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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

164 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.

1 Ellie Miller

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CVHR is one of the best in the horse rescue world. I have watched them for awhile now, and they do it right. The real test of any rescue is the quiet, day to day caring for the animals, and finding them homes or Sanctuary. They are up front with what they are doing, and they are doing it well! My hat is off to CVHR!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watched Horse Rescues for about 3 years thru Facebook. I have seen them succeed, and I have seen them fall apart. Very few have shown consistent good management, and good rescue practices. CVHR is one of the best I am aware of. They do it right! They show compassion for all animals in need, tho they are mainly an equine rescue. If someone had the heart to donate, and help creatures in need, CVHR would be a good place to start. Donations would be used wisely here.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CVHR gets the job done! They help horses...it's a back breaking, roller coaster (emotionally) job but they succeed.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Central Virginia Horse Rescue is an organization that works hard to ensure not only that their goals of helping the equine community through working with owners, regional animal control agencies, and auctions, but they also remain responsible stewards of the donations they receive. They ensure donors know where the money is going, make responsible decisions about spending, and work to include their supporters in different decisions.

I have proudly been a supporter and donor since 2012, but watched them for a time before making the decision to contribute. I have watched CVHR work tirelessly to help neglected and starved horses recover in a healthy way (not rushed), and celebrated more than 100 adoptions since their inception. Without question, when it is time to add ponies to our family, I will not hesitate to look to CVHR.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I "found" CVHR on-line, when I began looking at horses again to one day join our family and fill the void of my beloved OTTB who had passed years ago. I spent much time and effort reading and studying and paying attention to what was said by the volunteers at the rescue as well as by others about the rescue. Having only heard the best about all of them, from Cindy (the founder) as an excellent horsewoman to the families who have been made better and bigger by adopting those that have been saved and helped by CVHR. I do not donate lightly, nor do I give of my time and efforts to groups I feel might be all good intentions and not enough actions. Clearly, CVHR and Cindy and all the volunteers have earned both my trust and utmost respect as horse rescue. It is not an easy calling, but they do it with whole hearts and bodies. When it is time for my daughters to receive their first ponies (as I once did), theirs will be rescues, and I will trust Cindy to know the right match from those saved by CHVR. I have continued to be impressed not only with the hard work she puts into the care of the horses, but also with the administrative side of running CVHR - she is careful with the monies donated and ensures that what she does is transparent, so there are never questions about where our donations are going. Thank you, CVHR, for letting donors like my family participate in the little ways, and thank you for being there for these beautiful and life-changing creatures when they are in their time of most need.

1 Candy5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Last year we had a wonderful active horse that all of a sudden got sick and almost died. We had our Vet out several times and we couldn't afford anymore health care for our beautiful 2 1/2 year old horse. Ruby was born here at our home and was so full of life and when she got sick we did all we could. Once we realized we couldn't give her the care needed for her we started searching for help to save Ruby's life. I was turned down by many Rescues saying either they were full or they didn't care for this type of horse. Someone told me about Cindy at Central Virginia Horse Rescue and I called her that evening. I sent her the heart breaking pictures of Ruby like I did the other Rescues and the next day Cindy was here picking Ruby up and giving her the love and medical care she needed and we could not provide for her. I just seen a new picture of Ruby its been almost a year and she is so nice beautiful and healthy looking. If Cindy would not of taken Ruby when she did I don't think Ruby would of lived but maybe another day or two if that. If you seen the pictures of how bad Ruby was and if anyone knew of all the long hard work Cindy put into Ruby it is just a MIRACLE and I am so thankful that Ruby will have a long life do to Central Virginia Rescue. I could never say enough but pictures speak for them self and if you want proof of what I am saying go into the pictures of Ruby . I have been keeping up with the Rescue through out the year and I have seen photos of the animals she has rescued and it is heart breaking to see the condition the animals and not only horse's but all kinds of animals are near death. Cindy and her Rescue Team have saved allot of animals lives. I visited the rescue and I would recommend this rescue to the fullest.

1 Ashley39

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Central Virginia horse rescue does amazing work. There aren't any secrets with the Cindy you always see exactly where the donation goes and she never asks for anything that doesn't directly aid the horses or mules. All of the horses are well taken care of and placed in good new homes. Every animal rescue should use CVHS as a guideline to run their own.

