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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CVHR is a wonderful group, led by a fantastically knowledgeable, gifted horsewoman, Cindy. She, and all those who help her, toil against all odds to help as many horses (and other animals) as they possibly can. There are so many in need, and these people work harder than anyone I know to find every horse a good, caring, loving place in this world, even if it's to live out their life at the Rescue. Cindy has "a way" with the animals, and they all respond wonderfully to her. She is a angel sent here to guard these 4 legged creatures. A big Hip-hip-hooray to CVHR.

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I have been following CVHR for quite some time on Facebook. I have been very impressed with their work and their dedication to save horses from slaughter and abuse. I do not readily give or donate to causes until, I have studied them for awhile. I truely believe in their cause and will support it in the best way I can. Thank you CVHR for all you do !

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When I first found CVHR I had never new the dedication that takes place for a single person to commit to so much. Cindy Smith is a woman who wears many hats but her dedication to the horses in need surpasses that of common people today. From the needy horses in the local community to those hundreds of miles away, she has stepped in where others have failed these animals. Cindy has a heart that generously opens and allows love to flow without hesitation. Her dedication has been proven many times over and is graciously received by volunteers and supporters from all over. My hat goes off to her for the many deeds that she fulfills with her tireless work for these horses. Godspeed ahead~

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Wonderful, hardworking rescue! Learned about them from Facebook, Camelot Weekly. There was one horse in particular at Camelot I fell in love with, CVHR rescued the horse & found him a home!

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I have only "met" Cindy through FB. But through her frequent posts I have found that she and her CVHR will take on cruelty cases, abused, and older equines and rise to the occasion. She is very generous in her support of other rescues and will network, share and post for the good of the horse in need. However, I have to admit that one highlight , for me, is that Cindy has a wicked great sense of humor. I laugh frequently at her take on giving up smoking and the amusing things some of her horses get into. To retain a sense of humor, as she successfully saves and rehabilitates with all her volunteers, showcases a rescue at its' best.

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I came across CVHR as i was watching a group site trying to save horses from a weekly auction to slaughter situation. I saw them save a few horses so i checked out their site and facebook page to learn about their practices and watch the horses progress. i have always been impressed with the unlimited painstaking care and transformation they've made in so many horses, their business transparency, as well as with the founder Cindy Smith's honesty when trying to place horses in forever homes. I was able to meet Cindy at last years EE event and you know those few times when you meet someone and instantly know you're in the great company of an honest passionate hard working human being that the word "Quit" has never seen...well it was one of those moments for me. I love that Cindy is a "REAL" person, i have seen her pain when she has lost ones she's tried so hard to save but miracles couldn't help yet was strong enough to make the hardest decisions for their sake of peace and love..and that is the description of dedication in my book. I congratulate them on everything they have done and pray that while there is the need, that they will always have the wings and way to be there!! Thank You

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I came to know about CVHR thru a mutual friend. I was in the market for a horse, and contacted the AMAZING founder of this group, Cindy Smith. I was instantly impressed with not only her knowledge base, but her passion and committment to her animals. When schedules finally allowed me to visit her, it was well worth the wait. Her graciousness and candor are refreshing in todays society and world of animals. A lot of rescues have HUGE, show-off places and unlimited resources. CVHR is quaint, efficient and runs on a very strict budget. But do not allow that description to deter you from the passion and attention lavished on those creatures fortunate enough to land in Brodnax, VA. Cindy puts the animals FIRST. Always and everytime! Whether it is hourly medical attention, foal watch throughtout the night, coordinating a rescue through an animal control agency or taking in an emergency case, CVHR is ALWAYS there, and Cindy is ALWAYS leading the charge. She has developed a core group of volunteers and donors who rally together, even when they live hundreds of miles away from her farm. CVHR is dedicated to its mission. And those who land there are assured of the best in care, the utmost in respect and compassion, and a soft place to rest their weary souls and bodies. And as a final note, Cindy left a prestigious position in the corporate world to move to Brodnax, VA and follow her life's dream. We should all be so fortunate as to be able to not only do that, but to have the honor of knowing her. All of us who have been touched by her are blessed, but none more so than the animals in her care.

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Cindy the founder of CVHR is a true horse hero!!!....i wish more people had her ethics in the care and treatment of our beloved equines!!...i support her and CVHR because they do make a difference in the lives of these animals who were once unwanted,neglected or slaughter bound.it is wonderful to see the transformation they make once they get to her....just check her website out!!

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Central Virginia Horse Rescue is a wonderful organization. They take in local horses needing help and rescue those that are in the slaughter pipeline. The horses get the best care possible. Cindy and her crew work tirelessly, sometimes bringing horses back from the brink of death. Rescuing horses is a thankless endeavor, with long hours and hard work. CVHR makes it look so easy! I have donated to this rescue and will donate again. I would give CVHR the highest recommendation possible!

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I found CVHR when I first became aware of the horse rescues going on to prevent horses from going to slaughter. CVHR has helped many horse in this situation along with others who are in need of care and homes. I love horses. However, I do not have the ability at the moment to have one personally, donating to the CVHR and seeing updates, getting answers from them regarding the care and progression of the horses has been like I own a little piece of many horses. The owner, Cindy, is wonderfully patient with questions regarding the horses behavior, normal routines and the care involved in taking care of them. It is nice to see where your donations are going and the good that it can do. I highly recommend this horse rescue and enjoy seeing the transformation of the horses once they receive some love, care and good nutrition!!

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