Good News From Grantees: Central Virginia Horse Rescue
Serving Unfunded Needs
The Anne Sturdy Animal Protection Fund of The Community Foundation is making a significant impact on animal welfare in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, and Stafford. This year, the fund granted $6,000 to the Central Virginia Horse Rescue (CVHR) to support the rescue and rehabilitation of horses seized in Spotsylvania County.
CVHR serves a critical community function for the County. While the County funds limited resources for seizures and shelter care, the County does not have the budget to care for large animals seized in neglect cases. CVHR plays a crucial role in the community by caring for equines that have been seized by law enforcement due to neglect or abuse, providing them with the necessary care and preparing them for adoption into loving and safe homes.
CVHR, accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and granted Guardian status by EQUUS, ensures that every horse in its care receives the highest level of attention and support. Upon intake, each animal undergoes a thorough assessment by the Program Manager and veterinarian to determine its specific needs in terms of nutrition, medical care, and training. Customized diets and feeding schedules are implemented to promote a swift and effective recovery for each horse.
The behavioral habits and training requirements of each horse are also evaluated by the Program Director and Trainer in the initial days at the farm. This assessment helps determine the best approach to daily care, feeding, and handling of the horses. Customized training programs are then developed for each horse, and the progress of the animals is closely monitored by the Program Director, Trainer, and Equine Enrichment Specialists.
Once a horse is deemed eligible for adoption, interested individuals must submit an application that includes information about their experience with horse care, details about the animal's future housing, and references from a farrier and veterinarian. If the application is approved, the potential adopter is invited to meet the horse in person to assess their connection and competence in handling the animal. If all requirements are met, the adopter can provide a new and happy home for the horse.
CVHR continues to ensure the welfare of the horses even after adoption. If, for any reason, the adopter is unable to provide care, CVHR gladly accepts the animal back.
The need for CVHR's services has grown significantly in recent years, with a nearly 200% increase in requests from law enforcement partners for assistance. The organization expects to continue partnering with Spotsylvania County when the need arises.
Thanks to the support from The Anne Sturdy Animal Protection Fund, CVHR can meet this need and fulfill its mission of rescuing and rehabilitating horses in need, offering them a second chance at a happy and healthy life. Through their dedicated efforts, CVHR is making a positive impact on animal welfare and the community as a whole.