1 Lexie B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Cindy through friend that trained a horse for CVHR. I adopted 2 horses from CVHR and have become a donor. Cindy runs a very honest operation with the welfare of the horses as the #1 priority. I respect Cindy and the rescue. I look forward to the posts, benefit trail rides and I am sure I will adopt or foster another TWH in my future.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I started following CVHR when my friend Tiffany Croxford took one of their rescues Bogey to train. I have since become a monthly donor and adopted two Tennessee Walking horses. Cindy is an amazing person. I have ridden in both of the CVHR trail rides and will continue to come and donate every time they put one on. Cindy is real, you know where your donations are going, and she is so good about updating what is going on so you feel that you are apart of helping too, not just a bank account.

1 Anna73

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently adopted a wonderful horse from this organization. He is a beautiful horse that may not have made it had it not been for the CVHR. I am blessed to have come in contact with the organization and look forward to watching the equines they save in 2013 as they are rehabed and rehomed. A fabulous rescue with a huge heart.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As we start a new year, I cannot wait to see what wonderful adventures Central Virginia Horse Rescue will embark on. I know that there will be horses in serious need of rescue and CVHR will be the one to step up. I know that there will be improvements made to the current property (barn, paddocks, etc.) and hopefully countless adoptions taking place! I only wish there were more contests, grant money, and fundraising opportunities for this one-of-a-kind GFAS certified horse rescue.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Several years ago when I decided that I had time to volunteer with an organization, I researched the horse rescues in Virginia to see which one would be the best fit. Central Virginia Horse Rescue came out way on top for multiple reasons - some of which include their integrity, honesty and transparency; their willingness to help horses who would otherwise not have a chance; and their drive to become GFAS certified and apply for grants to keeping the rescue a safe and caring place for the horses/donkeys/minis/mules/ponies that would come to know CVHR. There are so many rescues out there that are in it for the wrong reasons and who mislead the public in an attempt to bring in money, so it is wonderful to have a horse rescue like Central Virginia Horse Rescue who is so clearly in it for the right reasons and who has a group of positive and wonderful volunteers and supporters. I wish that all rescues would learn from the example that CVHR sets!

1 Golden Eagle E.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met Cindy thru face book this week; She is a very kind and understanding person.I am a rescue who would recommend CENTRAL VIRGINIA HORSE RESCUE because she has what all good rescues must have Compassion.The animals are always first in a good rescues life,God Bless You Cindy and much success to you in 2013

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We met this organization at Equine Extravaganza this year. We were very impressed with their professionalism, and true commitment to evaluating potential adopters. Their animals are very well taken care of, and in fantastic condition. One week later after meeting Cindy we were back in Virginia adopting a wonderful Standardbred for our son. We've had her for two months now, and everything Cindy told us about her was very accurate. Great Goup here!!!

Edwige P.

Donor

Rating: 5

It takes a certain person to run a rescue and the endless hours they put in for the sake of the animals. Central Va Horse Rescue is the best and serves a need that helps all. I try to donate as much as I am able to do so they can continue the fine work they do!!!! E Pack

Evie W.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a top rescue and is managed by a wonderful, caring and considerate Cindy Smith who gives her all and then some. If anyone is wanting to donate to an organization where their donation will be used correctly and help save horses, I will recommend Central Virginia Horse Rescue to anyone. Cindy updates the website and FB regularly so you see where your donation has gone. She is a very strong person with strong beliefs and believes in the horses. I can't wait to one day be able to drive up from the bottom of GA up to the hills of Virginia and visit for a week or so!

Rochelle W.

Donor

Rating: 5

This rescue has saved a lot of horses and ponies, and they dont shirk when the equine is special needs. They deserve a lot financial and emotional respect and support.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have know about Central Virginia Horse Rescue for two years now, and this group is amazing. They are in it for the love of the animals. They take in the horses or donkey, or mule that nobody else wants, be it from health, age, temperment., they will make a spot for the ones that need it most. I have not met Cindy in person, just talked over the phone and I would not hesitate to tell people about them. Wonderful group with an excellent leader in charge. The animals are very lucky to have Cindy on their side. Beth Tarby, CT.

