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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

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27 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.

Michael405

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well my daughter had been watching videos on horses on youtube, and she wanted one of her own. So I looked around our area and found CVHR. I contacted Cindy and told her my daughter's plan. Well we started going to rescue every weekend working and interacting with the horses. Cindy (the owner) was great. She showed us everything we needed to know, what needed to be done and what Not to do. We watched a number of horses go from skin and bones to full fledged healthy beautiful animals. All because of what CVHR does for these animals. I regularly follow the rescue on social media. We now have 2 of our own horses. All thanks to CVHR

1 Karene79

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CVHR is a wonderful rescue that takes great pride in caring for the animals they rescue. I had the pleasure to volunteer with my daughter and a friend today. Not only was it very rewarding, but also a great learning experience. I look forward to helping out again and hearing about the great adoption stories for each of the animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am both a volunteer and a donor for this wonderful rescue. I first became aware of CVHR and its founder, Cindy Smith, while working with an online rescue organization dedicated to finding second chance homes for auction horses that did not sell through the ring. CVHR would raise money for and pull the most difficult horses to find homes for, the ones with training or physical issues that just sat in the kill pen. As the Rescue was not too far from me, I drove down for their third anniversary party to see for myself how it was run before committing money to it. What I saw was a place of love where every equine was treasured and cared for. Some were permanent residents due to factors that either made them difficult to adopt out, or were complicated to deal with, so Cindy kept them herself to ensure their care and happiness. I was impressed with Cindy and her volunteers then, and have only become more so over the ensuing two plus years. Cindy runs CVHR with business acumen coupled with love and compassion, a tough combination to beat. She has taken in so many horses at death's door and brought them back that it seems routine, but it is most assuredly not. Her "miracles" are the product of her deep knowledge of horses, a wonderful team of dedicated volunteers, and her love and determination to save every horse that comes through her gate.

Cindy just opened a new facility near Kenbridge, VA in a carefully considered and managed expansion which will enable her to do more community outreach as well as help more horses. It is called Miracle Meadows, and it couldn't be more aptly named.

2 Jennifer142

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Year after year, I am so impressed with CVHR. Cindy and the rest of the volunteers work so hard to do the good work. There are so many stories created at this magical place and so many horses we will never forget. It warms my heart to see the many success stories coming from this rescue, which wouldn't be possible without the dedication and teamwork found at CVHR. It truly takes a village to run a rescue and every single person involved, each donor, supporter, volunteer and board member is essential to success. CVHR is professionally run and managed and is growing each year. I am proud to help in the small way that I am able. :) A big thank you goes out to Cindy and all of the amazing volunteers, supporters, and donors that have worked together to make happy endings for the horses! It is often thankless work and I want everyone to know that CVHR is making a difference. Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CVHR is my absolute favorite organization. They do a fabulous job saving horses from all walks of life; stepping in when necessary for owner surrenders, AC seizures, auction horses, and even by sending grants to horse owners in short-term crises. CVHR is transparent--you can really see how your donations are put straight into the rescue and how you help them help the horses! Over the years CVHR has grown from a small rescue to a successful organization at multiple locations. Of course, all of this is only possible with the continued support of our dedicated volunteers and wonderful supporters.
Throughout the years, I have helped CVHR as a volunteer by writing their monthly newsletter, donating items for auctions, raising funds with bake sales, and putting jars out at the feed store to collect donations. "Every little bit helps," has been my mantra when working towards helping this amazing rescue move onward and upward in the world! CVHR is by far the best organization I have ever had the pleasure of working with.

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2 jodashann

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at CVHR since 2010 and have adopted two incredible horses from there. They do the very best they can for every horse that they rescue ...getting veterinary care, special feed if needed and being available 24/7 for the horses needs. They aren't afraid to make the hard calls (although it will break their hearts ) but will not allow any horse to suffer when no hope is left. They are an outstanding organization !!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Cindy At C. 05/08/2014

Jo-Ann, it has actually been 4 years. Our babies like Frodo have grown up and are going to college now and learning to be good equine citizens. And who would have thought that it would have started with story time. Thank you for helping out here.

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John310

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Scott purdum of advantage horsemanship had sexual relations with my wife, his student, in his horse trailer while his pregnant wife slept next door. Keep your wives and daughters away from this degenerate.

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Cindy At C. 12/27/2014

I am extremely sorry that you have had an issue with Mr. Purdum and Advantage Horsemanship but I don't see how that reflects on Central Virginia Horse Rescue. Mr. Purdum is one of several trainers that we have hired over the years and he has done an excellent job of helping our horses which is what our concern is.

1 Luvahorse2233

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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3 Shelly12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Ridin Wranglers 4H

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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...

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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 :)

3 Vickie P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my mare from CVHR in Oct,2011 and have never regretted it. Cindy and the volunteers do such amazing work with equines that have had their trust and hearts broken. When I am ready, I will certainly go to CVHR for another rescued horse. No doubts, no reservations....CVHR is a leader among rescues and sets high standards for others to follow.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began looking for a horse about 2 years ago after coming out of "horsey" remission:) Wasn't really sure what I was looking for, but I did find CVHR:) And there she was...a tall, lanky, black, a bit bossy, and a bit of a diva. Cindy Smith met with me when I went to visit Sassy and had all the info on her. Very knowledgeable and friendly, Cindy immediatly won my heart (right after Sassy). I so admire what Cindy and CVHR stands for....integrity,love,sharing their knowledge and the most important caring for these beautiful equine! It has to be so difficult doing and seeing what they do, but Cindy and her group do it everyday....many times a day. I am now a very happy girl with my Sassy. She will be with me for life. I owe it all to CVHR and there is no way for me to pay them back for bringing me such joy.

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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

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.

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.

2

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 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

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.