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May 6, 2014
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May 6, 2014
2 people found this review helpful

I have been following and donating to CVHR for several years now. Although I have not yet had the opportunity to meet Cindy, or visit the rescue in person, seeing the wonderful care given to many unfortunate horses, donkeys, etc. really touches my heart. With the knowledge and networking they do at CHVR, many other rescue organizations could learn allot from them. CVHR keeps its followers and financial supporters updated with great pictures and bios on its website and Facebook. Its always so very sad to see these horses come to the rescue pretty much starving to death...to see them come along their journey at CVHR...gaining weight, being loved, trained and valued as we are meant to do is heartwarming to say the least! I hope someday to adopt our next horse from CVHR. They do an excellent job!
May 2, 2014

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May 2, 2014

I first learned about CVHR in early 2013 when we moved to Spotsylvania, Va and bought our "dream retirement" farm. I have always had a soft spot for animals in need and I knew I wanted my first experience as a horse owner to be with a rescue horse/pony. I originally contacted CVHR regarding Bogey, and Cindy arranged for me to come have a visit to meet him. Cindy was wonderful when I arrived at the rescue with my two kids, 1 other child who was visiting with us and one of my rescue pups I brought back from the streets of Italy. Looking back, I realize this was not the ideal way to meet a horse and have a conversation with Cindy about horse ownership; I am certain she was fairly concerned that I brought along so many little bodies with me, BUT she still made me feel welcome. She allowed me to visit with Bogey and understand my own comfort level with him while we talked. Although I decided I was not ready for him at that point (because I was completely green as a horse owner), she understatedly allowed me to come to this decision on my own. I am sure she was thinking the same thing about my greenness and how nervous I was around him. But, I took this experience and and over the past year I have gained so much confidence around horses by observing others, listening to experienced horse people, taking riding lessons with my daughter with a professional trainer, and reading/watching videos about horse care and training. Through this learning process we did end up adopting a rescue pony from a wonderful woman who rescued him and who supports local rescues and after a month of having him, the same woman helped me find my Haflinger mare who needed a home (who I am completely in love with). This past year has been one of the most wonderful learning experiences of my life and we are now a confident horse family. Our little rescue boy has his own professional pony trainer who is working wonders with him under saddle. He now has a plan for his future and it has been so great to see him find his potential. I have CVHR to thank for our success and happiness on this journey just by staying abreast of their updates and information on their website and their Facebook page I become more educated on a daily basis. We definitely have room for 1 (or maybe 2:)) more horses on our farm in the future and regardless if the horse comes directly from CVHR, they do influence our choices. I really appreciate the helpful links, shares and amazing work Cindy and all of her volunteers do tirelessly. Simply amazing the work they do.

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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

May 1, 2014
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April 6, 2013

I have volunteered at Central Virgina Horse Rescue for more than 2 years now. Cindy,the CEO and founder ,does all and more thats she's capable of doing to ensure that horses that come across her path... more

May 1, 2014
2 people found this review helpful

I've been volunteering for Central Virginia Horse Rescue for 2+ years and adopted our 2 horses from them also. They will do almost anything to help a horse in need. I have seen totally emaciated horses be brought back to health and ultimately adopted into good, approved homes.
Cindy Smith,
the executive director, is willing to do almost anything to help horses...including exhausting all their savings. She spends all her waking time either working with the horses, trying to raise funds for animals surgeries or food or trying to coordinate with other people agencies to find horses (any equines ) homes.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

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?

2014

April 6, 2013

I have volunteered at Central Virgina Horse Rescue for more than 2 years now. Cindy,the CEO and founder ,does all and more thats she's capable of doing to ensure that horses that come across her path are very well taken care. She has rescued numerous horses that were emaciated and brought them back to a good weight and found them suitable homes . She has made improvements to the facilities and
continues to try to insure she's providing the best she is capable of . I love volunteering there !!