1 Sandy37

Donor

Rating: 5

In working with Cindy, I have found that she puts the needs of the animals ahead of anything else. She is very through in checking out potential adopters and makes it understood that any animal that leaves her rescue is be returned if they do not work out. This alone keeps the animal from ending up in another bad situation.

2 Erin32

Client Served

Rating: 5

I bought a horse from Cindy at CVHR last fall. She had plenty of pictures posted of him online as well as a full description of his personality, his training thus far and what she felt his potential could be. She advertised him very well which is a major part of being a rescue. (Horses must move out once they are evaluated in order to make room for others in need) Huey had an old injury on his rear leg which Cindy believed could limit him from becoming a jumper or a dressage horse. I was interested in a trail horse/ family pet so I wasn't concerned about the injury but, was VERY thankful for her honesty. Her applications and contracts are very thorough to be sure horses go where they should and stay there. I live pretty far from her farm so, once approved, I took a leap of faith because of her reputation, sent my adoption fee and arranged transport. The shipper arrived at her home late which was out of my control. Cindy was on the phone with me most of the day arranging his pick up and was very supportive. "Baby Huey" arrived in the early AM at my farm and I fell in love the moment he walked off the trailer. He was a big baby, curious but docile. I keep Cindy updated on his training and I always beam to her of how proud I am of him. He is everything she said he would be. CVHR is a model rescue.. a horse rescue others can refer to if they needed direction. She is honest, hard working, devoted and has developed a terrific reputation and loyal friends because of this. I give her 5 STARS!!!

1 Rene5

Donor

Rating: 5

My experience with Central Virginia Horse Rescue has been nothing but positive. The heart and soul of the organization, and its founder, Cindy, is a shining example of how a non profit should run... She knows so much about what her rescue 's mission is --saving horses and getting them OUT of the slaughter pipeline... and she shares her knowledge graciously to any who ask... I live in NY, but actively follow CVHR and the tremendous work they do on a daily basis. Cindy is resourceful...she's realistic...and she's inspirational for her fans, supporters, and fellow non profit rescues. CVHR is definitely a champion in the non profit world. DONATE! SPONSOR! ADOPT! be part of the solution! sincerely, rene hallal-gonen

1 Melissa102

Donor

Rating: 5

CVHR is an exceptional rescue. I live in CT but follow on Facebook, donating when I can and I am truly amazed at all the hard work that goes on. Cindy and her volunteers make things happen when animals are in need. I am always amazed how many people will rally to save a horse or mule because they know the dedication this organization provides the animal. The fundraising is very creative and fun and I find Cindy to be very humorous at times and I love reading her FB posts. Keep up the wonderful work CVHR!

1 Nancy76

Donor

Rating: 5

I can't even remember when or how I became involved with CVHR. I do know, over time, I am more and more impressed with the dedication, love, support, and emotions involved with the care of the horses. Their welfare comes first and everything and anything is done for them. I wish I lived closer because I would love to volunteer.

1 Angela38

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love how this rescue is very careful and purposeful with every horse they help. They are responsible and realistic and value the animals in their care very much. I love how I have seen them take time to make sure each animal (horse/donkey) is setteled, healthy (mentally and physically) before finding homes. I really love the value they put on each and every animal no matter the age or past experience.

1 Barbara81

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a monthly donor to CVHR. I first learned of this non-profit through social media. CVHR is not only a rescue for horses in need, it is a proactive educational site. Cindy spends time teaching the public or future horse owners about the responsibilities or horse/pet ownership. She posts information about the horses daily. there is never any question as to where your donations are going. Cindy and CVHR put 100 % of their time and effort and money into helping these rescued horses. She runs the organization in a professional and responsible manner without the hysteria often found in similar organizations. I have personally visited the rescue and was impressed with the care. They do a good job with their limited resources.

