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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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

Community Stories

61 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 JRuf

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Denise86

Donor

Rating: 5

CVHR is the model equine rescue. Led by Cindy Smith, who works tirelessly to not only save so very many horses in need, but rehabilitates so very many of them. Many of these horses go on to new loving homes because of what CVHR does. My daughter works at a horse rescue and tries to implement many of the strategies used at CVHR from fun rasing to refeeding to training. An awesome rescue run by an awesome lady and her staff and volunteers!

1 Barbara223

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

My all time, one and only, love of my life favorite rescue! If you have even a dollar and want some good karma in the bank, this rescue has my heart. Transparent, honest, trustworthy and welcoming. Horses are well evaluated , trained, and/ or rehabbed before being carefully and lovingly placed. As a supporter, visitor and adopter, I can not say enough good things about Central Virginia Horse Rescue and the entire team.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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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3 VaRednecktomboy Z.

Donor

Rating: 5

I hate seeing great horses being thrown away (so to speak). No horse deserves being tossed when they have so much to give and can help train a rider or give someone therapy that they need. No horse should be starved or beaten half to death by non-responsible owners. I love CVHR because they have faith in every horse they rescue. They have patience, wisdom and love in doing what ever they can to help heal a horse physically and mentally. I feel like they deserve it. Thank you Cindy and staff of volunteers for all your hard work and dedication!

3 Bonnie80

Donor

Rating: 5

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

3

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

1 Michelle218

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

7 Lisa347

Donor

Rating: 5

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!