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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

October 29, 2012

I have been volunteering for CVHR since Oct.,2010. My husband and I adopted 2 horses from CVHR in November ,2010 and are overwhelmingly please with them. Although my time there is more a matter of "socializing" the horses or poinies than working due to my own physical limitations, I do feel part of the "CVHR" family. Cindy willingly gives of herself to provide a haven for equines that are either facing slaughter or have already been subjected to abuse. Unfortunately,due to the rural area the rescue is in ,there is not a large population base to draw volunteers from and Cindy is more often than not the one doing all the work. She has a heart devoted to caring for all animals and the knowledge and skills to under gird that heart.

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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?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 1, 2014

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May 1, 2014

Found CVHR through Facebook and have been following their posts ever since. They sometimes rescue horses from Camelot which I am familiar with. I have the utmost respect for everyone at this organization. It brightens my day to see via their pictures and posts what they do day in and day out to help equines in need. You can tell they are extremely transparent in everything they do and their love for these animals is evident. This is one rescue organization that I would donate to time and time again without hesitation. If I lived close by, I would be there every day to lend a hand and do whatever needed to be done. It would be a pleasure to work beside them to accomplish the amazing things that they do for these wonderful animals in need.

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

No changes but would love to find a way to fundraise to support them

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Definitely

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

May 1, 2014

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April 24, 2013

Central Virginia Horse Rescue is an amazing nonprofit! they help as many horses as they can financially afford to. They rescue and rehabilitate horses that would otherwise not find a home and they fin... more

May 1, 2014

I found CVHR on FB one day and I have been hooked ever since. My daughter and I volunteer, when we can, to help with the horses. I am very amazed at all of the horses that CVHR has helped in the few years I have known them. I think they give an excellent opportunity to many horses that would have been passed by. So many of their rescues just needed a soft place to land to recover from what life has dealt them, and they have gone on to be fantastic pets and companions. Many have moved on to have great jobs as riding/trail buddies. I love the opportunity to help. They keep everyone up to date on the progress through FB and their web site. I do not think there is a more devoted group of people in the area...

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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?

Life-changing

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?

2014

April 24, 2013
1 person found this review helpful

Central Virginia Horse Rescue is an amazing nonprofit! they help as many horses as they can financially afford to. They rescue and rehabilitate horses that would otherwise not find a home and they find it a great one. The staff is so caring and helpful they go the extra mile to make sure the horses they rescue end up in a forever home. I just Love them!!!

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Definitely

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

October 25, 2012
4 people found this review helpful

I found them on Facebook when I was looking for a rescue in my area. I found a couple, but there was something about that Rosebud with her hats. I started to follow them watching what they did and waiting to decide if I should donate, wanting to make sure they were on the up and up. Then Rowan arrived she grabbed my heart and seeing the CVHR team struggle to to find out ways to make the old girl as happy and comfortable as she could be had me sold and I started to donate. I do not have much time or money to help, but the team is so wonderful and very thankful they make every single volunteer so important. I love them! They help so many without hesitation. They know their limits for the amount of animals they can help, which is not something easy for any rescue. They have helped rehab and find homes for many horses since I have been following and with more volunteers they could help so many more!!!

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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?

Life-changing

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

May 1, 2014
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1 previous review
May 9, 2013

I had a great experience adopting from CVHR. They made the whole process easy, they did do their check on references, which they should. Cindy was honest and always in contact with me. Emailed me righ... more

May 1, 2014
1 person found this review helpful

CVHR is one of the few rescues who go above and beyond for each horse they take in.
They not only rehabilitate , they nurture and retrain each case according to that horses
needs. I only hope they can continue to get the support to continue to save horses and be able
to make a
difference in their lives. I also adopted a horse thru them and his story was he needed $7,000.00 + in medical care, and he received it. Fabulous rescue.

Ways to make it better...

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

Help raise more money thru events, so they can continue the great work they do. Cindy is always working hard to make a difference.

