed/hay for one healthy horse is approximately $50 a month and thats a healthy a horse. Rehabilitation of one horse the cost of feed alone could easily be 5x this.
Horse rescue is expensive and takes heart. This group has lots of heart . Donations keep them in feed,supplies and vetting. Please donate today!!

 
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There is are not enough words to tell the Peeps about the wonders of Cindy & Randy @ CVHR . They LIVE & LOVE & EAT & SLEEP Horse Rescue. Their transparent dedication is beyond description. Every horse in their care is special...every horse in their care gets treated to lovin' spa days, an individual diet, exercise, veterinary & farrier & dentist, and given EVERY chance for a second career or family. Each Rescued Horse is given the opportunity "to be a horse" and have the freedom to discover their snug haven. New owners are screened & scrutinized to insure the safety of the animal and in the event that things don't work out... CVHR takes them back. Cindy, if you meet her or know her, has a fantastic practical loving nature that is interwoven with humor. She can "tell you like it IS" and then make you laugh. She knows her stuff and works tirelessly to save Horses. I recommend this Nonprofit with every ounce of me.
3 THUMBS UP !!

 
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Once Again...I sound like a broken recording but the longer I know this Rescue and it's People...the more impressed I am. Cindy and Randy have hearts the size of Mountains but their compassion is coupled with practical good sense. They reach out in many areas of the USA but easily Central Virginia Horse Rescue is the finest Equine Rescue in Virginia. Cindy also PATIENTLY answers 100's of questions each week on a full range of Equine subjects to help novice owners better care for their own horses. This Rescue is a bright shining star....in a gray paved equine world.

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

Zero Zio...except to find her more help :)

Was your donation impactful?

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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As a rule, I do NOT recommend Peeps. BUT~~I am rather fortunate to know Central Virginia Horse Rescue and it's Queen, Cindy Smith, in many capacities. I adopted a donkey from her, To Sir With Love, to help along an very sick yearling we had. The little Gray longeared fella has given me many special moments. He came to us from CVHR COMPLETE...everything had been attended to. His feet were trimmed, his shots were up to date, his Coggins was live and he was in GREAT health. Cindy represented him HONESTLY and Candidly...and isn't that refreshing in this world? I have also served shoulder to shoulder with her as an admin for the well-known CHW Weekly page and got to see her faithful written responses daily in action to save auction horses and campaign for them until ALL had homes. Many many times, she took home the LAST Horse Standing in number 10 pen to see it saved. Last, but not least, I know Cindy as a donor to Central VA Horse Rescue. She is SQUEEKY impeccably clean & transparent in all financial dealings and it is all but impossible to get her to do ANYTHING for herself. To spell it out: She wakes up, lives, breathes, eats and sleeps dreaming about saving horses. A steward to trust and support! You have mine!! ~~~Kate W.

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

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Central Virginia Horse Rescue is a wonderful non-profit that helps many different kinds of horses that might otherwise go to slaughter or be euthanized. My husband and I have been following the rescue on Facebook for years, have been to the farm several times, and have had nothing but wonderful, warm and professional interactions with the director, Cindy Smith, and the volunteers. We donate and we have adopted from them and considered several other horses for adoption. Ms. Smith is a sharp business woman who makes tough decisions about which horses she can truly help and which she must turn away. It is heartbreaking, but she does it for the greater good of the ones that can find a future in another home. She has a crack team of caretakers with the vets and farriers she uses. We cannot say enough good things about what a wonderful job this organization does to help many horses recover and find forever homes while being fiscally responsible, even when often they are pretty much forced to take animals that law enforcement brings them. Please consider donating to them.

 
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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

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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3 people found this review helpful

CVHR is a very efficiently run rescue. Their passionate leader, Cindy, is tirelessly working to not only rescue but to rehab and place horses. The volunteers are also amazing in stepping in and helping as needed.

 
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I admire CVHR so much because there is no discrimination. Any horse,pony, or breed is welcome. And they take on some tough cases. Plus they don't give up. My heart goes out to them.

 
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