CVHR Safety Net Program for At Risk Horses


CVHR Safety Net Program for At Risk Horses

I have watched at risk horses be bailed and placed over and over again.  Many find great homes but the danger when horses are given away is real.  Well meaning donors often bail the horse and give it to someone who says they will give them a great home but when that falls through there are very few options available for that horse and they often end up neglected or back in the slaughter pipeline.

The CVHR Safety Net program is a pilot program right now and depending on funding and the ability to find good homes, we will continue it.  It’s fairly simple and offers both the adoption and foster option.  We feel strongly that adopters should have “skin in the game” and so an adopters will be required to pay QT fees as well as vet/farrier, etc.  If they do not have funds available for that then they should Foster and can have the option to adopt for a nominal fee.

Our goal is not only to help more horses but ALSO to ensure their safety long term.

If we can find an ADOPTIVE home, CVHR will

?Fundraise for all fees.
?Approve Home
?Place Horse on our Lease contract for 90 days & then convert to first right of refusal contact.
?Take horse back at any time after 90 days.

?Adopter is responsible for QT, and all farrier/vet/dental fees in lieu of adoption fee or they can QT with us and
Adoption is final when horse leaves Tarheel.


If we can find a FOSTER home, CVHR will

?Fundraise for all fees
?Pay for QT, initial farrier, vet and dental fees.
?QT horse in Brodnax, VA for 30 days.
?Pay for vet care at foster home.
?Horse will be available for adoption after QT

?Foster will be responsible for feed, hay, trims.
Foster can request 30 day evaluation period before horse made available for adoption.

If you are interested in being a foster/adopted home, please fill out an application at


Adopter/Foster must be approved by CVHR.  This includes a reference check and any other requirements must be met before taking possession of the horse.

Foster/Adopters are encouraged to apply in advance to avoid last minute and rushed approvals.

Horse must be “adoptable”.  This means that we cannot take horses into this program that have chronic health issues or lameness that renders them hard to adopt.  Horses over the age of 25 would also not be accepted into this program.

Horses can be nominated by Fosters, Adopters, or Sponsors but final approval remains with CVHR.  It’s not about the money, it’s about our capacity to make sure that we can do the best we can for each horse that comes under our umbrella.