About CVHR

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Central Virginia Horse Rescue, Inc   is a 501(c)3 small  rescue located in south central Virginia and dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of needy horses.  The rescue  serves south central, central and Southside Virginia.

UPDATE:  CVHR is proud to have achieved Verified status by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.  GFAS holds their sanctuaries to the highest possible standards of animal care.


Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries Verified

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries Verified

We are also proud to be a Top Rated Non Profit for 2012 AND 2013 Thank you to our supporters for all their great reviews.  You can read them or leave one by clicking on the picture.

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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.

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  • To rescue unwanted horses from auctions and feedlots.
  • To educate horse-owners and the public about proper equine care, and the problems of neglect, abuse, and slaughter.
  • To rescue equines from neglectful and abusive situations by educating owners, helping to place at-risk equines and ultimately working within the bounds of the law to remove equines from their owner’s care when deemed necessary.
  • To provide gelding for unwanted stallions until they can be placed in an adoptive home.
  • To rehabilitate sick, injured and underweight equines and restore them to a state of health
  • To end the suffering of those equines which cannot be rehabilitated by means of humane euthanasia.
  • To find all equines that come under the care of CVHR a compatible, loving home.
  • To maintain a ‘haybank’ to provide feed for horses in emergency situations.



Private Tom, starving horse at Central Virginia Horse Rescue

PT on his first day

Horse ready for adoption

PT – Ready for Adoption

Equine Rescue

Our primary goal is to rescue abused, neglected, starving  and unwanted horses whether those horses come in from owner surrenders, animal control cases or auctions.   These horses will receive the food, training and veterinary care needed to facilitate their recovery.  Once the horses have regained their health they are made evaluated and made available for adoption to approved homes.

The economic situation has meant that there are more horses being sold and fewer people buying them.  This has made it almost impossible to find homes for horses that are in danger.  These horses are being abandoned, given away or sold at auction.  CVHR will provide a temporary home for these horses until a safe and loving adoptive home can be found.



Gelding Fund


Many horses are unwanted simply because they are a stallion.  At best, a well trained stallion has to be kept separate from the general horse population. At worst, they are unruly and hard to handle.  They need experienced handlers and trainers.

Currently an untrained mare or gelding, sells for an average of under $200 and gelding a stallion costs between $200 – $300.  Simple economics tell you that if you are in the market for a horse, you are going to look for a mare or gelding before you even consider a stallion.

Many people are faced with euthanizing their horse simply because they cannot afford to have it gelded and no one will take it (even free) because it is a stallion.  Many others will just turn the stallion out with their mares and the result will be more unwanted horses.

CVHR will work with stallion owners to have the stallion gelded and then to find it a compatible home.  If necessary, CVHR will accept the stallion for gelding, evaluation, training and re-homing.



CVHR would love to start an outreach program connecting our wounded warriors to our horses.


CVHR will be working with youth through local 4-H clubs and scout programs.  We also hope to organize a young rescuer’s club on site.  We will have volunteers available to speak on horse care and rescue for any civic organizations.  We also hope to work with animal control on educating owners of at risk horses on proper care and feeding.

Public Education


CVHR will be setting up a booth at local horse events and fairs.  Brochures and material on proper horse care will be made available to the general public.  We also hope to have horse health clinics with demonstrations of dental exams, microchipping, coggins testing, etc.

Cindy Smith was recently asked to do a short interview on the impact of a sign in Richmond. We regarded this as a great opportunity to educate people that U.S. horses are still being slaughtered.

Board Of Directors

Cynthia Smith –  Cynthia has been working with horses for most of her life.  She has volunteered with several rescues and is a past member of the US Pony Club,  and 4-H both as a member and leader.

Nancy P Watson –  Nancy has also been involved with  horses most of her life.  Nancy serves on the Tourism Committee of Brunswick County and is active in several other organizations.  The rescue will benefit from her experience both with horses as well as her experience with other non-profit organizations.

Christy Lunceford – Christy has been involved with horses for many years and are well known in the area.  We welcome her experience and committment to the Board.

Veterinary Care provided by:

Lunenburg/LaCrosse Animal Hospitals
434- 676-8029

Feed Stores

Tractor Supply Company
SOUTH HILL, VA 23950-1820
(434) 757-1050