Christina35

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Cindy for about 5yrs now. When we met, she was homing horses for another rescue. She is a personal friend and well liked by many. the people directly involved with CVHR have MANY, MANY years of hands on horse experience and are some of the BEST people I know. I am very glad they decided to open their own rescue. Having had experience with another VA rescue in the past that was NOT a pleasant experience, I HIGHLY recommend CVHR if you have ANY equine need, be it finding a place for your own animals or are looking for a forever friend (equine or human! lol!) Sometimes DISCRETION is a HUGE factor in placing your animals...you WILL find it with CVHR!!! Good luck to you Cindy!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My first interaction with CVHR, was thru a social page..after only a week of reading their posts, I realized what a powerhouse this place is...small but growing,,despite all odds, loyal friends to the ponies..From rescuing from slaughter, healing, caring, all the intensive work and hours involved in nurturing a horse back from neglect, abuse, or just old age...Raising funding to keep them well fed,and the vet care..Being advocates to the public, making them aware of the "right thing"to do .... Then I had the opportunity to go and meet Cindy..her selfless caring and guidance,,never saying never attitude,,well I could go on...and I did go on to adopt my dear Momma, who was My Pretty Pony, my pony for Christmas, and she was a rescued and healed, and now she is with me, forever...Dont expect to be allowed to just take a horse away from there,,,you will be required to prove your responsibility to them, and your ability to provide all that is needed, to do what they did...loving unconditionally and giving their all for the better choice...

1 Laura86

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am simply an observer of this rescue on social media, but am regularly impressed with the progress I see in the horses the rescue saves, the tough decisions that are made with the good of the equine put foremost, and the patience and kindness with which Cindy seems to handle the many "helpful" people and suggestions social media always provides. She seems to set good and realistic limits for the rescue which suggests that it will be able to continue its good work for many years

1 Cheryl49

Client Served

Rating: 5

All I can say is that Cindy knows her stuff when it comes to horses and rescue. She's an honest, no nonsense, drama free kind of person that does what needs to be done to get her horses placed in forever homes. Definitely a rescue you can trust to put your donation to good use and her horses are top notch!

2 Melinda13

Client Served

Rating: 5

With tears latterly dripping from my face, I typed out in a plea for help to Central Virginia Horse Rescue. I became a Horse mamma long before I was ready and this lovely, compassionate woman responded asap with exactly the help I needed! She offered my her advice, shared her knowledge and most of all ENCOURAGEMENT! This is a place of rescue for horses and horse OWNER'S alike.

1 Judy50

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently adopted a sweet little horse from CVHR and we just love him. Cindy and all the staff are fully committed to helping all the horses they possibly can. It is a 24/7 job and I thank you all for doing it!

1 Sarah86

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of adopting a horse from CVHR ....What an awsome horse... & also have asked advice from Cindy on several horse matters ....What a great lady ! I have nothing but praise for Cindy & the rescue , The rescue is truly decated to the welfare of the horse

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Board Member

Rating: 5

When Cindy asked me to serve on the Board for Central Virginia Horse Rescue, I didn't hesitate one second. I recognized right off the bat Cindy's commitment to horses and her desire to make a difference to those horses in need. I felt honored and privileged to do so and still do today. Volunteers are the backbone of any rescue and I help by volunteering when I can and assist in any way I can. I am just one of the many volunteers to take the time to do much stalls, ride, walk or groom the horses, doing whatever is needed. Cindy runs a well-organized rescue and is always looking for ways to better CVHR. She is one tough lady but still manges to be tender-hearted, especially when a certain mule named Rosebud sticks her head into Cindy's arms. Rosebud came to Cindy by way of an auction with a price tag of $50; thus began CHVR and Rosebud rules even today.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great group of people. Much love and concern go out to all the horses , and each one is treated special. They work so hard to find "the perfect" home for each and every one.

1 Dianne E.

Donor

Rating: 5

I trust Cindy and Central Virginia Horse Rescue to always act in the best interests of the horses, and to act with compassion and intelligence.

1 Heather57

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1 Debbie54

Donor

Rating: 5

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 !

1 Kitkat T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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~

1 Diane49

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

2 Barb10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Jennifer145

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

2 Cindy49

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1 Kathy75

Donor

Rating: 5

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!!

1 Kim_47

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Milissa S.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!!

