Central Virginia Horse Rescue Participates in 25th Annual Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour

Central Virginia Horse Rescue is proud to have participated in the 25th Annual Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour on September 17th and 18th.  CVHR joins the other 16 participating farms located in Culpeper County for the first year in 2022.  CVHR moved to Culpeper County in May of 2020 with the lease of Eagle Hill Farm at the east end of the county.  In August of 2022, the farm was purchased, and ownership transferred to the rescue.

The move to Culpeper County provided easy access to both Culpeper and the Fredericksburg regions.  Participation in the Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour this year has helped to establish CVHR in our new area and provides awareness to the community that we are here.  CVHR hosted over 300 visitors during the two-day event as a first-year participant.  Visitors were able to tour the farm, learn about the different programs the rescue offers and met the residents of the rescue farm.

We want to thank our partners Sue Fanelli with EQ-Knowledge and Advantage Horsemanship Equestrian Center for their presentations during the event.

Central Virginia Horse Rescue is Verified by Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

September 8, 2022 (Fredericksburg, VA) – The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Verified status to Central Virginia Horse Rescue as of August 30, 2022.

Verification means that Central Virginia Horse Rescue meets the criteria of a true equine sanctuary/rescue and is providing humane and responsible care of the animals. To be awarded Verified status, an organization must meet GFAS’s rigorous and peer-reviewed animal care standards which are confirmed by a site visit and they must also adhere to a demanding set of ethical and operational principles. The Verification status also provides a clear and trusted means for the public, donors, and grantors to recognize Central Virginia Horse Rescue as an exceptional organization.

“We are proud to announce the recent Verification of Central Virginia Horse Rescue,” said Daryl Tropea, Ph.D., GFAS Program Director-Equine. “Although established in 2010, Central Virginia Horse Rescue moved to this new location in 2020 revamping their leadership and programs. Despite a pandemic, the volunteer base of this organization remains dedicated and committed to helping at risk equines. Also, their educational programs such as the Barn Kids Club, promotes responsible horsemanship for potential future horse owners and supporters.”

“For Central Virginia Horse Rescue, having GFAS certification means that we are meeting the gold standard for care for the equine at our farm,” explained Stacy Franklin, Executive Directory for Central Virginia Horse Rescue. “CVHR aims to provide world class care at our facility and ensures that each horse under our care has a safe place to land.”

The GFAS Equine Accreditation Program is made possible by a generous grant from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® and the Kenneth Scott Charitable Trust.

About Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the sole purpose of strengthening and supporting the work of animal sanctuaries, rescues, and rehabilitation centers worldwide. The goal of GFAS in working with and assisting these animal care facilities is to ensure they are supported, honored, recognized and rewarded for meeting important criteria in providing care to the animals in residence. GFAS was founded in 2007 by animal protection leaders from a number of different organizations in response to virtually unchecked and often hidden exploitation of animals for human entertainment and financial profit. The GFAS Board of Directors guides the organization’s work in a collaborative manner. While the board includes those in top leadership at The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and American Anti-Vivisection Society, all board members serve as individuals dedicated to animal sanctuaries. www.sanctuaryfederation.org.

Download the joint press release

Help CVHR Replace the Roof

Over the last 18 months we have been battling with leaks in the roof of the main barn at the rescue farm. This barn was the original dairy barn from the farm before it was sold and subdivided. At some point, someone built stalls and turned it into a horse barn and we have the ability to use the barn for the rescue horses in our care.

The current leaking roof has gotten worse due to the severe storm season of 2022. We have an urgent need to replace the tin barn roof before the winter season arrives and creates any additional issues and leaks. Our estimates that we received last year were on average around $40,000.

With your help, we can save the 100 year old barn! Thank you for your support.