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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

29 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.

Writer

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently adopted a horse from this group.They were very prompt and efficient with the adoption process.They were very thorough with making sure the horse was going to someone that could and would take care of it.I am so impressed with the good work these people do.Thank God groups like this exist.They really put lots of time and money into each and every horse.They need help to accomplish all this.Sincerely, Dina Honeycutt

2 Aimee15

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a rescue you can not only trust, but then want to stand behind and support any way you can, even after adopting one of their horses! Ask any questions, go visit, they are as accommodating as they can be within realistic expectations. I love Cindy and all she does for the animals in her care. Fantastic work. Very highly recommended!

3 Ang_

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have 2 adopted equines from Central Virginia Horse Rescue. Cindy is giving of everything she has to save as many equines as she can manage. And she is always taking "one" more even when she is not certain she has the time or space. She always makes it work. We love our pony "Miss Halley" and our donkey "Mr. Merlin" aka "Fireball." They both have been awesome additions to our family. We love them both dearly. Thank you Cindy for giving both of them a second/third/fourth chance!
If I had more space I would adopt another rescued horse or pony from CVHR.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a pony and donkey from Central Virginia Horse Rescue. We love our pony, Halley. She had been abused in the past and is very scared of adults. The rescue was not certain she would do well in a home with small children. We drove to the rescue to meet Halley and we were happily surprised that she took to all my girls. We have had Halley for almost a year now and she is doing remarkably well in our home. CVHR makes sure all rescues go to the best homes for that particular horse/pony. They are are great nonprofit and very deserving of status as a GREAT nonprofit.

3 Kate34

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is are not enough words to tell the Peeps about the wonders of Cindy & Randy @ CVHR . They LIVE & LOVE & EAT & SLEEP Horse Rescue. Their transparent dedication is beyond description. Every horse in their care is special...every horse in their care gets treated to lovin' spa days, an individual diet, exercise, veterinary & farrier & dentist, and given EVERY chance for a second career or family. Each Rescued Horse is given the opportunity "to be a horse" and have the freedom to discover their snug haven. New owners are screened & scrutinized to insure the safety of the animal and in the event that things don't work out... CVHR takes them back. Cindy, if you meet her or know her, has a fantastic practical loving nature that is interwoven with humor. She can "tell you like it IS" and then make you laugh. She knows her stuff and works tirelessly to save Horses. I recommend this Nonprofit with every ounce of me.
3 THUMBS UP !!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Once Again...I sound like a broken recording but the longer I know this Rescue and it's People...the more impressed I am. Cindy and Randy have hearts the size of Mountains but their compassion is coupled with practical good sense. They reach out in many areas of the USA but easily Central Virginia Horse Rescue is the finest Equine Rescue in Virginia. Cindy also PATIENTLY answers 100's of questions each week on a full range of Equine subjects to help novice owners better care for their own horses. This Rescue is a bright shining star....in a gray paved equine world.

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2 Pamela66

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Virginia Horse Rescue is a wonderful non-profit that helps many different kinds of horses that might otherwise go to slaughter or be euthanized. My husband and I have been following the rescue on Facebook for years, have been to the farm several times, and have had nothing but wonderful, warm and professional interactions with the director, Cindy Smith, and the volunteers. We donate and we have adopted from them and considered several other horses for adoption. Ms. Smith is a sharp business woman who makes tough decisions about which horses she can truly help and which she must turn away. It is heartbreaking, but she does it for the greater good of the ones that can find a future in another home. She has a crack team of caretakers with the vets and farriers she uses. We cannot say enough good things about what a wonderful job this organization does to help many horses recover and find forever homes while being fiscally responsible, even when often they are pretty much forced to take animals that law enforcement brings them. Please consider donating to them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been following Central Virginia Horse Rescue on Facebook for about two years. After watching the activities vicariously for that length of time, it became obvious to my husband and me--who are both lifetime horse people--that the director, Cindy Smith, was not only a sharp horsewoman with a big heart, but also a careful and responsible financial manager. After watching numerous horses truly brought back from the brink of death to excellent health, and watching the same horses receive care and training entirely appropriate to their ages and abilities, it was an easy choice to decide to horse shop at CVHR when we had the need for a new horse. It seemed odd to us that even though we had both adopted many dogs from shelters that neither of us had even known about horse adoptions until we found CVHR. We are now preparing to acquire another horse and our first thought was to check out the "Available for Adoption" page at CVHR to see if any of these horses fit our needs. I applaud Cindy and her volunteers for their devotion to each horse that they take in and care for. This is a rescue with a long-range business plan that makes sense as well as the knowledge and the good common sense to make sure everything is done well.