1 Catherine21

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an equestrian for most of my 60 years, I have seen the ugly side of unwanted horses and the fates they endure. Rescues run by knowledgeable, caring , honest people are much needed and CVHR rates as one of the highest in my opinion. I admire Cindy's dedication and love for her animals and her willingness to step up and help. I would highly recommend Central Virginia Horse Rescue to anyone wanting to donate money, time or anything the horses and the rescue may need.

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Donor

Rating: 5

CVHR is a first class operation in every aspect! The rescue is strongly supported in the local community, and also has a good national following. I first became aware of Cindy's operation when living in Maryland. We were working with abandoned and unwanted horses at the private level, with the thought of establishing a horse rescue. CVHR was one of two established rescues that served as our model. I was most impressed with the business organization of CHVR and the extra mile that Cindy always went to keep the public and donors informed of rescue activities. I have since moved to Southern Virginia, and have had the pleasure to not only meet Cindy personally, but also meet many of her volunteers. EVERYONE that I know that is connected with this rescue shares the same enthusiam, dedication, and passion to the goals of the operation. I currently work in a position where I interact with alot of "new horsie people" and am often asked for my opinion about the CHVR operation. I highly recommend CHVR when asked, and numerous individuals have taken the time to later thank me for the recommendation because of their positive experience with the organization. Many have gone on to either adopt, donate or volunteer their services to CVHR. In my opinion, CHVR is one of the best Horse Rescues currently in operation today.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known Cindy Smith, founder of CVHR, for quite a few years now. Her life long dedication and passion for horses led her to do something about the distressing levels of horses in need in southern Virginia. That drive, passion and equine knowledge, combined with a strong business background, give CVHR a big advantage. The rescue is run soundly- the welfare of the horses is first and foremost- and the funding for the rescue is closely monitored. In this day and age of well intentioned people jumping into the rescue arena and quickly becoming over whelmed with the sheer numbers of horses, difficulties in fund raising, and steadily increasing costs to support horses, CVHR has a very realistic view of what it takes to keep things going. CVHR is the only equine rescue organization I would endorse with out hesitation.

1 Joan23

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This rescue is a badly need source for help in VAand parts of NC. She is dedicated and only wants the best for all animals. Her whole family and volunteers take wonderful care of them give them love and caring attention. I have been to the rescue and watched how the horses and other animals respond to her and seen the dedicationof all the volunteers and Cindy to give them the help they need and to find them loving caring homes. They work tirelessly to educate people on what it takes to care for an equine, Vets, feet, dentistry, feed, care, housing, and responsible breeding so there won't be unwanted animals

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered and for health reasons had to take a break...will be back once again and can't wait! Cindy is one of the really good guys! Everything she does, she does for the horses and donks that have been entrusted to her care. For those who donate from far away, be assured that she uses every single cent to better the lives of these remarkable creatures.

1 Susan146

Donor

Rating: 5

There are so many places out there today who call themselves rescues and even though they are well intentioned, they fall short if for no other reason than poor planning. This is not the case with CVHR, I am consistently impressed with the level of forethought that goes into every decision made by Cindy and her team. You can count on every dime of your donation going to help horses in need and you can count on full transparency. Cindy does a wonderful job keeping things positive, she does not stoop to the lows of others which is something that I think speaks volumes about her character. As long as I have even $1 extra each month, it will continue you to go to whatever is needed at CVHR.

1 Cheryl48

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Well, there is so many great things we can say about Cindy and the CVHR crew! I love how open she is at where funds go to. She goes as far as posting bills and the payments on line! Not many people are that open! Unfortunately I haven't been able to donate or volunteer, but I hope to one day! They always have the horses best interest and sometimes she will even ask the opinions of the followers on what they think on a situation! She is very open about the horses to potential adopters (never hiding anything) and even helps to pick the right horse for the adopter! A better fit means it's less likely a horse will be returned! I really could keep going on , but I encourage you to check them out for yourself and you will see what I mean! She really changes the lives of these horses!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great people doing the right thing for these horses. They work hard to help these horses in every way they can and more. Would love to adopt from them one day but hubbie has put hid foot down on that. They have saved many horses and will continue to do so. Most definately a life changing experience for the many equines saved by these people.

