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.
I helped this rescue by giving donations for them to purchases “Tulip” from the kill pen at Camelot Auctions. I also talked some friends and family into donating as well. What I love the most about this rescue is the constant updates on how “Tulip” is, and the care they put into her as she had many health problems, some rescues might have just euthanized her by now but they are exploring all options first while keeping her happy. They post there vet bills, feed bills, etc. Right on their Facebook page and it’s nice to see where the money is going. From what I can see this is one of the best rescues around and I suggest anyone with the means should help them out. Great people that truly love and respect the animals on their farm, it’s very refreshing to see.