BENEFITING: CENTRAL VIRGINIA HORSE RESCUE
Together We Make Miracles Happen!
Doug from starved to therapy horse
Doug came to us after being tied out to starve to death and has gone on to a therapeutic riding school to help disabled children.
Perry came to us from a hoarding case in NC and has gone on to be a show pony.
Cecelia from Racehorse to Therapy horse
Celia came from being a racehorse and a broodmare to go to work as a therapeutic riding horse.
These are the miracles that you have helped make happen in the past…
Right now, we are turning away horses that also need a miracle because we have no room. In August, we lost the lease on a large pasture that we have had for over 2 years. This reduced our acreage by 50% and caused us to quickly find homes for over half of our horses. We placed all of our Angel Ponies in good homes and set aside our plans for Angel Pony Camps for disadvantaged children. Happily, we were able to find excellent homes for most of our horses in a short period of time and the rest came back to the main rescue. The outcome could have been much different.
The whole situation reminded me how important it is for the rescue to own its own property and become more self-sufficient (through programs/classes available to the community) so that the horses will always have a place to call home. The most common reason for rescues to close is the loss of their property. We have struggled with the idea of this for awhile because financing for a 501c3 is difficult at best. Most of you know that we made an offer on another farm earlier this year and that offer was turned down. We have been offered another farm.
I believe in miracles. I believe that we can do whatever we set our minds to accomplish. I believe that we can find a way to raise the money to buy this farm or find a way to finance it. In the past 3 years, we have made a lot of miracles happen. We have saved over 150 horses and found them good homes. We have gone from a one mule operation to one that is well respected and verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. We have been one of the Top Rated Non Profits for 2 years running. We have made miracles happen for the horses and for the rescue.
We were recently contacted by the owners of a 72-acre farm who are willing to work with us on the purchase. This farm would easily more than double our capacity and once again put us in a position to take in more horses, while also allowing us space to hold horse shows, trail rides, camps, retreats, etc which will help support the rescue in the future. It will lower our costs for feed by providing 4 times as much pasture as we currently have.
The 72-acre farm is in an excellent location and is almost completely fenced. It will take some sweat equity (and a lot of bug spray) to get it back into its former glory but will not require a lot of financial investment other than the purchase price.
So what do we need to do to make this miracle come true?
Find an investor to finance it for us and
Raise the down payment of at least $40,000 OR
Raise $200,000 to purchase it outright.
Why Would I Want To Buy You a Farm?
The most common reason for rescues to fail is when they lose their home. Central Virginia Horse Rescue has taken in horses from 2 separate Virginia horse rescues this year that closed because they could not keep their property. CVHR has also lost a lease on a property that we leased and been forced to reduce our numbers. Our goal is to purchase the farm and have enough room to not only have room for our residents both long and short term but also to have room to grow programs that will support the rescue in the future.
But Don't You Already Have a Farm?
No, we lease our current property.
How Can I Be Sure That the Property Will Belong to the Horses?
CVHR is a 501(c)3 non profit. Anything that we fundraise for or purchase is owned by the rescue. It does not belong to me, any of the board of directors or any other person. I am the founder of CVHR but no one owns it except for the citizens of the State of VA where it is incorporated. When we purchase the farm, it will be owned by Central Virginia Horse Rescue. I am not sure that I will even live there or whether we will rent the small house there out for additional income.
Is Central Virginia Horse Rescue a Reputable Organization?
Central Virginia Horse rescue has Verified Status with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). GFAS has come out, inspected our facility, gone over our policies and procedures and found them acceptable. You can learn more about them at http://www.sanctuaryfederation.org/gfas/
We have also earned Top Rated Non Profit awards in both 2012 and 2013 with Great Non Profits. These reviews are given by donors, volunteers, supporters, adopters, etc. You can read the reviews here: http://www.greatnonprofits.org/org/central-virginia-horse-rescue