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Donor

Rating: 5

After adopting a horse from a local rescue, I became acquainted with Central Virginia Horse Rescue online. While it is often difficult to ascertain reputable, caring, responsible rescues in an online setting, Cindy Smith ensures that CVHR maintains very high standards and always puts the animals first. She went out of her way to make sure the rescue is GFAS certified - so it's a vetted rescue! Aside from the work they do pulling auction horses, she also helps owners who need to re-home their animals, works with local humane society and is a strong animal advocate. Her passion and drive to help horses fuels her through some heartbreaking stories of animals who have been abused and neglected. Last summer, I had an opportunity to meet Cindy and the horses, minis, donkeys and mules at CVHR and was happy to give her a hug and my thanks for all she does to safeguard these animals. I sponsor a horse and donate whenever I am able because I know that this rescue is a great one - wish we could have one in every state!

2 Christine O.

Donor

Rating: 5

I would like to give thanks to those who work at CVHR, it can't be easy working with rescued horses. Each one comes in with its own story and they work on giving each one a new positive chapter in their lives. As a donor I am amazed on what is able to be done on a "shoestring" budget. The equine community is an extremely generous group of people, you will find that if they have two cents they will share one to help another equine.

Donor

Rating: 5

CVHR (Cindy and her amazing volunteers) are Simply the Best. They take in horses, who were deemed unworthly by their former owners, and give the horses a safe place to heal and learn to trust humas agains, in some cases. I have a horse whose prior owner only thought he was worth the meat on his bones - they made a mistake as he was the best friend a girl could have. I cant imagine my life without my "throw-away" horse and that is what Cindy does - gives the horse time till their human comes along. Cindy's work I would contend while surely helps the horses also helps the humans who find their partners, a partner who otherwise would be eaten in Europe.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Central Virginia Horse Rescue is a truly fantastic rescue. Not only is it a delightful, caring safe haven for neglected equines, it is professionally and cooperatively ran organization. Cindy, the founder, works diligently to continuously improve the lives of every horse, mule, or donkey that has the pleasure of coming to CVHR. I will continue to donate what I can when I can because it is obvious where the money goes - to the well being of the animals. Thank you, CVHR!

3 Lenore H.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hmm what to say about CVHR and Cindy Smith, my first word would be amazing. When I happened to find CVHR and Cindy on Facebook, I was following for a while just paying attention to how Cindy and the rescue was run. Before I donate, share or anything, I like to see a very upfront, honest, transparent and to the point person/rescue. What I discovered in Cindy and CVHR was that they were all that and more. I have witnessed Cindy open her heart and rescue to many many animals in need. She has taken some very tough cases where I feel others would have turned a blind eye, not Cindy, she met the challenge head on and she succeeded. Cindy also takes the time to answer many many questions and to me that is a lot, most rescues only give some info, Cindy tells all, the good and the bad. Kudos Cindy and CVHR!!! I wish there were more of you in the rescue world.

3 Kim_46

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an amazing service to all the horses that CVHR has saved, I adopted two horses and will forever be thankful that they ended up with Cindy for a second chance. Love CVHR and will always be grateful that they are there for the horses.....

3 Amanda45

Donor

Rating: 5

I met Cindy earlier this year when I saw a pic on CVHR's facebook page - a little donkey in need, I had always needed a donkey in my life but figured it would happen when a donkey needed me, Ozzie was my donkey. Cindy was very helpful and forthcoming with Ozzie's history, he is a great fit for us and I am proud to be his new Mom. I keep up with the CVHR via facebook and emails and hopefully once my life is not quite so busy will be able to donate time to this wonderful rescue. I currently sponsor a little bay mare with a leg injury monthly, in honor of my awesome bay mare PT.

4 Carolyn26

Donor

Rating: 5

Central Virginia Horse Rescue is my primary donation recipient for equines in jeopardy. Cindy Smith, the founder of this fine rescue, is kind and compassionate, yet is clearly cognizant of the limits of her rescue's ability. Cindy works with local Animal Control and assists with owner surrenders whenever possible. She has a heart of gold and years of experience which is bolstered with great veterinarian support! I cannot say enough good things about CVHR!

