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Central Virginia Horse Rescue

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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

7 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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Impressed with the care, communication and rapid response. Advises of concerning situations during resolution.

4 Jodi-Kate H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CVHR is dedicated to the rescue of equines. Take a moment to see all the critters in their rescue. You will find mules, mini horses, ponies and horses. This rescue is dedicated to the rescue of horses but they want turn away a Jack or Jenny :-). Vet bills grow quickly with healthy horses. Vet bills become mountains when dealing with starved , abandoned and abused horses. Feed/hay for one healthy horse is approximately $50 a month and thats a healthy a horse. Rehabilitation of one horse the cost of feed alone could easily be 5x this.
Horse rescue is expensive and takes heart. This group has lots of heart . Donations keep them in feed,supplies and vetting. Please donate today!!

2 Erica37

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Equine Welfare Society collaborates with CVHR to help give unwanted horses the health and skills needed to find new homes and happiness. Cindy and her staff have been nothing short of amazing. Most refreshing and encouraging is that they support and encourage fellow rescue organizations to work together for the welfare of horses. Thank you!!

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

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 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.


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.