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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

May 9, 2013

I had a great experience adopting from CVHR. They made the whole process easy, they did do their check on references, which they should. Cindy was honest and always in contact with me. Emailed me right back. They took care of everything on their end as far as making sure the horse was ready for transport since we were a few states away.

D Hamilton, NH USA

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A lot

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

May 1, 2014
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May 1, 2014
2 people found this review helpful

CVHR is truly a remarkable place! I see pictures of all these sad horses that need help so bad and if they don't get the help they need, they will die. This organization is the BEST in my opinion. Just look at pictures of before and after and you can see what super care and concern and love all of the horses get. This place deserves every donation possible so they can continue to carry on and save more horses. I send donations when I can and I think every cent is put to great use. It makes my day so much better seeing all the updates on progress these horses are making, please help them carry on!!
May 1, 2014
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May 1, 2014
6 people found this review helpful

I first saw this group on Facebook through a friend. In the nearly two years since, I have been to visit twice and seen with my own eyes the miracles they perform on a daily basis, transforming starved and neglected horses inside and out into the beautiful beings they were meant to be. I donate and have also volunteered with them when I can. I truly believe in Cindy Smith, her team of volunteers, and their mission to rescue and find safe homes for horses in need. Truly angels on Earth!

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

None!

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

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?

2014

April 30, 2014
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1 previous review
January 11, 2013

I started volunteering at Central Virginia Horse Rescue nearly a year ago. At the time I had little knowledge or hands-on training around horses. Not only has the Rescue taught me how to act around ho... more

April 30, 2014
2 people found this review helpful

II have been volunteering at CVHR for over 2 years now and it has been an extremely rewarding way to spend my time. Horses in desperate need of help come and blossom into wonderful, healthy, well-behaved animals.
And it isn't just the horses who benefit. Everyone that spends time at the rescue
is welcomed to watch, to help, to learn- it is a great experience for everyone, from longtime horse owners to the children that come to camp and experience their first sight of a horse... or their first lesson in grooming.

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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?

2014

January 11, 2013

I started volunteering at Central Virginia Horse Rescue nearly a year ago. At the time I had little knowledge or hands-on training around horses. Not only has the Rescue taught me how to act around horses, how to understand them and care for them correctly, it has shown me what good can happen when someone is truly devoted to a cause. Every donation goes toward the care of the horses and these animals can remember that life is wonderful and that people can be trusted.

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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

April 30, 2014
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1 previous review
October 25, 2012

Central Virginia Horse rescue is a wonderful place for me to take my 4hers to learn about what's involved in rescuing horses, donks, ponies,mules, and mini's. Cindy Smith is the epitome of what it ta... more

April 30, 2014
1 person found this review helpful

I like to take my 4H club over to the rescue to see what happens to horses when people have no follow through. They get a good healthy dose or reality and it makes them strive to take the best care of their equines and if they need help not to feel bad about asking. Teaching our youth at a fairly young age the reality of the horse situation makes them better advocates in the future. So thanks Cindy and CVHR for driving home the point everytime I bring new kid's over it's working I see it in their presentation topics and what they want to do as they move on through the club. They will always get a non sugar coated answer when they ask questions and they love to come over and do chores to help out around the rescue be it grooming, bathing, cleaning stalls or water tubs we are so fortunate to have such knowledgeable people running this rescue..... So kudos to Cindy and her happy volunteers you all are doing a fantastic job...
October 25, 2012
3 people found this review helpful

Central Virginia Horse rescue is a wonderful place for me to take my 4hers to learn about what's involved in rescuing horses, donks, ponies,mules, and mini's. Cindy Smith is the epitome of what it takes to run a rescue with order and conviction. She is very dedicated to her charges and has some of the nicest volunteers who are actually there to help and learn. CVHR is efficiently run and everyone is kept posted on what's happening at all times. My 4 Hers LOVE to go over and are constantly bugging me on when we are going back. It is an awesome facility and we feel welcomed every time we visit :)

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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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