3 Deborah34

Donor

Rating: 5

After checking out several local rescues, Cindy Smith caught my attention with her website for Central Virginia Horse Rescue, and I have been checking it since. Over a year ago, we adopted one of the CVH rescues and he has been a source of much joy for us. I have respect for Cindy and how she runs this rescue. She is truly devoted to her rescues, and although I have donated, it would be so good to be able to give so much more, as it is going to a good cause, always. The best way to describe Cindy Smith is, "she does what she says, and she says what she does." Central Virginia Horse Rescue has amazed me in what they have accomplished in the two years I have actively watched and participated. Thank you CVHR for the work you do in and outside of the community. God Bless all our responsible rescues!

5

Donor

Rating: 5

Central Virginia Horse Rescue is one of the first horse rescues I started to follow, and I am so glad I did, as they set the standard. The founder, Cindy Smith, just does everything right; from educational programs to helping local owners through rough patches, to saving horses from auction and doing large herd dispersal for struggling owners, it all runs smoothly and professionally. Horses are vetted, stallions are gelded, follow-ups are done and updates are shared. Everything is very transparent and the followers/ donors get to take part in decisions. On top of all of that, love for the horses as individuals shines through, and you know that each save is a personal victory, each horse really matters, and CVHR takes the time to find the perfect home for each horse. Even when training seems daunting for some of the harder cases, the time is taken to work with the animal and give it the best chance at a long and happy life. The time that it takes daily to care for all of the equines has to be astronomical, but Cindy always manages to give advice and encouragement to us, as do the volunteers that we have all come to know and love. This rescue is simply run exactly as a rescue should be, and I am so glad to be a small part of it- and I wish daily that I could do more.

1 Cathelene

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I love CVHR I would be there more often if I could. It is so awesome to see a scared or sick horse come in and be a part of turning them around. Not all stories have a happy ending but we do everything we can to make it the best it can be. The horses here are well loved and evaluated and then put up for adoption and the happy ending for them is a new forever home. It is hard to let them go. CVHR is on of those rescues that puts horses first. Cindy pours her heart and soul into the place. Sometimes it is a hard job and others it is the very best one you could have. It is just a great place to be a part of.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Central Virginia Horse Rescue, headed up by Cindy Smith, is an awesome non-profit. The horses are well cared for, and they are constantly working to improve facilities and the lives of horses, and people! We foster several retirement horses for them. They keep the focus on the horses and what's best for them, and constantly extend themselves to their limits to rescue animals in need.

Cindy is responsive and helpful, answering many questions and assisting anyone in any way she can. I don't know where she gets all her energy!

She works hands on with the horses on a regular basis and sees that they have appropriate trainers, peacemakers, food, love, veterinary care and human contact to help them be the best horses they can be.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are a lot of Horse Rescues out there and it is sometimes hard to tell who the good ones are if you want to support with donations or time. As horse lovers we often get caught up in the whirlwind of pleas to save specific horses and we can be sending our money in a direction that really isn't helping the whole problem of horses needing new homes. Central Virginia Horse Rescue is a genuine professional horse rescue. Not only do they help by rescuing horses in need but they rehab the horses, provide constant updates and information as to were the money goes,provide education to stop horses from ending up in this situation of needing rescue but they also do what is most important. CVHR works HARD to find forever loving homes for the horses,ponies,donkeys and mules they save. This should be the ultimate goal of all rescues. This is why I do and will continue to support Central Virginia Horse Rescue.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for a place to volunteer after my mother passed and have always loved horses. The only one I ever had of my own was rescued by a friend, so when I heard of CVHR, I checked it out. An accountant I know varified that it was legit so I went to orientation and was very impressed by the work being done, the way the horses were handled, by the way the horses came first. I am sure I have never met anyone who works harder than Cindy Smith to get the "right thing" done and to do it right. Part of the effort is aimed at keeping horses from ending up here in the first place by educating horse owners and sometimes helping them through temporary difficulties.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a well run horse rescue. I sponsor one of the horses on a monthly basis and donate Proof of Purchase seals from Southern States and help out with a small donation whenever I can. I've visited and have met and have regular correspondence with the Founder, Cindy Smith. Cindy is a professional and she helps so many horses who would otherwise meet a bad end.