1 Joanie2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my sweet Standie from CVHR. She went from harness racing to broad mare to Amish to Camelot. I am so grateful they rescued her! They do amazing work! My daughter and I donate regularly to CVHR so they can continue their rescues.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a sweet wonderful standardbred retired race horse from them back in Feb 2013. CVHR does such a wonderful job with taking care of their horses. They are just incredible. They rescue horses, ponies, mules, and more! I'm so glad that I got my gal from them. We both have been blessed by CVHR!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Cindy, before she started her rescue. I purchased a horse from her, from just talking to her on the phone. She was very honest, with everything she told me about the horse, and even delivered him to me. I have been following her rescue from the start. I am amazed at the work she has done and continues to do. She has over 20,000 likes in 4 years, and a lot of the other rescues take 10 years to get that many. That should tell you she is a good person, and runs a great rescue. I don't have a lot of money to donate, but I do love her sweatshirts and tee shirts, and I buy them and support her. I have learned a lot from following her as she always puts out very useful information on horses. Everyone is put on this earth for something, and this is her calling. I wish her all the luck in the years to come. I bless all of her volunteer's as I know how hard they all work. I hope she can get her farm, so she can continue to save horses. and place them in forever homes. She is my number one horse rescue. God Bless!!!

1 Jennifer323

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first learned about CVHR in early 2013 when we moved to Spotsylvania, Va and bought our "dream retirement" farm. I have always had a soft spot for animals in need and I knew I wanted my first experience as a horse owner to be with a rescue horse/pony. I originally contacted CVHR regarding Bogey, and Cindy arranged for me to come have a visit to meet him. Cindy was wonderful when I arrived at the rescue with my two kids, 1 other child who was visiting with us and one of my rescue pups I brought back from the streets of Italy. Looking back, I realize this was not the ideal way to meet a horse and have a conversation with Cindy about horse ownership; I am certain she was fairly concerned that I brought along so many little bodies with me, BUT she still made me feel welcome. She allowed me to visit with Bogey and understand my own comfort level with him while we talked. Although I decided I was not ready for him at that point (because I was completely green as a horse owner), she understatedly allowed me to come to this decision on my own. I am sure she was thinking the same thing about my greenness and how nervous I was around him. But, I took this experience and and over the past year I have gained so much confidence around horses by observing others, listening to experienced horse people, taking riding lessons with my daughter with a professional trainer, and reading/watching videos about horse care and training. Through this learning process we did end up adopting a rescue pony from a wonderful woman who rescued him and who supports local rescues and after a month of having him, the same woman helped me find my Haflinger mare who needed a home (who I am completely in love with). This past year has been one of the most wonderful learning experiences of my life and we are now a confident horse family. Our little rescue boy has his own professional pony trainer who is working wonders with him under saddle. He now has a plan for his future and it has been so great to see him find his potential. I have CVHR to thank for our success and happiness on this journey just by staying abreast of their updates and information on their website and their Facebook page I become more educated on a daily basis. We definitely have room for 1 (or maybe 2:)) more horses on our farm in the future and regardless if the horse comes directly from CVHR, they do influence our choices. I really appreciate the helpful links, shares and amazing work Cindy and all of her volunteers do tirelessly. Simply amazing the work they do.

2 dham66

Client Served

Rating: 5

CVHR is one of the few rescues who go above and beyond for each horse they take in.
They not only rehabilitate , they nurture and retrain each case according to that horses
needs. I only hope they can continue to get the support to continue to save horses and be able
to make a difference in their lives. I also adopted a horse thru them and his story was he needed $7,000.00 + in medical care, and he received it. Fabulous rescue.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a great experience adopting from CVHR. They made the whole process easy, they did do their check on references, which they should. Cindy was honest and always in contact with me. Emailed me right back. They took care of everything on their end as far as making sure the horse was ready for transport since we were a few states away.

D Hamilton, NH USA

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

I rescued a beautiful Standardbred Gelding, working with Central Virginia Horse Rescue is a pleasure. I have two rescues, and believe that these dedicated horse lovers that save and rehab these horses into healthy beautiful rideable animals is a true calling that very few of us can truly accomplish. The sacrifices made by rescues that really go un-noticed by the general public never ceases to amaze me.

Julie Duchin- Baniowski

2 Karen170

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cindy does an amazing job. My husband found information about the rescue a year ago. And with Cindy's help at 41 I was a very proud first time mom two three beautiful horses. I have had ups and downs but anytime I have needed her help she was there. All you need to do is go by for a visit and see. It's amazing to see the work and the progress and the love in all the animals for this one person who has given so very much for them. Thank you CVHR and thank you Cindy!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted 2 ponies from CVHR. They came to CVHR starved and had never been handled. By the time we adopted them they were happy and healthy and very well behaved. Cindy does an amazing job with the horses she rescues!

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 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

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!!!

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!!!

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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 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!