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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

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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.


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.